Best Holiday Films for the Holiday Season


With the holiday season approaching full speed ahead, movies are the perfect tool to get you in the mood for giving.  

Holiday movies are beloved by all and kill it on streaming services around this time of year. Therefore, The Tiger Times staff is laying out the best holiday movies to watch this year. 

“The perfect Christmas movie to me is something that allows the viewer to really get in the spirit of Christmas. Although it must have a quality story without the ordinary characters, that way it really allows the movie to take the viewer for a ride,” said Christmas movie expert, senior Emily Collins. 

To find a movie that embodies all of the qualities that Emily Collins is looking for, look no farther than “The Santa Claus” starring Tim Allen. “The Santa Claus” was awarded 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. What is a bigger plot twist in the beginning of the movie than starting off with Tim Allen causing Santa to fall off the roof. It is the perfect, strange set up to create an exceptional movie. Also, who doesn’t love watching Tim Allen slowly transform into Santa Claus throughout the movie. If someone has yet to see this staple of a movie, now is the perfect time. 

“The Santa Claus” is one of the best Christmas movies out there, although sometimes thinking outside of the box is a necessity to reveal exceptional holiday movies. Therefore, “Die Hard” is one of the greatest action and Christmas movies out in today’s society. 

“I am obsessed with “Die Hard.” The combination of constant action with a truly simple but amazing story allows this movie to reach its full potential,” said senior Mikey Amendola.

“Die Hard” is not the traditional holiday movie, but the subtle mentions of Christmas throughout the movie places this film in the holiday movie category. “Die Hard” recorded an astonishing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, reflecting how beloved the movie is. “Die Hard” stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, a New York City police officer who is visiting his wife at work on Christmas Eve. However, the holiday party is ruined when a terrorist group takes over the building and only John McClane is there to save them. The bizarre night plays out with John McClane showing off his special training to fight off the terrorist, making “Die Hard” one of the greatest Christmas movies ever created. 

Despite most holiday movies being based around Christmas, there are a select few that veer away from the idea of Christmas. 

“I’d definitely watch a Hanukkah movie. I’ve seen far too many Christmas movies in my life, like “The Polar Express”, so I would be curious to watch a Hanukkah movie. I’ll have to put it on my bucket list,” said senior Ellie Foley.  

The perfect Hanukkah movie to add to a bucket list is “Full-Court Miracle”. The film combining Judaism along with basketball recieved a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie features a young jewish boy who plays for a basketball team. He then persuades an African-American basketball star to become the head coach for his team, the team begins to play together and from there the rest is history. There is no better way to get in the mood for Hanukkah than watching young Alex D. Linz ball out on the court in Disney’s “Full-Court Miracle”. 

However, it is important to recognize the true meaning of the holiday season no matter the film. 

“I just can’t wait to turn on that terrific holiday movie to get me in the perfect mood for the long awaited holiday season,” said Amendola.