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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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It's a Wonderful Life


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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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#48 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#13 on The Best Inspirational Movies

#53 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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#8 on The Best '80s Kids Movies

#38 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#96 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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

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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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#19 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

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

#3 on The Funniest '80s Movies

#26 on The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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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

#65 on The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time

#39 on The Best '60s TV Shows

#9 on The Best '60s Comedy Movies

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