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Frank Capra classic tops list of our favourite Christmas movies…75 years on from its release 

It’s A Wonderful Film! Frank Capra classic tops list of our favourite Christmas movies…75 years on from its launch

  • It’s A Wonderful Life is ‘the perfect Christmas film of all time’ in a brand new shortlist
  • The list was determined on by greater than 3,000 Radio Times readers who voted
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol got here in second and Will Ferrell’s Elf was in third








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They have been warming our hearts at Christmas for years now. And it appears the age-old classics stay our go-to film picks as we settle in entrance of the TV with a mug of sizzling chocolate or mulled wine.

Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life from 1946 and 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol had been joined by White Christmas from 1954 on the annual ‘finest Christmas film of all time’ ballot of Radio Times readers. 

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It's A Wonderful Life stars James Stewart (pictured) as George Bailey, a man contemplating suicide at Christmas before being visited by his guardian angel

It’s A Wonderful Life stars James Stewart (pictured) as George Bailey, a person considering suicide at Christmas earlier than being visited by his guardian angel

Die Hard, typically questioned as a Christmas movie, positioned fourth whereas Elf and Home Alone rounded off the highest 5.

The list was determined on by greater than 3,000 Radio Times readers who had been requested to vote for his or her favourites from a shortlist compiled by the publication.

This included classics corresponding to Miracle on thirty fourth Street and White Christmas, in addition to newer movies like Happiest Season and Netflix originals Klaus and The Christmas Chronicles.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (pictured), the 1992 film starring Michael Caine as Scrooge, narrowly beat Will Ferrell's 2003 flick, Elf

The Muppet Christmas Carol (pictured), the 1992 movie starring Michael Caine as Scrooge, narrowly beat Will Ferrell’s 2003 flick, Elf

It’s A Wonderful Life stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a person considering suicide at Christmas earlier than being visited by his guardian angel. It has managed to nonetheless heat hearts 75 years after it was first launched.

The Muppet Christmas Carol, the 1992 movie starring Michael Caine as Scrooge, narrowly beat Will Ferrell’s 2003 flick, Elf.

‘[What] our ballot proves is you could’t put a finest earlier than date on a Christmas classic,’ mentioned RadioTimes.com’s editorial director Tim Glanfield.

‘With It’s A Wonderful Life’s central message of hope and gratitude for what now we have, it will be no shock if audiences are nonetheless having fun with this most celebrated of movies at Christmas in 75 years from now.’ 

Our high 20 favourite festive movies

1. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

2. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

3. Elf (2003)

4. Die Hard (1988)

5. Home Alone (1990)

6. Love Actually (2003)

7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

8. White Christmas (1954)

9. Scrooge (1951)

10. Miracle on thirty fourth Street (1994)

11. The Polar Express (2004)

12. The Snowman (1982)

13. The Holiday (2006)

14. Arthur Christmas (2011)

15. Scrooged (1988)

16. Nativity! (2009)

17. The Santa Clause (1994)

18. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

19. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

20. The Christmas Chronicles (2018). 

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