It's Christmas Day, so we've collected some of the best movies to watch on Netflix this festive season. While some prefer to stick to Christmas-themed movies on this special day, it's also a good time of year for watching movies in general - especially when you've eaten so much you can't move any more.
With thousands of movies available on Netfix, it can be a little daunting trying to find something to watch that's suitable for all the family. In an effort to save you some scrolling and searching, we've assembled a collection of crowd-pleasing movies that should be suitable for any gathering of family and friends.
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From old classics to more recent releases, here are some of the best movies on Netflix to watch on Christmas Day.
- This Page: A Little Princess, The Neverending Story, and More
- Page 2: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Bean, and More
A Little Princess
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, A Little Princess is a quintessential riches-to-rags tale about the power of friendship, kindness, and the imagination. Liesel Matthews plays Sara Crewe, who is raised in India but sent to a girls' boarding school in New York when her father is called up to fight in World War I. As one of the wealthiest students at the school, Sara is treated like a "little princess" until word arrives that her father has been killed in the war, leaving her bills unpaid. To pay off her debts, Sara is forced to work as a servant for the girls that were once her classmates - but even in the hardest of times, she never loses her spirit.
Based on the astonishing true story of Saroo Brierly (played by Dev Patel), Lion was directed by Garth Davis and scored six Oscar nominations following its release in 2016. Five year-old Saroo becomes separated from his older brother at a train station and boards a train that ends up carrying him on a thousand-mile journey to Calcutta, where he knows no one and doesn't even speak the local language. Saroo is eventually adopted by a family in Australia, and as an adult he embarks on an intense research mission, trying to figure out where he originally came from using only Google Earth, and what little he can remember from his early childhood.
The Neverending Story
A fantasy classic from the 1980s, The Neverending Story is a tale within a tale. Shy bookworm Bastian Balthazar Bux (Barret Oliver) discovers an intriguing book while hiding from bullies on a bookstore, and decides he has to borrow it. The book is about a young warrior called Atreyu (Noah Hathaway), who is tasked with finding a cure for the ruler of the land of Fantasia, The Childlike Empress (Tami Stronach). However, the quest will not be easy, as a mysterious force known only as "The Nothing" is consuming Fantasia, and Atreyu's path is fraught with danger and peril.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise may have gone somewhat astray in later entries, but it's hard to beat the first entry, Curse of the Black Pearl, which revived the long-dormant genre of pirate movies. Directed by Gore Verbinski and released in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl introduced the world to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, who has been ejected from his position as Captain of the Black Pearl. His former ship is now captained by Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and thanks to the theft of a chest of cursed gold, the entire crew are forced to roam the world as the undead, immune to death and transforming into spooky skeletons at night.
The Emperor's New Groove
One of the more underrated movie's in Disney's collection, The Emperor's New Groove is about selfish young Incan Emperor Kuzco (voiced by David Spade), who gets his comeuppance when he's transformed into a llama. Stripped of his wealth and even his human body, Kuzco's only ally is Pacha (John Goodman), a humble peasant whose village Kuzco was planning to destroy to make way for a summer resort named after himself. Leaning heavily into slapstick comedy, The Emperor's New Groove is sure to keep the kids happy, and also features the voice of the late, great Eartha Kitt as the movie's villain, Yzma.
Based on Jack London's beloved book, this new animated adaptation of White Fang was directed by Alexandre Espigares and features a beautiful and unique art style. The titular character is a wolf-dog hybrid, born in the wild before he eventually finds himself joining the Native American tribe that his mother once belonged to. As White Fang grows up, he learns the hard way about the fallibility of mankind as he passes from one master to the next. Set in the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the 1890s, White Fang is an old tale but a classic for a reason, and Espigares effectively captures the beauty, sadness, and excitement of London's story.
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Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) may not be a man of many words, but he can do a tremendous amount of damage. In Bean, a feature film spinoff of the British comedy series, Mr. Bean's colleagues grow so sick of him that they send him on an important assignment to an American gallery, which has just acquired the priceless painting Whistler's Mother. Bean stays with the museum curator, David Langley (Peter MacNicol), and his family - but poor David soon realizes that he got more than he bargained for. Bean was billed as "The Ultimate Disaster Movie," and it definitely lives up to the title.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
If you're spending Christmas with your chosen family rather than blood relations, what better movie to watch than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? This sequel sees the ragtag band of space heroes discovering Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) father, who happens to be Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell). The bonds of their friendship are tested by Rocket Raccoon's (Bradley Cooper) abrasiveness and stubbornness, and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is forced to confront her fraught past with her adoptive sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan). They may be a dysfunctional crew, but ultimately they learn that there's a lot more to family than just blood.