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The greatest Christmas film of all time has been revealed

24 Dec 2023 2 minute read
Young family enjoying Christmas movies at home

A new poll voted for by thousands of UK film fans has revealed the greatest Christmas film of all time.

Researchers polled 2,000 film fans to reveal the greatest Christmas movie of all time, with Home Alone and the exploits of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister defending his family home from a pair of burglars, topping the list.

Recording 16% of the vote, the 1990 classic beat Will Ferrell’s hilarious comedy, Elf (11%) which claimed second spot and the 1947 Best Picture Oscar winner, It’s A Wonderful Life (7%) which came third in the list.

Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman (6%) and the story of six-year-old Susan Walker setting out to prove that a department store, Santa Claus is the real thing in Miracle on 34th Street (6%) complete the top five.

Also on the festive film playlist this year is The Polar Express (five percent), The Muppet Christmas Carol (four percent), White Christmas (four percent) and The Grinch (four percent).

Controversially, Die Hard (five percent) – the story of New York City police officer, John McClane, trying to save his estranged wife after she is taken hostage by terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles – appears seventh on the list, finally settling the debate over whether it is a Christmas movie or not.


Research was commissioned by chocolate brand NOMO and was conducted by Perspectus Global in November 2023

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5 months ago

Elf? 11% Now that’s funnier than the film.

Martyn Vaughan
5 months ago

“Die Hard” although a very good action film cannot possibly be a Christmas film unless you believe the true message of Christmas is how to slaughter your fellow human beings.

5 months ago
Reply to  Martyn Vaughan

By that logic then Violent Night isn’t a Christmas film.

5 months ago

Die Hard takes place on Christmas Eve, and has many Christmas themes to it, depicting a man who is struggling to be with his family for Christmas. It has a right to call itself a Christmas film as much as Gremlins, Bad Santa or even Home Alone.

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