SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1940)
If you can get past the overt sentimentality of its message, this is first-class entertainment. Sullivan's character arc is splendid and completely unpredictable. Lana Turner is to die for and the comedy is perfectly balanced with the drama. Sturges' masterpiece sums up his world view almost to a fault. It's also been referenced in many other films a dozen times.
Director: Preston Sturges