The 14 Perfect Images Christmas Movies Have Gifted Us

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We all know that no Christmas has ever resembled the Hallmark ideal that we’ve all been brought up to expect. But since every holiday wish list is an act of fantasy-making, anyway, let’s take comfort in the fuzzy fictional familiarity of your favorite Christmas movies this season: Here, 14 indelible images from the classic Christmas movies you’ve revisited as often as your family over the years.

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The great American tableau: Larry Simms, Jimmy Hawkins, Donna Reed, Karolyn Grimes, and James Stewart in It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946.

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Who needs a man when you have dad? Renee Zellweger and Jim Broadbent having a ball in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary.

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The toolman Tim Allen in 1994’s The Santa Clause.

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A sleeper heartwarmer: Michael Warren, Trent Cameron, Sammy Davis Jr. and Gilbert Lewis in 1990’s The Kid Who Loved Christmas.

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Two legends: Lucille Ball and Bob Hope in The Facts of Life, 1960.

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The best worst Chrismas ever. Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci in 1990’s Home Alone.

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Ellen Drew and Dick Powell in the underrated Christmas in July, 1940.

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Joni Mitchell taught her how to feel: Emma Thompson in 2003’s Love Actually.

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Sex and the suburbs, basically. Sarah Jessica Parker in The Family Stone, 2005. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection.

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The soundtrack was just okay. Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington in The Preacher’s Wife, 1996.

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STOP! Santa’s coming down Fifth Avenue! Will Ferrell in Elf, 2003.

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Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in 2006’s The Holiday. Never forget: Jack Black and Kate Winslet were the other half of this foursome. P

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A true classic of the Christmas in New York genre. Mara Wilson and Elizabeth Perkins in Miracle on 34th Street, 1994.

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Taylor Momsen (!!!) and Jim Carrey in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000.