About

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.

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Directed by

Frank Capra

Written by

Frances Goodrich (Screenplay)
Albert Hackett (Screenplay)
Frank Capra (Screenplay)
Philip Van Doren Stern (Original Story)

Runtime

130 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

It's a wonderful laugh! It's a wonderful love!

Cast

Keywords

christmas holiday alternate reality small town old house nervous breakdown christmas eve suicide attempt bank newlywed desperation great depression angel told in flashback family business feel-good ending guardian angel high school dance holiday classic building and loan

Photos

Lists

#24 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#79 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#20 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#195 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Picture

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role James Stewart

Oscar nomination for Best Director Frank Capra

Oscar nomination for Best Sound, Recording