Special Report

Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

15. His Girl Friday (1940)
> Score: 2.71 — #225 highest out of 17,179 movies in all genres
> Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Newspaper editor Walter Burns (Grant) desperately tries to stop the marriage of his ex-wife, star reporter Hildy Johnson (Russell), by asking her to file one last story on a wrongly convicted murderer. In the end, the man is saved and Hildy and Walter end up together again.

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14. My Man Godfrey (1936)
> Score: 2.72 — #219 highest out of 17,179 movies in all genres
> Starring: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Down-on-his luck Godfrey “Smith” Parke (Powell) becomes the butler for the rich family of Irene Bullock (Lombard) in one of the first so-called screwball comedies. Parke, who is actually from an elite Boston family, ends up saving the Bullock’s fortune and gets back on his feet. And Irene gets her man Godfrey.

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13. Top Hat (1935)
> Score: 2.72 — #206 highest out of 17,179 movies in all genres
> Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

Remembered today more for the sublime dancing of its two stars than for its story line, “Top Hat” follows Dale Tremont (Rogers) and Jerry Travers (Astaire) as they fall in love. But she’s reluctant to pursue him because she mistakenly thinks he is the cheating husband of a friend. He’s not, and eventually he wins her over with one final dance.

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12. Annie Hall (1977)
> Score: 2.73 — #182 highest out of 17,179 movies in all genres
> Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Can a romantic comedy be a romantic comedy when the couple breaks up at the end? Yes, if it’s comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) and singer Annie Hall (Keaton), who like many couples love each other, but grow apart. Told from Singer’s point of view, the movie examines why the relationship went wrong. Even though he’s sad at the end, Singer admits that he was glad he fell in love with Annie and that love is worthwhile even when it doesn’t end well..

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11. Seven Chances (1925)
> Score: 2.73 — #169 highest out of 17,179 movies in all genres
> Starring: Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards

Junior broker Jimmy Shannon (Keaton) is elated to learn he will inherit $7 million — but only if he marries that same day. He asks his sweetheart Mary Jones (Dwyer) to marry him, but when she finds out it’s because of the money, she refuses. Jimmy then frantically asks other women to be his bride, even putting an ad in the newspaper. In the end, Jimmy convinces Mary to marry him just in time to inherit the money.