Best Romance Movies of 1936

1.

My Man Godfrey

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

Fifth Avenue socialite Irene Bullock needs a "forgotten man" to win a scavenger hunt, and no one is more forgotten than Godfrey Park, who resides in a dump by the East River. Irene hires Godfrey as a servant for her riotously unhinged family, to the chagrin of her spoiled sister, Cornelia, who tries her best to get Godfrey fired. As Irene falls for her new butler, Godfrey turns the tables and teaches the frivolous Bullocks a lesson or two.

Starring: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Jean Dixon, Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray, Mischa Auer, Pat Flaherty, Robert Light ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1936-09-02
2.

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett comes along. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn, H.B. Warner, Ruth Donnelly, Walter Catlett, John Wray ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1936-04-09
3.

Swing Time

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Lucky is tricked into missing his own wedding again and has to make $25,000 so her father allows him to marry Margaret. He and business partner Pop go to New York where they run into dancing instructor Penny. She and Lucky form a successful dance partnership, but romance is blighted by his old attachment to Margaret and hers for Ricky Romero.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore, Betty Furness, Georges Metaxa, Dennis O'Keefe, Landers Stevens, Jack Goode ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1936-08-27
4.

The Petrified Forest

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Gabby, the waitress in an isolated Arizona diner, dreams of a bigger and better life. One day penniless intellectual Alan drifts into the joint and the two strike up a rapport. Soon enough, notorious killer Duke Mantee takes the diner's inhabitants hostage. Surrounded by miles of desert, the patrons and staff are forced to sit tight with Mantee and his gang overnight.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran, Humphrey Bogart, Joe Sawyer, Porter Hall, Charley Grapewin, Paul Harvey, Eddie Acuff ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1936-02-08
5.

Random Harvest

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters, Henry Travers, Reginald Owen, Bramwell Fletcher, Rhys Williams, Una O'Connor, Aubrey Mather ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1936-01-31
6.

Libeled Lady

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

When a major newspaper accuses wealthy socialite Connie Allenbury of being a home-wrecker, and she files a multi-million-dollar libel lawsuit, the publication's frazzled head editor, Warren Haggerty, must find a way to turn the tables on her. Soon Haggerty's harried fiancée, Gladys Benton, and his dashing friend Bill Chandler are in on a scheme that aims to discredit Connie, with amusing and unexpected results.

Starring: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Walter Connolly, Charley Grapewin, Cora Witherspoon, E. E. Clive, Bunny Beatty, Otto Yamaoka ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1936-10-09
7.

Dodsworth

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life.

Starring: Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, David Niven, Gregory Gaye, Maria Ouspenskaya, Odette Myrtil, Spring Byington, Harlan Briggs ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1936-09-23
8.

San Francisco

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful singer and a battling priest try to reform a Barbary Coast saloon owner in the days before the big earthquake.

Starring: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, Ted Healy, John "Skins" Miller, Nigel De Brulier, John George, Jessie Ralph, Edgar Kennedy ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1936-06-26
9.

These Three

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Martha and Karen graduate from college and turn an old Massachusetts farm into a school for girls. The friends are aided in their venture by local doctor Joe Cardin, who begins a relationship with Karen, and a prominent woman whose granddaughter, Mary, later enrolls in the new school. Mary soon reveals herself to be a spiteful child and tells a scandalous lie about Martha and Joe that threatens to destroy the lives of all involved.

Starring: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea, Catherine Doucet, Alma Kruger, Bonita Granville, Marcia Mae Jones, Margaret Hamilton, Walter Brennan, Carmencita Johnson ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1936-03-18
10.

Camille

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Life in 1847 Paris is as spirited as champagne and as unforgiving as the gray morning after. In gambling dens and lavish soirees, men of means exert their wills and women turned courtesans exult in pleasure. One such woman is Marguerite Gautier, who begins a sumptuous romance with Armand Duval.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph, Henry Daniell, Lenore Ulric, Laura Hope Crews, Rex O'Malley, Lita Chevret ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1936-12-26

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