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The mathematically best and worst Christmas movies of all time.

We've all seen a list professing the 'Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time', but how accurate are they? Are they scientifically proven or merely a compilation of which movie floats the editors boat? You might as well be plucking feathers from a Christmas turkey.

Our team of boffins, disappointed with the lack of scientific clarity as to which Christmas movie was actually the best, decided to build their own super algorithm and determine once and for all which film was on top of the Christmas charts.

Combining everything from Box Office Data, IMDB ratings and Rotten Tomato scores our science guys have produced this 'mathemagical' guide to the most popular Christmas movies of all time. We don't deal in opinion people. Just Christmas fact.

The Clever Bit

So how did we determine which of the above is the greatest Christmas movie of all time?

Well, our in house boffins spent days collecting data from all sorts of sources - including Box Office takings, IMDb ratings and viewers scores on Rotten Tomatoes and collated them into some crazy algorithm that only rocket scientists and exponents of pure maths will understand.

For those interested in the "clever bit" here's the math...

#1

Home Alone

Here it is! The best and greatest Christmas film ever, that's right it's Home Alone! Right at the tippy top of our Prezzybox Christmas top 10, like the star on the tree! The hilarious, slapstick film of a young boy left alone and fighting off a duo of bumbling burglars.

  • Released: 1990
  • Box Office: $476.7m
  • iMDB Rating: 7.5
  • RT Critic: 55
  • RT Audience: 79
  • Calculated Score: 95.95
#2

Die Hard

Being set on Christmas Eve is about as Christmassy as this Bruce Willis action film gets. Watch John McClane try to reunite with his wife, fight a gang of terrorists and outsmart the great Alan Rickman.

  • Released: 1988
  • Box Office: $140.8m
  • iMDB Rating: 8.2
  • RT Critic: 92
  • RT Audience: 94
  • Calculated Score: 74.31
#3

It's a Wonderful Life

Welcome to the creme de la creme of the Christmas films. Coming in at number 3, It's a Wonderful Life. The Christmas season isn't for everyone which this film portrays with character George Bailey. But don't worry everything works out in the end as Christmas spirit once again prevails!

  • Released: 1946
  • Box Office: $9.16m
  • iMDB Rating: 8.6
  • RT Critic: 94
  • RT Audience: 95
  • Calculated Score: 63.32
#4

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Who knew that the wonderful and weird world of Tim Burton could make such a Christmas classic. Join Jack Skellington in his discovery of Christmas in this fabulously dark and creepy tale.

  • Released: 1993
  • Box Office: $75.1m
  • iMDB Rating: 8
  • RT Critic: 94
  • RT Audience: 91
  • Calculated Score: 58.83
#5

Gremlins

Probably one of the weirdest mainstream Christmas films ever, Gremlins will give you a little Christmas cheer and a lot of creepy mischief. Hitting number five in our top ten this film is obviously a fan favourite.

  • Released: 1984
  • Box Office: $153.1m
  • iMDB Rating: 7.2
  • RT Critic: 85
  • RT Audience: 77
  • Calculated Score: 58.31
#6

Meet Me in St. Louis

Everyone loves a Judy Garland film; mix that with a little festive spirit and Miss Garland singing the beautiful and poignant, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and you've got yourself a proper little cracker.

  • Released: 1944
  • Box Office: $12.8m
  • iMDB Rating: 7.7
  • RT Critic: 100
  • RT Audience: 87
  • Calculated Score: 58.24
#7

White Christmas

A classic story all about Christmas romance and misunderstandings...what could be better?!

  • Released: 1954
  • Box Office: $30m
  • iMDB Rating: 7.6
  • RT Critic: 76
  • RT Audience: 89
  • Calculated Score: 53.55
#8

Miracle on 34th Street

A heartwarming story about believing in Santa Claus, this tale will bring the spirit of Christmas into any home. While not as big in the box office as the remake with Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson this original is rated much higher and is definitely a Prezzybox favourite.

  • Released: 1947
  • Box Office: $2.65m
  • iMDB Rating: 7.9
  • RT Critic: 96
  • RT Audience: 87
  • Calculated Score: 51.14
#9

Elf

The tale of the adorable Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell, is one of the best Christmas films to be watched by the whole family. If you don't love this film you'll be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins for sure!

  • Released: 2003
  • Box Office: $220.4m
  • iMDB Rating: 6.9
  • RT Critic: 84
  • RT Audience: 78
  • Calculated Score: 50.44
#10

Scrooge

Adapted from the novel, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, this is probably one of the most iconic Christmas stories around. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has been adapted so many times that it's been hard to find the best one, but this 1970 version made the cut. It's even good enough to make our amazing top 10.

  • Released: 1970
  • Box Office: $30m
  • iMDB Rating: 7.5
  • RT Critic: 75
  • RT Audience: 83
  • Calculated Score: 46.27

Christmas is a time for festive cheer and joy and our Prezzybox elves have found the films that will crush that cheer stone dead. Our elves have researched all the Christmas films they could and found the worst of the worst. Check out the most cringe worthy and just plain awful Christmas films that we could find.

#1

A Nanny for Christmas

It's hard to find a film worse than Saving Christmas...but we did! A Nanny for Christmas is the worst of the worst. Poor dialogue and performances has attracted bad reviews from critics all over. The film is full of whimsy, rom-com cliche and so much cheesy content you could eat it with crackers. No word of a lie it's pretty hard to watch.

  • Released: 2009
  • Box Office: $2m
  • iMDB Rating: 5.4
  • RT Critic: N/A
  • RT Audience: 30
  • Calculated Score: 0.10
#2

Saving Christmas

A film that tries to prove that Christmas traditions are still Biblical. This film as the tagline suggest tries to "Put Christ Back In Christmas", but does it so badly that it was nominated for 6 Golden Raspberry Awards, and won 4! It's so bad that it currently holds the lowest iMDb rating!

  • Released: 2014
  • Box Office: $2.8m
  • iMDB Rating: 1.5
  • RT Critic: 18
  • RT Audience: 30
  • Calculated Score: 0.75
#3

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

A film that's so bad that it's good! With a terrible critical response this film has been panned since its release, but has since become a Christmas cult classic that fans love to hate. With kidnapped Santas and crazy Martians you'll probably be cringing the whole way through.

  • Released: 1964
  • Box Office: $0.2m
  • iMDB Rating: 2.5
  • RT Critic: 25
  • RT Audience: 27
  • Calculated Score: 1.37
#4

Mixed Nuts

We didn't think a film with Steve Martin in could be bad but we have been proven wrong. With an over saturation of flat humour the film becomes a mess of slapstick and bad comedy, only narrowly missing out on the top 3.

  • Released: 1994
  • Box Office: $6.82m
  • iMDB Rating: 5.3
  • RT Critic: 7
  • RT Audience: 46
  • Calculated Score: 1.96
#5

Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey

After the success of Nativity and it's sequel, the third installment did not reach the heights of its predecessors. The biggest flop in the trilogy the film definitely would not have passed its Ofsted inspection!

  • Released: 2014
  • Box Office: $11.3m
  • iMDB Rating: 3.6
  • RT Critic: 16
  • RT Audience: 40
  • Calculated Score: 2.29
#6

The Perfect Holiday

Full of Christmas cliches and family drama, this film was neither a box office or critical success. A cheesy romance where Santa is the perfect man!

  • Released: 2007
  • Box Office: $5.8m
  • iMDB Rating: 4.3
  • RT Critic: 16
  • RT Audience: 52
  • Calculated Score: 3.41
#7

Black Christmas

A Christmas slasher film that will make you scream for all the wrong reasons. A loose remake of the 1974 original this film is the lowest grossing slasher remake in recent years.

  • Released: 2006
  • Box Office: $21.5m
  • iMDB Rating: 4.5
  • RT Critic: 14
  • RT Audience: 38
  • Calculated Score: 3.41
#8

Deck the Halls

A film about rival neighbours with Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito, this film was slammed by critics calling it "unnecessarily mean-spirited". You'd think with two comedy greats Deck the Halls would rock, but with flat comedy and strange plot it flopped (and was even nominated for the Golden Raspberry awards)!

  • Released: 2006
  • Box Office: $47.2m
  • iMDB Rating: 4.9
  • RT Critic: 6
  • RT Audience: 30
  • Calculated Score: 4.20
#9

Love the Coopers

While doing quite well in the box office Love the Coopers was not so loved in the ratings, especially the Rotten Tomato critics!

  • Released: 2015
  • Box Office: $42.4m
  • iMDB Rating: 5.7
  • RT Critic: 19
  • RT Audience: 36
  • Calculated Score: 5.04
#10

Silent Night, Deadly Night

A Christmas film that definitely isn't for children! A deranged and insane Santa is on the loose killing all the naughty boys and girls. This film was so controversial with its Santa murderer that it was pulled from cinemas, but it still managed a profit!

  • Released: 1984
  • Box Office: $1.06m
  • iMDB Rating: 5.9
  • RT Critic: 31
  • RT Audience: 39
  • Calculated Score: 5.51

Take a look for yourself

Don't agree with what we've come up with? Have a look through the data we collected below and see for yourself!

Scroll right to reveal the table

RankRelease DateTitleRunning TimeYears oldBox Office ($)IMDb RatingRT Critics Score (%)RT Audience Score (%)Calculated Score
11990Home Alone10226476,700,000.007.5557995.95
21988Die Hard13228140,800,000.008.2929474.31
31946It's a Wonderful Life130709,160,000.008.6949563.32
41993The Nightmare Before Christmas762375,100,000.008949158.83
51984Gremlins10632153,100,000.007.2857758.31
61944Meet Me in St. Louis1127212,800,000.007.71008758.24
71954White Christmas1206230,000,000.007.6768953.55
81947Miracle on 34th Street96692,650,000.007.9968751.14
92003Elf9513220,400,000.006.9847850.44
101970Scrooge1134630,000,000.007.5758346.27
111951A Christmas Carol8665 8.1848945.42
122003Love Actually13613246,900,000.007.7637244.71
132011Arthur Christmas975147,000,000.007.1927644.58
142000Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas10416345,100,000.006535543.31
151992Home Alone 2: Lost in New York12024359,000,000.006.6246143.15
161994The Santa Clause9722189,800,000.006.4756542.38
171989National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation972771,300,000.007.6648642.07
181938A Christmas Carol6978 7.51007341.06
192004The Polar Express9112307,500,000.006.6556340.21
202003Bad Santa911376,500,000.007.1787536.89
211992The Muppet Christmas Carol862427,281,507.007.7698536.60
222006The Holiday13610205,100,000.006.9478034.84
231988Scrooged1012860,300,000.007687134.39
242013The Best Man Holiday123371,625,195.006.7698432.71
252009A Christmas Carol957325,300,000.006.8545832.24
262009Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale8264,015,133.006.7897131.95
272000The Family Man12616124,700,000.006.7536728.76
281958Bell, Book and Candle106582,500,000.006.9756727.25
292007This Christmas119949,778,552.006.2568123.58
301994Miracle on 34th Street (remake)1142246,300,000.006.4616222.78
312015The Night Before101152,400,000.006.5666222.57
322002The Santa Clause 210414172,900,000.005.5554222.50
332005The Family Stone1041192,283,851.006.3526322.40
341989Prancer1032718,587,135.006.3675720.83
352011A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas89535,400,000.006.3685920.73
361985One Magic Christmas893113,677,222.006.7507019.64
372015Krampus98161,500,000.006.2655218.79
382006The Nativity Story1011046,400,000.006.8387518.02
392009Nativity!10575,187,402.006.5486816.17
401996Jingle All the Way8920129,800,000.005.5173715.57
411993The Nutcracker92232,119,994.005.7576315.56
422008Four Christmases888163,700,000.005.6254713.12
432002Friday After Next841433,500,000.005.8267511.00
441988Ernest Saves Christmas952828,200,000.005.5384110.66
452006The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause9210110,800,000.004.7153910.37
462008Nothing like the Holidays9887,519,490.006.2524110.29
471980Christmas Evil10036450,000.005.180319.58
481997Home Alone 31011979,100,000.004.327279.27
492007Fred Claus115997,800,000.005.621458.86
502013Black Nativity9337,454,185.004.449518.62
511985Santa Claus: The Movie1083123,700,000.00617668.60
522004Christmas with the Kranks981296,600,000.005.25367.95
532012Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger105410,100,000.005.436507.80
542013A Madea Christmas100353,400,000.004.718707.11
551998I'll Be Home for Christmas861830,000,000.005.423416.44
561998Jack Frost1011834,500,000.005.220396.06
571984Silent Night, Deadly Night79321,065,000.005.931395.51
582015Love the Coopers107142,400,000.005.719365.04
592006Deck the Halls931047,200,000.004.96304.20
602006Black Christmas841021,500,000.004.514383.41
612007The Perfect Holiday9695,812,781.004.316522.97
622014Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey109211,300,000.003.616402.29
631944I'll Be Seeing You85723,250,000.007.3 752.03
641994Mixed Nuts97226,821,850.005.37461.96
651964Santa Claus Conquers the Martians8152200,000.002.525271.37
662014Saving Christmas7922,800,000.001.518300.75
672009A Nanny for Christmas9062,000,000.005.4 300.10

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