Movies like It's a Wonderful Life

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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 455K
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: inspirational, feel good, touching, uplifting, sentimental, emotional, sweet, compassionate, sad, spiritual ...
Audience: family outing, kids, date night
Plot: christmas, holiday, small town life, small town, life changing experience, family, angel, life philosophy, friendship, second chance, love, desperation, self discovery, sacrifice, dreams, bank, depression, generosity, world war two, time travel, society, alternate reality, great depression, financial problem, suicide ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1919, year 1932, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: vatican, new york, new york state, usa, united states of america, united states

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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 feel good, touching, sentimental and inspirational films with plots about destiny, happy ending, transformation, storytelling, mentor, death and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like It's a Wonderful Life: The Family Man (2000), One Magic Christmas (1985), What Dreams May Come (1998), A Christmas Carol (1984), A Dream of Christmas (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 111K
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, touching, sincere, inspirational, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: christmas, destiny, road not taken, parallel universe, life changing experience, alternate reality, workaholic, fish out of water, lifestyle change, businessman, midlife crisis, singleness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 2000
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: feel good, emotional, touching, sentimental, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, santa claus, holiday, disney, coming of age, redemption, dysfunctional family, family, bittersweet, small town, magic, children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ 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, philosophical, inspirational, touching, cerebral ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, life philosophy, life & death, redemption, death, metaphysics, true love, destiny, husband wife reunion, heaven, love ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: atmospheric, touching, sexy, sentimental, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: christmas, miser, scrooge, ghost, holiday, afterlife, charles dickens, family, business, happy ending, greed, transformation ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, future, 70s, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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A Dream of Christmas (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: When a restless young married woman is granted a wish by a Christmas Angel to be single again, she soon discovers her new life isn't what she bargained for, and embarks on a quest to win her husband back.
Style: sweet, thought provoking, humorous, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing, date night
Plot: christmas, alternate reality, husband wife relationship, road not taken, introspection, winter, hopes, lifestyle change, lifestyle, happy ending, family values, society ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Family for Christmas (2015)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: At the height of her career, investigative journalist Hannah Dunbar finds herself wondering what would have been had she stayed with the love of her life, Ben, 10 years before. When Santa Claus hears her “what ifs?” as a Christmas wish, he ...
Style: thought provoking, sweet, inspirational, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: christmas, husband wife relationship, road not taken, second chance, destiny, transformation, family values, introspection, life changing experience, lifestyle change, fish out of water, happy ending ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 151K
The Lake House (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.
Style: romantic, sentimental, sincere, sweet, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: time travel, time, love and romance, romance, fall in love, impossible love, architect, pen pal, supernatural, couples, letter, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, future, near future, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Genre: Drama, 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: touching, feel good, sentimental, romantic, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, santa claus, holiday, court, lawyer, thanksgiving, department store, friendship, children, mother daughter relationship, single mother, girl ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.5
 11K
Scrooge (1970)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The classic Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost tale told in musical form.
Style: visually appealing, unusual plot structure, touching, sentimental, light ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, ghost, dancing, redemption, family, destiny, supernatural ability, childhood, death, solitude, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, future, 70s, 1860s
Place: london, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 631K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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: philosophical, feel good, romantic, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: time loop, small town, existentialism, time travel, life philosophy, time warp, romance, love, repeated event, winter, idealism, road not taken ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 59K
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, serious, touching, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, family outing, kids, teens
Plot: sisters, family values, christmas, first love, couple relations, family bonds, women, life changing experience, civil war, love, coming of age, parent child relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, new york, england, usa, new england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.9
 165K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of August Pullman – a boy with facial differences – who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Style: inspirational, uplifting, sincere, touching, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: bullying, school, child, friendship, middle school, family, father son relationship, happy ending, family relations, deformity, hospital, fight ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 2.1M
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: inspirational, touching, feel good, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, family outing, teens, chick flick ...
Plot: love, mentally challenged, life philosophy, philosophy, vietnam war, destiny, human spirit, rise to the top, journey, selflessness, courage, life & death ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, alabama, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Ultimate Gift (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.
Style: inspirational, touching, sincere, emotional, christian film ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, inheritance, terminal illness, christian, ranch, life is a bitch, youth, introspection, friendship, life philosophy, life turned upside down, wealth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south america, texas, ecuador, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.8
 351K
About Time (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, romance, life philosophy, life, true love, fall in love, looking for love, changing the past or future, couple relations, sent to the past, father son relationship ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: london, cornwall, england
⇓ 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, sentimental, feel good, humorous, visually appealing ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, family outing, date night
Plot: christmas, gangsters, family, romance, church choir, winter, marriage, police investigation, divorce, holiday, religion, redemption ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: touching, philosophical, atmospheric, dramatic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: aging, true love, life & death, life philosophy, child as adult, love and romance, existentialism, destiny, tragic love, impossible love, puzzle, journey ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, pearl harbor, new york, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 243K
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, romantic, sentimental, philosophical, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, family outing
Plot: love and romance, afterlife, dealing with death, life philosophy, love, life & death, love at first sight, mysterious character, supernatural romance, family relations, lifestyle change, supernatural ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The Nativity Story (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in ...
Style: touching, biblical, tricky, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids, family outing
Plot: jesus, christmas, christianity, angel, bible, pregnancy, ancient history, christian, religions or cults, priest, miraculous event, hopes ...
Time: 1st century, 1st century b.c.
Place: holy land, middle east, egypt, jerusalem, palestine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, surreal, fairy tale, atmospheric, dark fantasy ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, family outing
Plot: loneliness, goth, surrealism, love, romance, freak, social misfits, christmas, love and romance, inventor, castle, snow ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Somewhere in Time (1980)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Young writer, Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to, "Come back to me." Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s. ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, atmospheric, touching, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: time travel, romance, obsession, love story, supernatural, time, love, time loop, playwright, love triangle, love and romance, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, edwardian era, victorian era, future ...
Place: usa, michigan, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 31K
Always (1989)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Pete Sandich is a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is killed in what was to have been his final mission. Ascending to Heaven, Pete is introduced to business-like angel who instructs the spectral Pete to pass on his aviation knowledge to his young ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, intense, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, kids, chick flick, date night
Plot: afterlife, airplane, ghost, aviation, rescue, supernatural, pilot, grief, love, death, guardian angel, romance ...
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 333K
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: inspirational, humorous, uplifting, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: regret, remote control, workaholic, alternate reality, wish come true, time travel, architect, stopped time, sex scene, dysfunctional family, wish fulfillment, obesity ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: new york, los angeles, new hampshire, usa, new york yankees ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.4
 254K
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: romantic, touching, emotional, sentimental, tear jerker ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: disability, love, romance, love story, love and romance, fall in love, handicapped, quadriplegic, caregiver, euthanasia, death, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, usa, switzerland, mallorca ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 55K
The Majestic (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.
Style: feel good, inspirational, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, amnesia, memory loss, mistaken identity, hollywood, romance, writer's life, happy ending, life philosophy, justice, parents and children, lovers reunited ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1951
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, sad, touching, tear jerker, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, childhood, imagination, escape from reality, classmate, loneliness, magical, friends, school, social misfits, loss of friend, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.0
 442K
Big Fish (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true ...
Style: surreal, touching, feel good, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: father son relationship, fish, adventure, magic realism, journey, loneliness, surrealism, magic, witch, mermaid, death, fantasy world ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1940s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: texas, usa, alabama, paris france, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 80K
Phenomenon (1996)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, light, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: superhuman powers, genius, miraculous event, small town, supernatural ability, love, goodhearted, terminal illness, telekinesis, romance, brain tumor, friendship ...
Time: future, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: feel good, touching, entertaining, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, holiday, santa claus, disney, toys, family, adventure, child custody, magic, father son relationship, kids and family, toy maker ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: funny, humorous, feel good, talky, not serious ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, ghost, muppets, childhood, family, greed, time travel, disney, talking animals, adventure, fantasy world ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1840s, future, victorian era
Place: england, london, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%