Top 10 Christmas Movies for Couples

There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by hanging some decorations, pouring some holiday drinks, and diving into your favorite holiday movies. Warm, fuzzy feelings abound re-watching your most cherished holiday favorites every yeard. Some are funny, some are wild, and some are even spooky, but everyone has a favorite holiday movie to get them into that festive mood.

Our favorite Christmas movie subcategory is the time-honored holiday romance. Christmas romances always have plenty of comedy thrown in along with those classic themes of family and gratitude to uplift your spirit. That's why we love holiday romances...they make the best couple's movies!

But with so many out there, how to pick the perfect cinematic complement to your holiday festivities? To help out, we picked our ten favorites -- some are old, some are new, but all charming, funny, and romantic ways for you to get into the Christmas spirit with your other half. Sure, many of these aren't "Christmas movies" in the sense that A Christmas Story or Miracle on 34th Street are. But they're all Christmas-heavy romances that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Also, for each selection, we noted whether or not you can find it instant streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Here they are, in no particular order:

Love, Actually (2003)

top-couples-christmas-moviesThis star-studded charmer from 2003 consists of a series of Christmas-themed love stories sure to get you feeling warm and fuzzy. This one has a cast that can't be beat, including Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Richman, Keira Knightley, and more. As you get to see each love story develop between these A-listers, you discover ways that they're all connected -- making for a perfect way to connect with the love of your life while building up that indescribable Christmas mood.

Netflix: No
Amazon Prime: No

Marry Me for Christmas (2013)

top-couples-christmas-moviesThis Netflix-made holiday flick is the story of Marcy, who is dreading her family's nagging questions about whether or not she has found a special someone to add to the family yet. Her solution? She gets one of her employees to pretend to be her husband while they visit her parents over the holidays. It's something we can all relate to -- especially those of us who still aren't engaged after sisters and friends have already tied the knot, and always have to answer those questions from our nosey (but beloved and well-meaning) family members. Things get more complicated for Marcy when a childhood friend shows up and starts competing for her affections! For a fun, romantic, Christmas-themed movie with a wholesome family backdrop, snuggle up in front of Netflix and check out Marry Me for Christmas.

Netflix: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

The Bishop's Wife (1958)

top-couples-christmas-moviesThis 1958 classic stars Cary Grant as a bishop who has becomes obsessed with raising money to build a new cathedral. So obsessed, in fact, that he starts totally neglecting his wife -- until an angel comes down from the heavens to teach him a lesson in romance he'll never forget. Witty, light-hearted, and old fashioned, this one is well-known to classic film buffs and perfect for any couple that wants a charming, innocently cheesy, old-school take on love, Christmas, and what's most important in life.

Netflix: No
Amazon Prime: No

Elf (2003)

top-couples-christmas-moviesThis Will Ferrell holiday comedy is so goofy that it's impossible not to be charmed by; sure to give couples that warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling with none of the seriousness of some holiday movies. Sure, it may not land on any list of "classics" for diehard film buffs, but this Christmas-themed goof-fest is impossible not to have fun with, and features Will Ferrell at his comedic best. It's a real popcorn movie, so if you're in the mood for something totally lighthearted to get you in a carefree holiday mood, Elf is the perfect ticket.

Netflix: No
Amazon Prime: No

Serendipity (2001)

Starring John Cusack opposite Kate Beckinsale, Serendipity tells the story of a man and a woman who met while shopping for Christmas gifts for their then-significant others. Sparks flew, but the timing wasn't right for them to be together. So, they made a pact: if fate brought them together again, they would begin a relationship. Years later, about to marry other people, both follow a last-minute impulse to search for the other, setting off a serendipitous chain of events that might just end up leading them to their true loves -- each other. Call it a Christmas miracle, or just serendipity, but you'll be charmed and uplifted from beginning to end.

Netflix: No
Amazon Prime: No

A Christmas Prince (2017)

top-couples-christmas-moviesThis brand new Christmas movie was released by Netflix just in time for the 2017 holiday season. It's about a budding journalist named Amber who is jet-setted off to a fictional eastern European country called Aldovia to cover a story. After her arrival she attends a press conference promising major news about the nation's crown prince (and notorious playboy) Richard. The king, Richard's father, is dead. But rumor has it Richard will abdicate the throne rather than take his father's place. However, when the prince is a no-show to the conference, Amber gets an opportunity to go undercover when a staff member confuses her with the royal tutor for the princess, giving Amber inside access to the throne that will allow her to get to the bottom of the rumors.

But as with every Christmas romance, as love blooms, her new access to the prince might not turn out being "all business" after all. Of course, since Amber is undercover, things get complicated fast. Charming, light, and easy to watch, A Christmas Prince is perfect for a cozy night in with your sweetie or beau, complete with a couple of rich hot chocolates or rum-fortified egg nogs.

Netflix: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

The Family Stone (2005)

A young man is ready to finally pop the question to his girlfriend right around the holidays. So what could go wrong with taking her to meet his family before he makes his move? The answer is, a lot! No one in his family can stand her -- except for his brother, of course, who has eyes for her and wants her for himself. Featuring some of our favorite silver screeners like Claire Danes and Luke Wilson, this Christmas romcom is part drama, part romance, and all holiday fun.

Netflix: No
Amazon Prime: No

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

This iconic early 90's Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romance is directed by Nora Ephron. It starts around Christmas Eve, when a grieving Tom Hanks calls a radio show to share his story of loss. The broadcast of his lost love sob story inspires troves of romantically-interested women to write to him, including a Baltimore-based reporter played by Meg Ryan. This sets them both off on a series of holiday misadventures, launching a Christmas-themed romance that charmed millions of early 90's moviegoers.

Netflix: No
Amazon Prime: No

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

top-couples-christmas-moviesToday, an uber-wealthy couple coming home to a bunch of homeless people partying in their mansion would probably result in the police being called and a few restraining orders being filed. But 1947 was a simpler, purer time -- on the silver screen, at least! Another one for the classic film buffs, this post-WWII Christmas comedy is about a homeless man in New York City who shacks up every winter in a mansion with his homeless friends while the owners are at their property down south. When a member of the family comes home early and finds it full of street people, instead of calling the cops, she pretends to be an indigent runaway and joins them! Her unexpected move sets off a series of holiday-centric opportunities for her and her rich, disconnected family to rekindle the treasures of togetherness and the holiday spirit of giving.

Netflix: No
Amazon Prime: No

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

top-couples-christmas-moviesJim Carrey steals the screen as Dr. Suess' The Grinch. Watch a classic holiday kids' story come fully to life with impressive makeup, fun writing, and a distinctly Suessical set design. You'll find the residents of Whoville irresistibly adorable, and since almost every couple can remember enjoying this book as a holiday mainstay when they were kids, you'll feel that cozy sense of nostalgia sneak back into your hearts as you snuggle up for the live-action version.

Netflix: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

GROOM'S BONUS: Gremlins (1984)

top-couples-christmas-moviesThis one is just for guys n' grooms! However, the 80's Christmas-themed monster comedy Gremlins is so fun, silly, and downright enjoyable, we think plenty of the ladies would have a blast watching Gremlins with their sweethearts over the holidays as well. Featuring an adorable little fuzzball named Gizmo and a building romance between its male and female lead, Gremlins is pure,  campy 80's fun with tons of Christmas, a good dash of romance, and a distinctly modern message of anti-materialism all thrown in the mix.

For our groom's bonus we were tempted to pick an unapologetically testosterone-powered Christmas-themed bro fest like Die Hard or Lethal Weapon, but thought it'd be nice to go with a movie more couples could enjoy together instead. Gremlins won't let you down, and for stubborn grooms who instantly roll their eyes at your favorite cheesy romcoms, Gremlins is the perfect Christmas movie compromise.

Netflix: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

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