It's a Wonderful Life. I highly recommend reading this article before watching it again. It throws new light on the film's message, which is not what it's often taken for. It's not romantic optimism: life is wonderful, no matter what happens to you. Rather, George Bailey's life was wonderful, because of his heroic self-sacrificing. "Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake wil save it."