It's a Wonderful Life

Lists: Drama, Fantasy, Family, Christmas movies, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1940 to 1949

Brief Synopsis: "George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money, hides it from Billy, and George's troubles begin."

Overall Ranking: 164 (Rank from 1946: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 71.43%
Regular 14.29%
Half-Popped 14.29%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Thomas Pollock100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Popcorn Scorn97(full review)
Bryan Lienesch95 - It's not just a great Christmas film but a fantastic movie. This, plain and simple, was Jimmy Stewart at his best.
Dave Examines Movies94(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest74(full review)
Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film64(full review)

People Involved

  • James Stewart (George Bailey)
  • Donna Reed (Mary Hatch Bailey)
  • Lionel Barrymore (Henry F. Potter)
  • Thomas Mitchell (Uncle Billy)
  • Henry Travers (Clarence)
  • Beulah Bondi (Ma Bailey)
  • Frank Faylen (Ernie Bishop)
  • Todd Karns (Harry Bailey)
  • Samuel S. Hinds (Peter Bailey)
  • Georgie Nokes (Little Harry Bailey)
  • Ward Bond (Bert)
  • Gloria Grahame (Violet)
  • H.B. Warner (Mr. Gower)
  • Frank Albertson (Sam Wainwright)
  • Mary Treen (Cousin Tilly)
  • Virginia Patton (Ruth Dakin Bailey)
  • Charles Williams (Cousin Eustace)
  • Sarah Edwards (Mrs. Hatch (as Sara Edwards))
  • Argentina Brunetti (Mrs. Martini)
  • Sheldon Leonard (Nick)
  • Ray Walker (Joe - Luggage Shop)
  • Charles Lane (Real Estate Salesman (as Charlie Lane))
  • Jimmy Hawkins (Bailey Child - Tommy)
  • Frank Capra (Director)