Amid the holiday seasons cold weather and shopping bustle, there's nothing like hunkering down with a warm cup of cocoa, a thick blanket and a good movie.

Ample timeless Christmas classics can get you into the holiday spirit, some with touching drama of It's a Wonderful Life to the never-gets-old hilarity of A Christmas Story.

Movie theaters -- along with Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu -- will certainly have numerous new holiday movies this year, like Love the Coopers or The Night Before. But turn to tried-and-true holiday and highly rated classics like Miracle on 34th Street offer a sure-fire seasonal cinema win.

In ascending order, here are the 10 highest rated Christmas movies of all time as named by Rotten Tomatoes:

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A Christmas Story (1983)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Stars: Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dilon, Ian Petrella

Just the mention of the 1980s classic A Christmas Story can warm your heart with images of Ralphie's tenacious quest for a BB gun.

Based on short stories from Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story has provided a treasure trove of quotable quotes and relatable scenes that continues to gain popularity the past three decades.

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Arthur Christmas (2011)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Stars: (Animated) James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent

The most recent film in the top 10 highest rated Christmas movies list, Arthur Christmas is a 3-D British-American animated comedy set on Christmas night.

The movie follows Santa Claus' son, clumsy Arthur Claus, who is set on making sure one little girl's lost present makes it to her home. Critics have praised the film for its smart humor and touching moments.

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Die Hard (1988)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Reginald VelJohnson, Bonnie Bedelia

Die Hard may not be the coziest of Christmas movies, but its adrenaline-pumping action takes place during the holiday season.

An employee party in full swing in a Los Angeles office building quickly turns into a hostage situation is this late 1980s classic.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Stars: (Animated) Chris Sarandon, Glenn Shadix, Catherine O'Hara

Hailed for its innovative use of stop-motion animation, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas focuses on Jack Skellington, a so-called Pumpkin King bored with his job who discovers Christmastown and strives to make it his own.

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The Apartment (1960)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Full of scenes with love and laughs, The Apartment, directed by Billy Wilder, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. In it, a lonely office worker hoping for a promotion loans his downtown New York City apartment to his bosses for their affairs.

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Stalag 17 (1953)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Stars: William Holden, Peter Graves, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck

A World War II film, Stalag 17 is revered for its entertainment success as lead actor William Holden earned an Academy Award for Best Actor.

The movie, adapted from a Broadway play, follows a group of American airmen in a prisoner of war camp who believe one among them is an informant to the Germans.

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Holiday Inn (1942)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

With its famous song White Christmas among its many tunes, Holiday Inn is a lively musical set in the New York City nightlife scene. It's about a performer caught in love triangle that gets complicated on Christmas Eve, when his finance wants to leave him for another man.

With his relationship over, the performer starts a "Holiday Inn" that is only open on holidays with a number of performances. Soon, a new love triangle begins.

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The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut

A romantic comedy, The Shop Around The Corner is about two employees in a leathergoods shop who don't realize they are falling in love with each other through letters, but hate each other at work. The two plan to meet as Christmas approaches.

The Shop Around the Corner is similar in theme to the 1998 movie You've Got Mail because as both are based on the same Hungarian play, Parfumerie.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Stars: Edmund Gwenn, John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood

Miracle on 35th Street, directed by George Seaton, is based on a story by Valentine Davies that takes place from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day in New York City.

Drawing Academy Awards for Best Writing and Original Story among others, is about a Macy's department store Santa who insists he is the real deal amid cynicism. His popularity with customers keeps him his job while department store head question his mental health.

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

It's a Wonderful Life is considered one of the best movies of all time, Christmas season or not.

Based on a story story known as The Greatest Gift, It's a Wonderful Life is about a man who has lost hope in his dreams and is planning suicide on Christmas Eve when his guardian angel intervenes.

The angel shows his the number of ways he has affected other people's lives for the better and how he has greatly helped improve his community.

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This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.