The Best Christmas Movies of All Time Films
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The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

List Criteria: Films about or set during Christmas time

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!
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    A Christmas Story

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    100
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946 More
    98
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    1965 More
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    1989 More
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    1966 More
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    1990 More
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    1947 More
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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    1964 More
    84
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    1994 More
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    1969 More
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

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    75
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    1954 More
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    70
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    1938 More
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    Jingle All the Way

    1996 More
    63
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    1984 More
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    1948 More
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    1951 More
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    1970 More
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    A Christmas Carol

    1984 More
    56
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    1968 More
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    Jack Frost

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    1987 More
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    1974 More
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    1945 More
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    1985 More
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    1998 More
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