Movies like It's a Wonderful Life

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
 8.6
 363K
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, feel good, sentimental, sweet, compassionate, inspirational, emotional, semi serious, cult film ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desperation, angel, christmas, family, self discovery, small town, holiday, life changing experience, small town life, road not taken, suicide attempt, friendship, sacrifice, depression, second chance, human nature, snow, marriage, generosity, financial problem, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, alternate reality, 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, sentimental, feel good and semi serious films with plots about family, family relations, destiny, hopes, happy ending, catastrophe and redemption mostly in Drama, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like It's a Wonderful Life: The Family Man (2000), What Dreams May Come (1998), Prancer (1989), A Christmas Carol (1984), One Magic Christmas (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.8
 98K
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: feel good, sincere, inspirational, touching, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: christmas, destiny, road not taken, family life, life changing experience, rich and poor, family relations, alternate reality, fish out of water, angel, workaholic, lifestyle change ...
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: philosophical, touching, surreal, emotional, inspirational ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, loss of child, life philosophy, hell, family relations, redemption, painting, love, parents and children, paradise, angel ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 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, feel good, humorous, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, small town, friendship, reindeer, farm, barn, family, hopes, heroes, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Place: michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: redemption, christmas, ghost, holiday, reconciliation, reform, self discovery, miser, family, parents and children, unfulfillment, supernatural ability ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, small town, family, holiday, redemption, dysfunctional family, materialism, small town life, family life, innocence lost, couples, disorder ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 865
Three Days (2001)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew's a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically killed just days before Christmas, an angel gives Andrew ...
Style: sincere, captivating, sentimental, touching
Plot: angel, christmas, second chance, marriage, love and romance, husband wife relationship, death of wife, death, holiday, yoga
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: friendship, wizards and magicians, uncover truth, family relations, family, small town, friends, small town life, social relations, imaginary, chores, theft ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Christmas Candle (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. ...
Style: uplifting, serious, sentimental, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: village, christmas, angel, miraculous event, clergy, social relations, society, hopes, religions or cults, faith, candle, imaginary ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, dog, friends, loyalty, life & death, family, pets, animals, human animal relationship, loneliness, death, loss of friend ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 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, semi serious, feel good, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, rescue, pets, family, friendship, hopes, disorder, heroes, adventure, family relations, animal life, small town life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 18K
My Dog Skip (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, dog, small town, americana, baseball, family, lifestyle, youth, coming of age, child's point of view, dog movie, pet owner relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, mississippi river, mississippi, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 18K
Courageous (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, law enforcement, human spirit, hopes, destiny, self discovery, friendship, parents and children, family life, family values, father, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, feel good, humorous, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: reincarnation, human becomes animal, talking dog, family relations, family life, dog movie, getting home, starting over, dog, afterlife, friends, dealing with death ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, self esteem, african american, rivalry, hopes, human spirit, human nature, self discovery, prodigy, dedicated educator, teachers and students, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wish come true, parents and children, child birth, 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 ⇓
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, sentimental, emotional, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: holiday, self discovery, road not taken, human spirit, ghost, introspection, disorder, nagging and grouching, family relations, supernatural, redemption, hopes ...
Time: victorian era, victorian
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.5
 844
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, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, orphan, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, young heroes, hopes, friends, small town life, family relations, small town, change of heart, family ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: santa claus, holiday, christmas, family, single parent, youth, friends, family relations, hopes, parents and children, miraculous event, friendship ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.3
 45K
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, touching, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: family values, sisters, sister sister relationship, first love, couple relations, parent child relationship, love and romance, parents and children, life changing experience, family bonds, everyday life, christmas ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: usa, new england, paris france, massachusetts, england
⇓ 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: touching, humorous, semi serious, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, santa claus, christmas tree, family, toys, holiday, adventure, disorder, mistaken identity, workaholic, fish out of water, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, obsessive quest, hopes, buddies, family problems, child illness, coming of age, life philosophy, happy ending ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: sweet, light, humorous, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: alternate reality, christmas, family problems, road not taken, love and romance, husband wife relationship, opposites attract, lifestyle, couples, adaptation, love, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Secret Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, 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, atmospheric, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, orphan, countryside, friendship, garden, girl, secret, little girl, old mansion, family, imagination, maid ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, europe, yorkshire, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Christmas Clause (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A stressed out lawyer and mother of three gets her yuletide wish when she wishes to see what her life would be like if she had chosen to pursue her career in Law rather than marrying and becoming a working mother.
Style: light, feel good, sincere, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: road not taken, wish come true, starting over, dull life, family, unfulfillment, hopes, christmas, adaptation, heroes, escapades, adventure ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: christmas, church choir, reverend, angel, gospel, family, romance, fish out of water, music band, self discovery, clergy, supernatural romance ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Children on Their Birthdays (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Havoc is created in a small Southern community when a 12-year-old shows up, causing a couple 13-year-old friends to fall in love with her, thus possibly jeopardizing their friendship.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: love triangle, friendship, small town, teenage life, teenage love, fall in love, youth, social relations, family, society, americana, coming of age ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1947, 1940s
Place: alabama, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, friendship, small town life, feminism, small town, midlife crisis, generation gap, aging, couple relations, nursing, family problems, elderly ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)
Genre: Family
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: This holiday tale has all the elements of a classic heartwarmer--cuddly dogs, small town spirit, and even a full-fledged Christmas pageant. Set during the meager years of the Great Depression, 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS follows the story of Emma, a ...
Style: feel good, light, humorous, sentimental, touching
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: school, christmas, animal life, family, holiday, dogcatcher, great depression, dog, puppy, pets, adventure, happy ending ...
Time: 30s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: feel good, realistic, sentimental, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, friendship, eccentric family, countryside, youth, small town life, buddies, family life, friends, family relations, love and romance, golden years ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: humorous, sentimental, offbeat, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: redemption, afterlife, couples, family relations, love and romance, going straight, unfulfillment, human spirit, miraculous event, family, gangsters, hopes ...
Time: 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%