In the spirit of the holidays, nothing brings a family together like a good old-fashioned movie night. It’s the time when many of us can look forward to a few weeks of cozy nights in front of the television, hearty home-cooked meals, and trips down memory lane. Choosing a movie that everyone in your family or friends will enjoy is, of course, the most difficult part. If you have a Netflix subscription, you’ll be covered.
From romantic comedies to dramas to documentaries, Netflix has something for everyone. Whatever your music taste is, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cravings. It’s best to choose a warm and familiar movie to watch while you assist your aunt in stuffing the turkey. That’s why this list includes classics like My Fair Lady and School of Rock, as well as more recent gems like Fifty Shades of Grey. Netflix’s original offerings include Always Be My Maybe and My Octopus Teacher.
You can start planning your movie nights now that all of these titles are available to stream on Netflix in November. It’s easy to transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas season with Netflix’s wide selection of holiday films.
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Carney has a gift for telling heartfelt tales with sensational music at their heart. In Ruffalo’s follow-up to the indie breakout hit Once, Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley star as an unlikely musical duo. An unlucky music producer (Ruffalo) teams up with a determined singer-songwriter (Knightley), Gretta, after she breaks up with her rising star boyfriend (Ruffalo) (Adam Levine). They set to record an album together, and in the process, they helped heal each other’s emotional wounds. Begin Again is a romantic ode to the songwriting process that will keep the whole family dancing the entire time.
A nostalgic snapshot of life in Sacramento in the fall of 2002 and early 2003, Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film Lady Bird is a fond look back. Sexy teenager Saoirse Ronan stars in her directorial debut as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, whose mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) is a constant source of conflict in the tumultuous senior year of high school. Lady Bird depicts the tenderness of family life as well as the harsh realities of adulthood. It’s charming, endearing, and appealing to people of all ages.
An old flame may reawaken when you visit family and friends for the holidays in your hometown. Ali Wong and Randall Park star as childhood friends Sasha and Marcus, who grew apart after a teenage fling ended in heartbreak in the film Always Be My Maybe. Returning home to San Francisco to open a new restaurant, Sasha rekindles her romance with Marcus and discovers she has feelings for him that she had previously denied. Are they going to be able to figure out what they have in time?
My Octopus Teacher movie, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, is a moving portrait of a man who finds new meaning in life after developing a close bond with the film’s titular eight-limbed mollusk. When Craig Foster went free-diving in an underwater kelp forest, he came across an adorable young octopus that was curious about him. As he gets to know the creature, he begins to form a friendship with her, learning about her unique survival methods and taking inspiration from her. The stunning underwater images entice you to watch, resulting in a fascinating film that will change the way you view marine life.
Chef is a fun film for the whole family to watch around the holidays, as long as it doesn’t make you too hungry. After an argument with a food critic, Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau is fired as a head chef at a trendy Los Angeles restaurant. He and his son, Percy (Emjay Anthony), set up a food truck and travel across the country cooking up a variety of delectable dishes for a steadily increasing customer base. Even though there are a few hiccups along the way, the reward at the end is well worth the journey.
Millennials will reminisce about their childhood with this nostalgic pick. Jumanji began as a children’s book-to-movie adaptation with Robin Williams playing Alan Parrish and has since become a successful movie franchise starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. It tells the story of an enchanted game that brings the dangers of the jungle to its participants. Until Alan gets himself trapped inside of it. After 26 years, he’s finally free, thanks to his brother and sister, who are playing a game to make amends for their family’s sins. Everything about this film screams ’90s nostalgia, from the dialogue to the outfits to the computer-generated effects.
Set It Up is a standout among the romantic comedies available on Netflix. Based on a true story about two overworked assistants who attempt to set up their prudish bosses romantically. What’s the game plan here? Their assistants won’t be asked to work overtime if their bosses are happily married. Both assistants, of course, have no intention of developing feelings for one another. Excellently performed and free of sappy rom-com tropes, Set It Up is light and endearing comedy that will charm even the most jaded moviegoers.
This time-honored classic is sure to please both old and new fans alike. The musical movie My Fair Lady is based on Lerner and Loewe’s stage show of the same name, which is based on Pygmalion, a play by George Bernard Shaw. In this film, a poor Cockney flower-seller is transformed into an Edwardian socialite by Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). My Fair Lady is a family-friendly film that’s brimming with enchanting music numbers and heartwarming romance.
As a comedy and as a romantic drama, Silver Linings Playbook falls somewhere in the middle. It’s a story of redemption at its core. A man with bipolar disorder, Pat Solitano Jr., moves back in with his parents after staying in a psychiatric hospital. Bradley Cooper portrays him. However, Silver Linings Playbook does an excellent job of finding humor in Pat’s life, even though that sounds heavy. Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow, is hired by him to help him win back his estranged wife. In return, he must dance with Tiffany in a competition for couples. As get to know one another better, they begin to reflect on their relationships. Even the Academy Award for Best Actress went to Lawrence because of her electrifying performance.
Simply put, School of Rock is a lot of fun. Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is a passionate musician and hapless slacker who pretends to substitute teachers at a prestigious preparatory school. His “class project” turns out to be the catalyst for him to recruit a group of musically talented but apolitical students. It’s entertaining if a little far-fetched, and Black’s infectious energy shines through. School of Rock is well worth seeing at least once, if not several times, thanks to the performances by the cast and the jaw-dropping final concert scene.
After their parents marry, two former childhood rivals (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) find themselves stepbrothers in this zany comedy. Due to the fact that both 40-year-old men are still living at home with their parents, they will have to begin living together in the same house. Their childish antics take over, resulting in hilarious situations. Before watching Step Brothers, make sure the kids are fast asleep, as this is an R-rated movie.
Are there members of your family who prefer watching baseball games to going to the movies? Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, is portrayed in this sports drama film based on the true story of Beane’s life. As Brad Pitt portrays, Beane takes a sabermetric approach to player scouting; he challenges baseball’s accepted wisdom. Moneyball will appeal to both sports fans and moviegoers alike, thanks to its stellar script by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian and its stellar performances by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. A win-win situation.