‘Tis the season to overindulge and watch feel-good Christmas films with your entire family squeezed on the couch. And here’s what we are most likely to be watching, as Britain’s favourite Christmas movie has been announced.
1964 classic It’s A Wonderful Life pipped Will Ferrell’s Elf to the top spot in a survey of more than 7,000 people by RadioTimes.com.
Other festive favourites in the top five include The Muppet Christmas Carol, Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, and Home Alone.
It’s A Wonderful Life tells the story of a frustrated businessman who devotes his life to helping others. When he tries to take his own life, a guardian angel intercepts to show him the value of his life.
The film was directed by Frank Capra and nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for James Stewart.
Bruce Willis’ action thriller Die Hard – set on Christmas Eve – came in sixth place. The Holiday, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Miracle on 34th Street also made the top 20.
The top 20 in full:
- It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
- Elf (2003)
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
- Love Actually (2003)
- Home Alone (1990)
- Die Hard (1988)
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
- The Polar Express (2004)
- White Christmas (1954)
- Scrooge (1951)
- A Christmas Carol (1984)
- The Snowman (1982)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
- Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
- The Holiday (2006)
- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
- The Grinch (2000)
- Scrooged (1988)
- Nativity! (2009)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)