Romantic Movies The Best '30s Romantic Comedies  

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Love stories are some of the oldest stories told. For proof, look no further than Hollywood in the 1930s. This was truly the golden age of cinema in the United States, and many beloved romantic comedies were produced in this era. Some of the best '30s romantic comedies were inspired by plays, while others featured lavish musical numbers. A number of the greatest '30s romantic comedies made their stars household names.

What film should top this list of the greatest '30s romantic comedies? Maybe the honors should go to City Lights, starring Charlie Chaplin. Cinema was transitioning into talkies, but Chaplin preferred to remain silent for this classic movie. Lucille Ball may be best known for starring in I Love Lucy, but she also captivated moviegoers with a small part in the 1935 film Top Hat. Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You has charmed audiences for decades with its screwball take on love and family. Other great movies that are featured on this top '30s romantic comedies list include My Man Godfrey and Trouble in Paradise.

Which 1930s romantic comedy is the best? Share your opinion by giving your favorite films a thumbs up and add any great movies that are missing.

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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
It Happened One Night It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, in which a pampered socialite tries to get out from under her father's ...more

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My Man Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
My Man Godfrey My Man Godfrey is a 1936 American comedy-drama film directed by Gregory La Cava. The screenplay was written by Morrie Ryskind, with uncredited contributions by La Cava, based on 1101 Park ...more

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Bringing Up Baby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
RobLein added Bringing Up Baby Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film tells the story of a ...more

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City Lights is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
City Lights City Lights is a 1931 American romantic comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind ...more

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Café Metropole is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Café Metropole Café Metropole is a 1937 film directed by Edward H. Griffith.

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Day-Time Wife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Day-Time Wife Day-Time Wife is a 1939 Comedy directed by Gregory Ratoff, starring Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell. Linda Darnell and Tyrone Power play Jane and Ken Norton, a married couple approaching their ...more

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Second Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Second Honeymoon Second Honeymoon is a 1937 screwball romantic comedy, starring Tyrone Power and Loretta Young about a newly remarried woman who finds her businessman husband boring and runs into her wealthy ...more

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Top Hat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Top Hat Top Hat is a 1935 screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer named Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick. He meets ...more

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Thin Ice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Thin Ice Thin Ice is a United States comedy/romance film directed by Sidney Lanfield starring Tyrone Power and figure skater Sonja Henie.

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Nothing Sacred is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Nothing Sacred Nothing Sacred is a 1937 Technicolor screwball comedy film directed by William A. Wellman, produced by David O. Selznick, and starring Carole Lombard and Fredric March. with a supporting cast ...more

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Pygmalion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Pygmalion Pygmalion is a 1938 British film based on the George Bernard Shaw play of the same title, and adapted by him for the screen. It stars Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller. The film was a financial and ...more

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Platinum Blonde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Platinum Blonde Platinum Blonde is a 1931 American romantic comedy motion picture starring Jean Harlow, Robert Williams, and Loretta Young. The film was written by Jo Swerling and directed by Frank Capra. ...more

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Shall We Dance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Shall We Dance Shall We Dance is the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers musical comedy films. It was released in 1937. The idea for this film originated in the studio's desire to exploit the successful formula ...more

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Trouble in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Trouble in Paradise Trouble in Paradise is a 1932 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, and Herbert Marshall and featuring Charles Ruggles and ...more

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Ninotchka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Ninotchka Ninotchka is a 1939 American film made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by producer and director Ernst Lubitsch that stars Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. It was written by Billy Wilder, Charles ...more

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The Merry Widow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
The Merry Widow The Merry Widow is a 1934 film adaptation of the operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár. It was directed and produced by Ernst Lubitsch and starred Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette ...more

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Vivacious Lady is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Vivacious Lady Vivacious Lady is a 1938 American black-and-white romantic comedy film starring Ginger Rogers and James Stewart, produced and directed by George Stevens, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The ...more

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You Can't Take It With You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
You Can't Take It With You You Can't Take It With You is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, and Edward Arnold. Adapted from the Pulitzer ...more

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Bachelor Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Bachelor Mother Bachelor Mother is an American comedy film directed by Garson Kanin, and starring Ginger Rogers, David Niven, and Charles Coburn. The screenplay was written by Norman Krasna based on an Academy ...more

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Jewel Robbery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Jewel Robbery Jewel Robbery is a 1932 American comedy-mystery film, directed by William Dieterle and starring William Powell and Kay Francis. It is based on the 1931 Hungarian play Ekszerrablás a ...more

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Design for Living is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Design for Living Design for Living is a 1933 American pre-Code comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Fredric March, Gary Cooper, and Miriam Hopkins. Based on the 1932 play Design for ...more

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Movie Crazy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Movie Crazy Movie Crazy is a 1932 comedy film starring Harold Lloyd in his third sound feature.

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Love Me Tonight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Love Me Tonight Love Me Tonight is a 1932 musical comedy film produced and directed by Rouben Mamoulian, with music by Rodgers and Hart. It stars Maurice Chevalier as a tailor who poses as a nobleman and ...more

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Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Holiday Holiday is a 1938 film directed by George Cukor, a remake of the 1930 film of the same name. The film is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a man who has risen from humble beginnings ...more

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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
The Lady Vanishes The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British comic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty. Written by Sidney Gilliat ...more

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A Damsel in Distress is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
A Damsel in Distress A Damsel in Distress is a 1937 English-themed Hollywood musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine, George Burns, and Gracie Allen. With a screenplay by P. G. Wodehouse, loosely ...more

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1935 American romance fantasy film of William Shakespeare's play, directed by Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle, and starring Ian Hunter, James Cagney, Mickey ...more

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Sylvia Scarlett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Sylvia Scarlett Sylvia Scarlett is a 1935 romantic comedy film starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, based on The Early Life and Adventures of Sylvia Scarlett, a novel by Compton MacKenzie. Directed by ...more

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Blonde Crazy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Blonde Crazy Blonde Crazy is a 1931 film by Roy Del Ruth, starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Ray Milland, and Guy Kibbee famous for Cagney's line, "That dirty, double-crossin' ...more

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Twentieth Century is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Twentieth Century Twentieth Century is a 1934 American screwball comedy film. Much of the film is set on the 20th Century Limited train as it travels from Chicago to New York. The film was directed by Howard ...more

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Easy Living is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Easy Living Easy Living is an American screwball comedy film, directed by Mitchell Leisen, written by Preston Sturges from a story by Vera Caspary, and starring Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, and Ray Milland. ...more

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Theodora Goes Wild is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Theodora Goes Wild Theodora Goes Wild is a 1936 American romantic comedy film that tells the story of a small town which is incensed by a risqué novel, little knowing that it was written under a pseudonym ...more

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Midnight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Midnight Midnight is a 1939 American screwball comedy film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor, and Elaine Barrie. Written ...more

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Made for Each Other is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Made for Each Other Made for Each Other is a 2009 romantic comedy, which was released straight to DVD. This is the first film in which both of the Masterson brothers have featured.

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Love Finds Andy Hardy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Love Finds Andy Hardy Love Finds Andy Hardy is a 1938 romantic comedy film which tells the story of a teenage boy who becomes entangled with three different girls all at the same time. It stars Mickey Rooney, Lewis ...more