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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  1. 1
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Christmas Story

    1983 More
    100
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946 More
    97
  3. 3
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    1965 More
    93
  4. 4
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    1989 More
    92
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    Home Alone

    1990 More
    92
  6. 6
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    How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    1966 More
    91
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    Elf

    2003 More
    88
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    1947 More
    86
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    often listed
    Scrooged

    1988 More
    85
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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    1964 More
    84
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    1994 More
    79
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    Frosty the Snowman

    1969 More
    76
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    1954 More
    75
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    1993 More
    74
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    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    1992 More
    71
    added by: carlybobarly
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    2000 More
    70
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    1988 More
    69
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    The Polar Express

    2004 More
    69
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    A Christmas Carol

    1938 More
    65
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    1992 More
    64
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    Jingle All the Way

    1996 More
    62
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    Gremlins

    1984 More
    62
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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    1948 More
    61
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    1951 More
    61
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    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

    1970 More
    60
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    1983 More
    60
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    often listed
    Holiday Inn

    1942 More
    60
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    Bad Santa

    2003 More
    60
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    1993 More
    58
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    A Christmas Carol

    2009 More
    56
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    A Christmas Carol

    1984 More
    54
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    The Santa Clause 2

    2002 More
    53
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    Love Actually

    2003 More
    53
    added by: carlybobarly
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    Miracle on 34th Street

    1994 More
    53
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    1947 More
    52
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    controversial
    Lethal Weapon

    1987 More
    52
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    1968 More
    52
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus

    1974 More
    51
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    often listed
    Jack Frost

    1998 More
    51
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    1962 More
    50
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    The Bells of St. Mary's

    1945 More
    50
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    2001 More
    49
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Edward Scissorhands

    1990 More
    49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ernest Saves Christmas

    1988 More
    47
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    1998 More
    47
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    Babes in Toyland

    1934 More
    47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Twas the Night Before Christmas

    46
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    often listed &controversial
    Christmas with the Kranks

    2004 More
    46
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    2006 More
    46
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    The Nativity Story

    2006 More
    45
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