7 Classic Christmas Movies to Watch

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Hi all, Happy Holidays!

What do Cameron Diaz, Bruce Willis, Kate Winslet and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer have in common?

My mother was a film buff and I learned to love movies from her.

One of my fondest memories is staying up late to watch classic movies with her. My dad went to bed early. His favorite saying: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” 😀

Sometimes, on a weekend night, Mom and I would make a big bowl of popcorn and turn on a movie channel, then switch off the lights so it felt like we were in a movie theater. I stayed up until midnight watching big films on the small screen.

Now I have a large flat screen TV, but my family still enjoy films of all kinds. Black and white classics or new films, it doesn’t matter because the story is the thing.

By the way, Cameron Diaz, Bruce Willis, Kate Winslet and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer have all been in holiday films.

Do you have a favorite movie? It doesn’t have to be a holiday film. Any movie will do. Please leave a comment.

Christmas Movies: Most of these can be found on Amazon.

Please notice the writers involved in each of the films. A famous saying: “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”

The Holiday 2006 Screenplay Nancy Meyers. Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet star with Jude Law and Jack Black. A woman from the UK and one from the US swap houses for the Christmas holiday. They find romance, but know they must soon return to their own countries. If you are looking for fun and romance, this delivers.  But do not confuse this movie  with Holiday, starring Kathryn Hepburn and Cary Grant.

Borrowed Hearts. 1997 A TV movie written by Pamela Wallace and Earl Wallace. Roma Downey and Eric McCormack. This is a sweet holiday romance suitable for adults and kids. A young woman with a seven-year-old girl is trying to save money for a down payment on a home. A company executive has led an important business client to understand he has a family. He doesn’t. The client is coming to visit over the holidays, so the executive agrees to pay the woman and child to pose as his family for Christmas. Complications arrive.

Christmas in Connecticut 1945 Written by Lionel Houser, Adele Comandini, and Aileen Hamilton. Starring Barbara Stanwick and Dennis Morgan. It is a fun comedy romp from the 1940’s. A career woman leads her boss to believe she is married and has a baby and that she’s a gourmet cook and lives on a farm in Connecticut. None of which is true, but the fib keeps her employed as a popular magazine writer extolling the virtues of being a homemaker. Trouble ensues when the boss wants to visit the farm at Christmas time.

Miracle on 34th Street, 1947, Written by Valentine Davies. Starring John Payne and Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, a classic and beloved film. Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle / Santa Claus and Natalie Wood plays the little girl he befriends. There’s a sweet love story between the girl’s single mother and a man she meets. This film was remade made in 1994, but I like older 1947 version better. Great for kids.

A Christmas Carol. 1951 British. Called Scrooge in the UK 1951. Screenplay written by Noel Langley. Charles Dickens’ famous tale, there are many remakes of the story, but this is my favorite. Alastair Sims as Scrooge is wonderfully creepy.

The Angel and the Bad Man 1947 John Wayne and Gail Russel, if you haven’t seen her, she will be a pleasant surprise. Written by James Edward Grant. This isn’t a Christmas movie. It’s a wonderful romance about a wounded bad man and a Quaker woman who nurses him. I love this one 😊

Die Hard 1988. Here is something different. A thriller and a favorite of my hubby. But it is not for young kids. When you need action, this is for you.Snappy dialogue, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. With Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, and Alan Rickman. Christmas in L.A. There’s an employee party on the 30th floor of a corporate building when it is taken over by ruthless terrorist. Everyone at the party is held captive. NY cop Bruce Wills is there to save his wife and the day. There are several enjoyable sequels, but for me, this is the best one.

If you are looking for a heart-warming holiday read, check out my Sierra Creek Series, Her Country Heart Christmas Edition Book 1  Amy Long needs a forever home. Downsized, she lost her apartment in the city and returns to the small town of Sierra Creek to find a fresh start. Does she belong? Cowboy Wyatt Cameron doesn’t think so. She’s in the way of his plans and, as executor of her grandmother’s estate, he has the power to send her packing. When sparks fly will it break a heart?

I’m excited because My Country Heart Book 4 in the Sierra Creek Series is out now too.

Need a chill? Try my romantic suspense. Dangerous Denial, part of my Dangerous Series. What would you do if you witnessed a murder and no one believed you? Executive assistant Skye Turner thinks most people are good until her beloved boss is murdered. The police call his death a suicide. What is the truth? She needs help to uncover the circumstances leading to his death. A United States black ops member, Jon Lancaster is restless while he recovers from injuries received during his last assignment. Pretty and diverting, Skye is probably mistaken about the death. Still, he decides to assist her in deciphering the events of the day the man died and also dig through the clues left for her.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. joylennick says:

    I love reading about films as some of my favourite memories are of going to the local cinema with my darling Mum years ago, when we were transported to a different world…(during an d just after WW11.) Then watching such greats as Dr. Zhivago, Oliver Twist a fav., Gone with the Wind, a couple you mentioned, and many more. Re-watched Rear Window recently and enjoyed it just as much…Aren’t we lucky! Happy Christmas. Cheers.

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    1. Reggi Allder says:

      Joy Lennick, thanks for posting your memories. You mentioned such great movies. Rear Window is a favorite of mine too. Happy Christmas! 🙂

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  2. Hey, Reggi. Loved your list of movies, especially Miracle on 34th Street (and I agree with you. The original is the best.) and Christmas in Connecticutt. Do you remember the boots she wears out in the snow? I got a pair when I was in college. They were awesome and I held on to them way past when I could get my feet into them. LOL I’d White Christmas and Holiday Inn with a similar cast, lots of singing, and a post WW11 thanks to the troops. And I gotta tip my hat to Hallmark and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. You can really get your quota of holiday movies there and all with an HEA. Love your books. 🙂

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    1. Reggi Allder says:

      Hi Marsha, Thank you for the kind words about my books! I’ll have to watch Christmas in Connecticut again and watch for the boots. 🙂 I do like White Christmas and Holiday Inn as well. I have been recording many Hallmark movies to watch when I have time. Can’t beat HEA!

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  3. Vicki Batman says:

    I love discovering new holiday films. Two of my favs (I have a lot of Christmas ones) are Star in the Night, an Academy Award-winning short about the Nativity story set in an autocourt, and Millions which came out before Danny Boyle directed Slumdog Millionaire. It’s about two brothers who find a bag full of money. Star in the Night can be found on youtube.

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  4. Reggi Allder says:

    Hi Vicki, thanks for mentioning these films. I know about Slumdog Millionaire but have never seen it. I will check these movies out. Happy Holidays! 🙂

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  5. I enjoy The Holiday. Also like It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, The Santa Clause and Elf! And I love popping a big bowl of popcorn and settling in for movie watching!

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    1. Reggi Allder says:

      Hi Darlene, what fun movies! Thanks for mentioning them. 🙂

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  6. I didn’t think there was a John Wayne movie I hadn’t seen, but Angel and the Bad Man is new to me- thanks for the recommendation!

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  7. Reggi Allder says:

    Hi Jacquie. yes, not a typical film for him, but it is a good one! 🙂

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  8. Janet Leigh says:

    I love the movie The Holiday. And I just love Jack Black. I’m a sucker for the best friend, snuggly handsome type. I still watch all the Hallmark Christmas movies with my mom, not always together, but we watch and then call and chat about our favorite and least favorite.

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