REAR WINDOW (1954)

Jimmy Stewart becomes obsessed with watching his neighbors live their lives through his window, and maybe we do too.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

The ultimate feel-good movie, or harrowing exercise in existential angst? Possibly both.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)

If Frank Capra’s particular brand of idealistic American mythmaking feels dated today, that may be more our problem than his.