Research Reveals The Ultimate Christmas Movie And It’s Not ‘Die Hard’!

What makes the perfect Christmas movie? And which is the best of the best? Everyone has their own opinion, but a new study has the answer –

According to the team at musicMagpie, there are four key elements that make a Christmas classic. It must have Christmas references (obviously), perform well in the box office, be a hit with critics and audiences alike, and create a festive buzz year after year.

Using this as a starting point, they looked at 20 of the most popular festive films of all time and ranked them against 20 different criteria to determine the ultimate Christmas movie.

The Ultimate Christmas Movie

According to musicMagpie’s research, Home Alone takes the top spot, being crowned the ultimate Christmas film. It tops the charts for financial performance, as well as festive buzz, being the one film people just can’t stop talking about, year after year.

Will Ferrell’s Elf takes the number 2 spot, followed by Love Actually, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Santa Clause.

At the other end of the table, The Holiday comes in last place, thanks to its minimal references to Christmas and poor reviews.

What about Die Hard?

There’s always one film that causes intense debate around Christmas time… Die Hard. People will argue till they’re blue in the face about whether or not this deserves the title of a Christmas film. So, musicMagpie put it to the test.

While it didn’t top the chart, Die Hard still managed to achieve an impressive 11th place in musicMagpie’s ranking, beating the likes of Home Alone 2, It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street!

Head over to the musicMagpie website to explore the full set of data and see if your festive favorite made the cut –

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