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Love Actually voted Britain's favourite Christmas film

Festive favourite: Love Actually was been hailed as a modern classic. Credit: YouTube

Love Actually has been named Britain's favourite Christmas film.

The romantic comedy beat festive classics including the 1946 release It's a Wonderful Life and the animated film The Snowman in a Radio Times poll of more than 1,500 readers.

It shows many retreating back to childhood favourites for the festive season.

Dads' choice: Die Hard also made it into the top 10 Credit: YouTube

Love Actually, which follows 10 love stories and features some of Britain's biggest acting names including Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, and Keira Knightley, took 14% of the vote.

In second place was It's A Wonderful Life, in which suicidal lead character George Bailey (James Stewart) finds the strength to rebuild his life.

Christmas comedy Elf took third place, while the top five was completed with The Muppet Christmas Carol and Home Alone.

Still a favourite: Macaulay Culkin in 1990's Home Alone. Credit: YouTube

The full top ten list was as follows:

  • Love Actually (14% of votes)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (10%)
  • Elf (8.4%)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (8.3%)
  • Home Alone (5.9%)
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (4.2%)
  • The Polar Express (3.4%)
  • Die Hard (3.4%)
  • The Santa Clause (3%)
  • The Snowman (2%)

There were also some less predictable choices.

Action film Die Hard made it into eighth place on the list despite a notable absence of Christmas trees or feel good messages.

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