5 hidden holiday movies worth watching

Katherine Clark, Reporter

During the holidays, everyone reminisces on their favorite Christmas movies. One thing that raises many questions is what do people consider a Christmas movie?

Here are some of the many popular hidden holiday films that need to be considered apart of the Christmas movie collection.

The Sound of Music: 1965

During the holidays, before people had tapes and DVD’s, popular news networks would televise The Sound of Music during the holiday season. As people visited family and gathered around the TV on Christmas Day, this movie franchise would play on several channels for thousands to watch. Although there is no correlation to Christmas in the film, many families consider it a tradition to watch this movie during the holiday season. Rotten Tomatoes reviewed the movie, stating “the Sound of Music will win over all but the most cynical filmgoers with its classic songs and irresistible warmth.”

Die Hard: 1988

Being debated for the last 30 years whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie, it can not be argued that this action packed film takes place during the holiday season (therefore making it a Christmas movie). Yes, the movie did come out in July. But nevertheless, it’s Christmas theme sets the stage for what is known as one of the most popular “not Christmas” movies. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 93% review. Favoring the movie, they state “its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic.”

When Harry Met Sally: 1989

During the holiday season, people crave romantic movies. Not just romantic movies, but romantic comedies as well. When Harry Met Sally is one of the most iconic romance movies during the 80’s. The 1989 film sets the perfect mood for the winter weather and the snow falling out your window. Many people consider this a holiday movie not only because it takes place during Christmas, but because it shows that Christmas is a time for love and giving. When Harry Met Sally tells the story of two strangers falling in love during the holiday season while learning what it means to have true Christmas spirit. Rating the movie a 90%, Rotten Tomatoes says the movie sets a new standard for romantic comedies.

Harry Potter: 2001

This 21st century phenomenon never gives the first impression that it’s a Christmas film. Although the movie setting follows the characters during the school year, every film in the collection has a Christmas scene. Similar to the Sound of Music, more than enough networks televised this movie during the holidays as well. Grasping the attention of movie lovers around the world, the Harry Potter phenomenon has turned itself into a holiday must-see for the last 15 years.

Love Actually: 2003

There’s nothing quite like Christmas in London. Love Actually tells the story of eight very different couples living about their lives during the holiday season. Getting movie lovers in the Christmas spirit, the film’s setting proves that the holidays are more than just decorations and Christmas carols. Setting the scene in the heart of England, this movie never fails to tell the story of what true love is during the holiday season. The 2003 film took their viewers by heart, telling them what love actually is.