It’s that special time of year and what better way to get in the Christmassy spirit by getting comfy on the sofa next to the tree and binge watching everyone’s favourite films.

We’ve all debated which is the best Christmas film of all time but a survey completed by our readers has put It’s a Wonderful Life at number one.

Now we’ve put together a list of the top 14 favourites.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

IMDB rating:

8.6/10

What is it about?

This classic Christmas film is about an angel who visits a fed-up business man. The angel soon helps him realise how wonderful life is when it shows him what life would have been like if he wasn’t here.

It was nominated for six Oscars.

When was it made?

1946

Age rating:

U

2. Elf

IMDB rating:

7/10

What is it about?

An elf named Buddy from the North Pole takes a trip to New York to meet his real dad. The only problem is, Buddy thinks he’s a real elf like all of Santa’s little helpers, so struggles to get to grips with normal life! Classic one to watch with the kids.

When was it made?

2003

Age rating:

PG

3. Nativity

IMDB rating:

6.5/10

What is it about?

Filmed in Coventry, if you haven’t seen this film already do you even live here? An uptight but secretly heartbroken primary school teacher lies about a Hollywood production team coming to visit to see their Nativity play. The news soon spreads quickly and he’s in trouble.

When was it made?

2009

Age rating:

U

4. Die Hard

IMDB rating:

8.2/10

What is it about?

It’s Christmas Eve and a New York Police Detective is trying to get home to his wife and daughter. He ends up having to save his wife and others from terrorists instead.

Some argue it’s not a Christmas film.. what do you think?

When was it made?

1988

Age rating:

18

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

IMDB rating:

7.6/10

What is it about?

The Griswold’s decide to stay at home for Christmas this year after a disastrous holiday but their plans won’t be so smooth-sailing. Everything seems to go wrong!

When was it made?

1989

Age rating:

12

6. Love Actually

IMDB rating:

7.6/10

What is it about?

Arguably the best Christmas rom-com. Follow the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives over the Christmas period.

When was it made?

2003

Age rating:

15

7. The Polar Express

IMDB rating:

6.6/10

What is it about?

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

When was it made?

2004

Age rating:

U

8. A Christmas Carol

IMDB rating:

6.8/10

What is it about?

An animated version of the original ‘Scrooge’. The ghost’s of Christmas past, present and future visit Scrooge to give him a second chance at life and to enjoy the festivities more.

When was it made?

2009

Age rating

PG

9. The Muppet Christmas Carol

IMDB rating:

7.7/10

What is it about?

The Muppet characters tell their version of the story of Scrooge on Christmas Eve.

When was it made?

1992

Age rating:

U

10. Home Alone

IMDB rating:

7.6/10

What is it about?

A Christmas must-watch! Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is left home alone when his entire family go on holiday for Christmas and accidentally forget him. He then has to fight off the ‘wet bandits’ as they try to burgle his home.

When was it made?

1990

Age rating:

PG

11. Miracle on 34th Street

IMDB rating:

6.6/10

What is it about?

A little girl is told by her mum, Santa Claus is made-up. But, she meets the real Santa and now wants to prove he’s real to everyone.

When was it made?

1994

Age rating:

U

12. Gremlins

IMDB rating:

7.3/10

What is it about?

A young man breaks three important rules after getting his Christmas present. He exposed it to the light, got it wet and let it eat after midnight. Now there’s little gremlins running around his small town.

When was it made?

1984

Age rating:

15

13. The Holiday

IMDB rating:

6.9/10

What is it about?

Two women swap houses, and countries, for the Christmas period. They’ve both been experiencing love-life issues and want to escape for the festivities. But they end up meeting the loves of their lives on their life-swap. It’s a feel-good Christmas comedy.

When was it made?

2006

Age rating:

12A

14. Jingle All The Way

IMDB rating:

5.7/10

What is it about?

A dad made a promise to his son, he would buy him a Turbo Man for Christmas. But he’s left it until the very last minute and now they’re all sold out. He is on a mission, in this Christmas comedy, to find one in time for the big day (and runs into all sorts of trouble along the way).

When was it made?

1996

Age rating:

PG

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