8 Of The Best Christmas Movies From The 90s
For most of us Millennials, Christmas in the 90s was a magical time filled with Toys R Us wish lists, tearing apart your grandparents house with your cousins, and of course movies. Now I’m not talking about your usual cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies where the recently divorced guy returns to his hometown for the holidays only to realize he’s been in love with his childhood crush all along. No, no, no, I’m talking REAL Christmas classics. Classics that involve 90s mega stars like Tim Allen, Macaulay Culkin, and yes, even Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In no particular order, I give you 8 of the best Christmas movies from the 90s and where to find them this holiday season.
1. Miracle On 34th Street
Although this is a remake (the original film came out in 1947) it’s still a film we 90s kids hold near and dear to our hearts. Why? Probably because Matilda (Mara Wilson) is in it, and we STAN Matilda. You also probably remember the commercial for this movie because it played on pretty much every commercial break (sometimes more than once) throughout the entire month of December. If you want to relive this classic you can stream it for free on fubo TV, or rent it on Amazon for $3.99.
2. The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppets have been around since 1955, making them a cherished piece of American pop culture. So what do you get when you take probably the most famous Christmas story of all time – Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and reenact it with each character played by a Muppet? Gold. You get cinema GOLD. This movie is just as enjoyable for grandma and grandpa as it will be for your 8-year-old niece or nephew. You can find this classic available to stream for free on Disney+, DirectTV and FreeForm, or you can rent it for $2.99 on Amazon.
3. Jack Frost
With an all-star cast starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston, it’s hard to imagine why this film is often forgotten. If you plan on watching this season, make sure you bring the tissues to the sofa, because this one is a tearjerker. It’s also got a KLLER soundtrack with songs by REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac, and yes, the SPICE GIRLS. But let us not forget about the white elephant in the room and that is the fact that the CGI snowman is absolutely what nightmares are made of. This is so true that famed film critic Roger Ebert famously gave the film one out of four stars, writing “It’s possible for the Jim Henson folks and Industrial Light and Magic to put their heads together and come up with the most repulsive single creature in the history of special effects, and I am not forgetting the Chucky doll or the desert intestine from Star Wars.” Yikes. If you plan on watching this season, you stream it for free on DirectTV and FuboTV and rent it on Amazon for $2.99.
4. Jingle All The Way
It’s TURBO TIME! This is probably one of the most underrated Christmas movies of all time. From action and humor to heart-wrenching family drama, this movie has got it ALL. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays your average frustrated parent trying to get his kid the hottest holiday toy before Christmas morning. What could possibly go wrong? Spoiler alert – everything. This movie is hilariously awesome and will leave the entire family in stitches. You can stream this one for free on HBO Now, HBO Go, Direct TV, and HBO on Amazon.
5. Home Alone
There are few things that represent Christmas more than Kevin McAllister’s iconic face. Home Alone has imprinted itself on the hearts of millions for almost 30 years now (crazy right?) and truly is the timeless OG 90s Christmas classic. With another all-star cast featuring Catherine O’Hara and Joe Pesci, it’s hard to find anything about this movie that isn’t fantastic. You can stream Home Alone for free on Disney+, or rent it on Amazon for $3.99.
6. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
And how could we ever place the original Home Alone on this list, without it’s equally as awesome sequel? Believe it or not Kevin’s parents leave him home alone (yet again) except this time in The Big Apple. Number 2 has got the same amount of shenanigans as number 1, and even offers a surprise appearance by none other than Donald Trump. This one is equally as special and great for the entire family. You can stream it for free on Disney+, or rent it on Amazon for $3.99.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas
And what would a Christmas movie list be without the stop-motion animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas? This movie has got it all: fun characters, mesmerizing animation and of some of the catchiest tunes in movie history. This Tim Burton staple is also family-friendly and even famed cynic and film critic Roger Ebert couldn’t help but enjoy. He believed the film’s visual effects were as revolutionary as the Star Wars trilogy, and said that Nightmare was “filled with imagination that carries us into a new world.” If you’re looking to transport the family to a new world, you can stream it for free on Disney+, or rent it on Amazon for $2.99.
8. The Santa Clause
And last but not least, probably one of the most iconic Christmas movie’s of our generation: The Santa Clause. 90s megastar Tim Allen portrays a misunderstood and recently divorced father who accidentally assumes the role of the one and only St. Nick. This heartwarming family classic is about as Christmas as it gets and is pretty much a requirement every holiday season. You can share this classic for free by streaming it on Disney+, DirectTV, and FreeForm, or rent it for $3.99 on Amazon.
So there you have it folks! 8 of the most iconic Christmas movies of the 90s. We hope you warm yourself some hot chocolate, slip into your warmest pajamas and relive the magic of your childhood with the ones you love most.