Cozying up indoors on a chilly afternoon with a classic film is one of life’s true pleasures, and it’s hard to beat the nostalgia of the black and white movie classics. Here is a selection of some beautifully traditional winter films that have endured as festive holiday favourites for decades.
Christmas in Connecticut (1943)
This light comedy stars Barbara Stanwyck as Elizabeth Lane, a journalist who poses as a homemaker to try and impress a shipwreck survivor who comes to stay. Unfortunately Lane doesn’t take very well to her domestic role and chaos ensues as, along with her borrowed husband and baby, she tries to keep up the charade.
The Shop around the Corner (1940)
Remade in 1998 as You’ve Got Mail, The Shop around the Corner tells of a love story between pen pals, played by James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, who also happen to be co-workers who dislike each other intensely.
A District Attorney (Fred MacMurray) takes pity on a beautiful shoplifter (Barbara Stanwyck) and after granting her bail offers to give her a lift home in time for the holidays with plenty of adventure and romance along the way.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Packed with Christmas spirit and a little bit of magic, as well as fabulous performances by Natalie Wood and Maureen O’Hara, this tale of the real Father Christmas will surely get you in the holiday mood.
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray star in this comedy drama winter classic about an insurance worker who tries to get ahead by lending out his apartment to his bosses, who use it to conduct their less than salubrious affairs.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
It’s a Wonderful Life is perhaps the epitome of the classic black and white winter movie. With stellar performances by Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, this well-loved tale of what might have been will have you reaching for the tissues.
A Christmas Carol/Scrooge (1951)
There are countless film versions of Charles Dickens’s classic tale but the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim as miser Ebenezer Scrooge is a must-see.
Holiday Inn (1942)
Starring iconic movie greats Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn relates events at a hotel that only opens for the holidays in classic musical style, featuring the debut of the song ‘White Christmas’. It doesn’t come much more seasonal than this.