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About Holiday Movies

There's not much that can get you in the holiday spirit faster than sitting down with the family in front of a beloved classic holiday movie. In theory, holiday movies could be about virtually any holiday - and there are certainly movies that revolve around Thanksgiving, Halloween and other second-tier celebrations - but the fact is that when someone mentions the holiday movie genre, its Christmas movies that come to mind.

Arguably the king of all Christmas movies in "It's a Wonderful Life," the 1946 classic directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart; the story about George Bailey and his guardian angel is an integral part of many a family's holiday tradition. There is, however, a lengthy list of other favorites, from 1947's "Miracle on 34th Street" and 1954's "White Christmas" to more contemporary classics such as Bill Murray's "Scrooged," Tim Allen's "The Santa Clause" and Will Ferrell's "Elf."

A more recently popular subgenre is the holiday romance movie. In these films, many of which are released direct to video, the typical romantic comedy or romantic drama is wrapped in a Christmas-themed context, as the movie's characters look for love while they're dealing with the usual stresses of the holiday season.

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