25 Movies Like It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night is regarded as one of the finest examples of classic Hollywood comedy, and this is largely due to the fact that its director, Frank Capra, was able to engage the audience’s social awareness successfully.

He was also skilled at selecting performers who were popular with the audience. The basic plot of the screwball comedy involves two mismatched heroes who travel long distances and eventually end up falling in love.

Despite the uplifting message that “love triumphs over all,” some of what makes Capra’s movie so universal can be understood by viewing it through the prism of a particular historical era. It Happened One Night, a film that Columbia Pictures released in 1934, addresses the poverty, hunger, and exploitation prevalent during the Great Depression. However, the film’s seamless appeal and improbable elegance cannot be explained by the socioeconomic underpinnings it is based.

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1. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)


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2. Of Mice and Men (1992)


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3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)


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4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)


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5. The Butler (2013)


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6. Forrest Gump (1994)


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18. Big (1988)


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