Tom Hanks and more stars share their favorite Christmas movies

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Editor’s Note: “Tis the Season: The Holidays on Screen” celebrates the most beloved holiday films and television specials. The special airs Sunday, November 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.


It’s that time of year to cozy up on the couch, grab a hot chocolate and watch one of the most cherished genres: holiday movies.

If you’re looking to crank up the nostalgia and holiday magic, there’s an endless list of Christmas classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle of 34th Street” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

Plus, the more recent films that have earned a spot on everyone’s annual must-watch list like “Elf,” “The Polar Express” and “Klaus,” the last a personal favorite (strongly recommended).

The most popular genre for Christmas movie is comedy, according to IMDb. Topping the list for the category is the ’90s hit “Home Alone” with a 7.7 rating out of 10.

“No matter when they take place – modern era or period – Christmas movies and television specials are always about someone who has lost their faith in humankind, regaining it. Saved by other people being kind,” Tom Hanks, who stars in “The Polar Express” and “You’ve Got Mail” (yes, some put this romcom on the Christmas list), told CNN.

We polled Hanks and a few other celebrities, along with several CNN journalists, about their favorite Christmas movies. Here’s how some of their picks measured up against popular opinion.


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