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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 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!
It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Ward Bond Gloria Grahame, + more

Initial Release: 1946

Directed by: Frank Capra

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#94 on The Best Movies for Kids

#49 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#10 on The Best Inspirational Movies

#57 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

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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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A Christmas Story


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Actors: Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward, Bob Clark Peter Billingsley, + more

Initial Release: 1983

Directed by: Bob Clark

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#41 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#46 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

#45 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

#9 on The Best '80s Kids Movies

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National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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Actors: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis, Randy Quaid Beverly DAngelo, + more

Initial Release: 1989

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

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#21 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#31 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

#21 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

#6 on The Funniest '80s Movies

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


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Actors: Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein, Sally Dryer Karen Mendelson, + more

Initial Release: 1965

Directed by: Bill Melendez

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#69 on The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

#99 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#72 on The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time

#56 on The Best '60s TV Shows

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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Home Alone


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Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara Lionel Barrymore, + more

Initial Release: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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#68 on The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

#37 on The Best Movies for Kids

#14 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#2 on The Best '90s Kids Movies

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Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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Miracle on 34th Street


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Actors: Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter, William Windom William Frawley, + more

Initial Release: 1947

Directed by: George Seaton

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#45 on The Best Inspirational Movies

#43 on The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

#3 on The Best Winter Movies

#79 on Movies That Should Never Be Remade

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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
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Actors: Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith, Dallas McKennon Thurl Ravenscroft

Initial Release: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

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#75 on The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

#64 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#75 on The Best Movies for 10 Year Old Kids

#8 on The Best Winter Movies

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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Elf


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Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, James Caan Mary Steenburgen, + more

Initial Release: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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#80 on The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

#47 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

#15 on The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors

#9 on The Best Movies for 10 Year Old Kids

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