It's a Wonderful Life is ranked #1.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
November 26, 2019
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Times may be changing, but it's a comfort to know that when it comes to Christmas movies, we still love the classics.

Recently, film review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes released their list of The 50 Best Christmas Movies of All Time and it's filled with some of our favorite traditional holiday films. To determine the list,  Rotten Tomatoes first considered all films in their database that revolve around Christmas and the holidays as the leading theme. Using an algorithm they refer to as the "Adjusted Tomatometer," they sorted these movies based on criteria that includes release year, the number of reviews a movie had, its Rotten Tomatoes score, and more.

Amongst the top 10 on the list, seven are from the 1930s and 1940s, and the top five list is exclusively comprised of films from the 1940s.  Securing the numero uno slot? The 1946 masterpiece, It's a Wonderful Life. 1944's Meet Me in St. Louis and 1947's Miracle on 34th Street, trailed closely behind in second and third place, respectively, while The Shop Around the Corner from 1940 (#4) and Holiday Inn from 1942 (#5) rounded out the top five. See Rotten Tomatoes' full rankings here.

Though we think all of these top five selections are pretty superb, we'll admit we're glad to see It's a Wonderful Life reign supreme. Of course, even when you've seen the movie—starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell, and directed by Frank Capra—countless times,  our tears and laughter only get more poignant with each viewing. We also love that there's something new to unearth every time we watch the classic film. (One of our favorite pieces of trivia to bust out at holiday gatherings: The film's special effects supervisor Russell Shearman engineered a new type of artificial snow for the movie.)

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We'll take this as our official excuse to gather around in our living room and rewatch this timeless holiday flick yet again. So go ahead and grab your coziest blanket, make some hot cocoa, and invite some loved ones over for movie night.  You might want to warn them you'll be repeating this protocol each weekend until you make it through the entire top five.