The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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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!
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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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    • Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, + more
    • Initial Release: 1946
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
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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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    • Actors: Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward, Bob Clark, Peter Billingsley, + more
    • Initial Release: 1983
    • Directed by: Bob Clark
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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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    A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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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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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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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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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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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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    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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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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    • Actors: Janis Orenstein
    • Initial Release: 1964
    • Directed by: Larry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima
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