It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Frank Capra

The grandmother of all feel-good flicks, It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) , may seem very mellow and even stereotype when viewed today, but Frank Capra‘s financial bomb gives the viewer full satisfaction at the end of the movie, every time. George Bailey’s (James Stewart) “Oh, Shucks” and “Gee, Whiz” make him a very lovable character that is a rarity in this generation.

The scene I am writing here is the final one in the film. George Bailey has committed suicide after he has gone bankrupt. His guardian angel resurrects him and shows him how the world would have been if he weren’t there. George is convinced that his life was better and wishes to live again. After he comes back to life carrying all the positives, he returns home to find that all his friends and relatives have put in small amounts of money to save him from his present situation. Yes, it is good wishes everywhere. George is saved.

Though this scene is sugarcoated to the maximum possible extent and perhaps too good to be true, it portrayed something that Hollywood would be repeating for decades to come – The indomitable nature of the human spirit. Aped in every forms possible, this scene reminds you that it’s a wonderful life indeed!