20 stunning Christmas movies starring your favorite Marvel actors

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7. Rachel McAdams in The Family Stone

Release Year: 2005

Directed By: Thomas Bezucha

Starring: Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson

Although Rachel McAdams has so far made only one appearance in a Marvel movie as Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange, there’s no way around the eternal scene-stealer being a fan-favorite.

McAdams has been dazzling us on the big screen since taking over pop culture as the lovable queen bee Regina George in Mean Girls and breaking our hearts in the Nicholas Sparks love story The Notebook. It’s fitting that after starring in so many modern classics, including an annual holiday must-watch, that McAdams would wind up joining the most successful film franchise.

Before rubbing elbows with Doctor Strange, Rachel McAdams starred in the 2005 cult-favorite holiday dramedy The Family Stone about, what else, a dysfunctional family convening around Christmastime.

When Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) brings home his straitlaced girlfriend Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) home for the holidays, tensions flare up within the Stone family. McAdams plays Amy, the youngest and perhaps snarkiest Stone who takes a disliking to Meredith. The Family Stone digs into the heart of the holidays and remains a seasonal must-watch.