Best Christmas movie named

2011-11-29 21:50
Los Angeles - It's a Wonderful Life has been voted the best Christmas film of all time.

The 1946 classic - which starred James Stewart as a man contemplating suicide before a guardian angel intervenes - beat off competition from The Muppet Christmas Carol and Love Actually, which placed second and third respectively, in a poll.

Commenting on the results, film expert Barry Norman told Radio Times magazine: "'It's a Wonderful Life is a great movie whichever time of year you watch it but if I had my way it would be shown on TV every Christmas Day right after the Queen's speech.

"Frank Capra never intended it to have a particularly Christmassy message, but that's exactly what it has because it encapsulates what Christmas is, or should be, about - hope, love, goodwill."

Rounding out the top five were 2003 movie Elf and 1990's Home Alone.

Meanwhile, Miracle on 34th Street appeared twice in the list, with the 1947 original - starring Oscar-winning actor Edmund Gwenn - placing 12th, six places behind the 1994 remake which starred Richard Attenborough.

Action blockbuster Die Hard - telling the tale of an off-duty New York cop who is waylaid by a terrorist hostage situation on Christmas Eve - was a surprise in the list, coming in at eighth place.

White Christmas, came in seventh place, Scrooge and Santa Claus rounded out the top 10. top 10 Christmas films:

1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

2. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

3. Love Actually (2003)

4. Elf (2003)

5. Home Alone (1990)

6. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

7. White Christmas (1954)

8. Die Hard (1988)

9. Scrooge (1951)

10. Santa Claus (1985)


  • Mark - 2011-11-30 09:00

    They obviously forgot about "Bad Santa"

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