The Best Christmas Movies of All Time Films

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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    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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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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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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    Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

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    June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe

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    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold

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    George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry

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    Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

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    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

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    Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin

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    Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn

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    Ann Rutherford, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll

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    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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    Oscar Isaac, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Siddig

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    Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner

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    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

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    Zero Mostel

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    Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge

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    Michael Keaton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kelly Preston

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    Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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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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    Tammy Grimes

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    Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman

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    Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney

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    Milton Berle, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings

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    Jim Backus, Arnold Moss, Susan Silo

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    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

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    Buddy Hackett, Don Messick, Paul Frees

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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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