It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Directed By Frank Capra Frank Capra Starring James Stewart James Stewart  •  Donna Reed Donna Reed  •  Lionel Barrymore Lionel Barrymore  •  Thomas Mitchell Thomas Mitchell  •  Henry Travers Henry Travers Genres Americana  •  Comedy Drama  •  Drama  •  Fantasy  •  Heavenly Comedy  •  Holiday Film  •  Magic Realism  •  Message Movie Studios &
Academy Award Nominated  •  National Film Registry  •  AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers  •  AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions  •  Academy Award Best Picture Nominated  •  They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?  •  1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die  •  Roger Ebert's Great Movies  •  Arthaus  •  AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies 10th Anniversary Edition  •  Elder's Film That Changed My Life  •  Time Out: London's 100 Best Romantic Movies  •  BBC's 100 Greatest American Films  •  Time Out: New York's 100 Best Movies of All Time  •  Writers Guild of America's 101 Greatest Screenplays
Release Info 1946-12-20T00:00:00Z December 20, 1946
B&W  •  130 minutes NR Rated NR
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Comments (14)


claytonsmovies on 3/28/2011 Reply  · 

Love this movie. The special effects are pretty bad and it may be a tad cheesy but it's a great feel good movie and Jimmy Stewart is fantastic as always. Also Mr. Potter has to be one of the most evil people to ever appear in non-slasher film!

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DaveintheCave on 9/8/2011 Reply  · 

What special effects???

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FloraJL on 3/30/2011 Reply  · 

I am captivated throughout and I cry at the end every. single. time.

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nclysander on 12/7/2011 Reply  · 

I understand It's a Wonderful Life has a huge cast, and thankfully this entry isn't missing the lead actors like some on Flickchart, but it'd be nice to credit Gloria Grahame.

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xaverenzler on 1/15/2012 Reply  · 

for me the best film ever made: pure cinema magic. and yes: crying at the end every single time.

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Magichr3 on 4/8/2012 Reply  · 

Best written movie

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Arvin Clone on 5/29/2012 Reply  · 

It's a Wonderful Life is my all-time favorite movie! It's funny, sad and heartwarming. I watch it every Christmas even though it's not your typical Christmas movie. It's sad to watch George slowly fall into despair and really heartwarming for him to see what a wonderful life he's had.
Everybody should watch it at least once.

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Moviemaven on 11/26/2012 Reply  · 

The best film of all time! A timeless message of humanity and kindness- a present that can be unwrapped anytime.

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Caesar on 4/17/2013 Reply  · 

I defy anyone to not love this movie.

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joshua528491 on 12/19/2013 Reply  · 

Such a fantastic film. One of my favourites!

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TommyDoyle78 on 12/19/2015 Reply  · 

It's a wonderful movie.

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Nononsense on 1/2/2016 Reply  · 

Just now getting around to watching this from start to finish. I’ve seen bits and pieces over the years, but not all at once. Great film.

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AllAboutFlicks on 6/28/2017 Reply  · 

This movie flopped at the box office and when television came and did reruns of old classic movies, that's when this film started to emerge into the classic that it is known today.

This is definitely one of the most heartwarming movies you'll ever watch.

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Eagleskywalker87 on 12/21/2019 Reply  · 

"To my big brother George. The richest man in town"
"Remember no man is a failure who has friends"
Damn, this movie hits me hard

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