14. His Girl Friday (1940)
Howard Hawks turned out to be a master of almost every type of movie he lent his impeccable talents to, so it wasn’t surprising that he took to screwball romance like a duck to water.
Cary Grant’s effortless charm dominated the screen, as his New York newspaper editor discovers his ex-wife has become engaged to a new beau. After trying to sabotage her newfound domestic bliss, before they get caught up in a murder investigation.
One of the most influential comedies of the Golden Age, His Girl Friday is light, breezy and snappy, not to mention an engaging mystery and glamorous star-powered comedy all wrapped up in a romance where the dynamics of power are constantly shifting.