It’s Friday night and all I want to do it watch a movie at home. Today, I’m in the mood to watch a classic (read: older than my parents) comedy, especially one starring Cary Grant. Here are a few movies that I think are few of the greatest love stories and romantic comedies ever. I hope you have a breezy weekend. Cheers!
- It Happened One Night (1934): Directed by Frank Capra, the movie features Clark Gable as a roguish reporter and Claudette Colbert as a bratty heiress. This romantic comedy has a runaway bride, a lesson on hitchhiking, and incredible chemistry between the two leads. It probably initiated the trend of a rom-com.
- Holiday (1938): Directed by Gorge Cukor, this romantic comedy stars Cary Grant (my all-time favorite actor) as Johnny, a self-made man and Katherine Hepburn as Linda, an insecure younger sister to Johnny’s fiance, Julia. While a comedy, the movie delves into intricacies of human nature as Johnny must decide whether to marry the “great woman behind every successful man” Julia or his “soul-mate” Linda. The fact that Cary Grant is so easy on the eyes is just the icing.
- Roman Holiday (1953): Directed by William Wyler, this classic stars Audrey Hepburn as a princess and Gregory Peck as a reporter (old movies had a lot of male reporters). This comedy also includes a runaway (a princess in this case and she runs off for only a day) who just wants to see Rome in all its glory. Of course, she finds a charming guide in Gregory Peck (if only we were all so lucky).
- The Age of Innocence (1993): Directed by Martin Scoresese, this movie is based on Edith Wharton’s book about New York society in the Gilded Age. This masterpiece is about life suspended between the conventional ideal and the romantic ideal.
- Sense and Sensibility (1995): Directed by Ang Lee, this movie is based on Jane Austen’s (who I think is the queen of modern romantic comedies) book. It stars Emma Thompson as the selfless older sister Elinor to Kate Winslet’s wildly romantic Marianne. This is the best movie version of the book!