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21 Reasons "It's A Wonderful Life" Is The Best Christmas Movie Of All Time

"Here's to my big brother George, the richest man in town."

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It's a Wonderful Life, which was produced and directed by Frank Capra, was originally released in theaters on December 20, 1946.

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And even though it's been nearly 70 years, there's no denying the holiday classic is one of the best Christmas movies of all time.

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1. It's impossible not to fall in love with little George Bailey, a kid who always tries to do the right thing by everyone.

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2. Even as an adult, he's by far the most helpful and considerate person walking around the fictional town of Bedford Falls.

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3. It's especially heartwarming to watch his relationship unfold with Mary, starting all the way back in their childhood.

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4. Even though they got off to a somewhat rocky start and things weren't always perfect.

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5. Because, you know, love is hard.

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6. His flirting techniques didn't exactly win Mary over at first, but they were sweet and endearing, nonetheless.

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7. But once they work things out and eventually get together, it's clear that George and Mary's love story is truly iconic.

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8. Not to mention, George really has some impressive moves.

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9. Mean old Mr. Potter definitely isn't a likable character, but in the long-run he teaches George some very important lessons that we can't help but pay attention to.

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10. The movie makes you think about the universe and how sometimes things might not always be in our control.

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11. It's upsetting to watch George go through a rough time, but the truth is we've all been there. Low points happen and are pretty universal.

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12. And that makes it all the more triumphant to watch George come out on the other side of things.

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13. GEORGE'S HAPPINESS IS ALL OF OUR HAPPINESS.

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14. The movie is full of important wisdom and life-altering messages.

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15. You can't help but appreciate all the little things when watching the movie, especially all of life's little imperfections.

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16. It's a Wonderful Life teaches one of the most important lessons you can learn: "No man is a failure who has friends."

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17. Because life is really all about your family, friends, and people who care about you.

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18. Especially around the holidays.

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19. And learning to ask for help when you need it.

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20. After all, money is just a material object. It's not the most important thing that matters.

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21. Which is also made clear when George's brother Harry comes home from the army and toasts to, "His big brother George. The richest man in town."

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Even though George isn't rich in money, he's rich in friends.

(I'M NOT CRYING, YOU'RE CRYING.)

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BEST. MOVIE. EVER.

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