“Where can I watch Home Alone?” we hear the fans of this classic holiday series asking, because as the Christmas season edges ever closer, you’ll no doubt want to make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row for your seasonal viewings (or maybe you just fancy watching it).
Though the Home Alone cast might change completely as it goes on, all of the films have at least something worth watching for – with the first two definitely being among the best Christmas movies ever made. To make it easy for you to find every one of these films, we’ve broken down where each one is available below.
Handily enough, all the main films are up on Disney Plus, so if you want to be able to see the whole series, you just need a Disney Plus subscription and then you can see each and every one of them, but read on to find out about their availability on other platforms (and to find out where you can see some of the obscure shorts).
Here’s where you can watch the Home Alone movies:
1. Home Alone (1990)
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The movie that started it all. The night before their Christmas vacation, Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) wishes that his family would disappear, then the following morning they inadvertently leave without him. Left alone, Kevin enjoys some comical seasonal hijinks, learns to appreciate his family (despite their flaws) and, of course, ends up having to defend his home from bumbling criminals (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) through the use of elaborate traps around the house. A timeless classic.
2. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
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Poor Kevin. After being left alone for Christmas once, a convoluted set of circumstances lead to him being left alone for another Christmas, but this time he’s left to fend for himself on the cold, dark streets of New York City. Thankfully, Kevin ends up having a lot of fun in a luxury hotel and once again, enjoys some seasonal hijinks. It’s not all fun and games though, as he soon encounters Harry and Marv once again (and also has a terrifying encounter with Donald Trump). Overall it manages to capture all the same feelings of comedy and Christmas magic as the original, with some even preferring it to the first movie.
3. Home Alone 3 (1997)
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Goodbye, Kevin. Hello, Alex. Goodbye bumbling robbers, hello international terrorists. Gosh. The third Home Alone movie introduces a completely new set of characters and while some people don’t enjoy the movies without Macaulay Culkin, Alex D. Linz does an excellent job as the new protagonist, Alex. Some aspects of it are a bit wackier (e.g. a super-intelligent parrot) but this sequel still manages to be a fun Christmas movie which fans of the first two will probably have a good time with.
4. Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002)
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The good news is that Kevin, the rest of the McCallisters and Marv are back… the bad news is that they’re not really back. The characters all return in this movie, but they have all been recast and, sadly, the continuity with the first two films is kind of flimsy too. With Kevin’s parents now separated, Kevin (Mike Weinberg) becomes aware that Marv is planning to kidnap a member of the royal family and he must take steps to stop him. It’s a very weird movie (and one that doesn’t make a lot of sense), but fans of Home Alone should watch it at least once.
5. Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)
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The first non-numbered sequel in the saga. This movie introduces us to another new boy named Finn Baxter (Christian Martyn) who moves into a new home (along with his family) at Christmas time. A trio of thieves are planning to steal an antique painting that’s been left in the house, unaware that it is now inhabited. Full of fun little nods and references to the earlier movies, at very least, more effort seems to have been put into making this a good movie than was done with Home Alone 4. Finn is a massive gamer too, which is fun.
6. :DRYVRS “Just Me in the House by Myself” (2015)
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This slightly more obscure part of the Home Alone universe is well worth a watch if you’re a fan of the series. :DRYVRS is a comedy series on YouTube about a man named Jack (Jack Dishel) who encounters several weird drivers when using an Uber-esque service (the titular :DRYVRS) and guess who the first driver is? Why, it’s Kevin McCallister!
Macaulay Culkin reprises his role for the first time in 23 years and shows us a Kevin who is deeply troubled by his experiences as a child. Though certainly not safe for children, this little episode is both very dark and very funny. Older fans who saw the movie as a child will love it. This version of Kevin later has short but sweet cameos in the fourth and fifth episodes of :DRYVRS.
Footnote: Following Macaulay Culkin’s appearance in :DRYVRS, Daniel Stern reprised the role of Marv for a short reaction video in which he pleads for Harry to find and help him, after having seen the video of the older, more aggressive Kevin. This is also available to watch for free on YouTube.
7. Home Alone Again (2018)
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Did seeing Kevin as an off-the-rails potential serial killer in :DRYVRS make you feel sad? Well, not to worry, because Macaulay Culkin reprised the role again three years later for Home Alone Again, where Kevin seemed to have his life back on track. Made to advertise Google Assistant, it sees an adult Kevin waking up alone in his childhood home and using his Google Assistant to help him with lots of the tasks did back when he was a kid. It’s a nostalgic little tribute to the original movie and, at only a minute long, is definitely worth a watch.
8. Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)
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The latest installment in the Home Alone series released exclusively on Disney Plus at the end of 2021. This new movie put an interesting twist on the classic formula because Max (Archie Yates), the boy who gets left home alone, is actually largely unsympathetic, while the criminals (Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney) aren’t really villainous, making this one a sort of role reversal. It might not have had the best reviews, but it’s actually a pretty great film, and definitely better than some of the earlier sequels. Devin Ratray also reprises his role of Buzz, which is a great treat for the fans.
If you’re a Home Alone fan, you might also like our article on the best Disney Plus Christmas movies, it’s full of festive recommendations.