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."

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

    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.

    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.

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

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

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

    5. Because, you know, love is hard.

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

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

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


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

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

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

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

    18. Especially around the holidays.

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

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

    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."