The 1946 feel-good family movie – which stars James Stewart as a man who commits suicide on Christmas Eve and meets his guardian angel who shows him what life would have been like if he’d never existed – won 17 per cent of the vote in a poll of over 3,000 people.
Despite being nominated for five Oscars, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ didn’t win any, but the film has since been recognised by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made.
Coming a close second with 16 per cent of the vote was ‘Home Alone’, the movie which catapulted Macaulay Culkin to stardom when he played eight-year-old Kevin, who is accidentally left behind when his family headed to France for Christmas.
Kathryn Jacob, chief executive of Pearl and Dean, who commissioned the poll, said: “Christmas is renowned as a time when families come together and enjoy watching films- old and new.
“‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and ‘Home Alone’ ignite the feeling of nostalgia that we often enjoy around Christmas time.”
The Richard Curtis romantic comedy ‘Love Actually’ – which follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives during a frantic month before Christmas – came third, followed by ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Pearl and Dean’s All-Time Favourite Christmas Movies:
1. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life
2. ‘Home Alone’
3. ‘Love Actually’
4. ‘Miracle on 34th Street’
5. ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’
6. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
8. ‘The Snowman’
9. ‘Santa Claus: The Movie’
10. ‘The Grinch’
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