Best Romance Movies of 1936

1.

My Man Godfrey

5.6
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.

The Petrified Forest

5.3
7.5/10 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
4.

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
5.

Dodsworth

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

An adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel about a middle-aged American automobile tycoon who retires and goes to Europe, where he and his appearance-conscious, snobbish wife find differing sets of values... and new relationships.

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
6.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

In 1853, as the British and Russian empires compete to gain and maintain their place in the dreadful Great Game of political intrigues and alliances whose greatest prize is the domination of India and the border territories, Major Geoffrey Vickers must endure several betrayals and misfortunes before he can achieve his revenge at the Balaclava Heights, on October 25, 1854, the most glorious day of the Crimean War.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce, Donald Crisp, David Niven, C. Henry Gordon, G. P. Huntley, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1936-10-22
7.

Wife vs. Secretary

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Magazine publisher Van Stanhope is a hard-working, dynamic executive very happily married to his beautiful wife Linda. Although their relationship is built on unconditional trust, friends, and even Van's mother, caution Linda about the dangers of allowing Whitey, her husband's extremely sexy secretary, to continue to have access to him. Although Whitey has a faithful boyfriend, she secretly harbors unrequited feelings for her boss. When they take a business trip to Havana, circumstantial evidence convinces Linda that the rumors she's heard may have a basis in fact.

Starring: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, May Robson, George Barbier, Gloria Holden, Hobart Cavanaugh, Tom Dugan, Gilbert Emery ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1936-02-28
Best Romance Movies of 1936 : Theodora Goes Wild
8.

Theodora Goes Wild

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

The small-town prudes of Lynnfield are up in arms over 'The Sinner,' a sexy best-seller. They little suspect that author 'Caroline Adams' is really Theodora Lynn, scion of the town's leading family. Michael Grant, devil-may-care book jacket illustrator, penetrates Theodora's incognito and sets out to 'free her' from Lynnfield against her will. But Michael has a secret too, and gets a taste of his own medicine.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall, Elisabeth Risdon, Margaret McWade, Spring Byington, Nana Bryant, Henry Kolker, Leona Maricle ..
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1936-11-12
Best Romance Movies of 1936 : Desire
9.

Desire

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Madeleine steals a string of pearls in Paris and uses US engineer Tom, who is driving on his vacation to Spain, to get the pearls out of France. But getting the pearls back from him proves to be difficult without falling in love.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, John Halliday, William Frawley, Ernest Cossart, Akim Tamiroff, Alan Mowbray, Zeffie Tilbury, George MacQuarrie, Robert Emmett O'Connor ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage, Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1936-04-11
Best Romance Movies of 1936 : Come and Get It
10.

Come and Get It

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

An ambitious lumberjack abandons his saloon girl lover so that he can marry into wealth, but years later becomes infatuated with the woman's daughter.

Starring: Edward Arnold, Joel McCrea, Frances Farmer, Walter Brennan, Mady Christians, Mary Nash, Andrea Leeds, Frank Shields, Edwin Maxwell, Cecil Cunningham ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks, William Wyler, Richard Rosson
Release date: 1936-11-06

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