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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    Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, Una O'Connor

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    John Lithgow, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith

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    Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott, Johnny Galecki

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    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

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    A Chipmunk Christmas is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, June Foray

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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Patrick Stewart, Dominic West, Richard E. Grant

  7. 57
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    We're No Angels is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone

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    Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy

  9. 59
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    Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Alec Guinness, Albert Finney, Kenneth More

  10. 60
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    Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien

  11. 61
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    Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Brandon

  12. 62
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    Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman, Debbie Reynolds

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Tim Curry, Haley Joel Osment, Christopher Lee

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    Burt Reynolds, Larry Miller, Tara Strong

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    Olivia Newton-John, Doris Roberts, Doug Sheehan

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    Danny DeVito, Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Broderick

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    Frosty Returns is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    John Goodman, Elisabeth Moss, Jan Hooks

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Dick Elliott

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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

  20. 70
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    The Santa Clause 3: The Escape... is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler

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    Four Christmases is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Vince Vaughn

  22. 72
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    The Holiday is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet

  23. 73
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    Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney, Paul Williams

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    Mickey's Twice Upon a Christma... is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille, Kellie Martin

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    I'll Be Home for Christmas is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Jessica Biel, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Gary Cole

  26. 76
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    Trapped in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz

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    John Turturro, Noah Emmerich, Kari Väänänen

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    Abigail Breslin, James Garner, Brian Dennehy

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    Lauren Bacall, Leslie Nielsen, Thora Birch

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Sterling Holloway

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    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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    Linda Stiegler, Rosemary Deleonardis, Adrienne Storrs

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    The Shop Around the Corner is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

  35. 85
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    A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Chris... is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Neil Patrick Harris, Danneel Ackles, Patton Oswalt

  36. 86
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    The Ref is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary

  37. 87
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    Ed Asner, Peter Jason, Alice Evans

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    Disney's Christmas Favourites is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
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    Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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    Billy West, Tara Strong, Jim Cummings

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    Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway, George Wendt

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    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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    Christmas Child is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Steven Curtis Chapman, Megan Follows, William R. Moses

  44. 94
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    Adam Sandler, Tyra Banks, Rob Schneider

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    Lauren Holly, Jewel Staite, Doris Roberts

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    Mickey Rooney, Scott Grimes

  47. 97
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    Bell, Book and Candle is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon

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    The Christmas Box is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


  49. 99
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    Serendipity is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Bridget Moynahan

  50. 100
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    It Happened on Fifth Avenue is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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    Alan Hale, Jr., Don DeFore

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