Free Online: Meet John Doe, Frank Capra’s Inspiring 1941 Classic

In 2006, a jury of 1,500 film­mak­ers, actors, actress­es, crit­ics and his­to­ri­ans cre­at­ed a list of the 100 Most Inspir­ing Films of All Time. It’s a Won­der­ful Life, Frank Capra’s 1946 Christ­mas tale star­ring Jim­my Stew­art, took top hon­ors. And per­haps you know that the film fell into the pub­lic domain for some years, before being yanked back out. But anoth­er Frank Capra film, Meet John Doe, remains in the com­mons. And it ranks 49th on the same list of Inspi­ra­tional Films.

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Called “a fable that deals with the dan­gers of home grown fas­cism, and the pow­er of the ordi­nary man and lit­tle peo­ple to pre­vent the tri­umph of dark forces,” Meet John Doe can begrouped into a pop­ulist tril­o­gy of Capra films about Amer­i­can indi­vid­u­al­ism,” along with Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Wash­ing­ton (1939). Star­ring Gary Coop­er and Bar­bara Stan­wyck, Meet John Doe (1941) was nom­i­nat­ed for the Acad­e­my Award for Best Sto­ry.

You can watch the uplift­ing film above, or find it list­ed in our col­lec­tion, 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Noir, West­erns, Doc­u­men­taries & More. More pris­tine copies can be found on Ama­zon.

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