Entertainment 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
Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond
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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16 5
Bringing Up Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
RobLein added Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald
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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Second Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Tyrone Power, Loretta Young
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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14 6
My Man Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman, William Powell
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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12 5
Top Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire
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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7 1
Nothing Sacred is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Margaret Hamilton
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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City Lights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill
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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6 1
Day-Time Wife is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Warren William
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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10 5
Shall We Dance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Edward Everett Horton
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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5 1
Vivacious Lady is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
James Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Hattie McDaniel
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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5 1
Platinum Blonde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Halliwell Hobbes
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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7 4
The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas
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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6 3
Pygmalion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Wendy Hiller, Leslie Howard, Wilfrid Lawson
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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Bachelor Mother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn
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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4 1
Theodora Goes Wild is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell
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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4 1
Design for Living is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Edward Everett Horton
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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8 6
You Can't Take It With You is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller
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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7 5
Ninotchka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi, Melvyn Douglas
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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4 2
Café Metropole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Café Metropole Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Adolphe Menjou
Café Metropole is a 1937 film directed by Edward H. Griffith.

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3 1
Easy Living is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Ray Milland, Jean Arthur, William Demarest
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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3 1
Midnight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore
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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5 4
Holiday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lew Ayres
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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4 3
Thin Ice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Tyrone Power, Sonja Henie, Bobby Vitale
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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3 2
The Merry Widow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Billy Gilbert
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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2 1
Twentieth Century is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '30s Romantic Comedies
Carole Lombard, John Barrymore, Charles Lane
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