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best romantic comedy ever?


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#41 coopisclassic

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:04 PM

*Ball of Fire*
(gotta admit, Coop won my heart on this one although he was a perfect stranger to me before. I only had my eyes fixed on Bogart, Grant, Peck and Taylor. Missing out on Coop is missing out on everything)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Sabrina
Roman Holiday
Holiday
The Lady Eve
His Girl Friday

#42 rosebette

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 02:34 PM

The Awful Truth
The Palm Beach Story
The Lady Eve
My Favorite Wife
Philadelphia Story
Holiday
Love in the Afternoon
People Will Talk
Love Actually
Murphy's Romance

Does Cary Grant figure too heavily on this list? -- 5 films out of 10.

#43 Geniebeanie

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:31 AM

1. Bringing up Baby
2. Topper
3. Philadelphia Story
4. Some Like It Hot
5. Arsenic and Old Lace
6. Harvey
7. Bell Book and Candle
8. I Married A Witch
9 .Genevieve
10,Gentle men Perfer Blonds

#44 DownGoesFrazier

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 02:30 PM

Your "members" are clearly not primarily classic movie fans.

#45 Rankography

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:50 AM

Here is our Composite Ranking of the Best Romantic Comedies based on all the members rankings:

1. When Harry met Sally
2. High Fidelity
3. Bringing up Baby
4. Pretty Woman
5. Roxanne
6. Annie Hall
7. It Happened One Night
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
9. Happy Accidents
10 (500) Days of Summer

#46 jassmine12

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:52 AM

The Back Up Plan is my favorite.

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 03:51 PM

Libeled Lady hands down. William Powell is hilarious in this fun loving farce. Also starring Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy & Myrna Loy. I implore everyone to watch this movie, what a gem!

Edited by: holmarkid on Feb 25, 2011 3:52 PM

#48 DownGoesFrazier

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 05:48 PM

Maybe THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER. Stewart and Sullavan DID have great chemistry.

#49 ccmiller1492

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:36 PM

Mr. Peabody andn the Mermaid
One Touch of Venus
Tootsie
are among my favorites rom-coms. Many of those previously mentioned I would not consider comedies.

#50 johnbabe

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:21 PM

Ninotchka

#51 artsandcrafts61

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:04 PM

4567,
James Stewart wasn't in "Three Comrades", that did have Robert Young, also Robert Taylor and Franchot Tone. Yes, it was sad at the end with both Margaret Sullavan and Robert Young dying.
I agree, James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan had good chemistry. Stewart actually had strong feelings for her offscreen, but she ended up marrying his best friend, Henry Fonda. James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan also starred in "The Mortal Storm" and "Shopworn Angel". Very good films.

#52 jamesjazzguitar

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 06:44 PM

Women of the Year is a great movie and Tracy and Hepburn both sparkle in it. Of course it could be because Hepburn was really in love (Tracy I'm not so sure about!).

#53 DougieB

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:48 AM

A couple of people have mentioned recent films, so I'm going to throw in "Return To Me", directed by Bonnie Hunt and starring David Ducohvny and Minnie Driver, about a man who unknowingly falls in love with the recipient of his deceased wife's heart. It has an extended-family milieu that's really believable and fun. Another contemporary favorite is "Two Weeks Notice", with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock, which stands up well next to many of the Golden Age classics. It features a socially-conscious woman vs. an entitled, self-involved blockhead, a classic formula. Grant and Bullock are at the top of their game and, again, the supporting cast helps greatly.


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Posted 12 October 2010 - 05:51 PM

James--Recently saw *Woman Of the Year* for the first time--

Gotta say--it may be the most Romantic comedy I've ever seen.

I just sorry to say it took me so long to view it. It's quite unique.

#55 jamesjazzguitar

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 03:34 PM

Well I would rate Holiday and My Man Godfrey as 2 of the top 5 or so best romantic comedies.

I would rate It's Love I'm After with Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Olivia DeHavilland before Bringing Up Baby but 'baby' would still be high on my list.

#56 vanessa_1988

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 05:18 PM

Holiday
Bringing Up Baby
My Man Godfrey

#57 CFKane1982

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:22 PM

I just took a class on Romantic Comedies...here's my list

1.) Harold & Maude (1971)- Hal Ashby
2.) The Philadelphia Story (1940)- George Cukor
3.) It Happened One Night (1934)- Frank Capra
4.) Rushmore (1998)- Wes Anderson
5.) The Lady Eve (1941)- Preston Sturges
6.) City Lights (1931)- Charles Chaplin
7.) Bringing Up Baby (1938)- Howard Hawks
8.) Annie Hall (1977)- Woody Allen
9.) The Thin Man (1934)- W.S. Van Dyke
10.) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2003)- Michel Gondry

#58 jamesjazzguitar

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 02:03 PM

Casablanca does indeed have many funny moments but some, like the scene with Rain and the gambling are the line about the 'waters' are borderline camp. i.e. something one would expect from a screwball comedy. Of course the overall plot of the movie is dark (hey it is about Nazis!).

Many feel that this is what makes Casablanca so balanced, but I wouldn't define it as a romantic comedy, but I wouldn't define it as a drama either. Casablanca is unique in this regard and that may well be one of the reasons it is one of the most loved movies of all time.

My favorite romantic comedy would be Its Love I'm After with Davis, Howard, and De Havilland, but of course all those Grant Hepburn movies are tops as well as many of the Hepburn Tracy ones.

#59 audreyforever

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:51 PM

Ya, it's a very witty film.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 03:19 PM

......or when Bogart says, "I was misinformed."




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