The Grinch Is The Most Festive Film Of All Time

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The Grinch Is The Most Festive Film Of All Time – The holiday season is upon us and ‘tis the time for many traditions, including binge-watching the same old Christmas films we know and love.

But which classic makes us feel the most Christmassy?

Interested in finding the films that fill us with the most festive spirit, the experts at created a Christmas film Index. They set a points-based system where each festive element in the movies, such as the number of Christmas trees and how many times Santa appears, would earn a point (from 1 to 3) based on how Christmassy they are.

Using this points-based system, at the end of the study, were able to crown the most Christmassy film of all time.

The Results 

Starring Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is crowned the most Christmassy film of all time with 586 points. The film scored the most points (50) for Christmas Outfit Appearance and Presents Appearance (66 points) out of all the considered films. Although the word “Santa” is said 11 times, adding 22 points to the scoreline, and the classic Down the Chimney happened four times (adding 8 points), the only Christmas element that the film didn’t score points on was Santa Claus Appearance – if we don’t count Grinch dressing up in Mrs. Claus’ clothes. 

The Results

The second place revealed that there’s no Christmas story more Christmassy than Dr. Seuss’s: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) scoring 484 points. With an animated version of Mr. Grinch dubbed by Benedict Cumberbatch, the film got the highest points for Christmas Food Appearance (15 points), Carol Singers Appearance (4 points), Sleigh and/or Reindeer Appearance (14 points) and Down the Chimney (18 points). 

Considered a modern-day Christmas staple, Love Actually makes the top three with 406 points. This festive flick scored the highest points (135) for Christmas Trees Appearance. But, with zero points for Kisses Under Mistletoe. 

Scoring only 97 points, the least Christmassy film of all time is the musical White Christmas. Its highest score is 19 points for the number of times the word “Christmas” is said. The five Christmas Songs (15 points) also disappoint and aren’t quite what we would expect from a Christmas musical.


  1. To achieve the data, surveyed 2,987 fans and asked them to name the best Christmas films of all time.
  2. The 16 films analysed by were: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch (2018), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Polar Express (2004), Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Love Actually (2003), Nativity (2009), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Jingle All the Way (1996), Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Elf (2003), Home Alone (1990), Deck the Halls (2006), Scrooged (1988), Jack Frost (1998) and White Christmas (1954). 
  3. Three points awarded for the following variables: each time ‘Ho Ho Ho’ was said, each time a Christmas song was played, each time a scene had a Christmas Tree, each time a scene had presents, each time Santa appeared or each time a scene had someone come down a chimney.
  4. Two points awarded for the following variables: each scene which Christmas outfits, each scene with a sleigh and/or a reindeer, each scene with Christmas decoration, each time ‘Christmas’ was said or each time ‘Santa’ was said.
  5. One point awarded for the following variables: each scene with snow or snow activities, each scene with carol singers, each scene with a kiss under the mistletoe and each scene with Christmas related food and drinks.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.


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