Is Die Hard a Christmas movie or not? Well, America has decided! In a new study of 100 of the U.S.’s top Christmas movies, including new releases, PlayStar has determined that the 1988 Bruce Willis flick is not only a Christmas movie, but it’s America’s favorite Christmas movie!
As an overall trend, Playstar determined that Americans tend to love seeing one’s own state in a wintery wonderland. Washington loves Sleepless in Seattle, Illinois hearts Home Alone (set in Chicago), Connecticut favors Christmas in Connecticut, Missouri unsurprisingly is enthused about Meet Me in St. Louis and Minnesota goes for Jingle All the Way (filmed in the Twin Cities area).
Perhaps your state doesn’t have its own Christmas movie. You may subconsciously favor one that’s in the same region. For example, Vermont was also a big fan of Jingle All the Way and quite a few Southern states loved Edward Scissorhands. Perhaps something about the separate northern or southern climates evokes similar Christmassy feelings to those of your hometown. On the other hand, some states had unrelated favorites: New Jersey and Pennsylvania were lovers of Jack Frost, while Florida was very into Die Hard. There were quite a few individual favorites by different states, such as Scrooged, Nightmare Before Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis and It’s a Wonderful Life! If anything, this research shows how many great movies are out there to love at Christmas time.
Of this year’s new releases, the study found that the most anticipated were Violent Night starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour, Hallmark movie We Need a Little Christmas and Lindsay Lohan’s acting comeback in Netflix’s Falling For Christmas.
See below the top 10 festive films, ranked by state popularity and a combined rating from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes: