Baby, it’s cold outside! Stay warm watching a holiday movie.
We'll be damned if date night means venturing out in this cold. Factor in the crazy, package-laden shoppers, and our desire to depart drops to zero. The toastiest alternative to going out? Staying in. Bunker down with a cozy throw and a holiday flick that warms the soul (if not the toes!). Hot cocoa and a snuggly date are highly recommended. After all, he'll love being under the covers with you, and you'll love staying under cover! Check out YourTango's top holiday movies.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Classic Griswold disaster-inducing antics featuring Chevy Chase (Clark) weave a warm holiday tale of electrocuted cats, desiccated turkey, countless Cousin Eddie (played by Randy Quaid) quips and an all's-well-that-ends-well family.
He'll love: That he's more coordinated than Clark.
You'll love: That your Christmas is bound to go smoother than this family's.
A Christmas Story (1983)
Disregard the cliché but the name says it all—except this movie isn't a Christmas story, it's the Christmas story. A child of the '40s, 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants nothing but a BB gun for Christmas and he’s not letting a department-store Santa stand in the way.
He'll love: The leggy lamp and sticky pole situation.
You'll love: The cute little kid with four eyes.
Die Hard (1988)
Although some might not opt for a holiday movie with death in the title, Die Hard technically classifies as a holiday movie, considering it takes place during a Christmas party and contains the cookie-cutter plot struggle between good and evil.
He'll love: Being lured to the couch by a timeless action flick.
You'll love: Heroine Holly Gennero, a take charge lady that puts her career first and keeps her cool.
Dr. Seuss How The Grinch Stol Christmas
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Wipe off that holiday sourpuss and return it to he-who-wore-it-first: the Grinch. Jim Carrey's thoughtful interpretation of the un-jolly green giant scares the bejesus out of us and is likely to procure similar effects.
He'll love: Keeping you safe from the monster.
You'll love: That thing Cindy Lou Who does with her hair.
If Blades of Glory didn't convince you that Will Farrell in tights is a crowd pleaser, than this movie will surely do the trick. Farrel plays Buddy, a human raised by elves who journeys to New York City at Christmastime to look for his real family. The results? Pure hilarity, light on the drama with a tear-free ending.
He'll love: Buddy's 17-second belch.
You'll love: The adorable singing shower scene.
It's Bill Murray at his best, as cantankerous TV exec Frank Cross interacting with Christmas ghosts (past, present and future, of course) of the fairy and cab-driving variety, and Bobcat Goldthwait as an employee so disgruntled, he makes Bob Cratchit look like a snow angel.
He'll love: That his boss sucks less than Frank Cross.
You'll love: When Frank reconnects with his former love.
Love Actually (2003)
An apt title for a tear-jerking romantic comedy filled with tales of keeping up appearances and how ultimately, love forces us to come clean. The all-star cast including Keira Knightly and Colin Firth.
He'll love: Keira Knightly eye candy.
You'll love: The feel-good airport reunion scene.
For a plot that promotes holiday hope akin to the miracle of Christmas itself, Serendipity is a shoe-in for this list. A holiday shopping trip that unites two taken characters turns into a test of destiny for Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack.
He'll love: Seeing funny-boy Jeremy Piven make a pre-Entourage appearance.
You'll love: John Cusack.
When Harry Met Sally
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
This classic is a must-watch date-night movie for the sole reason that you should never date a guy that doesn't like this movie. Let him hate Billy Crystal and want to murder Meg Ryan, but if he can't appreciate a public orgasm amidst a blossoming friendship-turned-love-affair, well, he’s just not a keeper.
He'll love: Knowing you're not the only one who special orders, oh, everything!
You'll love: The romantic New Year's Eve kiss, and Meg Ryan's feminist insight on men.
It's A Wonderful Life
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Despite its cheerful rep, the holiday season can be a tough time of year. Who better to watch than Jimmy Stewart as the down-in-the-dumps George Bailey realizing things might not be so bad, after all? Though new versions in color have been released, we vote for the old-school black and white.
He'll love: The catchy 1940s lingo.
You'll love: Mary and George are so in love they donate their honeymoon cash to townspeople in need and stay home instead.