A movie that you go out of your way to watch at the same time every year…for a lifetime. That’s special. And millions of people do this every year with their favorite Christmas movies. But it’s not all merry and bright. Many people don’t like the same movies! And the common “top lists” just lump everyone together.
This could be one reason why National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is loathed by some (gasp!) while others fall asleep during It’s a Wonderful Life (gasp again!!). And, why some people told us their favorite Christmas movie of all time is Die Hard! What? Wait. Die Hard? Really? At this point we stopped gasping because weren’t sure if that even counts as a Christmas movie, however, it was mentioned by several people in our nationwide survey and therefore makes the point that people’s Christmas movie preferences are very diverse.
We surveyed over 2,000 people nationwide who shared what their top Christmas movies were and then rather than lumping everyone together, we compared people by age and gender. Hint: not everyone likes White Christmas. (Insert your own gasp.)
The Over 60 Crowd – It’s Likely What You Think
Both men and women over 60 chose identical movies for the top two spots, but disagree on number three. The top two are Miracle on 34th Street and It’s A Wonderful Life. However, while women over 60 chose White Christmas for number three, the men gravitated to A Christmas Story to round out their top three — two distinctly different choices.
The 50s – Men and Women Diverge Some More
Women ages 50-59 had the exact same top three as their counterparts 60+ but the order was a little different with It’s A Wonderful Life jumping to the top spot followed by Miracle on 34th Street and then White Christmas. However, men in their 50’s diverge more from both women in their 50’s and men in their 60’s. The 50’s men choose It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation as their top three, which may explain the bigger changes ahead in Generation X.
40 Somethings – Gen X Rewrites Christmas Movie History
Somewhere in the script of life a number of cars came screeching to a halt. Both men and women in the 40-49 age group have very different Christmas movie line ups than their predecessors above. Women voted A Christmas Story their top movie followed by The Grinch That Stole Christmas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The men hoisted National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to number one, followed by A Christmas Story and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Notice something…two animated movies worked their way in. It’s amazing what time, culture and preferences can do for a person’s favorite Christmas movies.
30 for 30 – Gen Y and Millennials Speak Up
Another twist in the top Christmas movie story is that women 30-39 vote The Grinch that Stole Christmas their top movie, followed by another animated movie, A Charlie Brown Christmas and….wait for it…Elf. (final gasp!) While we didn’t see that coming, evidently Elf strikes a chord with women in their 30s. Men in their 30s notably have the same top two movies as men in their 40s. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation followed by A Christmas Story and then The Grinch sneaks into the number three spot instead of Charlie Brown.
Take that Christmas family dinner!
What does this all mean?
Quite simply, Christmas means many things to many people including what their favorite movies are. Since we only covered the top three from each age group you may be one of the many who are sadly disappointed that your favorite movie didn’t make it. Don’t fret. There were many movies that came in close. Some honorable mentions, include: A Christmas Carol, Christmas with the Kranks, Scrooged, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Polar Express, Home Alone and numerous write-in responses.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Don’t sit on the sidelines. Weigh in and vote for your favorite Christmas movies today! Click here to vote for your favorite!