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Nothing gets me in the mood for Christmas quite like a good Christmas movie – and the Brits have made plenty of them. Below, we've gathered up some of the best ones available for online streaming in the US. Some are even free to view with Amazon Prime or Netflix at the time of posting (late November 2018).
If you need us, we'll be curled up on the couch with some popcorn. Let us known which one is your favorite!
The Snowman – Based on the Raymond Briggs' book of the same name, this short movie is a British holiday classic. There's also a sequel, The Snowman & the Snowdog. Watch The Snowman | Watch The Snowman & the Snowdog
Millions – Starring James Nesbitt (Cold Feet, The Missing), this 2004 movie tells the story of 2 pre-teen siblings who find a million pounds in cash and need to spend it before the Euro is adopted. Watch on Amazon
Stick Man – This short, animated Christmas film features voice work from some of the UK's most popular actors: Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders, Hugh Bonneville, and Rob Brydon, to name a few. It's about a little stick family man who embarks on an adventure and just wants to get back in time for Christmas. Watch on Netflix
About a Boy – Though not traditionally classified as a Christmas movie, this Hugh Grant rom-com has plenty of holiday cheer. Watch on Amazon
Muppet Christmas Carol – Now 25+ years old (really??!) this Muppet film is a classic retelling of the much-loved Charles Dickens Christmas tale. Watch on Amazon
Arthur Christmas – With voice work by Hugh Laurie and James McAvoy, this star-studded animated film about Santa's youngest son Arthur isn't one to miss. Watch on Amazon
A Child's Christmas in Wales – This sentimental family film shows us a young boy dreaming of a white Christmas, and his grandfather who gives him a snowglobe and shares some of his own Christmas memories. Watch on Amazon
Love Actually – This may be the ultimate British Christmas film of the modern era, but we do offer one warning: Don't watch it at a family gathering. Some scenes are inappropriate for young children, and it's all but guaranteed to create some cringe-y moments in a multi-generational situation. This ensemble comedy includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Watson, and more. Watch on Amazon | Watch on Netflix
The Man Who Invented Christmas – This 104-minute film is a dramatisation of the life of Charles Dickens, the man who created A Christmas Carol, one of the world's best-loved Christmas stories. Watch it on Amazon
Bridget Jones's Diary – This film about an unhappy single woman looking for love during the holidays is a true classic in granny panties. Watch on Amazon
Scrooge – The story of Scrooge has been done over and over, but this classic 1970 musical version with Albert Finney is not to be missed. Watch on Amazon
A Christmas Carol – As long as we're talking Scrooge, we can't skip over A Christmas Carol. Though not strictly a British production (it was made for TNT), it stars Sir Patrick Stewart and it was filmed in London and Northamptonshire, which makes it British enough for us. Watch on Amazon
The Lion in Winter – It's 1183 AD and King Henry II wants to spend Christmas with his family – but of course, that gets complicated. This one's full of history and royal family dysfunction, proving that some things never change. Watch on Amazon
The Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas – Though this is technically an episode of a longer show, it's also sold as a standalone movie, and that's good enough for us. The Koala Brothers have invited their animal friends to spend Christmas with them, but a letter from their friend Penny Pengui in Antarctica sends them on a quest to go get her. Watch it on Netflix | Buy it on DVD
The Holiday – Two women facing an unhappy holiday season decide to swap houses – and end up finding love. This one's partially set in California and partially set in an English village. Watch on Amazon
Pirate Radio / The Boat That Rocked – Known as Pirate Radio in the US, this one comes to us from the makers of Love Actually and Notting Hill. It's not strictly a Christmas movie, but there's a good bit of Christmas in there. Watch on Amazon
Christmas Cracker – Though it's not really a movie, this British Christmas documentary about Christmas fanatics is definitely entertaining. Watch on Netflix