This Christmas movie has been voted the best festive film of all time

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We’re a week away from Christmas day, and we’re already feeling the effects of too much Ferrero Rocher and post-work Proseccos. As you pray that your colleagues don’t remember what you were saying at the office party, and hope that your OH got you something off this gifts for her gift guide, you’re probably feeling exhausted/stressed/like you need a hug now that the party season is in full swing.

But for those of you who are getting ready to wind down with a mug of mulled cider and some cracking Christmas telly, you’re probably lining up the best festive films to have a very, merry snooze to. Perhaps you’re an avid Love Actually fan, and you’re certain there’s truth to this fan theory about David and Natalie. Or maybe you’re into the more vintage Home Alone movies. You might even consider Die Hard to be a Christmas film.

So did your go-to December film make the top of the best Christmas movies of all time list?

Well, if your absolute fave is Elf, then yes, it did.

The story of Buddy, an oversized elf who leaves the North Pole to find his father, has been a festive fan favourite since its release in 2003. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel, it was an instant hit with the Box Office taking more than six times the film’s £25 million budget. It even gets an impressive 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

According to Ranker, the feel-good movie beat the likes of The Santa ClausThe Polar Express, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

It looks like Twitter agrees, with fans sharing their excitement when the movie aired on ITV this weekend.

‘Elf is the best xmas movie, ever. No question,’ one wrote.

If you missed it, you’ve got a week to catch up. No excuses.

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