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List of the Funniest Comedy Movies of All Time

Animal HouseKnowing 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

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.


 

Caddy Shack

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 Somethign About Mary

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

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

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

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

Blazing Saddles (1974) - A Mel Brooks comedy so cutting edge it's still not ready for prime time some 30 years later.


Wedding Crashers

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

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

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

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

Young Frankenstein (1974) - Another Mel Brooks/ Gene Wilder collaboration makes the list. A genuine comedy classic.


Duck Soup

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

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

Shrek (2001) - The progenitor of the kid comedy filled with pop culture references thrown in to entertain the parents. True genius.


Monty Python

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - Watch it find out the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?


The general

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

The Princess Bride (1987) - One of the best chick-flicks of all time?


South Park

Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (1999) - One of the rudest comedies you'll ever come across, but also one of the funniest.


Office Space

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

When Harry Met Sally (1989) - Features one of the best female orgasm scenes in film history.


Dr. Strangelove

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

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

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) - Marks the big star debut of Steve Carrell. From the Judd Apatow stable of raunch-coms.


Modern Times

Modern Times (1936) - A piece of poignantly genius comedy from the master of comedy, Charlie Chaplain.


Napoleon Dynamite

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

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.


Ground Hog Day

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

This is Spinal Tap (1984) - Another Christopher Guest masterpiece. This one set the standard for mockumentary comedy.


The Blues Brothers

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

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) - So stupid and ridiculous... but it works.


Dumb and Dumber

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

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

Some Like it Hot (1959) - Yes, Marilyn could do funny. This Billy Wilder piece also stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.


Vacation

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) - The best of the vacation movies?


The Hangover

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

We're the Millers (2013) - Relative newcomer Will Poulter nearly steals the entire show.


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