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One of the most popular American films of all-time and a perennial holiday favorite, "It's a Wonderful Life" was not a huge hit with either critics or audiences when it debuted in December 1946 but was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Jimmy Stewart), and Best Director (Frank Capra). After slipping quickly into obscurity, it began appearing on television occasionally in the late 1950s. But when the film's copyright lapsed in 1973, "It's a Wonderful Life" quickly became a staple of American TV programming between Thanksgiving and Christmas and belatedly earned its rightful place in the lexicon of American popular culture. Ranked #11 on the American Film Institute's list of Greatest Films, "It's a Wonderful Life" is an indisputable movie classic. Items from Amazon.com you might like. See the poll based on this selector.
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