Admit it. No matter how many times you're flipping through the channels and stumble upon It's a Wonderful Life, you get a little tingly inside when the final scene comes on.
Oh sure, you'll complain that you've seen the final moments where Zuzu tells her dad about angels getting their wings when bells ring so many times that you're sick of it. But deep down, it still gives you goosebumps.
USA TODAY Network looks at some other unforgettable quotes from classic holiday films.
It's a Wonderful Life
There are an almost endless supply from the 1946 classic, but we'll just highlight a couple. First, after George Bailey sees a grim vision of the world without him, he prays to his guardian angel, Clarence, on the same bridge where he'd contemplated suicide. He now wants to return to his life. Just then, Officer Bert shows up and tells him his mouth is bleeding. After a few moments of confusion, George says:
My mouth's bleeding, Bert! My mouth's bleeding! Zuzu's petals. ... Zuzu. ... There they are! Bert, what do you know about that! Merry Christmas!
It's at that moment that we know everything will be all right for our hero.
One more: Shortly before Zuzu makes us all weepy, George's friends and family converge in his living room to give them whatever money they can to help him out of his financial predicament. They give so much that George's brother, Harry Bailey, is moved to say:
A toast to my big brother, George — the richest man in town.
Of course, we know he means much more than just monetary riches.
The 1990 Christmas comedy dwells largely on Kevin McCallister's efforts to thwart two robbers after he was mistakenly left behind during a holiday trip. But at its heart, Home Alone focused on the importance of family.
In one scene, Kevin's mom who earlier in the film realized after the family had boarded a flight that they'd left Kevin alone, expresses how any mother would feel being away from her young child on Christmas:
Kate McCallister: This is Christmas, the season of perpetual hope. And I don't care if I have to get out on your runway and hitchhike. If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.
A Christmas Story
Set in the 1940s, A Christmas Story chronicles Ralphie's efforts to receive a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. In one scene, Ralphie at last sees St. Nick at a local mall. Ralphie had been warned about the dangers of owning a gun, but surely Santa would understand, right? After first freezing under the pressure of the moment when Santa asks him what he wants for Christmas, Ralphie finally is able to relay his request as he's about to head down a slide, but hears a cautionary note:
Ralphie: No! No! I want an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Santa: You'll shoot your eye out, kid.
Miracle on 34th Street
The story of an old man named Kris Kringle whose insistence that he is, in fact, Santa Claus has captured hearts for decades. So much so that it was remade in 1994.
Susan Walker is a little girl taught by her mother to not indulge in fantasies or believe in fairy tales. Eventually, though, she becomes a believer.
I believe, I believe. It's silly, but I believe.
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