The 50 Greatest Movies Ever Made

Ranking half a century of the finest films in cinematic history

27. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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A staple of the Christmas schedule for over 70 years, It’s a Wonderful Life’s annual re-airings and enduring legacy as a festive favorite will never see it fade from memory. Director Frank Capra admitted that it was his personal favorite, which is high praise from one of Hollywood’s most legendary filmmakers, and it’s easily his most enduring.

James Stewart brings every ounce of his everyman warmth and charisma to the title role in an unashamedly saccharine story that has good intentions seeping out of every frame.