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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 not 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 top 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!

The Best Christmas Movies of All Time Films
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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein

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    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

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    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

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    Janis Orenstein

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    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

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    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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    Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

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    Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn

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    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

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    Michael Keaton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kelly Preston

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    Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge

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    Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn

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    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Allen

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    Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman

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    Tammy Grimes

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    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Rick Moranis

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    Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young

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    Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, Una O'Connor

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    Milton Berle, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings

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