The top 15 Christmas films of all time

The Christmas season is quickly approaching. Have you been waiting for it or has it rolled around with as much a shock as a bauble straight to the face? Either way, let’s flash forward to when it’s all done and dusted. The Christmas tree is still up, but the Turkey’s in the bin and the return of the Monday after your holidays off is an ever-looming prospect of doom. Whilst many of us remain split in two about our festive feels, one thing we can all agree, is that whether people know us as an Elf or a Scrooge, the Christmas blues are most definitely a thing.

You’re all spent up and you’re thinking about how that Christmas money from your nan is probably going to go on the rent, you’ve eaten too much food that came out of shiny wrappers and your place looks like a festive tip. Well, rest assured, we have something that is guaranteed to help. Hyperfine Media recently clued us in with a survey that asked the nation ‘What is the best Christmas film of all time?’ The results are in! Read on and getting watching, but don’t forget to save a few for those post-Christmas blues.

Home Alone

1. Home Alone

Kevin was truly living every kid’s dream. With a seemingly infinite supply of ice cream and classic old movies, everything comes up sunny for Kevin when his parents go on holiday and accidentally leave him behind. Queue hilarious chaos in the form of the Wet Bandits and four sequels to follow.


2. It’s a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra brought us the true Christmas classic with this one, driving home a message that rings true for us all, with James Stewart putting on an incredible performance as a man who wishes he’d never been born who is offered the chance to see life from a new perspective.

27203. Love Actually

So cheesy yet so great. Nine stories all wrapped up together with complete sappiness, cantering around love (you guessed it). Not for those who are cheese-intolerant.

15584_full4. The Snowman

A true Christmas tradition, The Snowman was always due to show every Christmas. This Oscar nominated short film tells the story of a young boy who makes a snowman, which magically comes to life. ‘Walking in the Air’ stays with us all throughout Christmas.

large5. Elf

We follow Will Ferrell’s man-child through New York, picking up an all-singing Zooey Deschanel along the way. It’s hard to believe that this one’s over a decade old, but it still holds up today as one of the best festive comedies of all time.

The Best of the Rest

  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Scrooged
  • Gremlins
  • White Christmas
  • Bad Santa
  • The Polar Express
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Die Hard
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Story

Did your favourite Christmas film make it into the top 15 list? Let us know!