Can You Guess the Holiday Movie From 3 Clues?


By: Mark Lichtenstein

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Everyone sees holiday movies at some point in their lives. We see them as kids, and again when we have kids, or our family produces new ones. How familiar are you with these holiday movies?

Bruce Willis, Airport, "Yippee ki yay"

"Die Hard 2: Die Harder" took place in Washington, DC, where Bruce Willis's character waits for his wife's flight.


Julia Louis Dreyfus, Lights, "Clark, I think that it would be best for everybody if they all just went home... before things get any worse."

"Christmas Vacation" is the best of the National Lampoon movies, a series written by former writers of the Harvard Lampoon paper.


Santa, Will Farrell, Toys

"Elf" would not have worked as a film at all without the considerable comedy chops of Will Farrell, whose antics are the whole reason for the film to exist.


1988, Bill Murray, The Ghost of Christmas Past

"Scrooged" was one of the best Christmas films to be made in the 1980s, and one of the finest comedies of the decade.


Stop motion animation, red light bulb, Father Christmas

This classic holiday film was made with painstaking stop motion animation back in the days of celluloid Oxbury cameras.


Arnold Schwarzenegger, workaholic dad, "Those are my cookies!"

Schwarzenegger does some of his best comedy in this Christmas movie.


Macaulay Culkin, booby traps, aftershave

"Home Alone" was the film that put the otherwise unknown Macaulay Culkin on the map, showcasing his knack for comedy and his considerable (if still very young) acting chops.


Computer Graphics, Trains, 2004

This film never quite found its audience, making enough money to justify making it, but not much more.


Malls, a little person, alcohol

Billy Bob Thornton's "Bad Santa" played up the idea of the sad, drunk, working man as a mall Santa, to wonderful comic effect. Still, the film is really dark.


Jim Carrey, classic storytelling, computer graphics

This 2009 film was fully computer-animated, and based on the story by Charles Dickens.


Tim Allen, Santa, $172.9 Million Box Office Take

In this inexplicably successful film, Tim Allen's titular hero has to get married, a wedding featuring various figures from pagan mythology.


Denis Leary, criminals, "What is the matter with you? I thought mothers were sweet and nice a-a-and patient. I know loan sharks who are more forgiving than you. Your husband ain't dead, lady. He's hiding."

In "The Ref," Dennis Leary plays a criminal whose getaway driver has driven away without him, leaving him to kidnap a couple who continue arguing and fighting the entire time.


John Candy, Steve Martin, travel

"Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" is the iconic John Candy film, as sadly, he didn't live many years more after its release.


Steve Martin, "Lifesavers" hotline, "This means that we can have the baby in a hospital for free! All we have to do is swear that we're completely broke and have absolutely no way of supporting ourselves and never will."

In this terribly reviewed film, Steve Martin plays an overworked father at a suicide hotline.


Horror, Valentine's Day, multiple directors

A collection of short slasher films by several directors, "Holidays" includes a film titled "Christmas," starring Seth Green.


John Newton, soldier on leave, "I want to thank you for showing me how amazing love can make me feel."

In this Hallmark Channel original film, a soldier returns to the US to give his deceased friend's dogtags to his family, and finds the family he never had.


Mary Steenburgen, unemployment, "Gideon can make it so Dad's not dead any more!"

In this film, an angelic visitor prompts a woman to mail her child's letter to Santa. Reading it, the mother learns the real meaning of Christmas.


Morris Chestnut, family, "If a tree loses its leaves, can it still be called a tree?"

In this film, the characters from "The Best Man Wedding" have a Christmas reunion.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt, fatherhood, "Your sweater! Don't you dare throw up in here! Swallow it like a girl would!"

This stoner comedy is about three friends who have celebrated Christmas together since 2001, when one of them lost both his parents. Now older, they consider ending the tradition.


Ben Affleck, pretending to be family, terrible reviews

This critically panned film is about a man returning to his childhood home, where a new family now lives, to attempt to reconnect with a family even if it isn't his.


Jonathan Taylor Thomas, New York, "First the ground rules. If you say too many stupid things, I'll have to slug you."

In this film, a young man deals with disappointments in his family and growing up, during the Christmas holiday.


John Cho, drugs, "Back of the line, Tech Support!"

This stoner comedy is a sequel to "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" (2008).


Vince Vaughn, criminality, "You're gonna get hooked on that thing. I can see it now. Sixteen thousand bags of Cheetos later, you'll wake up, you're 35, you're overweight, you're crying about your life in front of the soaps."

In this film, Santa bails out his criminal brother, making him come to the North Pole to make toys to work off his debt, and help him when an efficiency expert makes St. Nick's life Hell.


Jim Varney, Santa, "It worked great. Victory is at hand. Now we have to move onto what I like to call 'Plan B.'"

"Ernest Saves Christmas" was part of a long series of films in which Jim Varney plays an idiot named Ernest. These films were often sold by ads on cable TV.


Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, sorority house

Glen Morgan's slasher flick takes place on a college campus on Christmas.


1969, Animated, "And so, I put the magic eggs into my hat. Abracadabra, to coin a phrase."

"Frosty the Snowman" is one of the most iconic of Christmas movies, enshrining the title song in the American musical lexicon.


Cary Grant, a hypothetical cathedral, "For some time now, every time I pass the cemetery, I feel as though I'm apartment hunting."

In this 1947 film, a Bishop looking to build a cathedral is visited by an angel who attempts to help, but also gets a little too much attention from the Bishop's wife, prompting the Bishop to challenge Heaven itself.


Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby, "I'll take a bowl of... coffee."

In this classic musical, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby burnish their credentials of giants of the genre.


Japan, broken glass, "The police have themselves an RV."

"Die Hard" takes place at an office Christmas party in the fictional Nakitomi Tower in Los Angeles.


Potential crazy old man, Macy's, "I believe, I believe, I believe."

This 1947 classic enshrined Macy's in the national mythology, and made the company's New York flagship store synonymous with Christmas.


Hugh Grant, London, a one-hit wonder

In "Love, Actually," Hugh Grant plays the son of the writer of a one-hit wonder that has kept him living in style all his life.


Michael Keaton, PVC suit, cool car

In this Batman sequel, Batman faces both Catwoman and The Penguin


Cute creature, Zach Galligan, food after midnight

When a man gets his son a unique Christmas present, everything goes wrong, spawning a race of monsters on Christmas.


Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, money

In this film, a wealthy businessman (Aykroyd) has his wealth transferred to a transient (Murphy) in a bet between two wealthy masters of the universe.


Frank Capra, James Stewart, an Angel

"It's A Wonderful Life" is the story of a man at the end of his rope, considering suicide on Christmas because he fears his family would be better off without him. An angel shows him otherwise.


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