romantic movies The Best '50s Romantic Comedies  

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The 1950s are often remembered as a time marked by wholesome family values. But that doesn't mean that the decade's moviegoers were opposed to a good love story. Quite the opposite, in fact – the '50s boast some of the most iconic romantic comedies of all time. Some of these heartwarming comedies prove the age-old adage that opposites attract while other top 1950s romantic comedies feature complicated love triangles. All of them starred actors and actresses that were household names then, and whose legacy continues today.

What film should be named the greatest on this list of the best '50s romantic comedies? The animated classic Lady and the Tramp may feature canine lead characters, but the laughter and love at the heart of the film are universal. The legendary actress Peggy Lee provided many of the voices in this Disney masterpiece. Audrey Hepburn's films Funny Face, Sabrina, and Roman Holiday helped solidify her as one of the great romantic leading ladies of the 1950s. Marilyn Monroe was another incredibly popular romantic comedy star in the 1950s. Her movies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Seven Year Itch showcased the seductive beauty and charisma that made her an icon.

It's up to you to decide the best romantic comedy from the 1950s. Grab some popcorn, vote your favorite films up the list, and add any that are missing.

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Roman Holiday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Roman Holiday Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. ...more

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Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Sabrina Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor's play Sabrina Fair. It stars Humphrey ...more

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
MarylyleMcCue added Singin' in the Rain Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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Pillow Talk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Pillow Talk Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams. The film was ...more

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, with ...more

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Some Like It Hot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
RobLein added Some Like It Hot Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more

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How to Marry a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
MarylyleMcCue added How to Marry a Millionaire How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco and produced and written by Nunnally Johnson. The film stars Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and ...more

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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Lady and the Tramp Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more

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The Seven Year Itch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Seven Year Itch The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and stars ...more

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The Quiet Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Quiet Man The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank ...more

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Funny Face is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Funny Face Funny Face is a 1957 American musical film directed by Stanley Donen, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face ...more

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High Society is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
RobLein added High Society High Society is a 1956 American musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for ...more

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Houseboat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
MarylyleMcCue added Houseboat Houseboat is a 1958 romantic comedy film starring Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Paul Petersen, Charles Herbert and Mimi Gibson. The movie was directed by Melville Shavelson, who also ...more

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Our Girl Friday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
MarylyleMcCue added Our Girl Friday Our Girl Friday is a 1953 British comedy film starring Joan Collins, George Cole, Kenneth More and Robertson Hare. A woman is shipwrecked with three men on a deserted island.

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Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
RobLein added Father of the Bride Father of the Bride is a 1950 American comedy film about a man trying to cope with preparations for his daughter's upcoming wedding. The movie stars Spencer Tracy in the titular role, Joan ...more

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Teacher's Pet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Teacher's Pet Teacher's Pet is a 1930 two-reel comedy short; part of the Our Gang series. It was produced by Hal Roach, directed by Robert F. McGowan, and originally released to theatres by ...more

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Gigi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Gigi Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. The ...more

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Gidget is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Gidget Gidget is a 1959 Columbia Pictures CinemaScope feature film. It stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and James Darren in a story about a teenager's initiation into the California surf culture and ...more

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Kiss Me Kate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Kiss Me Kate Kiss Me Kate is the 1953 MGM film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, it tells the tale of musical theater actors, Fred Graham and Lilli ...more

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Daddy Long Legs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
MarylyleMcCue added Daddy Long Legs Daddy Long Legs is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, and the fictional college town of Walston, Massachusetts. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco, and stars Fred ...more

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The Tender Trap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Tender Trap The Tender Trap is a CinemaScope comedy starring Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, and Celeste Holm. Based on the 1954 play The Tender Trap by Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith, it ...more

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Happy Go Lovely is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Happy Go Lovely Happy Go Lovely is a 1951 British musical comedy film with Technicolor, directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring Vera Ellen, David Niven, and Cesar Romero. The film was made and first ...more

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Operation Mad Ball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Operation Mad Ball Operation Mad Ball is a 1957 military comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Kathryn Grant, Arthur O'Connell, and Mickey Rooney, and directed by Richard Quine. The screenplay is by Blake ...more

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La Ronde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
La Ronde La Ronde is a 1950 film directed by Max Ophüls and based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play of the same name. The title means "the round-dance". The film was nominated for two ...more

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Love in the Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Love in the Afternoon Love in the Afternoon is a 1957 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder which stars Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is ...more

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A Hole in the Head is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
A Hole in the Head A Hole in the Head is a comedy film directed by Frank Capra, featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Dub Taylor, Ruby Dandridge, ...more

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The Farmer Takes a Wife is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Farmer Takes a Wife The Farmer Takes a Wife is a 1953 romantic musical comedy film directed by Henry Levin.

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Smiles of a Summer Night is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Smiles of a Summer Night Smiles of a Summer Night is a 1955 Swedish comedy film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was the first of Bergman's films to bring the director international success, due to its exposure at the ...more

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The Yellow Cab Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Yellow Cab Man The Yellow Cab Man is a 1950 comedy film directed by Jack Donohue starring Red Skelton, Gloria DeHaven and Edward Arnold. The inventor of unbreakable glass tries to sell it to a taxicab company, ...more

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The Ambassador's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Ambassador's Daughter The Ambassador's Daughter is a 1956 romantic comedy film written and directed by Norman Krasna.

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Kiss Them for Me is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Kiss Them for Me Kiss Them for Me is a 1957 comedy film, directed by Stanley Donen, and released by the Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. The film, an adaptation of the 1945 Broadway play of the same name, ...more

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The Matchmaker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Matchmaker The Matchmaker is a 1958 American comedy film directed by Joseph Anthony. The screenplay by John Michael Hayes is based on the 1955 play of the same name by Thornton Wilder. Costumes by Edith

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Ain't Misbehavin' is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Ain't Misbehavin' Ain't Misbehavin '​ is a 1955 musical film released by Universal-International and starring Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, Jack Carson and Mamie Van Doren.

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The Admiral Was a Lady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Admiral Was a Lady The Admiral Was a Lady is a 1950 American comedy film directed by Albert S. Rogell. The working title of the film was Once Over Lightly that was the title of one of the songs in the film. Edmond ...more

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Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is a 1955 romantic musical comedy film produced by Russ-Field productions, starring Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain, and released by United Artists. It was directed by ...more

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The Big Hangover is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
The Big Hangover The Big Hangover is a 1950 film directed by Norman Krasna.

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Here Comes the Groom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Here Comes the Groom Here Comes the Groom is a 1951 musical romantic comedy film produced and directed by Frank Capra and starring Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman. Based on a story by Robert Riskin and Liam O'Brien, the ...more

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Ask Any Girl is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '50s Romantic Comedies
Ask Any Girl Ask Any Girl is a 1959 comedy film directed by Charles Walters.