Movies like It's a Wonderful Life

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
 8.6
 351K
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, sweet, compassionate, inspirational, emotional, semi serious, reflective ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: angel, christmas, family, small town, self discovery, holiday, desperation, life changing experience, small town life, alternate reality, road not taken, suicide attempt, friendship, sacrifice, depression, second chance, human nature, snow, marriage, generosity, financial problem, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, love, life philosophy ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s
Place: usa, new york

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Most similar movies to It's a Wonderful Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, feel good, sentimental and semi serious films with plots about family, family relations, hopes, destiny, redemption, happy ending and friendship mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like It's a Wonderful Life: The Family Man (2000), What Dreams May Come (1998), What If... (2010), Prancer (1989), A Christmas Carol (1984). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.8
 96K
The Family Man (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jack's lavish, fast-paced lifestyle changes one Christmas night when he stumbles into a grocery store holdup and disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in bed lying next to Kate, his college sweetheart he left in order to pursue his ...
Style: sincere, inspirational, feel good, touching, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: road not taken, christmas, life changing experience, destiny, family life, rich and poor, family relations, workaholic, angel, midlife crisis, fish out of water, singleness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
What Dreams May Come (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the ...
Style: surreal, emotional, inspirational, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, loss of child, family relations, redemption, painting, angel, parents and children, true love, husband wife reunion, life philosophy, love ...
Time: 90s
Place: battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 2K
What If... (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Fifteen years ago, Ben Walker made a decision to leave his college sweetheart and ultimately his faith, in order to pursue a lucrative business opportunity. Now with a high-paying career and a trophy fiancé, he is visited by an angel, who gives him ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, touching, sentimental
Plot: fish out of water, church, spirituality, pastor, sermon, angel, hopes, family, imaginary, misfit, religious, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 4K
Prancer (1989)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished apple farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, small town, friendship, reindeer, barn, farm, family, young heroes, parents and children, hopes, siblings relations ...
Place: michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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A Christmas Carol (1984)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.
Style: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, redemption, holiday, reform, reconciliation, self discovery, scrooge, ghost, family, unfulfillment, coldhearted, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
One Magic Christmas (1985)
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ginny Grainger, a young mother, rediscovers the joy and beauty of Christmas, thanks to the unshakable faith of her six-year-old daughter Abbie and Gideon, Ginny's very own guardian angel.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, small town, family, holiday, redemption, dysfunctional family, hopes, fall in love, disorder, couples, small town life, family life ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Touched by an Angel is an American drama series that premiered on CBS on September 21, 1994 and ran for 211 episodes and nine seasons until its conclusion on April 27, 2003. Created by John Masius and produced by Martha Williamson, the series stars ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: angel, redemption, supernatural, family, religions or cults, miraculous event, hopes, working undercover, human spirit, destiny, good deed, employer employee relationship ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.3
 30K
Jack Frost (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A father, who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever.
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: reincarnation, christmas, snowman, family, holiday, redemption, friends, fish out of water, love and romance, hopes, parents and children, self discovery ...
Place: colorado, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, friendship, friends, loyalty, family, death, pets, loneliness, human animal relationship, loss of friend, loss of loved one, loss of family member ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: usa, japan, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A little girl discovers dreams can come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan Walker has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the 'secret' about Santa a long time ago. But after ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, humorous, feel good, touching ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: santa claus, holiday, christmas, family, disorder, family life, youth, single parent, hopes, miraculous event, parents and children, couples ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 6K
Fluke (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Workaholic Thomas Johnson dies in an auto accident and comes back to life as a dog. Remembering some of who he was, he returns to his wife and son to protect them from the man who caused his accident. But, as time goes by, he remembers more of his ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: reincarnation, human becomes animal, family life, family relations, getting home, afterlife, starting over, talking dog, dog movie, hopes, dealing with death, friends ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, rivalry, self esteem, african american, human nature, human spirit, hopes, teachers and students, single parent, self discovery, elementary school, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Santa Clause (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. When he and his young son finish Santa's trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole, where Scott learns ...
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, santa claus, christmas tree, family, toys, holiday, adventure, family relations, mistaken identity, dishonesty, disorder, couples ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 43K
Little Women (1994)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, romantic, sweet, touching ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: sisters, sister sister relationship, couple relations, first love, parent child relationship, family values, love and romance, parents and children, life changing experience, everyday life, civil war, young love ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: usa, new england, massachusetts, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child birth, wish come true, parents and children, miraculous event, couple relations, family relations, hopes, soccer, father son relationship, mother son relationship, husband wife relationship, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
A Christmas Carol (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Hungary, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge ...
Style: uplifting, feel good, sentimental, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: scrooge, self discovery, road not taken, ghost, human spirit, introspection, holiday, supernatural, redemption, family relations, hopes, disorder ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 20K
Simon Birch (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Simon Birch tells the story of Joe and Simon's heart-warming journey of friendship. Simon Birch was born with a condition that makes him much smaller than all the other kids in town. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, humorous, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, destiny, family relations, illegitimate son, buddies, obsessive quest, hopes, family problems, child illness, coming of age, life philosophy, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all this, his church is coming under threat from property ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: christmas, reverend, angel, church choir, gospel, family, romance, fish out of water, music band, couples, disorder, supernatural romance ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Good Witch's Wonder (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Cassie Nightingale (Bell) finds herself with only days to plan her stepson Brandon's (Knight) wedding to Tara (Leggat) when the happy couple unexpectedly pushes up the date for their big day. Meanwhile, Martha (Disher), the newly elected mayor ...
Style: semi serious, touching, feel good
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary, social relations, wizards and magicians, friends, family relations, friendship, small town, small town life, family, uncover truth, ritual, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future.
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, not serious, light ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, redemption, childhood, change of heart, ghost, snow, scrooge, puppets, family, friends, guest ...
Time: 19th century, future, 1840s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 3K
Shiloh (1996)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An abused beagle runs away from his owner. On the road, he meets young Marty Preston and follows him home. The boy immediately forms a bond with the dog and names him Shiloh. His stern father won't let him keep the dog because it belongs to ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, rescue, family, animal actor, adoption, pets, friendship, friends, family relations, small town, small town life, disorder ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Charley and the Angel (1973)
Genre: Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Charley is a workaholic family man that finds out from an angel that his "number's up" and he will be dying soon so he tries to change his ways and be a better husband and father with the time he has left.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, offbeat, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: redemption, generosity, going straight, gangsters, couples, human spirit, family, miraculous event, hopes, unfulfillment, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
A Christmas Memory (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried.
Style: atmospheric, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, friendship, golden years, family gatherings, love and romance, eccentric family, family life, small town life, buddies, youth, adult virgin, family relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 7.8
 74K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: exciting, realistic, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, generation gap, against the odds, small town, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Secret Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: orphan, childhood, countryside, friendship, paralysis, maid, reconciliation, self discovery, garden, uncle, girl, servant ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, europe, yorkshire, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.6
 817
Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, orphan, small town life, friends, small town, young heroes, family relations, hopes, change of heart, family ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Snow Globe Christmas (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While clasping her favorite Christmas snow globe, a cynical, overworked TV executive rants about how the movies she produces lie, making you think dreams come can come true. Upset, she tries to smash the globe, but instead it bonks her on the head, ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: alternate reality, christmas, family problems, road not taken, love and romance, family, dealing with death, custody, holiday, gift, christmas movie, christmas decoration ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, rescue, young heroes, americana, scout, disorder, small town life, homecoming, youth, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, hopes ...
Time: 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
An American Girl Holiday (2004)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Kindhearted Samantha Parkington's world starts to change the day Nellie O'Malley walks into her life. Nellie, her father, and her two little sisters have moved in next door to be servants for the Ryland family. Though they come from ...
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: orphan, friendship, young heroes, uncle niece relationship, rich and poor, teenage life, family, family relations, best friends, society, social differences, friends ...
Time: 1900s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy gets a plastic Indian and a cupboard for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life and befriends him.
Style: touching, offbeat, feel good, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, toy comes to life, family, adventure, coming of age, good versus evil, toy, toy soldier, mischievous children, imaginary, young heroes, escapades ...
Time: 18th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%