Overall Rank: 64
Average Rating: 3.3/4
# of Ratings: 834
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1946
Genre: Family, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Frank Capra
Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi
Plot: A down and out man is shown the light by an Angel who treats him to life on earth without himself.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 12/25/2017
Took me three years to watch this, but each time I fail to get around to it. Now I finally do and feel like I want to cry for hours. A film that's so depressing and yet jolly. Showing how everyone is relevant in the darkness of times. Also, James Stewart is one handsome son of a bitch. Merry Christmas everyone!
Camper - wrote on 06/07/2015
I love this movie and I watch it every year on Christmas Eve. It just makes all the little seemingly insignificant details of life seem so much more important when you step back and realize all that a person has- or doesn't have. It's one of those stories that has been told a thousand times but this one is a classic.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/31/2013
Beyond the fact that this is an undisputed Christmas classic, it's also a well-made and uplifting film in its own right. The optimistic nature of the film is vintage Capra, but the film works mainly because of its talented cast, led by Jimmy Stewart at his most all-American.
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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/21/2018
A "second class" angel who has waited 200 years for gaining his wings tries to help a desperate, suicidal businessman by showing him what life would have been if he had never existed.
I would really like to begin this review by saying that It's a Wonderful Life is a wonderful classic. Although I'm not a particular fan of Frank Capra, this is definitely his most heartwarming, inspirational and touching film.
The film received 5 Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Director and Best Picture. This film not winning any single Academy Award is beyond me. Although The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) was definitely strong competition, it wasn't as great and heartwarming as this film was. In fact, The Big Sleep (1946) was a superior …
cinegeek.de - wrote on 04/28/2016
Our Daily Free Stream: Frank Capra - It's A Wonderful Life. Zum Geburtstag des grossen Lionel Barrymore! -Irgendwann einmal zählte Frank Capras It's A Wonderful Life zu den vergessenen Filmen, bis er zu Beginn der 70er wiederentdeckt wurde. Er avancierte zu einem Weihnachtsfilm, zu einem jährlichen Ritual der Familien auf aller Welt. Ich hatte It's A Wonderful Life als Kind geliebt und tu das immer noch - ich denke, weil Capras Werk so ehrlich ist! Es geht aber nicht nur um den Film, es sind die eigenen Erinnerungen, die mit ihm verbunden sind! It's A Wonderful Life war der erklärte Lieblingsfilm seines Regisseurs Frank Capra und seines Hauptdarstellers James Stewart. Dann geschah das Schlimmste: It's A Wonderful Life wurde nachträglich koloriert und entzaubert. Stewart selbst soll über …
Yojimbo - wrote on 12/23/2011
Small town boy George Bailey dreams of making it big and travelling the world but finds himself trapped by a sense of duty to family and community. In his darkest hour, his mind turns to suicide which leads to the appearance of his guardian angel Clarence who gives him the opportunity to see how the world would be if he had never been born. It's A Wonderful Life is the very definition of the word "classic". James Stewart gives an appropriately wonderful performance as George, someone so selfless and devoted to his fellow man that you can't help but love him. He's not some one-dimensional do-gooder however, and it is sometimes easy to forget about the dark edge to the story; after all George often feels as if he's being held in Bedford Falls against his will. It's still typical Capra, in …
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