It’s a Wonderful Life tops Radio Times Christmas film poll

Timeless feel-good movie romps home with nearly 20% of the vote

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The votes are in, all 2,882 ballots have been counted and we can now reveal that the best Christmas movie ever made is (drum roll, please – oh, you’ve already read the headline, haven’t you)… It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Yes, Frank Capra’s heart-warming story of a suicidal man inspired to carry on living by the magic of Christmas is now officially our readers’ favourite festive film, having netted nearly a fifth (17.83 per cent) of the total vote.

Its nearest rival, which 10.19 per cent of respondents plumped for, was the The Muppet Christmas Carol, an all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens fable starring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Michael Caine and the gang.

Other cuddly, family-friendly fare like Love Actually (7.57 per cent), Elf (5.94 per cent) and Home Alone (5.73 per cent) rounded out the rest of the top five.

At the other end of the scale, no one cast their vote for John Waters’s 1974 film Female Trouble, which sees its lead character going mad and becoming a mass murderer after her parents refuse to buy her a pair of cha-cha shoes for Christmas.

Here’s the full list of results, and if your favourite film didn’t place as highly as you’d like, why not have a nice cathartic rant in the comments box below?

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1.\tIt’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 17.83%
2.\tThe Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 10.19%
3.\tLove Actually (2003) 7.57%
4.\tElf (2003) 5.94%
5.\tHome Alone (1990) 5.73%
6.\tMiracle on 34th Street (1994) 4.92%
7.\tWhite Christmas (1954) 4.21%
8.\tDie Hard (1988) 4.1%
9.\tScrooge (1951) 3.68%
10.\tSanta Claus (1985)3.18%
11.\tThe Polar Express (2004) 2.76%
12.\tMiracle on 34th Street (1947) 2.72%
13.\tScrooged (1988) 2.69%
14.\tA Christmas Carol (1984) 1.8%
15.\tThe Santa Clause (1994) 1.59%
16.\tThe Nightmare before Christmas (1993) 1.56%
17.\tThe Holiday (2006) 1.42%
18.\tGremlins (1984) 1.38%
19.\tHome Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) 1.31%
20.\tThe Grinch (2000) 1.2%
21.\tBad Santa (2003) 1.17%
22.\tThe Railway Children (1970) 1.13%
23.\tThe Bishop’s Wife (1947) 1.06%
24.\tMeet Me in St Louis (1944) 0.99%
25.\tThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) 0.88%
26.\tTrading Places (1983) 0.88%
27.\tNativity! (2009) 0.81%
28.\tJingle All the Way (1996) 0.78%
29.\tBridget Jones’s Diary (2001) 0.74%
30.\tHoliday Inn (1942) 0.71%
31.\tWhile You Were Sleeping (1995) 0.71%
32.\tA Christmas Story (1983) 0.67%
33.\tThe Apartment (1960) 0.6%
34.\tEdward Scissorhands (1990) 0.53%
35.\tDie Hard 2: Die Harder (1990) 0.32%
36.\tThe Lion in Winter (1968) 0.32%
37.\tOn Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) 0.32%
38.\tBabes in Toyland (1934) 0.28%
39.\tBlack Christmas (1974) 0.25%
40.\tThe French Connection (1971) 0.18%
41.\tArthur Christmas (2011) 0.14%
42.\tThe Man Who Came to Dinner (1941) 0.14%
43.\tThe Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) 0.11%
44.\tSerendipity (2001) 0.11%
45.\tTales from the Crypt (1972) 0.11%
46.\tThe Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) 0.07%
47.\tMerry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1982) 0.07%
48.\tThe Poseidon Adventure (1972) 0.07%
49.\tHome for the Holidays (1972) 0.04%
50.\tFemale Trouble (1974) 0%