Love Actually beats Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street to be voted Britain's favourite Christmas film of ALL time

  • The 2003 Richard Curtis feel-good film Love Actually has topped the poll
  • It has beaten popular films It's a Wonderful Life, Home Alone and Elf 
  • Love Actually scooped 14 per cent and It's a Wonderful Life got 10 per cent

As well as mince pies and festive cheer, December is the time to snuggle up and enjoy a good old Christmas movie.

From Elf to Home Alone, there's plenty of festive films to choose from but it seems that Love Actually takes the crown as the ultimate crowd-pleaser. 

The 2003 Richard Curtis feel-good flick has been crowned as Britain's favourite Christmas film of all time. 

Love Actually, starring Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon (pictured above), has been crowned as Britain's favourite Christmas film of all time

The romantic comedy topped the list in a poll of more than 1,500 Radio Times readers, beating the likes of Home Alone, It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

Packed with some of the biggest names in British cinema, the film stars the likes of Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Colin Firth and Bill Nighy. 

The film tells ten concurrent stories of love - many of which are interlinked - in a countdown to Christmas. 

The smash-hit box office success earned almost £197million worldwide and took 14 per cent of the vote, narrowly beating 1946 Frank Capra classic, It's A Wonderful Life.

The story, which follows a suicidal George Bailey (James Stewart) as he finds the strength to rebuild his life, came second with 10 per cent.

In third place was another 2003 film with Will Ferrell's Elf, which despite not being on British television anywhere this Christmas, was still considered by 8 per cent of readers to be the one film that they couldn't live without this Yule Tide.

The 1946 Frank Capra classic, It's A Wonderful Life, came in second with 10 per cent of the vote. The film follows a suicidal George Bailey (James Stewart, above) as he finds the strength to rebuild his life

In third place was 2003 film Elf, which despite not being on British television anywhere this Christmas, was still considered by 8 per cent of readers to be the one film that they couldn't live without this Yule Tide

In fourth place came 1992 puppet/live action caper The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol

In fourth place came 1992 puppet/live action caper The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol and stars British actor Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Following closely behind with 5.9 per cent of the vote was 1990 John Hughes' classic Home Alone, which sees Macaulay Culkin's Kevin left to fend for himself at Christmas while Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern's villains attempt to break into his house.

In sixth place was 1989 American Christmas comedy film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, which was also written by John Hughes and is regarded as a modern Christmas classic.

In fifth place was 1990 John Hughes' classic Home Alone, which sees Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, who is left to fend for himself at Christmas while Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern's villains attempt to break into his house

In sixth place was 1989 American Christmas comedy film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, which was also written by John Hughes and is regarded as a modern Christmas classic

Other films to feature in the top 20 include The Polar Express, The Holiday and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.  

Fan favourite Love Actually featured some of the best British talent and its stars have gone onto varying degrees of success since the film came out 13 years ago.

The child star who played grieving Liam Neeson's stepson Sam in the film, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, has gone on to star in Game of Thrones while Andrew Lincoln, who played Mark, is now in the popular US TV show The Walking Dead.

Schoolgirl Daisy, the daughter of Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's characters, played by Lulu Popplewell, is now a writer and stand-up comedienne while Colin Firth who played Jamie has featured in films The King's Speech, the John le Carré adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and most recently Bridget Jones. 

THE TOP 20 CHRISTMAS FILMS

Love Actually (2003) 14% 

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 10% 

Elf (2003) 8.4% 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 8.3% 

Home Alone (1990) 5.9% 

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) 4.2% 

The Polar Express (2004) 3.4% 

Die Hard (1988) 3.4% 

The Santa Clause (1994) 3% 

The Snowman (1982) 2.9% 

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) 2.8% 

Scrooged (1988) 2.7% 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) 2.5% 

The Holiday (2006) 2.3% 

White Christmas (1954) 2% 

Scrooge (1951) 1.9% 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) 1.8% 

Nativity! (2009) 1.7% 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 1.4% 

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) 1.3%

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