Need a list of classic movies for the winter? Say no more. Here it is.
1. An Affair to Remember (1957)
A retail store fires Polly (Ginger Rogers) just before Christmas. She is rehired when her employer mistakenly believes she has abandoned a baby during unemployment. Hilarity ensues when she must keep an orphaned baby to retain her job. Also see the musical version, Bundle of Joy with Debbie Reynolds.
A dark and cynical, yet hopeful, tale of a young lady (Deanna Durbin) who doesn't really know the man she married. Her story is told in flashbacks during Christmastime. Gene Kelly stars as the husband in this taut drama.
4. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
A housekeeping columnist (Barbara Stanwyck) actually knows nothing about the subject and has lied throughout most of her career. When her employer asks to visit during Christmas, she must cobble together a house in the country, a husband, a baby and a Christmas dinner all in short order.
Jerry Lewis released this gender-bending tale of Cinderella during the winter because he believed feel-good, family entertainment works better in December. There is no snow or winter scene, but you don't miss them. It's a magical movie.
6. Desk Set (1957)
7. Giant (1956)
8. The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
A family comedy which includes pet alligators freezing in the Philadelphia winter, a coming-of-age story for a young lady and empty-nesters accepting reality. Fred MacMurray and Greer Garson star.
One of the most famous films ever. George Bailey's (James Stewart) frustrating life makes him suicidal. A special someone shows George what life would have been like were he never born.
10. Lady on a Train (1945)
Bob Hope stars as a gangster who builds a home for indigent ladies as a front for a gambling house during Christmastime. This is the film for which the song "Silver Bells" was written.
A small orphan (Margaret O'Brien) exploited for her genius and brought up in a sterile institute, runs away. Will her friend and reporter Mike (James Craig) give her a home for Christmas and beyond? Marsha Hunt also stars.
Dinner guest Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley) has broken his foot at a friend of a friend's house. He'll stay for the winter until his foot heals, causing havoc in the house with exorbitant telephone bills and a string of guests and animals. This comedy also stars Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan.
It's the movie which first introduced the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Judy Garland leads the cast in a tale of a family who would rather not move from St. Louis, particularly not during the holidays.
15. Midnight Lace (1960)
Someone is out to murder Mrs. Preston (Doris Day) but she doesn't know why. Stylish winter coats abound in this thriller. Also stars Rex Harrison.
16. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
In this winter comedy, a neighbor (Eddie Bracken) promises to marry a woman (Betty Hutton) who ends up pregnant by someone else.
17. Neptune's Daughter (1949)
This is the movie which introduced the popular standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside," despite it being set in California during a warm season. A business woman (Esther Williams) mistakenly believes that she must keep her sister (Betty Garrett) from the machinations of a playboy (Ricardo Montalban). Fun film.
18. Reckless Moment (1949)
A mother (Joan Bennett) must juggle a blackmailer (James Mason), a corpse, her rebellious daughter and the rest of the family all during Christmastime.
19. The Secret Garden (1949)
A young girl's social development follows the seasons from winter to spring in this adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett tale. Margaret O'Brien leads the cast.
20. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Two shop employees become sworn enemies, little knowing that they are also secret pen pals. Will love blossom under the mistletoe? James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan star. See also the musical remake, In the Good Old Summertime (1949) with Judy Garland and Van Johnson.
21. Star! (1968)
This film explores the life of stage great Gertrude Lawrence and includes several winter scenes. Lots of beautiful cold weather frocks are on display. Julie Andrews stars.
22. Up in Central Park (1948)
Deanna Durbin stars in this Broadway play adapted for film about an new U.S. citizen who gets swept up in the corruption of New York's politics during the turn of the century. Great snow scenes. A Currier and Ives picture comes to life. Vincent Price also stars.
23. We're No Angels (1955)
Escaped convicts help a family rid themselves of an arrogant cousin/employer during Christmastime. Humphrey Bogart leads the cast.
24. We're Not Married (1952)
A justice of the peace illegally marries couples during the holidays before his commission has been officially recognized. Now several couples were never married and must reevaluate whether they want to remain wedded. Ginger Rogers stars.
25. White Christmas (1954)
Two former army pals put on a reunion for a forgotten general during the winter. Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney star in this rousing, colorful musical.
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