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So what are the top Christmas movies? Everybody has their own favourites - some mainstream, some obscure - but there are a few titles which prove universally popular.

TalkTalk recently embarked on a quest to discover Britain's top ten festive films, and the chart is jam-packed full of well-known Christmas hits.

home alone

Leading the way is comedy caper 'Home Alone' - which according to TalkTalk is the UK's most popular Christmas film.

The 1990 movie tells the tale of young Kevin McCallister - played by Macaulay Culkin - who is accidentally abandoned by his family when they head away on holiday.

He has to use all his wits and cunning to defend the family property against a pair of burglars until his mum can make it back home.

The James Stewart classic 'It’s a Wonderful Life' - many people's all-time favourite - was just edged out at the top of the TalkTalk chart.

Surprisingly a box office disappointment upon release in 1946, this heart-warming fantasy tale of love, loyalty and loss is as much a Christmas staple as Santa, sprouts and the Queen's Speech.

Families have been gathering round the TV to root for George Bailey, cheer on Clarence and hurl insults at Mr Potter for the last 70 years.

it's a wonderful life

Third place in the chart goes to another Hollywood classic, Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas', which was released in 1954.

The film features the songs of the legendary Irving Berlin, including the famous title song.

Britain's highest entry in the chart is 'The Snowman' - the animated 26-minute adaptation of Raymond Briggs' picture book.

Known for its beautiful orchestral score and Peter Auty's performance of 'Walking in the Air', this is a wonderfully uplifting short film - despite the melancholic ending.

'Miracle on 34th Street' came in at number five on the chart - Richard Attenborough's 1994 remake that is, rather than the 1947 black-and-white original.

Another UK smash hit 'Love Actually' - which is ten years old this Christmas - came in sixth in the poll, ahead of Will Ferrell's 'Elf', Dudley Moore's 'Santa Claus: The Movie', 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'A Christmas Carol'.

TalkTalk TV subscribers who sign up for the Sky Movies boost this December can gain access to a host of Christmas movies - ensuring they get right into the festive spirit.

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