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CHRISTMAS FUN: Whiney Houston with Denzel Washington in The Preacher's Wife

WE’VE MADE a list, checked it twice, and no now we’re going to share some of the best Christmas movies everyone should watch at least once.

The Preacher’s Wife, 1996
When the marriage between Reverend Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) and his choir singing wife, Julia (Whitney Houston), begins to lag because of community work, an angel named Dudley (Denzel Washington) steps in to save the day.

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Jingle All the Way, 1996
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father and high-powered businessman who wants to get his son the year’s hottest Christmas gift, Turbo Man, which has been sold out since Thanksgiving. In an effort to find the toy, he finds himself in a no-holds-barred battle with a crazed postman named Myron (Sinbad), who is out to claim the last Turbo Man for his own child.

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The Santa Clause, 1994
Tim Allen stars in this festive comedy about an ordinary man who must step into Santa’s shoes after an accident. A trip to the North Pole follows, along with various comic scenarios as he physically morphs into Santa in front of his disbelieving ex-wife.

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Love Actually, 2003
This is either unbearable mushy or a festive heart-warmer, depending on who you ask. Love is certainly all around in this ensemble comedy-drama set in the festive season.

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The Polar Express, 2004
On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus' home.

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The Holiday, 2006
Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz swap houses for Christmas and conveniently meet Jack Black and Jude Law respectively, in this sweet, slightly-slushy film.

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About a Boy, 2002
Christmas plays a central part in this charming British comedy: grumpy Will (Hugh Grant) is living off the proceeds of the Christmas song his father wrote, and discovers the value of family Christmases through his friendship with young Marcus (Nicholas Hoult).

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Bridget Jones’ Diary, 2001
British woman, Bridget (Renée Zellweger) is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

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Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993
Jack Skellington is the anti-hero who decides he’s had enough of Halloween and wants to stand in for Santa.

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Last Holiday, 2006
After shy Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah), a cookware saleswoman, is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she decides to take a European vacation and live a lifetime of fun in a few weeks.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000
Jim Carrey takes on the role of the grumpy green Grinch of the Dr Seuss books. A hermit who lives on a rubbish dump near Whoville, the Grinch takes a dim view of the consumerist little town – except for child Cindy-Lou, who might just be the one to melt his heart.

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The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005
A cosy, child-friendly Christmas treat, this faithful adaptation of CS Lewis’s novel sees four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

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The Snowman, 1982
Wordless - except for the song, Walking in the Air - animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

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This Christmas, 2007
The Whitfields are preparing for Christmas day, and all the siblings have come home for the first time in years...and they’ve brought plenty of baggage with them. The film marks the second film role for R&B heartthrob Chris Brown.

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Home Alone, 1990
An 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992
A change of pace for the Muppets, as Kermit and gang play second fiddle to a commanding performance from Michael Caine as Scrooge in a surprisingly faithful adaptation of the Dickens classic.

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The Kid Who Loved Christmas, 1990
When his adopted mother is killed in a car accident and he is taken from his new family, a young boy writes to Santa Claus for help. While waiting for an answer, he and his adopted dad (Tony Parks) fight the bureaucracy.

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Elf, 2003
Will Ferrell plays a human raised as one of Santa's elves, whose amiable goofiness bristles against curmudgeonly real dad James Caan.

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Black Nativity, 2013
After his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson), is evicted from their Baltimore apartment, teenage Langston is sent to spend the holidays with his estranged relatives (Forest Whitaker and Angela Basset) in New York City, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.


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