The 10 Best Films of the 1940s
5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jimmy Stewart radiated screen goodness and Frank Capra found him the perfect role in a film that, despite its reputation as “Capra-corn,” has unsettling dark elements of the kind that didn’t ordinarily pop up in family films of the era. The reason that knockout ending comes across so beautifully is precisely because Stewart and Capra genuinely have us anguished about the ruination of George Bailey.