Christmas crackers: From Elf to Die Hard... your favourite festive films unwrapped!

Oh yes. December is upon us. That crisp winter air, those roaring log fires, and the gradual return of some awful novelty jumpers. However, nothing quite gets us in the mood for Christmas like a good old festive family film (say that 10 times!) In order to put an end to the ongoing debate of the best Christmas film of all time, Hyperfine Media took it upon themselves to find out which film holds the prestigious title of "Best Christmas Film of All Time, turning up some very interesting results...


Home Alone (1990) - 321 votes

It's really hard to believe that it's Home Alone's 25th birthday. This absolute classic is perhaps the quintessential Christmas film. Home Alone really has it all, Nostalgia, belly laughs, the lowest IQ of any villains, ever, and Joe Pesci dressed like a chicken! The adventures of young Kevin McCallister will forever be in our hearts. It's a shame Macaulay Culkin could never really shake the image of his child persona. But his legacy will last for generations.


It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - 287 votes

What is left to be said about this magnificent film? Except that if you don't cry at the ending then well... Perhaps you don't have a soul. Jimmy Stewart was our generations Tom Hanks. An everyday "aw, hec" American who played hero George Bailey in this feel good winter warmer, who is shown by a quirky Angel called Clarence what life In his small town would be like if I had never existed. Unbelievably It's a wonderful life was originally a flop at the box office and received poor reviews. It seems however since then everyone has come to their senses and has come to fully appreciate this heart-warming post war tale. Watch this one with no tissues at your own peril


Love Actually (2003) - 166 votes

Only in Britain would Love Actually rank in the top 3 Christmas films of all the time. The film takes place in London (of course) and follows several characters during the build up to Christmas, as they maneuver themselves in and out of love in Richard Curtis land. For those of you who don't know Richard Curtis land: It is the universe (set solely in London) in which every character manages to live beyond their means, it is the universe where love conquers all... oh, and most importantly... Hugh Grant is God. Need convincing? Take a look at some classic Richard Curtis Land. It seems however that Love Actually, was the last really successful British Rom Com, Richard Curtis's anyway. Perhaps 3rd place was a nostalgic nod to those silly feel good British rom coms, and with the myriad of British talent in Love Actually, it has become a customary British Christmas film.


The Snowman (1982) - 161 votes

Again, us Brits love to a bias vote for our own Christmas films... But that's Ok!!! Especially when it's the Snowman rolling in at 4. The story of a young boy who creates a Snowman, which comes to life and takes him on an adventure to the North Pole stole the nation’s heart back in 1982, and since then, families in Britain have watched this beautiful wordless animation by Raymond Briggs annually on Christmas... Oh and before i forget, contrary to popular belief, the young boy singing "Walking In the Air" is NOT Aled Jones, it is choirboy Peter Auty!!


Elf (2003) - 150 votes

Unlike the young boy in The Snowman. Will Ferrell who plays Buddy is accidentally brought to the North Pole, and becomes raised by Elves. Now a full adult, he realises he doesn't fit in ( maybe it's the fact he's 6"3) and travels to New York, suited and booted in full blown Elf gear, in search of his biological father. Elf is a film with a zany sense of humour. There are many hilarious scenes throughout Elf, but my pick of the lot involves Peter Dinklage, who has since rose to stardom for his portrayal as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. You can probably guess what happens when a man who has been raised by Elves all his life meets a dwarf for the first time... Just like Miracle on 34th street, which narrowly misses out on the top 5, the films underlying message is perhaps that the world has become so cynical and that everyone should have a little more faith. This is another recent Christmas film that has quickly become a seasonal classic


Bonus Christmas Film!


Die Hard (1988) - 126 votes

In at number 7 we have a special mention for this particular film. It wouldn't be a great Christmas film list if there was no mention of Die Hard. But I ask you this: Is Die Hard really a Christmas film? Ok, so the film takes place on Christmas Eve, and the setting certainly enhances the films comedic atmosphere, but does this add to the overall storyline of a terrorist plot? And why was the film released in a sweltering hot summer in 1988? These are certainly questions to ponder. But lest we forget that Die Hard is a film that truly encapsulates the Christmas spirit. The drive to be with his family on Christmas is what drives McClane. Besides, if we start nitpicking, we can say that number 2 on our list "It's a Wonderful Life" is just a film about a parallel universe that happens to take place on Christmas.


So what do you think of this list? Is your favourite Christmas film included? Or do you have something to say about where they ranked? Make sure to leave us your thoughts below, we would love to know.

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