Best Christmas Movies of All Time

Enjoy the festive season with the best Christmas movies from today, and classics from across the decades.

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In the 1983 classic "A Christmas Story," all nine-year-old Ralphie wants under his tree is a Red Ryder BB gun. But his mother, teacher and a plump department store Santa all say the same thing: "You'll shoot your eye out!" Luckily, Dad is cooler than Mom.
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Santa Claus Is Comin to Town follows the orphaned Kris Kringle from his humble beginnings to his time as an outlaw and onward to fame and glory.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Miracle on 34th Street," the 1947 classic starring Edmund Gwenn and a very young Natalie Wood, has everyone thinking Santa Claus (legal name: Kris Kringle) is nuts until an ace lawyer proves he's the real deal.
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In 1994's "The Santa Clause," Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) gets stuck with the role of a lifetime when he accidentally turns into Kris Kringle.
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In "White Christmas," a successful song-and-dance team meets a sister act two weeks before Christmas As they team up to save a failing Vermont in, the four become romantically involved. Featuring the talents of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, it's the 1954 holiday classic that made the song "White Christmas" famous.
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in 1966's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the Grinch was a mean one until his heart was warmed (and expanded) by the goodness of Cindy Lou Who. You've got to be as charming as an eel and as prickly as a cactus to steal someone's presents.
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In the 1946 classic "It's a Wonderful Life," George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) thinks he's worth more dead than alive. But an angel shows him just how rotten Bedford Falls would be without him around. Zuzu's petals!
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All aboard the Polar Express! The computer-animated film follows a doubting boy as he boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. With it's catchy tunes and classic storyline, it instantly became a must-see movie during the 2004 holiday season.
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Twentieth Century Fox
In "Home Alone," Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) keeps the bad guys (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) at bay when his family accidentally goes on vacation without him.
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In the stop-motion classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," misfits Hermey and Rudolph star as a Christmas elf who wants to be a dentist and an outcast reindeer with a shining nose. And it turns out Abominable Snowmen are really good decorators.
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The 1938 classic "A Christmas Carol" brings to life the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. On Christmas Eve, the old miser is visited by the spirit of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. After dismissing the apparitions warning to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife, he's taken by the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
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Touchstone/Disney
In "The Nightmare Before Christmas," all hell breaks loose when the tall and spindly skeleton Jack Skellington, known as the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, kidnaps and tries to replace the much rounder Santa Claus.
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New Line Home Entertainment
In 2003's "Elf," Buddy (Will Ferrell) is a really large man who's been raised as an elf at the North Pole. Identity crisis, anyone? Luckily, he discovers himself while working in a New York department store during the holidays. Merry Christmas!
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Warner Home Video
In "A Charlie Brown Christmas," a down-in-the-dumps young boy, his mischievous dog and a bossy wannabe psychiatrist team up to figure out the true meaning of the holiday.
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Featuring Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young."The Bishop's Wife" is a 1947 Christmas classic. As the romantic tale opens, a bishop prays for guidance about building a new cathedral. But when an angel arrives, his guidance isn't reserved for just fundraising.
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Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Everyone's done their take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," but none can match "The Muppet Christmas Carol." With their large personalities, the Muppets bring new energy to the classic tale.
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Warner Home Video
In 1989's "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," the Griswold family's misadventures continue.
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Set during the frantic month before Christmas, "Love Actually" follows the lives of eight very different London couples. As the 2003 romantic comedy progresses, many tales are shown to be interlinked.
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Legend Films
Perhaps the first great Christmas flick was the 1934 classic "Babes in Toyland," in which Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star as a pair of toymakers who borrow some money to save Mother Peep's shoe from foreclosure.
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Miramax Home Entertainment
EMPTY_CAPTION"Bad Santa" is not one for the kids, but grownups will love Billy Bob Thornton as a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking con man disguised as a department store Santa.
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In 1969's "Frosty the Snowman," Frosty has the kids grinning — until the warm weather starts to get the better of our hero and he has to hop a northbound train.
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In "Yes, Virginia" the year is 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon is preparing for Christmas until her classmate brings up the age-old question: "Is there a Santa Claus?" Seeking advice concerning his existence, she sends a letter to the editor of The New York Sun.
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In the 1988 film "Scrooged," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is every bit as much of a jerk as Ebeneezer, but like his predecessor, he has a change of heart after spending an evening with some ghosts.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Arthur Christmas" was recently released on video. In this film, an aging Santa's oldest son prepares to take over the family business, but it's up to his younger son, the bumbling Arthur, to make sure that one little girl doesn't get overlooked.
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