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Here's the 100 best comedy movies 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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By Tom Huddleston, David Jenkins, Adam Lee Davies, Derek Adams, Edward Lawrenson, Wally Hammond, Ben Walters, Gabriel Tate and Phil Harrison

100

Sister Act (1992)

Dir Emile Ardolino (Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith)

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99

Carry on Screaming (1966)

Dir Gerald Thomas (Kenneth Williams, Harry H Corbett)

98

Brazil (1985)

Dir Terry Gilliam (Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Michael Palin)

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97

Swingers (1996)

Dir Doug Liman (Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau)

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96

BASEketball (1998)

Dir David Zucker (Trey Parker, Matt Stone)

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95

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

Dir Blake Edwards (Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk)

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94

Midnight Run (1988)

Dir Martin Brest (Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin)

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93

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Dir Frank Capra (Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane)

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92

Nuts In May (1976)

Dir Mike Leigh (Roger Sloman, Alison Steadman)

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91

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

Dir Rawson Marshall Thurber (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn)

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90

Mean Girls (2004)

Dir Mark Waters (Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams)

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89

The Great Dictator (1940)

Dir Charles Chaplin (Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard)

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88

Arthur (1981)

Dir Steve Gordon (Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud)

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87

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Dir Charles Crichton (John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin)

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86

Mr Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Dir Jacques Tati (Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla)

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85

Caddyshack (1980)

Dir Harold Ramis (Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray)

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84

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Dir Dean Parisot (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman)

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83

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Dir Preston Sturges (Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick)

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82

The Pink Panther (1963)

Dir Blake Edwards (David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner)

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81

Raising Arizona (1987)

Dirs Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman)

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80

Clockwise (1986)

Dir Christopher Morahan (John Cleese, Sharon Maiden, Penelope Wilton)

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79

Bridesmaids (2011)

Dir Paul Feig (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne)

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78

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

FDir Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear)

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77

Stir Crazy (1980)

Dir Sidney Poitier (Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor)

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76

Old School (2003)

Dir Todd Phillips (Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn)

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75

Bananas!* (1971)

Dir Todd Phillips (Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn)

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74

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Dir Mike Newell (Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas)

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73

The Party (1968)

Dir Blake Edwards (Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet)

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72

Bedazzled (1967)

Dir Stanley Donen (Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron)

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71

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Dir Woody Allen (Morty Gunty, Jackie Gayle, Corbett Monica)

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70

The General (1926)

Dir Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton (Buster Keaton, Marion Mack)

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69

Clerks (1994)

Dir Kevin Smith (Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti)

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68

The King of Comedy (1982)

Dir Martin Scorsese (Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Sandra Bernhard)

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67

His Girl Friday (1940)

Dir Howard Hawks (Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy)

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66

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

Dir John Landis (John Belushi, Peter Riegert)

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65

Elf (2003)

Dir Howard Hawks (Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy)

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64

Coming to America (1988)

Dir John Landis (Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones)

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63

Kingpin (1996)

Dir Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly (Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray)

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62

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Dir Edgar Wright (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman)

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61

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Dir Wes Anderson (Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Luke Wilson)

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60

Sleeper (1973)

Dir Woody Allen (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck)

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59

Happy Gilmore (1996)

Dir Dennis Dugan (Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen)

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58

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)

Dir Terry Jones (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin)

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57

The Hangover (2009)

Dir Todd Phillips (Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms)

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56

A Night at the Opera (1935)

Dir Sam Wood (Groucho Marx, Chico Marx and Harpo Marx)

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55

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994)

Dir Tom Shadyac (Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young)

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54

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Dir John Landis (Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, Frank Oz)

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53

Way Out West (1937)

Dir James W Horne (Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson)

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52

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Dir Mel Brooks (Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle)

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51

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Dir Frank Oz (Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly)

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50

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Dir Rob Reiner (Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher)

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49

Love and Death (1975)

Dir Woody Allen (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Georges Adet)

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48

Play It Again, Sam (1972)

Dir Herbert Ross (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts)

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47

The Apartment (1960)

Dir Billy Wilder (Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray)

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46

Harold and Maude (1971)

Dir Hal Ashby (Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon)

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45

Office Space (1999)

Dir Mike Judge (Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman)

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44

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

Dir Harold Ramis (Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid)

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43

Tootsie (1982)

Dir Sidney Pollack (Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray)

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42

The Ladykillers (1955)

Dir Alexander Mackendrick (Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Katie Johnson)

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41

The Odd Couple (1968)

Dir Gene Saks (Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Herb Edelman)

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40

¡Three Amigos! (1986)

Dir John Landis (Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short)

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39

Waiting for Guffman (1997)

Dir Christopher Guest (Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara)

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38

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Dir Jared Hess (Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Efren Ramirez)

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37

Top Secret! (1984)

Dirs Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker (Val Kilmer, Omar Sharif, Billy J Mitchell)

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36

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Dir Robert Hamer (Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood)

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35

Zoolander (2001)

Dir Ben Stiller (Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell)

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34

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Dir Jay Roach (Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley and Michael York)

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33

In the Loop (2009)

Dir Armando Iannucci (Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini)

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32

The Man With Two Brains (1983)

Dir Carl Reiner (Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner)

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31

The Princess Bride (1987)

Dir Rob Reiner (Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin)

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30

The Producers (1968)

Dir Mel Brooks (Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn)

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29

Rushmore (1998)

Dir Wes Anderson (Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams)

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28

Wayne's World (1992)

Dir Penelope Spheeris (Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere)

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27

There's Something About Mary

Dir Christopher Guest (Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey)

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26

Best in Show (2000)

Dir Christopher Guest (Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey)

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25

The Castle (1997)

Dir Rob Stich (Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Eric Bana)

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24

Four Lions (2010)

Dir Chris Morris (Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak)

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23

Ghostbusters (1984)

Dir Ivan Reitman (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver)

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22

Dumb & Dumber (1994)

Dirs Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly (Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels)

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21

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Dir John Hughes (Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean)

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20

Trading Places (1983)

Dir John Landis (Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis)

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19

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

Dir Trey Parker (Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes)

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18

The Naked Gun (1988)

Dir David Zucker (Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, OJ Simpson)

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17

Duck Soup (1933)

Dir Edgar Wright (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield)

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16

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Dir Edgar Wright (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield)

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15

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Dir Mel Brooks (Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Slim Pickens)

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14

Dr Strangelove (1964)

Dir Stanley Kubrick (Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden)

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13

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Dirs Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore)

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11

Team America: World Police (2004)

Dirs Trey Parker, Matt Stone (Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller)

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10

The Jerk (1979)

Dir Carl Reiner (Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Carl Gottlieb)

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9

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Dir Billy Wilder (Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon)

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8

Groundhog Day (1993)

Dir Harold Ramis (Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Stephen Tobolowsky)

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7

Withnail & I (1987)

Dir Bruce Robinson (Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths)

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6

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Dir Adam McKay (Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell)

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5

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Dir Terry Jones (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle et al)

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4

Annie Hall (1977)

Dir Woody Allen (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts)

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3

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Dir Terry Jones (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle et al)

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2

Airplane! (1980)

Dirs Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker (Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen)

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1

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Dir Rob Reiner (Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer)

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123 comments
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.

Lisa
Lisa

The Wedding Singer deserves to be on that list.

sarah
sarah

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Syed Anwar
Syed Anwar

Good list, however missing "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" big time. Any list of comedy movies is incomplete without this movie.

Darrell
Darrell

Tommy Boy Step Brothers American Pie Horrible Bosses Superbad We're the Millers

Sidney
Sidney

Where is Step Brothers? It's the funniest movie of all time!!!!!!!

Brain
Brain

Anything that has Carry on Screaming in top 100 can't be all bad... "Do you mind if I smoke"?

Josue
Josue

Tight! Thank you!

Callum
Callum

A great list of films and recommendations for me to watch later, the only thing that confused me is the fact that Step Brothers is nowhere to be seen, it's highly praised by myself and everyone i know but i cant argue against the list.

Jimini
Jimini

Great list. Ignore the naysayers.

Valtin
Valtin

So, Robert Altman's M*A*S*H didn't even make your top 100. Useless list.

James Crombie
James Crombie

This is probably the best list of this type that I've seen. For those who can't believe the selections, it's probably worth you noting that most of these are generally regarded as the best there is. What I like about this list is there's something for everyone - Spinal Tap, The Jerk, Life of Brian, Lebowski, Withnall, Annie Hall, Airplane, Ducksoup, Rushmore... Unless you're a White Chicks fan, or alternatively not a fan of American cinema at all, you can't really dispute the quality of this list. Well done folks.

Dan T. Man
Dan T. Man

7 words: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world. With it in the 1st 3 places, this list is for idiots.

Geoffrey
Geoffrey

I have NEVER commented on movie lists until now. This has to be the absolute worst list ever created. What idiots voted?

Zeke
Zeke

A previous commenter wrote: "I like a lot on this list but the order on this list seriously sucks." My thoughts exactly. With the exception of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" most of the ones in the top 10 belong above 50 -- if they belong on this list at all. Spinal Tap #1? Are you freaking kidding me??!! Pretentious, bone-dry crapola. I wouldn't even rate it in the top 100 comedies. Aresnic and Old Lace at #93? That belongs in the top ten along with Dr. Strangelove and There's Something About Mary. And there are some glaring omissions.

moog
moog

@Jay. I'm sorry my friend if you've never heard of 70% of the top 10. They are wonderfully brilliant, you should explore them. Sadly, this list is missing Tommy Boy, a Chris Farley classic.

Jay
Jay

I like a lot on this list but the order on this list seriously sucks. No Pineapple Express, No Superbad, No Tropic Thunder, Hangover is way too low, Never even heard of 7 of the top ten. Do Not let this stupid list fool you.

Clint
Clint

History of the world part I

Becky
Becky

What? No Dumb and Dumber? Seriously? Hands down one of the best comedies everJim Carrey at his prime

Dirk Bogard
Dirk Bogard

Elf (2003) Dir Howard Hawks (Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy) -------------------------------------------- Hmm I thought that was a Will Farrell movie.

ComedyLover
ComedyLover

This List is Crap! Seriously i appreciate most all of them they r good movies but seriously... NO! Shame. Shame. Shame. *Pointing and Rubbing Finger*

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