The Best Christmas Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel
Finding a good Christmas movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Christmas movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.
What it's about: A radical student is adopted by a group of young New Yorkers, serves as a catalyst to alter his and their lives. Gathering in a Manhattan apartment, the group of friends meet to discuss social mobility, Fourier's socialism and play bridge in their cocoon of upper-class society - until they are joined by a man with a critical view of their way of life.
Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Showtime, The Criterion Channel & fuboTV), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).
2. A Night to Remember
What it's about: The sinking of the Titanic is presented in a highly realistic fashion in this tense British drama. The disaster is portrayed largely from the perspective of the ocean liner's second officer, Charles Lightoller. Despite numerous warnings about ice, the ship sails on, with Capt. Edward John Smith keeping it going at a steady clip. When the doomed vessel finally hits an iceberg, the crew and passengers discover that they lack enough lifeboats, and tragedy follows.
Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).
3. A Christmas Tale
What it's about: When their regal matriarch falls ill, the troubled Vuillard family come together for a hesitant Christmastime reunion. Among them is rebellious ne'er-do-well Henri and the uptight Elizabeth. Together under the same roof for the first time in many years, their intricate, long denied resentments and yearnings emerge again.
Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Tribeca Short List & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).
4. Mon oncle Antoine
What it's about: Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town's general store and undertaking business. Mon Oncle Antoine is Director Claude Jutra's masterpiece: A poignant, starkly honest, but humane film, shot through with authenticity from beginning to end. Realized with an unflagging artistic vision, Mon Oncle Antoine poetically portrays a young boy's coming of age, vividly capturing the Quebec mining town in which he lives.
Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).
What it's about: In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person dining with them that night. The celebrations also include a parade, and in it we find Plácido, the humble owner of a three-wheeler, whose family is forced to live in a public lavatory because of the lack of money to pay the rent, and who has to pay the second bill of his vehicle before midnight or else he will lose it.
Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).