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October 19th, 2006 10:46am EDT
Polar ExpressEvery holiday season, movie fans watch old favorites like It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story to get in the spirit. But according to a holiday movie survey from Blockbuster, there are a small handful of films, including Polar Express and Home Alone, that are winning hearts as all-time holiday favorites.

Most survey participants named older films like "It's A Wonderful Life" or Miracle on 34th Street as their favorites. In fact the majority of the top movies were made more than 20 years ago. But, while most go traditional with their holiday films, some named a handful of relatively "newer" movies including "Home Alone," National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and The Santa Clause. "Polar Express" was the only all-time holiday favorite made in the last 10 years.

Close to 90 percent of movie fans watch holiday films to ring in the season and help them get in the holiday mood, according to the survey by Blockbuster. More than 70 percent watch a particular movie as a part of their holiday tradition.

America's All-Time Holiday Favorites:

1. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
2. A Christmas Story (1983)
3. Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
5. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
6. White Christmas (1954)
7. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Home Alone (1990)
Polar Express (2004)
8. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Frosty The Snowman (1969)
The Santa Clause (1994)