Movies like It's a Wonderful Life

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
 8.6
 327K
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, feel good, sweet, compassionate, inspirational, semi serious, emotional, reflective ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: angel, christmas, small town, self discovery, family, desperation, life changing experience, alternate reality, small town life, road not taken, human nature, holiday, friendship, second chance, social relations, mentor, love, suicide attempt, life philosophy, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, society, love and romance, family values, guardian angel ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1920s, 1930s, 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, sentimental, feel good and sweet films with plots about destiny, storytelling, mentor, happy ending, transformation, catastrophe and dialogue mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like It's a Wonderful Life: The Family Man (2000), What Dreams May Come (1998), What If... (2010), Little Women (1994), One Magic Christmas (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.7
 94K
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, touching, feel good, sweet, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: road not taken, christmas, rich and poor, destiny, family life, life changing experience, family relations, midlife crisis, workaholic, singleness, angel, second chance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, 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: emotional, surreal, touching, philosophical, inspirational ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, life philosophy, redemption, angel, loss of child, true love, family relations, painting, rescue, parents and children, husband wife relationship ...
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, sentimental, touching, feel good, humorous
Plot: changing the past or future, sermon, angel, pastor, spirituality, church, christian, fish out of water, introspection, redemption, family, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 42K
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: uplifting, sentimental, romantic, sweet, touching ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: sisters, sister sister relationship, first love, couple relations, parents and children, parent child relationship, family values, love and romance, young love, family bonds, women, love story ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: usa, new england, paris france, massachusetts, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, feel good, semi serious, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, small town, holiday, family, redemption, single parent, human nature, parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Snow Globe Christmas (2013)
Genre: 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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: alternate reality, christmas, dealing with death, custody, family, holiday, road not taken, love and romance, family problems, christmas party, actor, santa claus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: sentimental, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, redemption, ghost, scrooge, self discovery, reform, reconciliation, family, supernatural ability, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: friendship, dog, friends, pets, family, loyalty, death, loneliness, human animal relationship, sacrifice, loss of loved one, loss of friend ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: usa, japan, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, semi serious, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: christmas, gospel, church choir, reverend, angel, family, clergy, romance, urban, unlikely couple, crisis of faith, opposites attract ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.8
 1.5M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally challenged, destiny, human spirit, tragic love, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, love and romance, friendship, life philosophy, rise to the top, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 104K
City of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When guardian angel Seth -- who invisibly watches over the citizens of Los Angeles -- becomes captivated by Maggie, a strong-willed heart surgeon, he ponders trading in his pure, otherworldly existence for a mortal life with his beloved. The couple ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, romantic, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: angel, afterlife, supernatural romance, romance, fall in love, fish out of water, couple relations, love and romance, human nature, heaven and hell, self sacrifice, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
 793
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, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, family, young heroes, small town, family relations, small town life, friends, orphan, countryside, hopes ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 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: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, small town, reindeer, farm, barn, family, friendship, countryside, mischievous children, young heroes, parents and children ...
Place: michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 260K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, emotional, sad, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, hopes, life philosophy, life changing experience, sacrifice, suicidal, self sacrifice, tragic event, depression, true love, fall in love, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 188K
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: When the grim reaper comes to collect the soul of megamogul Bill Parrish, he arrives with a proposition: Host him for a "vacation" among the living in trade for a few more days of existence. Parrish agrees, and using the pseudonym Joe ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, clever, talky ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: supernatural romance, love and romance, mysterious character, afterlife, millionaire, dealing with death, family relations, angel, romance, doctor, father daughter relationship, love at first sight ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.8
 18K
Curly Sue (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold. Their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. When they scam the rich and beautiful Grey Ellison into believing she ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: orphan, family, rich and poor, daughter, cons and scams, friendship, lawyer, little girl, urban, school, hugging, single father ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 175K
Elf (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: christmas, goofy hero, santa claus, christmas spirit, north pole, orphan, fish out of water, family, adoption, dwarf, corporate world, snow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, south pole, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 274K
Click (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.
Style: humorous, sentimental, captivating, uplifting, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, family outing, teens
Plot: wish come true, architect, regret, redemption, remote control, family relations, relationship vs career, nothing goes right, alternate reality, hopes, workaholic, dog ...
Time: 1990s, 1960s, 2020s, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, mcdonald's restaurant, morocco, new york yankees, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.4
 157K
Me Before You (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: disability, love and romance, fall in love, wheelchair, love story, romance, depression, loneliness, caregiver, small town, death wish, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.7
 110K
Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, ...
Style: touching, uplifting, feel good, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: follow your dream, dancer's life, ballet, hopes, audition, prejudice, friendship, poverty, dance school, coming of age, father son relationship, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, sentimental, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: angel, redemption, family, destiny, good deed, miraculous event, religions or cults, hopes, imaginary, supernatural, human spirit, working undercover ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Field of Dreams (1989)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray Kinsella is an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond. He does, but the voice's directions don't stop -- even after the spirits of deceased ballplayers turn up to play.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: baseball, farm, ghost, regret, reconciliation, sport, hearing voices, cornfield, road trip, doctor, recluse, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iowa, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, feel good, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: holiday, christmas, santa claus, family, single parent, store, friendship, department store, new love, parents and children, fish out of water, hopes ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.1
 187K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, dealing with death, death, family relations, loss of spouse, romance, couples, widow widower, letter, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.0
 519K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: feel good, humorous, witty, offbeat, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, wooing, love and romance, nothing goes right, road not taken, time loop, existentialism, idealism, redemption, hopes, disorder, deja vu ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, sentimental, touching, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: social misfits, loneliness, tragic hero, impossible love, human nature, fish out of water, fall in love, injustice, scissors, romance, inventor, freak ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 56K
The Best of Me (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: true love, unfulfilled love, lovers reunited, love and romance, small town, road not taken, love affair, forbidden love, unfulfillment, young lovers, destiny, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: humorous, feel good, semi serious, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: christmas, santa claus, christmas tree, holiday, family, adventure, self discovery, fish out of water, deal, christmas party, toys, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: feel good, emotional, uplifting, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: scrooge, introspection, redemption, holiday, road not taken, hopes, disorder, family, supernatural, anti heroes, ghost, obnoxious boss ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.3
 28K
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: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: reincarnation, christmas, snowman, holiday, family, redemption, parents and children, christmas party, loss, child as adult, family relations, self discovery ...
Place: colorado, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%