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Your nom­i­na­tions have been counted up and we can now re­veal your top five favourite Christ­mas movies.

It’s quite an eclec­tic se­lec­tion, from a black and white clas­sic to an off-duty cop hav­ing a very, very bad Christ­mas Eve.

We have to give hon­ourable men­tions to Mir­a­cle of 34th Street, Grem­lins, A Mup­pet’s Christ­mas Car­ols and The Santa Clause, who all just missed out on a top five place.

You can now vote for the ul­ti­mate win­ner on­line at www. ruther­glen­re­former.com to make sure your favourite wins.

So, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der... Die Hard (1988)

There was some de­bate as to whether this counted as a Christ­mas film, but so many of you nom­i­nated it we found it hard to ig­nore.

A clas­sic ac­tion-movie of the late 80’s, Die Hard fea­tures Bruce Wil­lis in his best- loved role as off- duty cop, John McClane.

On Christ­mas Eve, John is try­ing to rec­on­cile with his wife when his plans go awry and he’s left try­ing to thwart a bunch of in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ists.

Still, beats Christ­mas din­ner at your mother-in-law’s... right... am I right? Home Alone (1990)

A de­light­ful Christ­mas tale about a fam­ily who for­get all about their son, leav­ing him be­hind to deal with two wicked crim­i­nals while they head to Paris for the fes­tive sea­son.

Yup, that’s pretty much the premise of this early-90’s ef­fort star­ring Ma­caulay Culkin as Kevin McCal­lis­ter.

After a fight with his folks, young Kevin wakes one morn­ing to find his fam­ily gone. His ini­tial joy turns to fear though when his house is tar­geted by bungling bur­glars ‘The Wet Ban­dits’.

In­evitably, Home Alone spawned a se­quel which was (sur­pris­ingly) ev­ery bit as good as the orig­i­nal, prompt­ing one Re­former re­porter to hail it as “the God­fa­ther of the Christ­mas- com­edy genre.” Quite. Elf (2003)

A mod­ern-day fes­tive clas­sic, Elf has be­come as much a part of Christ­mas as turkey, dec­o­ra­tions and hav­ing to loosen your belt after din­ner.

Man­child Will Fer­rell stars as Buddy, who grows up in the North Pole along­side Santa and the Elves but leaves to find his biological fa­ther, who stays in New York City.

Sadly, not ev­ery­one is as taken with the Christ­mas spirit as Buddy and he finds him­self an out­cast in a cyn­i­cal world.

Can he over­come their doubts and save Christ­mas? Well, I think we know the an­swer, but it’s great fun find­ing out. It’s a Won­der­ful Life (1946)

It’s hard to be­lieve now, but It’s a Won­der­ful Life was ac­tu­ally a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment on its re­lease, only be­com­ing thought of as a clas­sic in fu­ture years.

James Ste­wart stars as ev­ery­man George Bai­ley, who finds him­self sui­ci­dal on Christ­mas Eve in his home town of Bed­ford Falls.

After look­ing back on the events that led George to where he is, he jumps in the river but in­stead of drown­ing, he “saves” an­gel, Clarence, and is shown what his life would have been like if he’d never been born. The end­ing is true lump in the throat stuff, and re­mem­ber, “no man is a fail­ure who had friends.” Love Ac­tu­ally (2003)

Lu­di­crously sickly, this Brit rom- com hides a cruel, dark cen­tre as it fol­lows the love lives of some thor­oughly un­like­able char­ac­ters.

Let’s see, there’s the young boy seem­ingly un­moved by his mother’s death, the man in love with his best mate’s wife, the Prime Min­is­ter who makes for­eign pol­icy de­ci­sions based on fan­cy­ing his maid. The list goes on.

Love Ac­tu­ally also spawned a se­ries of dread­ful movies fea­tur­ing en­sem­ble casts based around a hol­i­day or big day.

But, it does fea­ture a win­ning turn from Bill Nighy whose per­for­mance as an age­ing rocker makes the whole thing worth­while, par­tic­u­larly his scene fea­tur­ing “Ant or Dec”.

Love Ac­tu­ally

Die Hard

It’s a Won­der­ful Life

Home Alone

Elf

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