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It's a Wonderful Life

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Frank Capra

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About the Movie

George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 69
  • Fresh: 65
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As the hero, Mr. Stewart does a warmly appealing job, indicating that he has grown in spiritual stature as well as in talent during the years he was in the war. And Donna Reed is remarkably poised and gracious as his adoring sweet-heart and wife. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Dec 3, 2013

Fresh: It's a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The April-air wholesomeness and humanism of this natural bring back vividly the reminder that, essentially, the screen best offers unselfconscious, forthright entertainment. – Bert Briller, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It's a Wonderful Life is a wonderful title for a motion picture about which practically everyone who sees it will agree that it's wonderful entertainment. – Jack D. Grant, Hollywood Reporter, Dec 7, 2014

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Customer Reviews

If you don't love this movie, you have no soul.

How can your heart not be warmed after watching this film? This is one of the greatest fantasies of all time, and Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed's chemistry is abolutely impeccable. And if you've ever felt down and out, you'll realize by watching this film just how much this world needs each and every one of us. It will give you a new take on life and make you thankful for your wonderful life. Sappy? Maybe. Sentimental? Of course. But it works, and that's what makes this one of the most inspiring films ever made.

It's a Wonderful Life

I am 60 years old and I love this movie and have watched it so many times in my life, I can't remember. If Hollywood made movies like this again it would truly be a Wonderful Life. It is also refreshing to see people who can actually act!

My Favorite Movie....

This is without a doubt my favorite movie of all times. It is simple and timeless. "No man is a failure who has friends" that is so true.