Anna Biller’s 75 Classic Hollywood Funnywomen

A note from Anna, April 2020:

Here is my list of 75 of the films with the best female characters in classic Hollywood comedies from the 1930s–1960s. There are many more fantastic comedies I could have included, (and I’m sure I will kick myself for the ones I forgot), but I tried to give a sampling of the work of the great comedy actresses here.

I personally find it good for my mental health to see great actresses on the screen showing off their formidable talents in uplifting, well-written films. These characters are admirable, clever, resourceful, and human. And from Shirley Temple to Barbara Stanwyck to Margaret Rutherford, they are dressed, made-up, and coiffed by the greatest designers, lit by…

  • Monte Carlo
  • Madam Satan
  • Blonde Crazy
  • Jewel Robbery
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • She Done Him Wrong
  • 42nd Street
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • I'm No Angel
  • Bombshell
  • Female
  • Design for Living
  • It Happened One Night
  • Twentieth Century
  • The Thin Man
  • If You Could Only Cook
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Desire
  • Captain January
  • Poor Little Rich Girl
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Libeled Lady
  • Personal Property
  • Shall We Dance
  • Easy Living
  • Vogues of 1938
  • Stage Door
  • The Awful Truth
  • Angel
  • Nothing Sacred
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Merrily We Live
  • Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
  • Holiday
  • Midnight
  • The Women
  • Ninotchka
  • Day-time Wife
  • Destry Rides Again
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • His Girl Friday
  • My Favorite Wife
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • The Lady Eve
  • Meet John Doe
  • The Devil and Miss Jones
  • Love Crazy
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Ball of Fire
  • The Palm Beach Story
  • The Major and the Minor
  • I Married a Witch
  • The More the Merrier
  • Slightly Dangerous
  • Lady of Burlesque
  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
  • Cluny Brown
  • Undercover Maisie
  • Lured
  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
  • Monkey Business
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Roman Holiday
  • Calamity Jane
  • Easy to Love
  • My Sister Eileen
  • Bell, Book and Candle
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Pillow Talk
  • Charade
  • Murder Most Foul
  • Mary Poppins
  • Send Me No Flowers
  • Sex and the Single Girl