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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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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Christmas Story Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust: All ...more

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National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by ...more

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Charlie Brown Christmas Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program ...more

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Elf Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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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
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The ...more

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Janis Orenstein Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass Productions and currently distributed by DreamWorks Classics. It first aired ...more

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Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Miracle on 34th Street Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund ...more

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The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Santa Clause Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ...more

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
White Christmas Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film ...more

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Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Frosty the Snowman June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman". The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS, was ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 story of the same name by ...more

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Polar Express Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more

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The Muppet Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
carlybobarly added The Muppet Christmas Carol Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. It is the fourth in a series of live-action musical ...more

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series ...more

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Christmas Carol George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner A Christmas Carol is a 1984 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 holiday novella of the same name. The film is directed by Clive Donner who had been an editor of the 1951 ...more

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass. The film stars actor Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa ...more

The Best "Christmas Adjacent" Movies That Aren't About Christmas

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Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Jingle All the Way Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman Jingle All the Way is a 1996 American Christmas family comedy film directed by Brian Levant and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, with Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, James ...more

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Mickey's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Mickey's Christmas Carol Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated fantasy short film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released by Buena Vista Distribution. It was directed and produced by Burny ...more

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Bad Santa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Bad Santa Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman Bad Santa is a 2003 American Christmas black comedy crime film directed by Terry Zwigoff, and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham, with Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Tom, ...more

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Christmas Carol Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Disney's A Christmas Carol is a 2009 American 3D computer animated motion-capture holiday fantasy drama film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens ...more

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Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Miracle on 34th Street Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy film written and produced by John Hughes, and directed by Les Mayfield. It stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, ...more

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Holiday Inn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Holiday Inn Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin Holiday Inn is a 1942 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. With music by Irving Berlin, the film has twelve songs written expressly for the ...more

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The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Santa Clause 2 Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen The Santa Clause 2 is a 2002 American romantic comedy-holiday film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the second installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa Clause. It was filmed ...more

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
carlybobarly added Love Actually Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film shows the story of an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished ...more

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The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Year Without a Santa Claus Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn Mrs. Claus shares the story about the year Santa decided to take a vacation when he becomes convinced that there is no more Christmas spirit and people no longer care. Mrs. Claus sends Jingle ...more

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The Little Drummer Boy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Little Drummer Boy Zero Mostel The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by Rankin/Bass, based on the song of the same name. It was followed by a sequel in 1976.

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Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Jack Frost Michael Keaton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kelly Preston Jack Frost is a 1998 Christmas comedy fantasy drama film, starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston. Keaton stars as the title character, a man who dies in a car accident and comes back to life ...more

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Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Scrooge Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner Scrooge is a 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. It starred Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and was directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, with a screenplay by Noel Langley. ...more

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The Nativity Story is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Nativity Story Oscar Isaac, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Siddig The Nativity Story is a 2006 epic biblical drama film based on the nativity of Jesus starring Keisha Castle-Hughes and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Filming began on May 1, 2006, in Matera, Italy, and ...more

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and ...more

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Christmas Carol Ann Rutherford, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll A Christmas Carol is a 1938 American film adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, about Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser, who learns the error of his ways on ...more

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Christmas with the Kranks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Christmas with the Kranks Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Allen Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 American Christmas comedy film based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It was directed by Joe Roth with a screenplay by Chris Columbus, ...more

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Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Milton Berle, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a direct-to-video animated Christmas movie made by Walt Disney Home Video and won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 5th Kecskemét Animation ...more

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, Rick Moranis Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys is a 2001 computer-animated feature film directed by Bill Kowalchuk for GoodTimes Entertainment. It was released on video and DVD on ...more

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Santa Claus: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
StuartGantner added Santa Claus: The Movie John Lithgow, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith Santa Claus: The Movie is a 1985 British/American Christmas film starring David Huddleston, Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. It is the last major fantasy film produced by the Paris-based ...more

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Ernest Saves Christmas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Ernest Saves Christmas Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1988 Christmas comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the third film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell, and chronicles ...more

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Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Jack Frost Buddy Hackett, Don Messick, Paul Frees Jack Frost is a 1979 animation family fantasy musical film written by Romeo Muller and directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.

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The Family Man is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Family Man Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle The Family Man is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. Cage's production company, Saturn Films, helped produce the ...more

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Twas the Night Before Christma... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Twas the Night Before Christmas ’Twas the Night Before Christmas is a 1974 Rankin-Bass animated Christmas television special based on the famous 1823 poem that opens with this line. The special first originally aired on CBS on ...more

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While You Were Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
While You Were Sleeping Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written by Daniel G. Sullivan and Frederic Lebow. It stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a Chicago Transit ...more

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Fred Claus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Fred Claus Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey Fred Claus is a 2007 American Christmas comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Dan Fogelman and Jessie Nelson, and starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. The film was released on ...more

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Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
KassahWutke added Arthur Christmas Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ...more