The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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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!
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  1. 1
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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

  2. 2
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    A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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    National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein

  5. 5
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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

  8. 8
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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Janis Orenstein

  9. 9
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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

  10. 10
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    White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

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    Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

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    The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

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    Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe

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    The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

  18. 18
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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner

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    The Muppet Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold

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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry

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    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

  22. 22
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    Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

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    Bad Santa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman

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    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

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    Holiday Inn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin

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    Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn

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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Ann Rutherford, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll

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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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    Oscar Isaac, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Siddig

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    Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner

  32. 32
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    Zero Mostel

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    Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

  34. 34
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    Mickey's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge

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    Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Michael Keaton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kelly Preston

  36. 36
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    The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen

  37. 37
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    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

  38. 38
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    The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn

  39. 39
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    Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

  40. 40
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    The Family Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

  41. 41
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    Christmas with the Kranks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Allen

  42. 42
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    Tammy Grimes

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    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Milton Berle, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings

  44. 44
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    Ernest Saves Christmas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney

  45. 45
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    Jim Backus, Arnold Moss, Susan Silo

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    Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Buddy Hackett, Don Messick, Paul Frees

  47. 47
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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Rick Moranis

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    While You Were Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman

  49. 49
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    The Bishop's Wife is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young

  50. 50
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    Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Jim Backus, Paul Frees, Royal Dano

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