Christmastime begs many moods, and Netflix's array of holiday movies should speak to most. Here are 11 available now.
"The Fitzgerald Family Christmas"
Ed Burns fans should find familiar comforts in director's holiday film, in which he stars opposite the always-charming Connie Britton. "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" centers around a large Irish-American family as it deals with the return of its long-absent patriarch (Ed Lauter).
For those of you wanting to temper all that good cheer, Billy Bob Thornton has been there since his 2003 as "Bad Santa." He does manage to find love (with Lauren Graham), but we'd gladly do without that plotline for more from Bernie Mac's angry security guy and John Ritter's and uptight mall manager.
"The Muppet Christmas Carol"
As with any of the better Muppet films, 1992's "Muppet Christmas Carol" succeeds because it has the best cast around. Charles Dickens' tale may be familiar, but with Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Fozzie as the owner of a chicken factory, Gonzo the Great as Dickens and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, who cares? Even Robin, Kermit's nephew, shows up as Tiny Tim.
Many a holiday spectacular hangs its Santa hat on the Christmas Miracle, and 1954's "White Christmas" has that, in addition to plenty of song-and-dance action from the super cast of Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Haynes and Danny Kaye. Watch and you'll be singing the Irving Berlin classic well into the new year.
"Jack Frost" doesn't just nip at your nose; he'll eat off your entire face. That's just what happens when a serial killer merges with a snowman. A perfect antidote to too much holiday shopping and schlocking, the 1997 film finds character actor Scott MacDonald having plenty of fun as an evil Frosty.
The 2009 animated version of the 19th century story of the young girl who wrote to New York's Sun newspaper for the truth about Kris Kringle and the editorial that resulted, "Yes, Virginia" is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alfred Molina.
"The Nightmare Before Christmas"
It has Tim Burton's sensibility all over it (he co-wrote and produced), though the stop-motion animation film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) was directed by Henry Selick ("Coraline," "James and the Giant Peach"). Watch worlds collide as a resident of Halloween Town infiltrates Christmas Town.