It's A Wonderful Life

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Look daddy! Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 Christmas film based on the 1939 story The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers. The film was directed by Frank Capra.


Around the Holiday Season of 1945, George Bailey (Stewart) is suicidal and wishes that he had never been born. After he states that a guardian angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) appears and tells him how his life is wonderful and if he wasn't around, life would be awful.

Why It Rocks

  1. Beautifully written storyline written around Christmas.
  2. James Stewart's performance was well done.
  3. The idea of a guardian angel by one's side made the film emotional in a good way.
  4. The ending is heartwarming.
  5. "Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls!"


When the film was first released in 1946, the film was a box office bomb while competing against another Christmas classic, which was Miracle on 34th Street. However, the film has since gained popularity in terms of cinema and Christmas tradition. The film was preserved in the National Film Registry in 1990.

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