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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    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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    Patrick Stewart, Dominic West, Richard E. Grant

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    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Brandon

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    Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman, Debbie Reynolds

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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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    John Goodman, Elisabeth Moss, Jan Hooks

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Dick Elliott

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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

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    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Vince Vaughn

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    Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler

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    Jessica Biel, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Gary Cole

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    Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille, Kellie Martin

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    Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz

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    John Turturro, Noah Emmerich, Kari Väänänen

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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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    James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan

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    Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary

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    Ed Asner, Peter Jason, Alice Evans

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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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    Steven Curtis Chapman, Megan Follows, William R. Moses

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    Adam Sandler, Tyra Banks, Rob Schneider

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    Lauren Holly, Jewel Staite, Doris Roberts

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