Based on the short story The Greatest Gift, It’s A Wonderful Life was produced and directed by Frank Capra in 1946 and was nominated for five Academy Awards.
It’s one of the
better-known Christmas films, focusing on a frustrated businessman (James Stewart) who is contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve when he is intercepted by his guardian angel (Henry Travers) who shows him what life would be like without him in it. Here’s how to watch It’s A Wonderful Life online or on any mobile device.
Stream It’s A Wonderful Life online for free
In the UK, It’s A Wonderful Life can be
streamed for free if you subscribe to the NowTV Cinema pass. This costs £11.99 per month, but a free trial is available –
sign up to NowTV here.
You may also find it on
Amazon Prime Video if you search for it, but unlike Now TV, it’s not available as part of your monthly subscription.
Buy or rent It’s A Wonderful Life on DVD or Blu-ray
A remastered version of It’s A Wonderful Life is available on
Amazon with delivery in time for Christmas at just £4.99 on DVD or £17.20 on Blu-ray.
It’s A Wonderful Life is also available in the UK via DVD rental subscription service Cinema Paradiso –
sign up here for a free trial.
You’ve also got the option of renting a digital copy of It’s A Wonderful Life for playback on your phone, tablet, PC, laptop or smart TV from just £2.49 in the UK. The standard-definition movie is available from
Google Play Movies & TV for £2.49, while you can additionally get the HD version for £3.49 from
Buy or rent a digital copy of It’s A Wonderful Life
Buying a digital copy can offer better value if you intend to watch the film more than once, especially when It’s A Wonderful Life is available to buy from just £4.99 – the same as the DVD – without the need to physically store the title.
We found It’s A Wonderful Life at
Google Play Movies & TV,
YouTube in HD, but if you’ve got a 4K TV, you might prefer
Apple’s 4K-ready remaster – it costs the same £4.99 as its HD counterparts and offers extra detail for high-res TV owners, offering great value for money on a true Christmas classic.