Fated to Fall in Love

In each of these magnificent flicks, a guy and a girl are thrown together by circumstances, or in a few cases are already in love when the movie begins. Pride, personalities, or plot developments keep them at odds, but through the power of love, creaky story devices, or old-fashioned Hollywood magic, they seem destined for one another. Will true love prevail ? It's all in the telling of the tale ! Tune in to a DVD near you. (Listed chronologically by year of release).
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1.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
2.
The 39 Steps (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
 
3.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
4.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
5.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
6.
Midnight (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A chorus girl, stranded in Paris, is "set up" by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man. (94 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
7.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
8.
His Girl Friday (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
9.
Ball of Fire (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob. (111 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
10.
The Lady Eve (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, till one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
11.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy. (94 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
12.
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening. (90 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
13.
The Talk of the Town (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher. (118 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
14.
Jane Eyre (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter. (97 mins.)
 
15.
The Big Sleep (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
16.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
17.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost. (104 mins.)
 
18.
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A high school girl falls for a playboy artist with screwball results. (95 mins.)
Director: Irving Reis
 
19.
An American in Paris (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. (113 mins.)
 
20.
Sabrina (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her. (113 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
21.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
22.
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
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A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client. (130 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
23.
Teacher's Pet (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A newspaper editor joins the class of a journalism professor who despises him, and they begin to fall in love. (120 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
24.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
 
25.
Come September (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Younger generation vs. "older" folks on vacation at an Italian villa. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
26.
The Music Man (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk. (151 mins.)
Director: Morton DaCosta
 
27.
Somewhere in Time (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
28.
Sabrina (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it. (127 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack