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, semi serious, emotional, reflective ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: angel, christmas, small town, self discovery, family, desperation, alternate reality, holiday, life changing experience, small town life, road not taken, friendship, second chance, love, suicide attempt, life philosophy, human nature, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, guardian angel, bank, christmas eve, social relations, great depression, newlywed ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 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, redemption, destiny, hopes, catastrophe and happy ending 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, sweet, touching, feel good ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: road not taken, christmas, life changing experience, rich and poor, destiny, family life, family relations, midlife crisis, workaholic, singleness, angel, fish out of water ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, new york, 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: surreal, emotional, philosophical, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, redemption, family relations, true love, loss of child, parents and children, husband wife reunion, love, painting, angel, life philosophy ...
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: sentimental, semi serious, touching, feel good, humorous
Plot: fish out of water, christian, church, spirituality, pastor, angel, sermon, changing the past or future, introspection, redemption, family, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, small town, farm, barn, reindeer, friendship, family, countryside, mischievous children, young heroes, parents and children ...
Place: michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, redemption, scrooge, self discovery, ghost, reform, reconciliation, family, supernatural ability, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, dog, friends, pets, family, loyalty, loneliness, human animal relationship, death, sacrifice, loss of friend, loss of loved one ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: usa, japan, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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: semi serious, feel good, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: christmas, reincarnation, snowman, holiday, family, redemption, parents and children, loss, christmas party, family relations, self discovery, family life ...
Place: denver colorado, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: santa claus, holiday, christmas, family, single parent, store, friendship, department store, new love, competition, parents and children, fish out of water ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, feel good, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: reincarnation, human becomes animal, getting home, family relations, family life, afterlife, family, starting over, talking dog, dog movie, parent child relationship, hopes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, semi serious, feel good, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: christmas, santa claus, christmas tree, holiday, family, adventure, self discovery, fish out of water, christmas party, deal, toys, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: feel good, semi serious, 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 ...
Time: 2000s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, uplifting, sentimental, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: scrooge, road not taken, introspection, holiday, self discovery, redemption, ghost, human spirit, hopes, disorder, supernatural, family relations ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, parent child relationship, first love, parents and children, family values, love and romance, life changing experience, everyday life, young love, family bonds ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: usa, new england, massachusetts, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wish come true, child birth, parents and children, miraculous event, couple relations, family relations, hopes, father son relationship, mother son relationship, husband wife relationship, soccer, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, church choir, angel, reverend, gospel, family, clergy, romance, urban, unlikely couple, crisis of faith, opposites attract ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, touching, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, small town, against the odds, generation gap, teacher, teenage life, friendship, nasa, satellite, ambition, cold war, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, feel good, touching
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, family, small town, friends, uncover truth, small town life, wizards and magicians, imaginary, family relations, social relations, gift, ritual ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 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: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dog, rescue, animal actor, family, small town, mischievous children, adoption, young heroes, adventure, friendship, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, spelling, rivalry, african american, loss of daughter, self esteem, dedicated educator, underdog, urban, contests and competitions, black people, elementary school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, not serious, feel good, exciting, light ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, redemption, scrooge, puppets, childhood, ghost, family, change of heart, snow, friendship, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, future, 1840s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, feel good, semi serious, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, adventure, family, mischievous children, toy comes to life, young heroes, parallel world, good versus evil, coming of age, escapades, heroes, imaginary ...
Time: 18th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, sentimental, feel good, uplifting, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, family, orphan, young heroes, small town, family relations, small town life, friends, hopes, change of heart ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, serious, atmospheric, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: orphan, countryside, friendship, garden, girl, secret, childhood, servant, little girl, uncle, self discovery, imagination ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, europe, yorkshire, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.1
 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: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dog, friendship, small town, childhood memory, americana, coming of age, family, baseball, society, youth, friends, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: mississippi, usa, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, destiny, illegitimate son, child illness, coming of age, small town, family relations, buddies, disability, escapades, hopes, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: semi serious, atmospheric, realistic, feel good, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, friendship, family gatherings, countryside, family life, family relations, friends, buddies, golden years, eccentric family, small town life, love and romance ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, rescue, young heroes, follow your dream, family, friendship, parents and children, siblings relations, small town life, americana, fish out of water, family relations ...
Time: 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, semi serious, humorous, touching, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: redemption, afterlife, hopes, guardian angel, family, family relations, gangsters, going straight, human spirit, miraculous event, love and romance, supernatural ...
Time: 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Four guys, best friends, have grown up together in DANCER, TEXAS POP. 81, a tiny town in West Texas. Years ago, they made a solemn vow to leave town together as soon as they graduate. Now, it's that weekend and the time has come to "put up ...
Style: talky, realistic, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, friendship, coming of age, high school, buddies, small town life, teenage life, americana, youth, friends, best friends, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, california, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%