100 best comedy movies: the full list

We count down the 100 best comedy movies as voted for by more than 200 experts from the world of film, TV and comedy

Here are the 100 best comedy movies of all time, as chosen by over 200 people whose job it is to make you laugh. We spoke to  dozens of comedy writers, comedy directors, comic actors and stand-up comedians and asked them to share with us their favourite comedy films of all time.

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1/20

Trading Places (1983)

Director: John Landis

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis

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19
2/20

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

Director: Trey Parker

Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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18
3/20

The Naked Gun (1988)

Director: David Zucker

Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, OJ Simpson

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17
4/20

Duck Soup (1933)

Director: Leo McCarey

Cast: The Marx Brothers, Louis Calhern, Edgar Kennedy, Margaret Dumont

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16
5/20

Shaun of the Dead (2005)

Director: Edgar Wright

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield

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15
6/20

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Director: Mel Brooks

Cast: Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Slim Pickens

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14
7/20

Dr Strangelove (1964)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden

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13
8/20

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore

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12
9/20

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Director: Larry Charles

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian

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11
10/20

Team America: World Police (2005)

Director: Trey Parker, Matt Stone

Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller

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10
11/20

The Jerk (1979)

Director: Carl Reiner

Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Carl Gottlieb

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9
12/20

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

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8
13/20

Groundhog Day (1993)

Director: Harold Ramis

Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Stephen Tobolowsky

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7
14/20

Withnail & I (1987)

Director: Bruce Robinson

Cast: Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths

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6
15/20

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Director: Adam McKay

Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell

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5
16/20

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Director: Terry Jones

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle et al

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4
17/20

Annie Hall (1977)

Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts

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3
18/20

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Director: Terry Jones

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle et al

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2
19/20

Airplane! (1980)

Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Cast: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen

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1
20/20

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

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149 comments
TJ G
TJ G

fuck you......TOMMY BOY

Nix
Nix

No Euro Trip, Van Wilder, Mummy Returns, Police Academy, Without a Paddle, Scary Movie 1, American Pie, Longest Yard, White Chicks, The Animal, Hot Chick, Little Nicky, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, What Happens in Vegas, Accepted, Guess Who, Hot Tub Time Machine, Jackass? No Bruce Almighty!!!!????????? (Which should be, at least, top 5!) You know which one is also missing... this list which is a comedy by itself!

Chris C
Chris C

"Murder by Death" seems to always miss these lists, but it should definitely make it in the top 5

juan francisco C
juan francisco C

how can anchorman be better than hangover......were is the police academy , breakfast club and ted

Scott F
Scott F

Good movies here, but a ridiculous list. "Anchorman" above "His Girl Friday" and "Duck Soup"? You are idiots.

No "Philadelphia Story"? That's No, 1.


Whoever put this together has no business putting things like this together.

Trent H
Trent H

No Police Academy Movies?

Cirius M
Cirius M

Planes, Trains and Automobiles...

Gary G
Gary G

The first pink panther movie is terrible. How is ranked above the pink panther strikes again, which is one of the best comedies of all time?

Elizabeth L
Elizabeth L

THANK YOU for putting Life of Brian BEFORE The Holy Grail. I have always liked LOB much better than THG!

pavitt s
pavitt s

Meet the spartans and  hot shots part deux is not there !!!!!

Rob L
Rob L

The fact that Step Brothers and Kingpin didn't make the list gives this no credibility in my opinion. Just clickbait crapped together.

Nissim_Levy
Nissim_Levy

How are The Gods Must Be Crazy I & II not on this list?

jeff l
jeff l

In which the English act as if they've ever done anything funny in their entire lives (besides Borat). What an awful, disgusting list. I like you English, but you don't know funny, no you don't.


Spinal Tap, GOOOD, SO NOT FUNNY. I can't even watch that AWFUL, CRAPPY MOVIE. Take. It. Out. Plbbsshh!

Rafael B
Rafael B

AirPlane! is freaking AWESOME!

i still laugh for your crazy and hilarious Jokes and Scenes

Kento G
Kento G

What?!?! No "It Happened One Night," one of the only comedies to ever get the Academy Award for best picture (and it also swept the main 5 categories).

2ndlast2rise
2ndlast2rise

Fix the credits on Duck Soup! they are copied from Shaun of the Dead~

2001ASPACEODYSSEY D
2001ASPACEODYSSEY D

Excellent list! Some great classics on this list. Many of these children or inexperienced movie viewers don't understand the greatest in some of these cults. I know it's subjective, but I think well over half of these movies should be on everyone's top 100 comedies. People seem to find comedy is cursing and nothing else. What happened to physical comedy? The one complaint I have is that there should be more Chaplin films on the list. Overall, great list! And thanks. I haven't seen Airplane! for so many years, so I went ahead and watched it again. Brilliant comedy! Probably my favorite for just laughs.

Richard H
Richard H

These are the best comedies in someone else's opinion. Obviously this list is subjective because of that reason. If you feel that something should be added, why don't you create your own list of best comedies? You're doing nothing productive by complaining about somebody's personal choices.

DFr4nks
DFr4nks

I believe if you quote a movie and people knows the the quote from the movie it should be in consideration Friday is one the quoted movie of all time. my opinion.

Reynold P
Reynold P

Top No.1 is a rocumentary of a rock band ...what the F%$#? COMEDY not Rocumentary

Prov1xno3
Prov1xno3

honestly how didnt Van Wilder make the list......

Prov1xno3
Prov1xno3

how the hell isnt van wylder in there??????

belton s
belton s

I am not sure who made this list, it is definitely in need of revision. What happened to Euro Trip, Without a paddle, Good luck Chuck, and The Ugly Truth? Also most of these are down right stupid, maybe the elicit a chuckle from me just because of the sheer stupidity, but they do not belong on the list of the best comedies!

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casey a
casey a

Planes Trains and Automobiles = best comedy ever

Carson G
Carson G

A good list indeed. BUT (and excuse me if its on there and I missed it), any top comedies list isn't worth its salt if it doesn't have "Rat Race" on there.

Sami Da Man
Sami Da Man

What?! Where is McGruber? This movie should be top ten!

Abby
Abby

i think that this list is very good, however i think there should be more modern movies on here. i love zoolander and other comical movies like that. But i think there should be more movies for different age ranges, such as teenagers and young adults. Thank you :)

Anthony
Anthony

Nevermind. It's on there. Great list :D.

Austin part 2
Austin part 2

The Castle is also one of my favorites! Such an underrated movie, so funny!

Austin
Austin

This is actually a really good list, a lot of my favorites are on here, including Hot Fuzz, The Princess Bride, and A Fish Called Wanda. It also helped give me some good movies to watch.

Justin
Justin

most of these movies really suck and are dated they might of been funny at some point in time but suck now for example every woody allen movie and wheres the hang over or 40 year old virgin on this list airplane is number 2? maybe in 1980 watch that movie now and see if you laugh. terrible list waynes world??? really show that to a kid now he won't laugh once

Nichole
Nichole

I am not sure who made this list, it is definitely in need of revision. What happened to Euro Trip, Without a paddle, Good luck Chuck, and The Ugly Truth? Also most of these are down right stupid, maybe the elicit a chuckle from me just because of the sheer stupidity, but they do not belong on the list of the best comedies!

bj
bj

your list has no meaning without Howard Sterns Private Parts

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kasun
kasun

the 75th entry "Bananas!" was directed & starred by Woody Allen.You have just copy pasted the credits of "Old School"

Emmy
Emmy

I don't mean to be rude, I love White Chicks but definitely not a great MOVIE. In terms of comedy, I guess it makes me laugh but it's all just cheap material and jokes. We're The Millers, really? This is by far the best list of comedy movies I have seen so far.

Yolo
Yolo

Where's white chicks??? The list is incomplete. It deserves number 1.

jeff l
jeff l

@Khurram R The only one of those that's even half good or funny is 21 Jump Street.

jeff l
jeff l

@Cal McMichael @jeff l I am. I forgot about Monty Python, and my comment's a bit rude. But I still DON'T LIKE SPINAL TAP!


Maybe I'm too thick to get that movie?