It's that time again, guys. As hard as it is to believe Thanksgiving has already happened, November is ending and December is beginning. It's officially appropriate to start buying red and green M&Ms and listening to Christmas music, and Netflix is about to add a slew of new titles to its beloved instant streaming lineup. But as any couch enthusiast knows, Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away, so as a new group of awesome movies arrives, another collection is on the way out. The worst part? When Netflix put together its list of December offerings, it forgot all kinds of amazing holiday movies that are essential in getting into the holiday spirit.
There is good news, though — the list of Netflix newcomers includes a lot of classic favorites, like Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion and Troop Beverly Hills, and the last season of American Horror Story. Also, Anchorman 2, if you're into that kind of thing. New movies and TV shows will be added periodically through the month, so here's the full list in case you're itching to update your calendar (and block out which weekends you will be "too sick" to hang out with your friends).
A Knight's Tale Almost Famous American Beauty Bewitched Jewtopia Knights of Badassdom Madison Out of the Clear Blue Sky Out of Time The Out-of-Towners Troop Beverly Hills Turbo FAST
OculusSon of God
Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way
American Horror Story: CovenAnchorman 2: The Legend Continues Ava & Lala Sharknado 2: The Second One
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
I Am Ali Drive Hard
A Haunted House 2
The VillageThe Wolf of Wall Street
Broadchurch Marco Polo Nick Offerman: American Ham
Ragnarok The Honourable Woman
All Hail King Julien
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Dark Skies Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
The Trip to Italy
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Child of God Labor Day
Behaving Badly Comedy Bang! Bang! (Season 3)I, Frankenstein Maron (Season 2)Jessie (Season 3)
Not too many feel good holiday flicks on there, right? Or, you know, any. I mean, how am I supposed to wrap presents while watching Paranormal Activity 2? It just cannot be done. Therefore, I've taken the liberty to make a list of the holiday movies Netflix should have added — and where else you can find them. And although Netflix totally let us down on these, ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas comes through for almost all of them... and this year, they finally seem to have figured out that Harry Potter is not actually a Christmas movie. I never thought I'd see the day!
The Santa Clause
Is it Christmas if you haven't watched The Santa Clause yet? Absolutely not. Since I was a kid, this movie has been a staple every December, especially on Christmas Eve. Although it's not on Netflix, you can catch it on ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas on December 2, 12, and 17.
This movie paints an accurate picture of everything that sucks about spending time with your family on the holidays. Is there anything funnier than Aunt Bethany saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the dinner table? Christmas Vacation will play on ABC Family December 1, 11, 13, and 24.
Jingle All The Way
This Christmas movie, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a dad on the hunt for the hottest toy of the holiday season, Turbo Man, is totally underrated. If you haven't seen it, add it to your Christmas playlist this year. It's not available for free online anywhere, but you can purchase it on Google Play for just $2.99. If iTunes is more your thing, it's available there too for $6.99.
A classic, obviously. Catch it on ABC Family December 16, 20, and 23.
How is it possible that Netflix has yet to acquire Elf? It's actually almost an insult. It's one of the most quotable holiday movies of all time, and you get to see a blonde, pre-New Girl Zooey Deschanel in action. Elf will be on ABC Family December 1, 7, 19, and 25 — and probably on a ton of other channels, because everyone but Netflix is fully aware that it's a necessary part of holiday TV watching.
A Christmas Story
Try to get through December without cracking a "You'll shoot your eye out" joke. I bet you can't do it. For some reason, ABC Family has shut this one out, but never fear — the yearly 24 hour marathon on TBS, starting on Christmas Eve, is on again for this year. Need to see it sooner? You can buy it on Google Play for $2.99 and iTunes for $14.99.
It's a Wonderful Life
This movie's especially good for those of us who tend to feel sorry for ourselves around the holiday season. Grab a candy cane, have a good cry, and realize by the end of the movie that the world really would be a worse place without you — and all for the low, low price of $9.99 on Google Play and $14.99 on iTunes.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
If remembering how adorable Taylor Momsen used to be as a child doesn't do it for you, transporting yourself back to Whoville for two hours ought to. You can see this holiday favorite on ABC Family December 5, 14, and 20.
Miracle on 34th Street
Santa exists, guys — but you can only find him at the giant, tourist-ridden Macy's on 34th street. At least they have a McDonalds on every level? Mark your calendars for December 12 on ABC Family, and do yourself a favor by avoiding Macy's for the entirety of the holiday season.
Is there any more perfect combination than the marriage of the chick flick and holiday genres? In the movie that made Jack Black actually seem lovable, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz trade lives — and there are even cute British accents. You can find it on Google Play for $2.99.
The Polar Express
Okay, so the animation is slightly creepy, but it's a good way to pay tribute to everyone's favorite childhood Christmas book. Catch it on ABC Family December 13, 16, and 23.
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