These Are the Most Popular Unconventional Holiday Movies

published Dec 23, 2022
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With the holiday season in full swing, chances are that you’ve already watched a holiday movie or two. If you feel as though you have made your way through the entire Hallmark movie catalog three times over, it may be time to turn to a more unconventional festive film.

In a new survey from, it has been revealed that 81 percent of the 1,000 respondents like to watch a mix of Christmas movies and unconventional holiday films during the holiday season, with 30 percent claiming that their favorite holiday movie isn’t typically considered to be a festive hit.

The internet provider also set out to find the most popular “alternative” Christmas movies in each state. Both unexpected and completely on the mark, “Die Hard” came out on top as the most popular unconventional holiday movie in America. 27 states, including Colorado, Florida, and Maine, proved to be a huge fan of the Bruce Willis classic, and 52 percent of survey respondents admitted that they believe that the ’80s action movie is actually a Christmas film.

Coming in at second place is “Mean Girls”, with five states — Arkansas, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oklahoma — searching for the teen comedy the most. It’s undeniable that the iconic plastics “Jingle Bell Rock” routine is one that brings all of the festive feels, making its way into pop culture moments almost 20 years since the movie premiered.


Taking the bronze medal is Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “Step Brothers”. Idaho, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin consider the comedy to be a holiday classic, searching for the movie more than any other. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional but equally as funny and heart-warming, check out Will Ferrell in “Elf”.

In fourth place is “The Chronicles of Narnia”, with Alabama, California, and North Dakota being huge fans of the snowy scenes. Rounding out the top five is “Gremlins”, a fan favorite in the District of Columbia, Georgia, and Louisiana.