Screwball Comedy Classics

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1. The Front Page (1931)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A crusading newspaper editor tricks his retiring star reporter into covering one last case.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 2,546

2. Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 13,345

3. If I Had a Million (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

A dying tycoon gives million-dollar windfalls to eight people picked from the city directory.

Directors: James Cruze, H. Bruce Humberstone, Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Z. McLeod, Lothar Mendes, Stephen Roberts, William A. Seiter, Norman Taurog | Stars: Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, W.C. Fields, George Raft

Votes: 1,628

4. Three Cornered Moon (1933)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

Nellie Rimplegar has to tell her grown children that due to her bungled handling of their finances, the family has been wiped out by the Stock Market crash. Friend and family doctor, Alan ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Richard Arlen, Mary Boland, Wallace Ford

Votes: 380

5. Dinner at Eight (1933)

Passed | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow

Votes: 7,649

6. It Happened One Night (1934)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A renegade reporter and a crazy young heiress meet on a bus heading for New York, and end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 95,771 | Gross: $4.36M

7. Twentieth Century (1934)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 5,908

8. We're Not Dressing (1934)

Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Musical

Yacht owner is stranded on island with her socialite friends, a wacky husband and wife research team, and a singing sailor.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns, Gracie Allen

Votes: 732

9. Hands Across the Table (1935)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

A loafer and a manicurist, both planning to marry money, meet and form an uneasy alliance.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Astrid Allwyn

Votes: 1,543

10. The Good Fairy (1935)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

A naive girl just out of a cloistered orphanage finds that being a 'good fairy' to strangers makes life awfully complicated.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Margaret Sullavan, Herbert Marshall, Frank Morgan, Reginald Owen

Votes: 1,256

11. Top Hat (1935)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

92 Metascore

An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 17,739 | Gross: $3.88M

12. The Gilded Lily (1935)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 571

13. She Married Her Boss (1935)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

An efficient secretary at a department store marries her boss, but discovers that taking care of him at home is a lot different to taking care of him at work.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, Michael Bartlett, Raymond Walburn

Votes: 570

14. If You Could Only Cook (1935)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

An executive lets an attractive cook talk him into taking a job as butler.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Herbert Marshall, Jean Arthur, Leo Carrillo, Lionel Stander

Votes: 1,207

15. Love on the Run (1936)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Reginald Owen

Votes: 1,022 | Gross: $1.14M

16. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A wealthy mystery writer uses her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason, Eric Blore

Votes: 1,584

17. Libeled Lady (1936)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

When a socialite sues a big paper for libel, the editor responsible calls in the help of his ignored fiancée and a former employee to frame her and make the false story seem true.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy

Votes: 7,214

18. Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

The author of a controversially racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity status from her provincial small-town neighbors, who'd be scandalized if they knew.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall

Votes: 2,266

19. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple small-town man inherits a massive fortune and is immediately hounded by those who wish to take advantage of him.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander

Votes: 20,019

20. My Man Godfrey (1936)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Votes: 21,579

21. The Awful Truth (1937)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A married couple file an amicable divorce, but find it harder to let go of each other than they initially thought.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy

Votes: 18,114

22. Easy Living (1937)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

A wealthy banker throws his wife's expensive fur coat off the roof of a building; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland, Luis Alberni

Votes: 3,103

23. Nothing Sacred (1937)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

78 Metascore

An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger, Walter Connolly

Votes: 6,072

24. Danger - Love at Work (1937)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

A young lawyer is unable to get the Pembertons to sign a land sale contract until their daughter falls in love with him.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Ann Sothern, Jack Haley, Mary Boland, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 239

25. I Met Him in Paris (1937)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

Kay Denham, romanced in Paris by friends Gene and George, can't figure out why George disapproves of Gene.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Young, Lee Bowman

Votes: 385

26. Tovarich (1937)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy

After the Russian revolution, a married Russian couple of nobility must take up jobs in Paris in order to survive.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Basil Rathbone, Anita Louise

Votes: 507

27. Breakfast for Two (1937)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Romance

Texan debutante Valentine Ransome tries to reform a bankrupt playboy.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Marshall, Glenda Farrell, Eric Blore

Votes: 865

28. Topper (1937)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 6,903

29. True Confession (1937)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

73 Metascore

A lawyer defends his wife, a pathological liar, in a murder trial.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore, Una Merkel

Votes: 1,364

30. Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, David Niven

Votes: 3,427

31. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

91 Metascore

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 55,956

32. Fools for Scandal (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

After meeting her in Paris, a penniless marquis relentlessly pursues a famous actress.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fernand Gravey, Ralph Bellamy, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 434

33. Holiday (1938)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres

Votes: 15,022

34. Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,627

35. You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold

Votes: 23,726 | Gross: $4.66M

36. Vivacious Lady (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 3,263

37. The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer

Votes: 2,115

38. Joy of Living (1938)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Alice Brady, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 742

39. Bachelor Mother (1939)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepts an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job.

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson

Votes: 3,733

40. It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 2,675

41. Ninotchka (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 19,337 | Gross: $1.19M

42. Midnight (1939)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A chorus girl stranded in Paris is set up by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man, while being romantically pursued by a cab driver.

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer

Votes: 4,480

43. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 54,405 | Gross: $0.30M

44. Too Many Husbands (1940)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Romance

Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky remarried...and in no hurry to settle for just one husband.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas, Harry Davenport

Votes: 1,364

45. I Love You Again (1940)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh, Edmund Lowe

Votes: 3,049

46. Christmas in July (1940)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Romance