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The top 5 Christmas movies for the whole family

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

Holiday flicks everyone can enjoy

Are you looking to load up your Netflix queue with a Christmas movie line up that will satisfy every family member coming to visit this holiday? With the sheer number of holiday movie choices out there, the task might seem as impossible as Santa Claus actually making it down your chimney. How could you possibly satisfy your mother-in-law and your kids' movie tastes?

Christmas movies for the family

Well, sit back, grab a mug of hot cocoa and relax, because we've done the work for you. We've broken down Christmas movies into five categories sure to satisfy any member of your family.

The rom com: The Holiday

The person in your family who needs a romantic comedy injection will love this movie about two women troubled with guy problems who swap homes and find that a change of address can change their lives.

Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslett, Jude Law and Jack Black, The Holiday has the perfect blend of humor, love and friendship with holiday traditions sprinkled throughout. Even the anti-romcommers in the bunch will gravitate toward this film because of its all-star cast and multiple heart-warming story lines. Warning: you'll want to do a holiday house swap when it's over!

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The com: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

For the one who wants the com without the rom, the Griswold family will have everyone in your family LOL'ing as their plans for a big family Christmas turn into a big disaster. Starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo and written by the fabulous John Hughes, this Christmas comedy is one of the funniest out there.

The classic: It's a Wonderful Life

Is there any question that this is one of the best classic Christmas movies ever made? It was nominated for five Oscars and is on the list of the 100 best movies of all time. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, this film is about a compassionate but frustrated businessman. On Christmas Eve, he is shown by an angel what life would have been like if he'd never existed.

It's a Wonderful Life may have been made in 1946, but it has stood the test of time and continues to inspire all generations every holiday season. Play this Christmas classic in your living room and it will draw in everyone -- from your grandmother to your granddaughter.

The G-rated: The Polar Express

This feel-good animated film is set on Christmas Eve aboard a magical train. Adapted from the children's storybook with the same name, it's a classic Christmas tale about the power of believing. And this flick won't just draw the kids. Mom might be interested to know that one of her favorite actors, Tom Hanks, is the voice behind several of the characters.

The underrated: The Family Man

The Family Man has an inspirational and feel-good storyline similar to the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful LIfe and stars Oscar winner Nicholas Cage who plays a man on Christmas Eve who gets a chance to answer the quesition, what if? about his life. While this movie often doesn't make the cut for must-watch Christmas flicks, it's one that should make your list because it will remind anyone in the family about the importance of family.

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