IA #1: My Man Godfrey (1936)

 My Man Godfrey (1936) on IMDb

Here we are at the top of the Internet Archive Top 100 with a comedy that has social consciousness and a heart. William Powell and real-life ex-wife Carole Lombard both received Oscar nominations for My Man Godfrey, which was nominated for six Academy Awards in all. It starts when Lombard brings back homeless Powell as part of a charity scavenger hunt. When her family hires him as a butler, we all learn that he is more complicated than he seems.

Leonard Maltin gave the film a perfect 4 stars, calling it a delightful romp and a classic screwball comedy. In 1999, My Man Godfrey was deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 2006, Premiere magazine voted it one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time”. For many years, it was on the IMDb Top 250 list, and it still ranks as the best in the Archive’s Feature Films collection.