All time favourite Christmas films revealed
Published 29/11/2011 | 08:18
It's A Wonderful Life has been crowned the ultimate festive flick in a poll to find the nation's favourite Christmas film.
The 1946 classic, which stars James Stewart as a man who plans to kill himself on Christmas Eve until a guardian angel intervenes, picked up almost a fifth of the 3,000 votes cast (18%).
The online poll, carried out by www.radiotimes.com, longlisted 50 films set on or around Christmas and asked people to pick their favourite.
The second most popular was The Muppet Christmas Carol which picked up 10% of votes, followed by the Richard Curtis film Love Actually.
A slightly less obvious choice was Die Hard which took eighth place. The film, which stars Bruce Willis as off-duty cop John McClane battling a building full of criminals on Christmas Eve, took 4% of the vote.
Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins said: "As it is the season to be jolly, I won't disguise my rosy-cheeked joy that the poll named Die Hard one of the top 10 Christmas movies of all time.
"Die Hard may come up short in terms of snowfall, but it earns its place. A high-octane, 18-certificate hostage thriller whose publicity features a perspiring man in a white vest, it was not exactly marketed as a festive family treat, and in any case, arrived in cinemas in July 1988 in America and February 1989 here.
"But, set on Christmas Eve, it's just as capable of producing festive tingles as the more traditional, December released Muppet Christmas Carol or the cocklewarming Love Actually, which was literally giftwrapped in 2003 with a lovely red ribbon tied around its twinkling poster image.
"Meanwhile, I'm dreaming of a white-vested Christmas, specifically Alan Rickman's master thief in Die Hard, Hans Gruber, deadpanning the phrase 'Ho, ho, ho'."
:: Top 10 Christmas Films:
1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. The Muppet Christmas Carol
3. Love Actually
5. Home Alone
6. Miracle On 34th Street
7. White Christmas
8. Die Hard
10. Santa Claus