Love Actually tops Radio Times Christmas film poll

It’s A Wonderful Life falls to third place after winning last year

There’s a been a shock result in our festive Christmas film poll. Once again we asked readers to vote for their favourite, expecting that old favourite It’s A Wonderful Live to win (again). Instead it fell to third place and rom-com Love Actually took this year’s title.

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Last Christmas the 1946 Frank Capra classic, in which suicidal George Bailey (James Stewart) finds the strength to rebuild his life, easily saw off competition from Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy. In fact, it forced the roll neck-wearing ensemble cast into second place with a comfortable 6.95% lead. Will Ferrell’s 2003 comedy caper Elf came third.

This year the top three have stayed the same, but Love Actually took the title with 12.64% of the vote. We’re expecting people to leap out with trumpets at any moment.

Elf, with all its chocolate-covered spaghetti, is in second place with 12.01% of the votes and It’s A Wonderful Life is garlanded with the bronze medal after receiving only 11.93% of the 1, 274 votes cast.

Fourth place is a non-mover for kids’ favourite The Muppet Christmas Carol, which scooped 8.56% of the votes, while the action-meets-festivity classic Die Hard races up the ranks from 12th to 5th place after winning a 4.4% slice of the pie.

Home Alone has slipped from 5th to 8th place with 3.53% of the votes, trading places with 1994’s heart-warming hit Miracle on 34th Street (4.08%).

Festive classic The Snowman, Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause and Cameron Diaz in The Holiday also made it into this year’s top 20.

Here’s the full top 20 below:

1. Love Actually – 12.64%
2. Elf – 12.01%
3. It’s A Wonderful Life – 11.93%
4. The Muppet Christmas Carol – 8.56%
5. Die Hard – 4.4%
6. Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – 4.08%
7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 4%
8. Home Alone – 3.53%
9. The Polar Express – 2.98%
10. White Christmas – 2.83%
11. The Santa Clause – 2.28%
12. The Snowman – 2.04%
-13. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – 1.88%
-13. Scrooge (1951) – 1.88%
14. Scrooged – 1.81%
15. Santa Claus: The Movie – 1.73%
-16. Nightmare Before Christmas – 1.57%
-16. Nativity! – 1.57%
-17. The Holiday – 1.33%
-17. A Christmas Story – 1.33%
18. Arthur Christmas – 1.26%
-19. The Grinch – 1.18%
-19. A Christmas Carol -1.18%
20. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – 0.94%

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