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It's A Wonderful Life Is The Highest Rated Christmas Movie Ever

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It's A Wonderful Life Is The Highest Rated Christmas Movie Ever

It's a Wonderful Life is officially the highest rated Christmas movie ever.

While it's been well over 70 years since the Frank Capra classic first entered our lives, it has stood the test of time and remains the very best festive film around.

Don't believe us? Well, check in with the folks over at IMDb, who have compiled a list based on ratings.

If you take it that any film worth its salt will receive at least 1,000 votes, then the tale of good conquering greed is at the top of the Christmas tree, with an average rating of 8.6.

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The film centres on George Bailey, who is pushed to his very limit on Christmas Eve. Credit: RKO Radio Pictures
The film centres on George Bailey, who is pushed to his very limit on Christmas Eve. Credit: RKO Radio Pictures

It's followed by Die Hard on 8.2 - don't even start the debate about whether it's a Christmas movie or not. The film's director took this up recently.

The classic 1982 animation The Snowman, also on 8.2, rounds out the top three, while A Christmas Carol (1951) starring Alastair Sim and Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) both also have scores of 8.2.

If you haven't yet sat back and balled your eyes out watching George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) pushed to his very limit as he tries to see the value in life and protect his family, only to be visited by kindly angel, Clarence, who's yet to get his wings, well, you haven't lived.

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Not to ruin it for you if you do plan on watching it this year, but here's an idea of what you've got to look forward to.

But he is visited by a kindly angel, Clarence. Credit: RKO Radio Pictures
But he is visited by a kindly angel, Clarence. Credit: RKO Radio Pictures

Basically, due to his father's passing, George is forced to take over the family 'building and loans' business in order to stop it from falling into the hands of Henry. F. Potter - the richest man in Bedford Falls.

However, on Christmas Ever 1945, the town is set to welcome back George's brother Harry, who is being awarded for his heroics in World War Two, and George's uncle Billy misplaces $8,000 he is supposed to deposit at the bank.

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After word gets out about the missing cash, a warrant is put up for George's arrest for misappropriation of funds, and he heads to a local bridge to end his life.

Trust me, it's not as bleak as it sounds, at least, not all of it.

But if that's not enough to whet your appetite, the director of Die Hard recently said it was the inspiration behind the action movie.

It's the greatest Christmas film ever, and has stood the test of time. Credit: RKO Radio Pictures
It's the greatest Christmas film ever, and has stood the test of time. Credit: RKO Radio Pictures
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Speaking to the American Film Institute, Die Hard director John McTiernan said it was about the normal guy taking on the authority figures.

He said: "Joel [Silver] sent me the script about three or four times, and it was about these horrible leftist terrorists who come into the Valhalla of capitalism, Los Angeles, and they bring their guns and their evil ways and they shoot up people just celebrating Christmas.

"And it was really about the stern face of authority stepping in to put things right again. It was the 'do you feel lucky, punk?' Do you remember that shot? It wasn't in Die Hard but you remember that shot.

"And that was the essence of authoritarianism. And I kept saying to Joel, 'I don't want to make that movie.'

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"The thing about Christmas movies, the one I'd wanna talk about is the one from the previous generation, It's a Wonderful Life, and specifically the Pottersville sequence, which is what happens when the evil banker gets to do what he wants in the community without George getting in the way to stop it."

Featured Image Credit: RKO Radio Pictures

Topics: Christmas, Entertainment, US News, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers
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