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Watchshop unveil top 10 favourite Festive Film

08 December 2014

This Festive Season, new research from Watchshop has discovered 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, no sign of Gremlins but the top 10 features: Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Grinch, Love Actually, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Snowman and The Polar Express...

1. Elf

A human baby raised as an elf. A city where no one remembers the true meaning of Christmas.

Will Ferrell (Saturday Night Live, Old School) stars as Buddy, a human raised in the North Pole to be an elf. After wrecking havoc in the elf community due to his size. Buddy heads to New York City to find his place in the world, and track down his father. But life in the big city is not all sugarplums and candy canes.

His father is a "Scrooge" and his eight-year-old stepbrother doesn't believe in Santa. Even the snowmen aren't friendly in New York. In fact they don't even speak.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life

George Bailey wants desperately to leave the town of his birth, Bedford Falls, for a life of travel and adventure. But systematically he is called upon to put his dreams aside and to care for family and friends. Through a tragic carelessness on the part of a family member, George is threatened with public and financial humiliation, and jail. Determined upon suicide, George is saved through the intercession of an angel, who shows him what his hometown would have become without his efforts.

3. Miracle on 34th Street

A single mother juggles her career as Director Of Events at Cole's Department Store and her home life with daughter, Susan. Their lives are changed dramatically when an elderly gentleman is hired as Santa for the festive period. This 1994 remake of the Christmas classic stars Sir Richard Attenborough as Santa Claus. The cast also includes Dylan McDermott, Elizabeth Perkins, and Mara Wilson.

4. Home Alone

It is Christmas Time and the McAllister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But, the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family were in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about 2 burglars, Harry and Marv about to rob his house on Christmas eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice.

5. Irving Berlin's White Christmas

“WHITE CHRISTMAS” spins the romantically humorous tale of two Army friends, played by Crosby and Kaye, who become a famous musical comedy team after the war and eventually produce their own Broadway hits. They become involved with a sister act – the Misses Clooney and Vera-Ellen – and the quartette proceed to Vermont to spend a white Christmas.

Crosby and Kaye discover the inn at which they are staying is owned by General Waverly (Dean Jagger), their former commanding officer who is now retired. Waverly’s investment is in danger owing to the unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow. Winter sports enthusiasts are staying away.

To promote business over the Yuletide holidays, the boys bring their new show to the Inn for a pre-Broadway warm-up and advantage is also taken of the occasion to stage a re-union of the general’s war-time division. Romantic complications ensue, but all ends happily on Christmas Eve and the film fades out in a flurry of snowflakes.
Upon this lighthearted framework Producer Dolan, Director Curtiz, Writers Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Mel Frank, and Composer Berlin have spun a spectacular musical motion picture.

6. The Grinch

Director Ron Howard casts comedian Jim Carrey in the title role in this live-action adaptation of the famous Christmas tale by Dr. Seuss, giving this rendition of THE GRINCH a delightfully manic spin. Carrey is virtually unrecognisable in his elaborate green makeup, but his anarchic comic touch is unmistakable. He manages to fully embody the grumpy title character, while still supplying his own comedic touches, and it is his performance that makes the film a treat for adults and children alike. The candy-colored set design for the town of Whoville and the jubilant score contribute to the overall feeling of innocuous fantasy that the Grinch disrupts with his dastardly deeds.

7. Love Actually

From the new, bachelor Prime Minister who falls in love thirty seconds after entering Downing Street, to a loser sandwich delivery guy who doesn’t have a hope with the girls; from a jilted writer who escapes to the south of France in the hopes of nursing his broken heart, to an ageing rock star trying to make a comeback at any price; from a bride having problems with her husband’s best man, to a married woman having trouble with her husband; from a schoolboy with a crush on the prettiest girl in the school, to his architect step-father with a crush on Claudia Schiffer.??Their London lives and loves collide, mingle and climax on Christmas Eve - again and again and again - with romantic, poignant and funny consequences for all.

8. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sluggish re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale. Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. But then he is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and Scrooge, after revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous and celebratory person in town.

9. The Snowman

One winter's morning two lovers build a snowman. Standing outside in the cold the Snowman is mesmerised by the beautiful potbellied stove he can see in through the kitchen window. He dreams that if he could only touch her that he would know what true love felt like. The dog warns the Snowman of what would happen if he touched a hot stove but the Snowman is in love and will not be put off.

10. The Polar Express

A young boy lies awake in his room one snowy Christmas Eve, excited and alert.
Breathing silently. Hardly moving. Waiting.

He’s listening for a sound he’s afraid that he might never hear – the ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.
The time is five minutes to midnight.

Suddenly, the boy is startled by a thunderous roar. Clearing the mist from his window he sees the most amazing sight – a gleaming black train rumbles to a stop right in front of his house, the steam from its powerful engine hissing through the night sky and the softly falling snowflakes.

The boy rushes outside, and is met by the train’s conductor who seems to be waiting just for him.

“Well, are you coming?” the conductor asks.


“Why, to the North Pole, of course. This is the Polar Express!”

A doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, embarking on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.