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Britain's favourite Christmas film revealed in new poll

It's A Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey. Credit: Liberty Films/RKO Radio Pictures

Love Actually, Home Alone and Elf are often talked about as many people's favourite Christmas film.

But it is 1946 classic It's A Wonderful Life that has been put at the top of the tree in a new poll.

The 1946 festive fantasy drama narrowly beat 2003 comedy Elf to the accolade.

Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, the film tells the story of George Bailey, a man who has devoted his life to helping others and who is shown the value of his own life by a guardian angel to stop him killing himself.

The Frank Capra-directed film was nominated for five Oscars, including best picture, and has become a seasonal staple across the world.

Elf, starring Will Ferrell, was second on the list. Credit: New Line Cinema/Guy Walks Into a Bar Productions

Will Ferrell's Elf is in second place on the list, ahead of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which stars Sir Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and a cast of Muppets.

Other films on the top 10 include Richard Curtis's star-studded 2003 romcom Love Actually in fourth place, 1990 comedy Home Alone in fifth place and action-packed 1988 film Die Hard in sixth.

  • 1. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
  • 2. Elf (2003)
  • 3. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  • 4. Love Actually (2003)
  • 5. Home Alone (1990)
  • 6. Die Hard (1988)
  • 7. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • 8. The Polar Express (2004)
  • 9. White Christmas (1954)
  • 10. Scrooge (1951)
  • 11. A Christmas Carol (1984)
  • 12. The Snowman (1982)
  • 13. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
  • 14. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
  • 15. The Holiday (2006)
  • 16. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  • 17. The Grinch (2000)
  • 18. Scrooged (1988)
  • 19. Nativity! (2009)
  • 20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

The poll of more than 7,000 people was conducted by RadioTimes.com between November and December 2018.