We all love a good old romantic chick-flick, especially when the plot is the classic boy-meets-girl-boy-gets-girl and the film ends with a big white wedding . So here are the top five vintage wedding films we love to watch over and over again.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart star in this romantic comedy about remarriage. The remarriage plot line in which a couple divorce, flirt with outsiders and then remarry, was popular in the Thrities and Forties and a useful story-telling ploy at a time when depicting extramarital affairs was banned in American film.

In the film, Tracy Haven (Katharine Hepburn) is a wealthy Philadelphia socialite who had divorced C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), a member of her social set, because he did not measure up to her exacting standards. She is about to marry nouveau riche businessman George Kittredge (John Howard) when Dexter and Spy magazine publisher Sidney Kidd come up with the idea of introducing tabloid reporter Macaulay “Mike” Connor (James Stewart) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) as friends of the family so they can report on the wedding.

However as the wedding nears, Tracy finds herself torn between her fiancé, her ex-husband, and the reporter. When George confronts Tracy about a harmless but drunken flirt with Mike, she is offended byhis lack of faith in her and breaks off the engagement. As the guest gather for the wedding ceremony and Tracy is left fiancé-less, Dexter steps in to exchange vows with her once again.

The film won six Oscars, but Hepburn’s wardrobe alone is worth watching this gem.

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Pandora’s Box (1929)
This German silent movie stars Louise Brooks as Lulu, a young theatre performer and callgirl who marries the respectable publisher Dr. Schön. Fuelled by her greed and temper they end up having a terrible argument which ends with Lulu shooting her husband.  Lulu escapes to London with her stepson Alwa, who is in love with her. Living in complete poverty and working as a prostitute, Lulu find her tragic end as she is stabbed to death by one of her clients.

Brook’s portrayal of Lulu, the classic vamp, is what makes this film so utterly fascinating. She plays her with such innocence that we cannot help but identify with her despite her outrageously excessive and provocative behaviour. Watch out for the courtroom scenes where Lulu pretends to be the grieving widow while flirting outrageously with the judge.

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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable star as three models who plot to find themselves some eligible millionaires to marry.

While their initial attempts fail miserably, Loco (Grable) and Pola  (Monroe) both end up falling in love and marrying regular guys, yet Schatze (Bacall) unwittingly ends up marrying a men who is indeed a millionaire.

The film has lost nothing of its charm, plus there are the amazing costumes worn by the three leading ladies. A perfect film to watch at a girls night in.

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It Had to Be You (1947)
Victoria Stafford (Ginger Rogers) is a wealthy young woman who has been engaged three times, and who has changed her mind at the last second at all three weddings.

She is engaged again and is determined to wed her fourth fiance, Oliver H.P. Harrington (Ron Randell), when she has a dream in which a man dressed like an Indian breaks up her fourth wedding. When she wakes up, she is startled to find that the ‘Indian’ from her dream is real. After various complications she ends up once again ditching her fiance. However, there is a happy ending.

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Oklahoma! (1955)
This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical set in the early 1900s includes plenty of romantic stereotypes, including young cowboys in love, roaming peddlers and an evil ranch hand. Curly is a stubborn cowboy who has trouble admitting his feelings to his girlfriend Laurey while Laurey’s friend Ado Annie  is torn between Will and a peddler.

In 2007 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

 

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  1. Junie

    Great list! Here are a few more for your consideration…

    Pal Joey – Kim Novak, Frank Sinatra

    The Wedding Singer – Is 80’s considered vintage yet?

    Father of the Bride – Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor – How could you miss this one?

    The African Queen – Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn – not a big wedding, but an awesome wedding nonetheless!

    It Happened One Night – Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert – such a great one!

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  2. ladiesbane

    Great list — but where’s Libeled Lady? It’s very very funny, and all about weddings. Jean Harlow is the long-suffering fiance of Spencer Tracy, a newspaper editor who repeatedly leaves her at the altar to chase a story. One such episode involves damage control on a libelous article his paper ran about Myrna Loy, an heiress whose father hates the paper. Tracy hires William Powell to marry Harlow in name only, then cause a real scandal by wooing Myrna. Wacky hijinks, real and pretend weddings, and lots of charming fun. Check it out! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027884/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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