On Christmas eve, all of the citizens of the small town of Bedford Falls pray to the heavens to help George Bailey. It's then decided that Clarence, an angel who hasn't earned his wings, to help George. Before he does, he should know who George Bailey. George Bailey grew up in Bedford Falls, which is a small town, he dreams of somebody leaving it and making his mark on the world. His family's business is all what stands between the good citizens and Mr. Potter, a rich miser who takes sick pleasure in taking from everybody, without even caring how it affects them. George was all set to leave when his father died and George had to take care of the business. George would forever be stymied with his plans to leave and when he thinks that he is nothing but a failure, he decides to kill himself and that's when Clarence comes in and tries to convince him that he has made something with his life and that he had a "Wonderful Life".
Director: Frank Capra
IMDb Top 250: #31
James Stewart ... George Bailey
Donna Reed ... Mary Hatch Bailey
Lionel Barrymore ... Henry F. Potter
Thomas Mitchell ... Uncle Billy
Henry Travers ... Clarence