Poll Results: Favorite Christmas Movie

This one came down to a single vote, but the winner is a classic:

It's a Wonderful Life

– It’s a Wonderful Life: 8 votes
– National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: 7 votes
– A Christmas Story: 6 votes
– Elf: 4 votes
– Love Actually: 4 votes
– The Nightmare Before Christmas: 3 votes
– Bad Santa: 1 vote
– A Christmas Carol: 1 vote
– Scrooged: 1 vote
– White Christmas: 1 vote

The write-ins:
– Die Hard: 2 votes (I left this out on purpose)
– Christmas Evil: 1 vote (never heard of this one)
– The Grinch: 1 vote (how did I leave this off?)
– Home Alone: 1 vote (always a good choice)
– Jingle All the Way: 1 vote (haven’t seen this since I was a kid)
– The Perks of Being a Wallflower: 1 vote (inspired choice!)

Great to see a wide variety of holiday films receiving votes! Especially interesting to see Christmas Vacation finish a close second (a personal favorite of mine).

This Week’s Poll: Judd Apatow’s newest film, This is 40, is rolling out soon, so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at his filmography. Apatow has been involved with a number of comedies over the last decade, many of which have clicked for both critics and the general audience. This week’s poll is a pick two: what is the best film produced by Judd Apatow?

Special Announcement: I still have eight free Redbox movie rental codes to giveaway! If you want one, just leave a comment with your answer to the following question: What is your favorite film from 2012 so far? No catch here. Answer the question and I will email you the free code. Enjoy!

29 thoughts on “Poll Results: Favorite Christmas Movie

    • Morgan R. Lewis says:

      Quite. There’s a difference between a movie set at Christmas time and a movie that’s about Christmas. A Christmas movie has to be the latter. (Mind you, I bend the rules some for my blog’s categorization.)

      • craft fear says:

        By that logic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” isn’t really a Christmas movie either. Only the last sequence happens to take place on Christmas Eve, but the movie itself is about the value of George Bailey’s life. Like Diehard, it is a great movie that happens to take place on Christmas. I guess the sentimentality is what makes it more acceptable as a “Christmas” movie, and the fact that the reflectiveness is kind of like “A Christmas Carol” in some ways, but essentially it’s not about Christmas itself.

        • Eric says:

          That’s a fair point, but I think you’re right in that it’s the sentimentality that makes It’s a Wonderful Life a Christmas film. The ending kind of brings everything full circle, and it shows what Christmas should be about (being there with family, sharing, etc.).

      • Eric says:

        Right. By that logic, the extreme French horror movie, Inside, could be a Christmas movie. It takes place on Christmas Eve, and nothing says “Merry Christmas!” like a woman trying to slice open a pregnant woman’s stomach in order to take out her unborn child. Yeah.

  1. Jaina says:

    I’ve not seen that many Judd Apatow films. Dunno, they’ve never really appealed. I did love Forgetting Sarah Marshall though – Jason Segel makes that film for me. Such an underrated talent.

    • Eric says:

      Yeah, Segel is great in that one. Apatow can be hit-and-miss. I was surprised to see his name attached to some ill-advised projects like Drillbit Taylor and Year One.

  2. Palm Trees & Bare Feet says:

    Oh, I didn’t get to this poll in time, but my vote would have been for White Christmas! Surprised it only got one vote!

  3. The Focused Filmographer says:

    I am glad to see It’s A Wonderful Life win. and…(sorry Fogs’), Die Hard IS a Christmas movie. He brought good tidings of great joy to all the hostages and police! A Santa in his own right. It just so happened to be during Christmas as well. πŸ˜‰

  4. sati says:

    My favorite Apatow movie is definitely Superbad, ah to be in high school πŸ™‚ Plus McLovin is one of the funniest characters I’ve seen.

    My fav movie of 2012 is still The Dark Knight Rises πŸ™‚

  5. jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, Eric and company:

    I like ‘White Christmas’ for Danny Kaye’s take on ‘Choreography’.
    And his and Crosby’s duet of ‘Sisters’.

    Kind of a three way split between ‘A Christmas Story’, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and a neat little caper gem from 1967. ‘Fitzwilly’.
    With Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Feldon and a top of the line list of veteran actors. Along with some strategically placed on location shooting in Manhattan.

    • Eric says:

      Hi Jack! I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t seen all of A Christmas Story, and I hadn’t even heard of Fitzwilly. I’m starting to get into the holiday spirit, though, so I’m going to try to catch up on those I have overlooked. Thanks for chiming in!

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