IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert predictably fall for each other in this gleefully larger-than-life early road trip romantic comedy

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

The ultimate feel-good movie, or harrowing exercise in existential angst? Possibly both.

THE SEARCHERS (1956)

John Wayne drags a handsome guy around the American West because he is so racist. It’s kind of like the Odyssey.