Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald recently ran a “name the saddest and happiest movie you’ve ever seen” survey. Lots of standard, boring, run-of-the-mill, to-be-expected comments on both but shockingly absent were my choices:

Saddest movie:

Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue

Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955) Jennifer Jones and William Holden

The Constant Gardner (2005) Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz

Now, Voyager (1942) Bette Davis and Paul Henreid

The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) Irene Dunne

How Green Was My Valley (1941) Maureen O’Hara and Walter Pigeon

Funniest film:

The In-Laws (1979) Pete Falk and Alan Arkin

The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (1966) Carl Reiner and Alan Arkin

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) Cast of the best comedians of the day

The Long, Long Trailer (1953) Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz


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