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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
It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Christmas Story Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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3,093 1,347
National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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2,559 1,018
A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Charlie Brown Christmas Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein

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2,375 1,426
Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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2,423 1,026
Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Miracle on 34th Street Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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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

8
2,165 1,470
Elf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Elf Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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2,102 1,219
White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
White Christmas Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

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1,836 1,172
The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Santa Clause Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

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Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Frosty the Snowman June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe

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1,535 1,256
The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Polar Express Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

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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

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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

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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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

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Christmas Carol George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner

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1,360 1,329
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry

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Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Jingle All the Way Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn

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Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Miracle on 34th Street Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott

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Holiday Inn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Holiday Inn Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin

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Bad Santa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Bad Santa Lauren Graham, Billy Bob Thornton, Cloris Leachman

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Christmas Carol Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

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Mickey's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Mickey's Christmas Carol Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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The Nativity Story is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Nativity Story Oscar Isaac, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Siddig

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
A Christmas Carol Ann Rutherford, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll

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The Little Drummer Boy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
carlybobarly added Love Actually Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

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Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Scrooge Patrick Macnee, Alastair Sim, Jack Warner

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The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Santa Clause 2 Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler, Tim Allen

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Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Jack Frost Michael Keaton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kelly Preston

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The Year Without a Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Year Without a Santa Claus Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn

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679 1,084
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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655 1,086
Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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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

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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

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Santa Claus: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
StuartGantner added Santa Claus: The Movie John Lithgow, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith

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The Family Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Family Man Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

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While You Were Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
While You Were Sleeping Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman

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Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
KassahWutke added Arthur Christmas Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer... is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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Twas the Night Before Christma... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

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Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
Jack Frost Buddy Hackett, Don Messick, Paul Frees

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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

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The Bishop's Wife is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Christmas Movies of All Time
The Bishop's Wife Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young