It’s A Wonderful Life (1946, dir. Frank Capra)

A suicidal man is shown there’s hope by an angel-in-training. Peerless Christmas fantasy riffing on A Christmas Carol. Just about note-perfect throughout.

How The West Was Won (1962, dir. Henry Hathaway, John Ford & George Marshall)

The story of US westward expansion, told through one family over four generations. Epic Western (shot in Cinerama) of the old school, a triumph of US exceptionalism. Dated values-wise, but fascinating and fun in equal measure.

Winchester ’73 (1950, dir. Anthony Mann)

A cowboy relentlessly pursues an outlaw, and the prized rifle stolen from him. The first Mann/Stewart western is a splendid thing, creating a new rugged persona for Stewart and delivering in all manner of genre pleasures. Highly recommended.