Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie? Action flick makes list of most re-watched Christmas films

NEW YORK — The most re-watched Christmas films of all time are “Home Alone,” “The Snowman,” and “Love Actually,” according to a new poll.

A study of 2,000 adults who watch holiday movies revealed the titles people go back to every year, with the top 40 list also featuring “Elf,” “The Polar Express,” and “Die Hard” — one of the most controversial “Christmas” films on the list. The 1988 Bruce Willis hit film ranks sixth on the list, despite many people arguing that the bloody action flick is not even a Christmas movie!

“A Christmas Carol,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” also made the list, with 44 percent believing the “classics” are better than anything modern.

Film fans predict they’ve typically watched their favorite flick eight times, and a quarter believe it’s not officially Christmas until they do so. Reasons for re-watching films include simply enjoying it (52%), feeling nostalgic (40%), and it being a family tradition (31%).

“Christmas films bring people together and create a thrill of excitement ahead of the big day and rewatching favorites has clearly become a tradition for many who can quote what’s coming next,” says a spokesperson for The National Lottery, who commissioned the survey, in a statement.

“It’s great to see how much people love Christmas films. There is something warming and nostalgic about watching festive movies as the nights draw in and decorations are up.”

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The research also found the typical holiday season sees people watch seven Christmas films, with Christmas Eve being the most popular day to do so (63%). While 46 percent wait until December, 23 percent tend to watch their first holiday movie in November.

More than half the poll (53%) claim that watching Christmas movies with family and friends is part of their yearly traditions and 41 percent like to watch nostalgic titles from their childhood. People are most likely to watch a Christmas movie with their partner (59%) as well as their children (43%) and parents (28%).

While comedies are the popular genre of festive films to watch (41%), one in four enjoy rom-coms (28%) and action titles (23%). The poll was conducted by OnePoll.

Most Re-watched Christmas Films:

  1. Home Alone
  2. The Snowman
  3. Love Actually
  4. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  5. Elf
  6. Die Hard
  7. A Christmas Carol
  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  9. Miracle on 34th Street
  10. It’s a Wonderful Life
  11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  12. Gremlins
  13. The Polar Express
  14. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  15. White Christmas
  16. The Holiday
  17. The Grinch (2018)
  18. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  19. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  20. The Santa Clause
  21. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  22. Scrooged
  23. Lethal Weapon
  24. Trading Places
  25. Jingle All The Way
  26. Nativity
  27. Arthur Christmas
  28. Bad Santa
  29. Jack Frost
  30. Deck the Halls
  31. Christmas with the Kranks
  32. Last Christmas
  33. A Christmas Story
  34. Fred Claus
  35. Meet Me in St Louis
  36. The Christmas Chronicles
  37. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  38. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  39. Four Christmases
  40. A Charlie Brown Christmas

72Point writer Alice Hughes contributed to this report.