I stumbled upon another Capra movie one day in the middle of the summer. While it isn't as well known as It's a Wonderful Life, Meet John Doe is another one of those Christmas movies that leaves you feeling like maybe the world isn't quite so bad of a place after all.
Starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, it's the story of a newspaper columnist who, in response to losing her job, fakes a letter from John Doe, a man who plans to commit suicide on Christmas Eve because of the state of the world. The letter strikes a chord and increases sales for the newspaper, and the columnist is rehired. The story really takes off when the paper decides to present John Doe to the world and several men come forward willing to claim the letter as their own, in particular a former baseball player with an old injury.
I won't say anymore lest I give anything away. If you have a chance to watch it, I recommend it. If not, here is an inspiring speech from John Doe.