We all love a screwball comedy! They’re completely insane, and hilariously funny. You can never go wrong with one of those gems. So here is my top 5 Screwball Comedies. These are MY favorite comedies, so this isn’t, like, the official top 5 or anything. P.S. I didn’t include The Philadelphia Story because I think of it more as a romantic comedy than a screwball comedy.
5. The Awful Truth (1937) – Irene Dunne is priceless as always and actually got an Oscar nomination for this. Didn’t win, shame, but this is still probably her most memorable performance. She’s insanely funny. Her and Cary Grant always made a fantastic duo.
4. Twentieth Century (1934) – Ohhh, this takes the red velvet cake for the craziest, most bonkers screwball comedy ever. Seriously, the train sequence is to die for. I saw this at the BFI in London and everybody went nuts over it. John Barrymore gives a great performance, as does Carole Lombard. Oh, I love Carole Lombard!
3. My Man Godfrey (1936) – See, I told you I love Carole Lombard. ‘Godfrey loves me, he put me in the shower!’ Try keeping a straight face.
2. The Lady Eve (1941) – There’s a snake in this. That’s how crazy it gets. And this is probably the most sophisticated of them all, as well. Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda and Charles Coburn and his eye monocle. Awesome.