1. Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990)
Time to revisit Macaulay Culkin back when he was still cute and best buds with Michael Jackson. We can’t believe it’s been more than 25 years since this came out! This modern classic is light, fluffy and feel-good. You’ll remember how it feels like to be a lost kid without Mommy and Daddy. Watch under the comforters with a hot cup of chocolate.
2. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990)
Johnny Depp began his crazy character-acting phase and his lifelong relationship with Tim Burton with the scissorhanded good guy. Winona Ryder is fresh and lovely, which is probably the reason why Depp fell in love with her (that is, until Kate Moss came along). Worth a watch, even just for a taste of what Tim Burton’s style will be for the next several years.
3. Nightmare Before Christmas (Tim Burton, 1993)
There’s a reason why Jack Skellington is an icon. A stop-motion treat for the eyes and the heart, everyone considers Nightmare a Tim Burton masterpiece. There is no shortage of weird characters and freaky scenes, and it only gets weirder as the years go by. Perfect flick on Christmas eve while opening presents!
4. Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003)
This multiple-protagonist (12 characters, to be exact) romantic comedy has been copied many times since. The ensemble cast includes a young Keira Knightley and a very much alive Alan Rickman (RIP, Professor Snape). Watch with your significant other.
5. The Holiday (Nancy Meyers, 2006)
Before there was AirBnB, there was The Holiday. Kate Winslet (as lovely Brit Iris) and Cameron Diaz (as high-flying L.A. girl Amanda) swap homes and fall in love with new men in the process. This is definitely worth a watch, because, well, Jude Law.
6. Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Robert Zemeckis, 2009)
Zemeckis loves fully motion-captured CGI (as seen in Beowulf, The Polar Express, and The Walk) almost as much as he loves Tom Hanks (as seen in Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Polar Express). In A Christmas Carol though, he lets Jim Carrey shine. We do not know how the creep factor of this film passed Disney standards, but it’s still a welcome treat. Good for those watching-alone-moments, especially if you’re too cold-hearted for your own good.