When times are stressful and the road ahead looks uncertain, there are few diversions more soothing than a romantic comedy. It’s a film genre that’s uniquely comforting: The lovers will always meet at the beginning, and no matter what troubles the plot holds for them, they’ll always wind up together in the end. And if they trade witty barbs and get into some shenanigans along the way? Well, that’s just gravy. We dug into HBO Max’s extensive catalog to take you on a journey through 80 years of rom-com history, from Hepburn and Grant to Wu and Golding.

 

Bringing Up Baby” (1938)