The original Battle of the Sexes.
The greatest Hollywood romance continues in Adam's Rib with the on screen (and off-screen) chemistry between real life lovers Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn shining as brightly as ever. The two have an undeniable sparkle, one that is so effortless and intuitive, it brings their characters to life through the contrasting personalities that makes them so compatible. Tracy is the old fashioned, sly husband, Hepburn the intelligent and confident independent woman, both love one another deeply but are constantly at odds with one another, hence the comedy works so well.
The script is delightfully wry, with sharp dialogue and superb acting to bring it to life. Cukor's direction has a light, energetic touch and keeps the pace up very well. The Philadelphia Story will always be his best film but Adam's Rib comes in at a close second. One of the most joyful comedies of the 1940s.