The best romantic comedies of all time (part 2)

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  1. It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night is a seminal screwball comedy of Frank Capra. This movie, which won five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still beguiling and breezy in the present. Ellie Andrews (starred by Claudette Colbert), a spoiled heiress, has married the fortune-hunting aviator King Westley (Jameson Thomas), in spite of her father (Walter Connolly)’s objections.

To prevent Ellie from marrying King, her father has kidnapped her and held her as a prisoner aboard his yacht. But Ellie escapes from the yacht, swims ashore to freedom and independence, then slips onto a Greyhound bus bound for New York City. Her father helplessly watches her swimming away and calls for his staff to do anything to find her. Aboard the bus is Peter Warne (Clark Gable), a newspaper reporter, who has just been fired due to drinking on the job. He gets the last seat on the bus, however, when he is arguing with the driver, Ellie takes his seat. Because it is the last seat, they have to share it together. When Ellie’s purse has been stolen and she doesn’t report it, Peter begins to suspect her. The next morning, after a leisurely breakfast, they both miss the bus and Peter says that he knows her identity. Engaging in a series of misadventures, thrown together by circumstances, the fired newspaperman and the spoiled heiress then fall in love with each other.

  1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

When Harry Met Sally is a love story of which the form is as old as the movies but the dialogue is as new as the recent issues.

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan play Harry and Sally, two friends who both wonder whether men and women can be true friends, without wanting to have sex?

Harry first meets Sally at the University of Chicago in 1977, when they share the driving for a trip to New York city, which ignites a series of chance meetings. On their very first trip, Harry warned Sally that true friendship between a man and a woman is impossible because the issue of sex always gets in the way. Then they both start their careers in New York – he as a political consultant and she as a journalist. Maybe they both become successful, as they live in the apartments which only people in the movies can afford, but their lives are absolutely off-screen.

They meet each other again and again several years later, when she has a new boyfriend, and after that, when they’re both in their own relationships, when his wife wants a divorce and her boyfriend has left. He and she keep on meeting, spend more than a decade on challenging each other, disagreeing, bickering, continuing to be drawn together. After all, tired of fighting, they admit that they love each other.