This is officially the UK’s favourite Christmas film

Sorry, Will Ferrell.

Every year, there’s a few Christmas films we have to rewatch. Love Actually. Elf. Die Hard, which is absolutely a Christmas movie and we’re willing to die on that hill. That said, it turns out there’s one festive film that reigns supreme every year in the UK and it’s an oldie, but a goodie. According to a new survey conducted by Radio Times, it turns out that there’s one black and white film which never fails to captivate the hearts of Brits every year.

The survey quizzed 7000 people about their favourite holiday choices which included the likes of The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Polar Express. The people have spoken and it turns out that the 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life was the biggest holiday favourite, with ‘just under ten per cent of the votes’ according to the outlet and beating out Elf by a hair’s breadth.

If you’ve never seen the James Stewart classic, it’s actually a pretty dark one. It centres on a businessman named George Bailey on the verge of suicide, who is stopped by an angel called Clarence sent down to intervene. Over the course of the film, Clarence shows George Bailey what the world would look like without him and what a difference he’s made on the lives of the people around him. It’s actually pretty uplifting and there’s a reason it’s endured as a classic to this day.

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Following It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf were The Muppet Christmas Carol in third place, trailed by Love Actually and Home Alone (which got a mini modern reboot we’re still giggling over). Other honourable mentions included Die Hard, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express and White Christmas.

Netflix’s Christmas movie selection this year has been absolute fire and most of these films are actually on it. However if you want to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, you’ll have to tune into TCM on Saturday on December 22 at 4.45pm when they’ll be airing it. If you’re a NOW TV Cinema subscriber, you can also watch it at your leisure. Just remember to bring tissues.

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