It Happened One Night (1934)

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert and Ward Bond

Though often overshadowed by Capra's later classic It's a Wonderful Life, this deserving picture has all the makings of a masterpiece. The trend-setting romantic comedy about a reporter falling in love with a runaway heiress remains timelessly entertaining. The first picture to sweep the five major Oscar categories: Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.