Top 10 Christmas movies

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In 2007, Wittertainment held an online vote to decide on the best Christmas movies ever. Mark Kermode prepared an initial list of 10, which the listeners could then vote on - although also with the understanding that Mark had to be flexible and open to persuasion that one of his choices could be dropped for something else if the case was strong enough. In chronological order, the list was:

  1. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
  2. Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
  3. A Christmas Carol (1951)
  4. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (aka Santa Claus Versus The Martians) (1964)
  5. Black Christmas (1974)
  6. Gremlins (1984)
  7. Brazil (1985)
  8. Die Hard (1988)
  9. Scrooged (1988)
  10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

A Christmas Carol was taken out for the insertion of The Muppet Christmas Carol (1993).

Home Alone (and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York) were excluded from the list on the grounds of being Chris Columbus movies, and Mark refused it simply saying "Chris Columbus." Simon Mayo said "you can't just say, "Chris Columbus and therefore"," but Mark insisted, "I can - I just did." This all came to a crashing conclusion when a listener pointed out that Gremlins had been written by Columbus: "For the first time, I have been

Other films suggested but rejected included: The Apartment; Poltergeist; Digby The Biggest Dog In The World ("Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without an animal in peril and Jim Dale"); National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ('I hate that film"); Scrooge (with Alistair Sim, from 1951), Planes, Trains And Automobiles (Simon ruled it out because a Thanksgiving film); City Of Lost Children; Bad Santa; and Trading Places.