The 1930s were the golden age of a genre that came to be known as "screwball comedies." For a nation trudging through the Great Depression, these films provided a much-needed escape from grim reality. Combining zany plots, biting wit and a touch of romance, screwball comedies are as entertaining today as they were some 75 years ago. Here are the top ten best screwball comedies of the 1930s.
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Theodora Goes Wild
In Theaters on August 10, 2001

Theodora Lynn (Irene Dunne) is secretly the author of a salacious novel written under a pen name. She... Read More

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The Thin Man
In Theaters on June 1, 1934

The recently divorced Gilbert discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on... Read More

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In Theaters on November 3, 1939

A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna "Ninotchka" Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives... Read More

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It Happened One Night
Based on 16 critics

In Frank Capra's acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously... Read More

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Bringing Up Baby
In Theaters on February 18, 1938

Harried paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) has to make a good impression on society matron Mrs.... Read More

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My Man Godfrey
In Theaters on 1936

Fifth Avenue socialite Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) needs a "forgotten man" to win a scavenger hunt,... Read More

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Nothing Sacred
In Theaters on 1937

Certain she was dying from radium poisoning, Hazel Flagg (Carole Lombard) is delighted to learn from... Read More

Topper Movie Poster
In Theaters on July 16, 1937

George (Cary Grant) and Marion Kerby (Constance Bennett) are a young, happy-go-lucky couple who love... Read More

Midnight Movie Poster
In Theaters on 1939

When out-of-work showgirl Eve (Claudette Colbert) arrives in Paris with no work in sight, she asks taxi... Read More

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