Top 20 Christmas films of all time revealed

It's A Wonderful Life (1946). Photo: IMDB/RKO Radio Pictures

It's A Wonderful Life (1946). Photo: IMDB/RKO Radio Pictures - Credit: IMDB/RKO Radio Pictures

It's A Wonderful Life has been voted as Britain's favourite Christmas film in a new poll by Radio Times.

The 1946 festive drama narrowly beat 2003 Christmas comedy, Elf in the survey which saw more than 7,000 people vote.

Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, It's A Wonderful Life tells the story of a man who has devoted his life to helping others and who is shown the value of his own life by a guardian angel to stop him killing himself.

Will Ferrell's Elf came second ahead of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which stars Sir Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and a cast of Muppets.

Other films on the top 10 include Richard Curtis's star-studded 2003 romcom Love Actually in fourth place, 1990 comedy Home Alone in fifth place and action-packed 1988 film Die Hard in sixth.

Tim Glanfield, editor, said: 'If there's one thing that's certain to bring the whole family together, it's a good Christmas film.

'Our 72-year-old winner, It's A Wonderful Life, sitting effortlessly alongside more modern classics like Elf and The Muppets, proves just that.

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'It turns out there's no sell by date on Christmas spirit - and a film that encapsulates it will stay with us for generations.'

The poll was conducted by between November and December 2018, and received 7,242.

The Top 20 Christmas films

1. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

2. Elf (2003)

3. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

4. Love Actually (2003)

5. Home Alone (1990)

6. Die Hard (1988)

7. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

8. The Polar Express (2004)

9. White Christmas (1954)

10. Scrooge (1951)

11. A Christmas Carol (1984)

12. The Snowman (1982)

13. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

14. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

15. The Holiday (2006)

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

17. The Grinch (2000)

18. Scrooged (1988)

19. Nativity! (2009)

20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

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