A Christmas Romance
It may be hard to visualize it now but there was a time when pairing Olivia Newton-John and Gregory Harrison was HOT. Think Christmas romance movie personified. Truthfully, that was in the 1980s. Things may not be steaming in this 1990s film, but there's a lot going on to make this Christmas movie feel more than cozy. Newton-John plays a widowed mom who is barely getting by. Things get magical when she helps a debt collector (Harrison) who has crashed his car. A storm is happening, these strangers are thrown together, and suddenly we see how they are meant for one another. If this romantic comedy movie doesn't put you in the mood for some Christmas love, we don't know what will.
The Family Man
Nicholas Cage gets a lot of grief simply for being Nicholas Cage. Sure, his movie choices can be questionable, but his dedication to those choices are certainly not. Directed by Brett Ratner, The Family Man is one of the most unsung films of both their careers. This is one of those Christmas movies that epitomizes the very genre it is a part of. Part It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, we see what happens when a freewheeling bachelor wakes up to being a father, a husband and all the responsibilities that entails. Resistance ensues until ultimately this character realizes just how important family is. This Christmas romance movie exudes that warm and fuzzy feeling without every feeling cheesy. That in itself is a true holiday accomplishment.
Two lovelorn woman, tired of the men they are meeting in their own countries, decide to swap homes and see how the other half lives. As you have probably figured out they find the men of the dreams. Starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black, The Holiday might seem schmaltzy but it's the kind of romantic comedy movie that is perfect for couples around the holidays. Clocking in at over two hours, this will virtually ensure that those in a relationship have to spend time together. And with a romantic movie (that is also solidly in the Christmas movies camp) that makes you feel this good, those watching are all but assured of some "quality time."