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“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a classic Christmas movie that has been enjoyed for generations. This year, you can bring the 1947 film firmly into the 21st century by streaming it for free via Amazon Prime. The streaming service even allows you to watch the iconic movie in color! For the purists, however, a black-and-white version is still available.
Even though I consider myself a Christmas movie connoisseur, I’ll sheepishly admit that I hadn’t actually sat down and watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” until a few years ago. I have to say — I definitely did not know what I was missing! If you’re like me and somehow thus missed the boat on this bona fide classic, snuggling up with a mug of hot cocoa to watch it on Prime is the perfect way to rectify the situation.
Whether you’ve seen them more times than you can count, or are just experiencing the magic for the first time, there are plenty of other quintessential Christmas movies you can watch for free via Amazon Prime and other streaming services. Check out some picks below.
Also available on Prime, “Holiday Inn” features the singing and dancing talents of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale. The 1942 film is filled with 13 holiday songs by composer Irving Berlin, including the beloved “White Christmas.”
Dr. Seuss’ classic tale gets an animated upgrade in this 2018 version of the movie, available to stream on Netflix. Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the title character.
“A Christmas Prince”
“A Christmas Prince” is the perfect modern-day addition for your Christmas movie lineup. Once you finish the 2017 Netflix original, you can move on to the sequels: 2018’s “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding” and 2019’s “A Christmas Prince 3: The Royal Baby,” which premieres on Dec. 5. this year.
“Christmas Cartoons: 14 Christmas Cartoon Classics”
Throw it back to your childhood with these nostalgic animated classics available to stream on Prime, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jack Frost,” “Toys Will Be Toys” and more.