questionswhat is your favorite holiday type movie?

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At Christmas, I always watch Scream. I remember going to see this at the theater on Christmas day with some friends.

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Die Hard

If you wanna go traditional, White Christmas is pretty solid. A Christmas Story is also a go-to.
I'm with you on the Charlie Brown specials. Always bring back good memories.

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Too many choices! Brain freezing up!

Love White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, and all of the Charlie Browns.

My favorite underrated holiday movie is Home for the Holidays, with Robert Downey Jr. and Holly Hunter. If you are spending any time with your family this Thanksgiving, this one is a must!

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@widmer69: One of the most under-rated Christmas movies of all time. I really wish that the entire franchise would've followed the Holiday Season plots that the first two had. Die Hard 3 was terrible, but Live Free or Die Hard could've just as easily been around the Christmas holiday as well.

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I have always been a fan of "The Nightmare Before Christmas", which is really a Christmas movie.

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(National Lampoon's) Christmas Vacation.

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I love A Christmas Story and various versions of A Christmas Carol.

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I've always been a big fan of the Charlie Brown holiday specials but I wish they would put the Zingers commercials on the DVD versions. I remember that during those specials was the only time we would see those commercials when I was growing up. I like the claymation Christmas special with the Heat Miser and the Cold Miser. I think it's called "A Year Without Santa Claus" or something like that. It wasn't always on tv but, growing up, that was another of my favorites.

For movies, A Christmas Story is, of course, a classic. Elf has become one of my favorites as well. When I helped out with the youth group at church we always seemed to watch that one when we were on long drives during summer trips. So there are some great memories of driving through West Texas listening to Elf (I was usually driving so I couldn't watch. Fortunately I've seen it enough times that I don't really need to actually see it to enjoy it). And I like the Muppet version of A Christmas Carol best.

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Bad Santa. Billy Bob and John Ritter are gold together.

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@widmer69: seconded. And lethal weapon. The holiday spirit flows.

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Nightmare Before Christmas and The Family Stone.

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I third the Die Hard. (I love all three of them.) The Long Kiss Goodnight is also sort of t'giving/xmas -- I usually watch it for thanksgiving. It starts the holiday season off right.

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Halloween (the original version).

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@kylemittskus: seconded on The Family Stone. I loved it SO much more than I expected to.

Also love the old school claymation (?) Rudolph (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058536/) and the animated Frosty's Winter Wonderland (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134661/) I have the dvds of both of these and have the ornament sets and plastic window cling things of both of them. And even have a standing Frosty that dances and sings modeled off this movie. LOVE them!

I'm kind of a christmas movie whore, so I actually love all of them. I even like crap like Christmas with the Kranks and other junk like that. Love them all!

and, yes, of course, I absolutely adore all of the Charlie Brown specials. Even the sorta sad later ones where they were trying too hard, like the Easter one, etc.

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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, a tv show that unabashedly relates the true meaning of Christmas.

THE REF, not exactly a Christmas movie in the traditional sense, but it is just too much fun and Denis Leary is in top form.

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL, Gonzo as Charles Dickens. 'nuff said.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, cannot go wrong with this classic.

WILL VINTON'S: A CLAYMATION CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, hard to find on television, but this stop motion animation show is insanely creative. When you hear The Carol of the Bells performed by anthropomorphic church bells as led by Quasimodo and then watch Angels We Have Heard on High as an interpretive dance by two ice skating walruses and some penguins trying not to get squashed you know you have reached the pinnacle of holiday television lunacy. If you can find this gem on DVD buy it as fast as you can.

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Home Alone. Looved that movie as a kid.

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@rprebel: Another good one! Ritter and Billy Bob were great together. (See also: Sling Blade -- particularly their scene in the diner.)

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I've always been a sucker for "Holiday Inn," which covers many holidays. Never understood why anyone would choose Bing Crosby over Fred Astaire, though.

Agree with everyone who said "A Christmas Story." Saw it when it came out, it should have been a huge hit right out of the gate.

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I watch the original Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young every Christmas Eve I can. Put me on the Charlie Brown Christmas Special list. I also like the original animated Grinch. Bad Santa was a hoot. I found myself enjoying Arthur Christmas last year; it had more heart than Aardman usually manages in long form. And Love Actually will usually get played sometime during the holiday season, the other half of the household insists.

Re: White Christmas: Rosemary Clooney's "Love You Didn't Do Right By Me" is one of my favorite movie musical moments.

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Toss up, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are equally my "holiday" favorite.

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@lonelypond: Oooh, "The Bishop's Wife." That's a good one. And regarding your "White Christmas" moment: that's when she's wearing a black dress against a salmon background and the male dancers are all ridiculous, right? Because that's my favorite scene as well, and I say that as a near-obsessive Danny Kaye fan (really, it should have been Donald O'Connor in that movie; Bing does not seem to like Danny at all).

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NO one mentioned Gremlins!!!

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The Year Without A Santa Claus (the one with Heat Miser and Snow Miser).

Or any of the Rankin Bass. Or Peanuts.

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These all make a great list. I forgot Desk Set, which has one of the best office Christmas party scenes,

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@mossygreen: Yeah, Danny and Bing have weird to no chemistry; I'm not a huge Bing fan. The only other movies I watch him in are the Road movies. I'm a huge Fred Astaire fan and Bing drains too much of the fun out of Holiday Inn. I try to see White Christmas movie whenever someone plays it on a full sized screen though, the Clooney number is really amazing.

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@lonelypond: Yeah, Bing's songs do take up a lot of time that could have been spent showing Fred Astaire rhythmically kicking things (the best part of any Astaire movie!). White Christmas I will always put on if I see it listed, but I really just love Rosemary Clooney's number and when Bing and Danny lip sync "Sisters." I will also spend a fair amount of time speculating on whether or not Vera-Ellen had an eating disorder