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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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein

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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

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    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

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    Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

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    June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe

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    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin

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    Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn

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    Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge

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    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

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    Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen

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    Michael Keaton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kelly Preston

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Allen

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    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

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    Milton Berle, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Rick Moranis

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    Buddy Hackett, Don Messick, Paul Frees

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    Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney

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    Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, Una O'Connor

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    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

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    A Chipmunk Christmas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time


    Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, June Foray

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