Holiday Films in IC Library Video Collection

Movie Watching During the Holidays

The Holiday season is here, and with it for many of us there will be lots of movie watching. Listed here are both traditional and non-traditional holiday films (about 40 of each) that can be found in the Ithaca College Library. They span almost 90 years of movie making, with pictures from every decade from the nineteen twenties to the twenty teens. Some are appropriately sappy. Others use the holiday season as a backdrop for satirical, biting, or sinister reasons. A few have nothing to do with the holidays except for a scene or two -- but oh, those scenes are what make those movies worth watching.

Happy Holidays!

Non-Traditional Holiday Films

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For Traditionalists

The Ithaca College Library actually does have quite a few conventional holiday movies, too, including these

This Century:
  • New Year's Eve (2011) DVD 9063
    -- A "Love Actually" wannabe set in NYC.
  • The Holiday (2007) DVD 4245
    -- house swapping and romance.
  • Joyeux Noël (2006) DVD 4564
    -- Christmas in the trenches of WWI.
  • The Family Stone (2005) DVD 9181
    -- It's fiancée versus future in-laws for this year's Christmas combat.
  • Polar Express (2005) DVD 3209
    -- creepy or delightful? You decide.
  • Just Friends (2005) DVD 4531
    -- will an unplanned hometown Christmas visit  convert an old platonic love to something else?
  • Love Actually (2003) DVD 733
    -- after 10 years, no longer non-traditional; now a classic.
  • Elf (2003) DVD 8321
    -- enjoyable in a grating sort of way.
  • The Santa Clause 1, 2 & 3  (2002,2003,2007) DVD 7794​
    -- you don't have to watch the sequels.
Last Century:
  • Little Women (1933) DVD 5731
    -- it opens with a snowy Christmas scene, and the Christmas wish sentiment never seems to depart (the same is true for the 1994 version, DVD 9371)
  • Remember the night (1940) DVD 9169
    -- a shoplifter and a D.A. and Christmas good will
  • Holiday Inn (1942) DVD 6379
    -- the film where "White Christmas" first appeared.
  • Shop around the corner; Christmas in Connecticut; and It happened on 5th avenue (1940,1945,1947) DVD 6811
    -- as sappy, sentimental, and charming as only 1940s movies can be.
  • Going my way (1944) DVD 4284
    -- perhaps the sappiest, most sentimental and charming of them all.
  • It's a wonderful life (1946) DVD 3944
    -- too grim for its time; now the No. 1 favorite Christmas film
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947) DVD 5744
    -- I do believe in Santa.
  • White Christmas (1954) DVD 5734
    -- as sappy and sentimental as any of the films of the 40s, but in color.
  • Amahl and the night visitors (1955) DVD 4145
    -- the only made-for-TV opera I've ever heard of.
  • [the Sixties and Seventies weren't good decades for holiday films, I guess]
  • Jean Shepherd's A Christmas story (1983) DVD 497
    -- we've graduated from sappy to droll, but we haven't lost charming and heart-warming
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989) DVD 3088
    -- wherein twelve years of non-courtship end happily at a New Year Eve's party. [Oops, have I included a spoiler?]
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993) DVD 3958
    -- with two holidays, Christmas at the beginning and Valentine's Day at the end.
  • Home alone [1-4] (1990,1992,1997,2003) DVD 5081
    -- once was cute; twice was fine (if you've never grown up); more than that is getting a bit sadistic.
  • Mrs. Santa Claus (1996) DVD 2112
    -- a TV movie with Angela Lansbury in the title role.
  • Hav Plenty (1997) DVD 306
    -- what is supposed to be a quiet New Year's Eve gathering becomes a weekend filled with plenty.
  • You've got mail (1998) DVD 9193
    -- an update of Shop around the Corner [see above] with tree decorating and everything.
  • How the Grinch stole Christmas (2000) DVD 7946
    --the movie, not the old TV special 
Plus these variations on A Christmas Carol:
  • A Christmas carol (1938) DVD 6811
    -- with Reginald Owen as Scrooge, in what some say is the most authentic representation of Dickensian England
  • A Christmas carol (1951) DVD 488
    -- with Alistair Sim as Scrooge, in what some say set the standard for film adaptations of this classic.
  • Scrooge (1970) DVD 5608
    -- with Albert Finney as Scrooge, in a musical version of the story
  • Scrooged (1988) DVD 8590
    -- with Bill Murray as Frank Cross, a modernized Scrooge.
  • A Muppet Christmas Carol (2005) DVD 2384
    -- with Michael Caine playing it straight as Scrooge against the songs and antics of the Muppets. 
And a couple of Nutcrackers: