CW staffers pick their favorite holiday movies sure to bring cheer


Erich Hilkert, Lifestyles Film Columnist

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: My favorite holiday movie is "It's a Wonderful Life." I'm a fan of director Frank Capra and an even bigger fan of Jimmy Stewart. No one else could capture a man at the end of his rope and completely joyful in the same way as Stewart.

‘Die Hard’: Best movie that takes place during the holidays? "Die Hard," with Bruce Willis saving Los Angeles from German terrorists on Christmas Day. Who needs Santa Claus?


Ashley Chaffin, Assistant Lifestyles Editor

‘Miracle on 34th Street’: The one movie I can remember watching with my mom every holiday season is “Miracle on 34th Street,” the 1994 remake of the 1947 classic with the actress from “Matilda.” The feel-good quality of the movie, mixed with the memories of watching it while eating Christmas cookies, always puts this movie at the top of my must-watch list for the holidays.

‘Elf’: I’ve never met someone who doesn’t love the movie “Elf” and therefore don’t see the need to explain it. When TBS plays “Elf” in the middle of July, I always stop to watch no matter what I’m doing. I haven’t gotten through a December since the movie came out that I haven’t watched “Elf” at least five times.

Stephanie Brumfield, Lifestyles Editor

‘The Holiday’: I watch this movie every year. To me, there’s nothing better than a feel-good romantic comedy about two women travelling the world to find themselves during the holiday season.

‘Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas’: The animated version of “the Grinch” is the ultimate classic Christmas movie. I love it when books come to life on the big screen, especially books as creative as this one. Seriously, who lives in a snowflake?

Readers’ Choice:

@kristindware: White Christmas! Class Christmas musical featuring the great Bing Crosby

@hnlightsey: A Christmas Story is a classic with my family!

@RachLeop: national lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! Duh

@thedew35: Gremlins. Nothing better than a Christmas time worrying about them at midnight.

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