By Emma Dooney
Check out the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime this year for festive classics and family favourites (yes, they've got Love Actually guys!)
Amazon has dropped an elf's workshop full of classic Yuletide flicks for 2021 bound to awaken those nostalgic holiday memories, as well as some Christmas films you can't find elsewhere for your holiday movie marathons.
Despite the best Christmas movies on Netflix being available every year, Amazon Prime have sought to beat the streaming service with their offering for 2021, adding Love Actually to their free to stream service for the festive season.
Best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime 2021
We’ve watched it a million times and still somehow haven’t tired of it. Starring Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon (one of film's most iconic couples of all time), the 2003 British rom-com has gone down in history as one of the most famous festive flicks and feel good Christmas movies to come out of the noughties—and with good reason.
The movie follows the complicated lives of multiple London couples as they navigate their personal and professional worlds in the five weeks leading up to the ever-emotional festive season, culminating in an epic ending we promise not to spoil here. Prepare for laughter, tears, and a hearty helping of 'aww' moments. Hands down one of the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime this year.
For folks looking for a bit of sun to escape the December darkness, The Holiday may just do the trick. The 2006 classic sees Amanda (Cameron Diaz) abruptly swap her stunning California mansion with the Surrey cottage of Iris (Kate Winslet), in the hope of escaping her troubled love life for the Christmas season.
With supporting actors Jack Black bringing the humor and Jude Law bringing the heat, there’s lots to love about thisChristmas classic. And with the snowy English countryside being a key feature throughout, we vote that Surrey deserves a spot on this list for the best UK staycations this December.
New Year's Eve
If you like the sound of Christmas in New York with a bunch of celebrities, New Year's Eve is for you. With appearances from Halle Berry and Jessica Biel to Hilary Swank and Zac Efron, the cast of this 2011 festive comedy-drama looks like it’s been plucked straight from a Hollywood red carpet.
Like Love Actually, New Year's Eve follows the stories of multiple people as they navigate different problems in the run-up to the final night of December. Unlike its British counterpart, this film hasn't made it into the leagues of Christmas movie legends, but if you are a fan of the type of films that make it into Hallmark's Christmas Movie Schedule, then this is definitely worth a watch.
A Bad Moms Christmas
As the sequel to the 2016 Bad Moms, A Bad Moms Christmas sees Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reprise their roles as overworked mothers for the upcoming festive season. The 2017 flick sees Amy, Kiki and Carla navigate the stresses of dealing with their own moms over Christmas—all while trying to create the picture-perfect holiday for their families. Expect hilarious hijinks, fuzzy moments, and, of course, parenting truths.
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls is every Christmas decorator’s dream—or nightmare, depending on how you look at it. Starring Danny Devito and Matthew Broderick, this 2006 family film sees suburban dads Danny and Steve compete to make the houses shine so brightly that they can be seen from space. Sex and the City fans will also be delighted to see Kristin Davis, who plays Steve’s wife Kelly, join in on the fun. One to watch if your family has already exhausted the list of the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus this year.
Christmas with the Coopers
Christmas with the Coopers (or Love the Coopers, if you’re in the US), is another must-see festive flick to hit Amazon Prime this month. Starring Diana Keaten and John Goodman as soon-to-be-divorced Charlotte and Sam Cooper, the 2015 film sees four generations of an extended family reunite for a slightly unconventional holiday celebration. It’s also narrated by a dog, who just so happens to have the same voice as Steve Martin. What a coincidence.
Christmas movies coming to Amazon Prime in November 2021
Christmas with the Kranks
Jamie Lee Curtis fans, this one is for you. The Freaky Friday star is at peak form in Christmas with the Kranks, a 2004 festive flick about a married couple who choose to escape the holiday stress by taking a cruise in the Caribbean instead. They’re almost immediately labeled social outcasts by their neighbors, who refuse to accept their decision and force them to celebrate the occasion anyway.
Coming to Netflix November 1, 2021
It's a Wonderful Life
One of the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime by far this year will be this monochrome Christmastime classic. It's a Wonderful Life was released back in 1946 but continues to connect with audiences all around the world to this day. The plot follows the story of George Bailey, a young man who, disillusioned with life, considers ending it altogether. His perspective shifts, however, when meets his guardian angel, who tells him what the world would have been like if he had never existed. Tissues, please!
Coming to Netflix November 1, 2021
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Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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