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- by Frank Wilkins
Knowing exactly the size of the bear trap we're stepping into, we've put together a list of what we consider to be the funniest movies of all time. Sure, we know that what one person would define as utterly hilarious may be found in poor taste by another, or even worse... not funny. But we're doing it anyway. Below is our list of the Funniest Comedy Movies of All Time. If you don't think any of these are funny, or if we left any of the list, let us know about it. Who knows, make a good case and we may add it to the list.
Animal House (1978) - Released in the late '70s, still funny today. Based on the writer's experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth in the '60s.
Caddyshack (1980) - Some call it the funniest movie of all time, others don't get it. Regardless, it's one of the most oft-quoted films of all time. That can't be disputed.
There's Something About Mary (1998) - This Ferrelley Brothers comedy is often credited with ushering in the acceptance of semen sight gags in mainstream films.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) - Along with Crash, one of the most important films in recent history to explore racism, prejudice and the way Americans deal with cultural and racial differences. Oh yeah, it's funny as hell too.
The Jerk (1979) - Mother: Navin, it's your birthday, and it's time you knew. You're not our natural-born child. Navin R. Johnson: I'm not? You mean I'm gonna STAY this color?
The Big Lebowski (1998) - The Cohen Brothers find their way near the top of the list with another odd array of out-of-the-ordinary characters slapped right in the middle of an improbable situation.
Blazing Saddles (1974) - A Mel Brooks comedy so cutting edge it's still not ready for prime time some 30 years later.
Wedding Crashers (2005) - A perfect example of two comedic actors clicking perfectly. Rachel McAdams holds her own against Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in this outrageously funny over-the-top raunch-com.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - Responsible for launching the career of Sean Penn. Nicolas Cage also makes a bit part at age 17.
Old School (2003) - Not every scene works, but the ones that do are side-splittingly hilarious. A must see if you've been to college... or even if you haven't.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) - Continued Eddie Murphy's comedic run after his Saturday Night Live days. 48 Hours, then Trading Places, then Beverly Hills Cop. Enough to make a man rich for life.
Young Frankenstein (1974) - Another Mel Brooks/ Gene Wilder collaboration makes the list. A genuine comedy classic.
Duck Soup (1933) - If you've never seen a Marx Brothers comedy, this is the one to get you hooked. Watch the pioneers of comedy ply their craft.
Airplane! (1980) - An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.
Shrek (2001) - The progenitor of the kid comedy filled with pop culture references thrown in to entertain the parents. True genius.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - Watch it find out the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
The General (1926) - Arguably the first action-comedy epic in cinematic history. Although it opened to scathing reviews, the film is now widely considered one of the greatest silent movies ever made.
The Princess Bride (1987) - One of the best chick-flicks of all time?
Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (1999) - One of the rudest comedies you'll ever come across, but also one of the funniest.
Office Space (1999) - Brought a bit of levity to the cubicled work place, but more importantly, it spawned the desire for the red Swingline stapler.
When Harry Met Sally (1989) - Features one of the best female orgasm scenes in film history.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - In addition to being one of the funniest movies on the list, it also carries the hallowed distinction of having the longest name on the list.
The Wedding Singer (1998) - One of the best and funniest movie about the '80s... that wasn't made in the '80s.
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) - Marks the big star debut of Steve Carrell. From the Judd Apatow stable of raunch-coms.
Modern Times (1936) - A piece of poignantly genius comedy from the master of comedy, Charlie Chaplain.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004) - We don't know why this one is so funny, but it just is. Beginning to rival Caddyshack as the most oft-quoted film.
M*A*S*H (1970) - Spawned one of the most successful television comedies of all time. In fact, the final episode still ranks as the most watched single episode in American television history.
Groundhog Day (1993) - Funny in a smart kind of way. Bill Murray was actually bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting.
This is Spinal Tap (1984) - Another Christopher Guest masterpiece. This one set the standard for mockumentary comedy.
The Blues Brothers (1980) - Another film that was trashed by critics but went on to become of the most-loved comedies of all time. Also holds the world record for the number of cars crashed.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) - So stupid and ridiculous... but it works.
Dumb and Dumber (1994) - One of the best lowbrow comedies of all time. Also holds the distinction of spawning one of the worst sequels in cinematic history.
A Christmas Story (1983) - One of the best Christmas movies of all time is also one of the funniest. You can now tour the real house that was used for the exterior shots.
Some Like it Hot (1959) - Yes, Marilyn could do funny. This Billy Wilder piece also stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) - The best of the vacation movies?
The Hangover (2009) - Golden Globe winner for best comedy movie of 2009. Its tagline "what happened last night?" says it all.
We're the Millers (2013) - Relative newcomer Will Poulter nearly steals the entire show.
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