The Best Christmas Movies of All Time Films

The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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One of the most telling signs that the holiday season is upon us is when classic Christmas movies begin to flood our TV screens and newer ones hit the big screen. Many of the best Christmas movies feature heartwarming tales that can families can watch together. A lot of these movies are dramas and feature some of the best known stories in cinematic history.

Who can forget James Stewart's portrayal of George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life? The movie may not have done so well at the box office, but its themes of caring, thoughtfulness and sacrifice, along with the presence of George's guardian angel, has resonated with many and is long considered the Best Christmas Movie of All Time. This doesn't mean there's a fair share of funny Christmas movies as well. Home Alone, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Elf are three examples of hilarious Christmas movies that people have grown to love over the years. In between laughs, the constant within all of these movies is family, which is what attracts people to these holiday comedies.

Vote here on this Ultimate List for what you think is the best Christmas movie of all time. There are some great movies to choose from so vote for the movies you think are the greatest Christmas movie ever!

List Criteria: Films about or set during Christmas time

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    A Christmas Story

    1983 More
    100
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946 More
    97
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    1965 More
    94
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    1989 More
    93
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    Home Alone

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    How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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    Elf

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    Miracle on 34th Street

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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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    Scrooged

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    The Santa Clause

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    80
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    1969 More
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    White Christmas

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

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    Die Hard

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    70
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    Jingle All the Way

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    Bad Santa

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    Lethal Weapon

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    Edward Scissorhands

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