It’s a Wonderful Life voted the best Christmas film of all time

Classic feel-good movie trumps modern holiday hits including Elf and Love Actually in RadioTimes.com poll

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It’s a Wonderful Life voted the best Christmas film of all time
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Radio Times staff

There’s been weeks of deliberation, top films have fallen to the wayside, others have had last minute surges of votes and now, after 2,172 votes,  we can finally reveal that It’s a Wonderful Life has been voted RadioTimes.com readers’ favourite Christmas film ever.

The timeless 1946 Frank Capra hit, which follows the life of suicidal George Bailey (James Stewart) who finds the strength to re-build his life thanks to the magic of Christmas, scooped 16.85% of the vote.

Film critic Barry Norman gives it five stars in Radio Times magazine and says, "Yes, it verges on the sentimental but never too much so. Far more it's simply heart-warming - the grandaddy of all feel-good movies."

Second place this year goes to Love Actually, a bumper romantic comedy that follows the intertwined love lives of the star-studded cast, including Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

Will Ferrell’s cult hit Elf almost managed to take the title, holding top spot for a few days, before eventually finishing third with 9.67% of the vote.

Firm family favourites The Muppet Christmas Carol and Home Alone take home fourth and fifth place with 8.8% and 4.42% of the vote respectively, with the 1994 Miracle on 34th Street (3.04%), The Snowman (2.95%) and the 1951 Scrooge (2.81%) also finishing up in the top ten.

Home for the Holidays and Female Trouble failed to make it off of the starting blocks, while Batman Returns (0.14%) and Die Hard 2: Die Harder (0.23%) managed to score enough to place on the final list.

Here is the final list for 2013 in all of its festive glory…

1.It’s a Wonderful Life –16.85%

2. Love Actually – 9.9%

3. Elf - 9.67%

4. The Muppet Christmas Carol– 8.8%

5. Home Alone– 4.42%

6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation– 3.82%

7. Santa Claus: The Movie – 3.18%

8. Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – 3.04%

9. The Snowman– 2.95%

10. Scrooge– 2.81%

11. The Polar Express– 2.76%

12. Die Hard– 2.72%

13. White Christmas– 2.63%

14. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)– 2.3%

15. Scrooged– 1.84%

16. Nativity! - 1.61%

17. The Nightmare Before Christmas– 1.47%

18. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York– 1.29%

19. The Santa Claus– 1.24%

20. The Grinch – 1.15%

21. The Holiday– 1.06%

22. Gremlins– 1.01

23. Other – 0.92% (with Rare Exports and One Special Night named by readers)

24. A Christmas Carol– 0.88%

25. Bad Santa– 0.83%

26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone– 0.83%

27. A Christmas Story– 0.74%

28. Trading Places– 0.74%

29. Jingle All The Way– 0.64%

30. Bridget Jones’s Diary – 0.64%

31. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe– 0.6%

32. Arthur Christmas– 0.6%

33. Holiday Inn – 0.55%

34. Meet Me in Saint Louis– 0.55%

35. Serendipity– 0.51%

36. The Bishop’s Wife– 0.41%

37. Sleepless in Seattle - 0.41%

38. While You Were Sleeping– 0.41%

39. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service– 0.37%

40. Iron Man 3– 0.37%

41. The Railway Children– 0.32%

42. Edward Scissorhands - 0.32%

43. The Family Man– 0.23%

44. Babes in Toyland - 0.23%

45. Die Hard 2: Die Harder– 0.23%

46. The Apartment– 0.23%

47. Batman Returns– 0.14%

48. Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence - 0.14%

49. The Long Kiss Goodnight– 0.14%

50. The Man Who Came to Dinner – 0.14%

51. The French Connection – 0.14%

52. The Lion in Winter – 0.09%

53. Black Christmas - 0.05%

54. The Fabulous Baker Boys – 0.05%

55. The Poseidon Adventure – 0.05%

56. Home for the Holidays – 0%

57. Female Trouble – 0%

For your festive fill of It's a Wonderful Life see it on Christmas Eve at 1:10pm on Channel 4.


 


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