What do you get when you ask a group of passionate video creatives what their top rated, not-to-be-missed, absolute favorite holiday movies are? Lots of answers. And we do mean lots.
But in the end, only the movies with the most internal votes were picked for a feature spot on our authoritative list of The DVI Group’s favorite holiday movies. So settle in with your loved ones, grab a steaming hot drink, and snuggle up in your warm, dry home—it’s time to start watching some of the greatest holiday movies of all time.
The Polar Express (2004)
Who can resist the idea of Tom Hanks singlehandedly voicing several different and oddly-lifelike animated characters, all doing their part to guide a young protagonist toward a lifelong belief in the spirit of Christmas? Not us, that’s for sure.
Harry Potter (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
No, really! Hear us out: with the exception of Deathly Hallows Part 2, pretty much every Harry Potter film gives us a good smattering of holiday cheer and Hogswarts-style wintery goodness. Take a dive back into the wizarding world and see for yourself.
Die Hard (1988)
Merry explosions and a happy shootout to you all. Yippee-ki-yay.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
There’s nothing quite like this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas story for some good laughs and groans. Best enjoyed in the searing glow of 25,000 twinkle lights.
Home Alone (1990)
What festive movie enthusiast can resist this heartwarming holiday tale of booby traps and painful-looking slapstick comedy? (And let’s be honest: mothers everywhere felt a little bit better about their most embarrassing parenting moments after watching Mrs. McCallister struggle to remember Kevin on that flight to Paris. Yikes.)
It just wouldn’t be the holidays without watching Will Ferrell skip around Manhattan with sugar-induced glee. There are too many things to love about this goofy modern fairytale, and if you don’t agree with us, then, well…you sit on a throne of lies.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Tied for most votes with the film below, this is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made—if you’ve never giggled through tears at George Bailey’s wildly joyful run towards his family through a snowy Bedford Falls, you haven’t lived. And whatever your lot in life…however many opportunities you feel have passed you by…this movie will never let you forget: no one is a failure who has friends.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The experts at DVI haven’t quite agreed on whether this is more a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, so for now, we’ll call it 50/50 and let the good times roll. The animation is beautiful, the effects are groundbreaking, and the story has captured the hearts of children and adults the world over.
And that’s a wrap!
We hope you get to enjoy at least one of our faves from above during this holiday season. And from everyone here at DVI: happy holidays!