With only a couple of weeks left until Christmas Day, reindeer, tinsel, and the face of Santa Clause have been pasted all over our TV screens. With that in mind, Watchshop, the leading online retailer of watches and the UK’s most visited watch website, have done a bit of research, discovering that a huge 40% of people say that Christmas films are their favourite part of Christmas TV. The research has also discovered the UK’s top 10 favourite Christmas films. Keep reading to find out what they are and for my personal reviews and Top 20.
And the UK’s Top 10 Christmas Films are…
“Buddy the elf, what’s your favourite colour?”
This is what I look forward to every year – the one film that will really put me in the Christmas mood. This is definitely Will Ferrell at his best, but it’s also a great role for Zooey Deschanel, as one of the first films I saw her in. The script is absolutely fantastic as I find myself quoting most of it throughout, and I can’t help but sing-a-long either. I could watch this every day throughout December.
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
What a beauty and absolute classic this is! The story is wonderfully written and there’s a powerful and relevant message behind it. James Stewart gives a brilliantly natural performance and by the end you’ll be wanting to throw money at him too. Everything about this film is incredibly likeable, and that’s exactly what you want from a Christmas film. Perfect and loveable in every way.
3. Miracle on 34th Street
Another great Christmas film, with the original being miles better than the 1994 remake. It really makes you remember the magic of Christmas and it’s a film that shows the importance of imagination, and for that it is fantastic.
4. Home Alone
Another Christmas classic. This film brings back so many memories of growing up, and it will remain a film that I watch every year for a while to come. Macaulay Culkin was a great child actor and this film is just a lot of fun. I do prefer the second film, though, but both are must-sees in the Christmas period.
5. White Christmas
A fantastic Christmas musical and a must watch in the upcoming days to the 25th! Beginning with Bing Crosby’s beautiful rendition of White Christmas, this is a heart-warming film from start to end. Together, the cast are brilliant and whilst the rest of the songs aren’t all that memorable, the dance sequences are amazing.
6. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
A lot of quirky Christmas fun with the ever brilliant Jim Carrey. With the Dr. Seuss story directed by the equally brilliant Ron Howard, there’s great visuals and a lot of charm that make for a more than decent family Christmas film with a lot of laughs to be had.
7. Love Actually
I’d like to say this is my biggest guilty pleasures at Christmas, but I actually think it’s a great film so that wouldn’t be true. Told through ten separate stories involving a wide variety of individuals, many of whom interlink as their tales progress, Love Actually has something to make you both laugh and cry, that also fills you with both love and hate; it’ll break your heart, but then it’ll fix it right back up for you. And then there’s a lot of nonsense in between, of course, but it’s a brilliant mixture of drama, romance, and comedy, with one of the best cast lists going.
8. The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Christmas Carol will always remain one of my favourites, as it was when I was growing up. I’m pretty sure I watched this film every year, so the way the classic Dickens’ story is told and the musical numbers always fill me with joy. I even find myself quoting some of funniest Gonzo quotes along the way! Michael Caine is fantastic as Scrooge, too, with his performance almost bringing a tear to my eye!
9. The Snowman
This is what Christmas is all about. From the beautiful animation to the almost haunting soundtrack, it is just incredible. The story is told solely through these two aspects, yet it has such power for a film with no dialogue. Charming in every way.
10. The Polar Express
It disappoints me to say this but I just don’t get the love for this film. I find it scary, threatening, angry, and it fills me with no joy or Christmas spirit whatsoever. I just constantly feel on edge and sorry for all of the characters and worried that something’s going to constantly go terribly wrong. That’s not what you want from a Christmas film.
And here’s my own Top 20 Christmas Films: