2. It's A Wonderful Life
Who hasn't wondered if the world would notice if we were gone? The message of this somewhat melancholy 1946 tale of small-town family man George Bailey and the way he looms larger than he realizes in the lives of his family and friends is heartwarming and unabashedly sentimental. Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in the classic that reminds us every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings.