Monday, June 6, 2016

Ten Movies on an Island: Comedy-Dramas (yes, that's a thing)

As I was compiling my top ten comedies and dramas, I kept coming across films that seemed to fit both genres and in doing so fit in neither. I looked up some of them and found that they were listed under the category of comedy-dramas, that is, a movie that "contains elements of comedy films, in addition to being a drama." Therefore, I had to make a top ten list so they wouldn't be left out :)
1. Forsaking All Others (1934) - Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery
2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - James Stewart & Jean Arthur
 3. Meet John Doe (1941) - Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck
4. The Whole Town's Talking (1942) - Edward G. Robinson & Jean Arthur (more like a crime-comedy...)
5. Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) - Cary Grant & Ginger Rogers
6. Going My Way (1944) - Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald
7. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)  Maureen O'Hara & John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood
8. Sabrina (1954) - Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden
9. Mister Roberts (1955) - Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Powell, James Cagney
10. The Yellow Rolls-Royce (196) - Rex Harrison, George C. Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Ingrid Bergman, Omar Shariff
What are your favorite comedy-dramas? Do you like them better than pure comedies?

Tomorrow, my Top Ten Biographical Films! 


  1. Good question! I wouldn't necessarily say that I enjoy them more, but definitely to the same degree as straight up comedies. Wonderful selection of films here - Sabrina makes the cut here for me big time, too. White Christmas would be another in this same vein that I'd want on a desert island as well.

    Many hugs & happy wishes for the new week,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. I always think of White Christmas as mainly being in the musical/Christmas categories, which is why I guess I didn't put it on here. I'll be posting a Christmas movie list in a few days though and it will definitely be on that one!!

  2. Mmmm, I'm not sure I have any favorite comedy-dramas. But I do love dark comedies like Arsenic and Old Lace and Unfaithfully Yours and of course anything with Danny Kaye or Bob Hope. :)

    1. Have you seen "Murder, He Sees" (1945) starring Fred MacMurray? It's definitely a dark comedy. I wrote about it here -

  3. I call them "dramedies," but yeah, I like them :-)