It’s Thanksgiving week (already!?!?) and Team Smarthouse is here for the start of holiday film watching season! We've put together a list of films on our annual holiday watch lists:

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND MUSTS

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
“Those aren’t pillows!” Rachel watches this with her family every year! It's the perfect holiday bonding experience. 

Home for the Holidays (1995)
We are ALL Holly Hunter trapped in our parents house for an excruciating Thanksgiving.  

Pieces of April (2003)
Charming indie-film magic, starring Katie Holmes who is definitely NOT playing the same character she played in Dawson’s Creek.

Master of None "Thanksgiving" (2017)
We know this isn’t a film, but we need to throw in Master of None Season 2, Episode 8, “Thanksgiving” because it’s PERFECT in every way.

CHRISTMASTIME ESSENTIALS

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Maybe it’s cliché to say you love this Frank Capra heartstring-tugger, but Amie watches this every year and still cries every single time Mr. Gower yells at George. And during the “lasso the moon” scene. And, honestly, AT EVERYTHING.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)
The lesson we learned from this animated classic: if you send an insulting letter to Santa, he’s definitely gonna skip your house Christmas morning. (Ryan still has this recorded on VHS with the original ads!)

Christmas Evil (1980)
Brad’s a big fan of this bad 80’s Christmas horror movie. Pop this thing in your DVD player and MST3K away with friends and family!

Gremlins (1984)
Few movies master the art of horror-comedy, but Gremlins NAILS IT. Heads up: if all you remember is how cute Gizmo is, you’ve forgotten the part where Phoebe Cates’ character tells the story about her dad.

Scrooged (1988)
Somehow this still seems like a fresh take on A Christmas Carol … even though it’s almost 30 years old. Cranky Bill Murray FOREVER!

Die Hard (1988)
Ain't no party like a Nakatomi Plaza party because a Nakatomi Plaza party don't stop until ALL the machine guns go off.

Batman Returns (1992)
“You know, mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.”
“But a kiss can be even deadlier ... if you mean it.”

Michelle Pfeiffer was, is, and will always be, the most amazing Catwoman EVER.

While You Were Sleeping (1995)
In which Sandra Bullock is somehow adorable even though she lies to an entire family for the whole movie, and Bill Pullman plays the PERFECT man.

Krampus (2015)
Be careful what you wish for … especially if it involves summoning an ancient demon who will punish your entire family.

 

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