100 best comedy movies: the list

The 100 best comedy movies, picked by experts from across film, TV and comedy

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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. Explore the individual top tens of every contributor.

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Groundhog Day (1993)

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

‘Needlenose Ned? Ned The Head? I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing!’

Sometimes miracles can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Sure, it sounds like the tagline for a shitty straight-to-DVD 'Barbie and Friends' movie, but it also happens to be true. Who would have predicted that a writer-director who hadn’t been involved in anything decent since ‘Ghostbusters’ a decade previously would team up with a leading man  whose career was, to put it politely, off the boil and a former model who couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag and come up with a dyed-in-the-wool comic masterpiece? ‘Groundhog Day’ is one of those movies which seems incapable of putting a foot wrong, marshalling a wildly complex plot and a sprawling cast of often unlikeable characters with effortless ease, setting a relentless pace and sticking to it, and chucking in a few unforgettable gags for good measure.

But what’s most miraculous about ‘Groundhog Day’ is that it does all this while offering a series of keenly observed, often uncomfortable truths about the human condition. Phil Connors may not exactly be everyman – he’s too wealthy and self-important for that – but he is, perhaps, every man on his worst day: irascible, selfish, vain and short sighted. And while his journey – from bitterness to acceptance, from loneliness to love – may be predictable, it’s travelled with the minimum of mawkishness and a heartening reliance on pitch-black humour. TH


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Steve
Steve

Its a good list, but very culture specific. Telling from this list you guys are likely about 40 and you're all white and have mostly liked the same movies for decades... I'm going to check out a few that I don't know very well, but I think you guys need to think outside of the box... or at least outside of the window - the world is a pretty diverse place and 'funny' is everywhere. (4 lions maybe an exception)

Kenny
Kenny

Do you guys even like movies?

william mayer
william mayer

Zoolander is higher than Happy gilmore enough said...

Pat
Pat

Good list! Few films I don't feel deserve a place, some films I'd put higher up then they are. This list has some seriously great comedies! It's painful seeing people upset at the absence of film's such as "Soul Plane." In the comments.

Cloé
Cloé

love that list!

Ally
Ally

Wait a minute... Talladega Nights didn't make the list and trading places did? This list is so out of date, none of the fridays either, or cheech and chong, "O Brother Where Art Thou?"... We should be able to vote on lists like these. Good job btw (Y)

anonymous
anonymous

Notable lack of "urban" comedies.

anonymus
anonymus

soul plane? barbershop? friday? friday the next?

Hughes
Hughes

give me the rest

agee
agee

Why so much Steve Martin and so little (or no?) Danny Devito? Where's Tin Men, for example? Better than lots of movies listed here. Since some classics were included, where's It Happened One Night? King of Comedy could have been left out. While a good film, it's not really a comedy (Sandra Bernhard's hilarious scene notwithstanding, I think I would take Being There over King of Comedy for a quasi comdedy) Big Lebowski is a good pick but "O Brother Where Art Thou?" definitely beats out a bunch of films listed here--for quality, laughs, and music.

walte
walte

wtf where is five

dra
dra

where is stepbrothers

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