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.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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

‘Apparently, my son was on something called "acid", and was shooting a bow and arrow into a crowd.’

It is said of some films – ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Days of Heaven’ and the like – that if you were to freeze any frame, you’d have an image striking enough that you’d happily mount it on your wall. While the same might not be said of ‘Anchorman’s beige 'n' brown ’70s demi-monde, pluck any line from its elegantly woven latticework of memorably salty dialogue and you will have a pearl-handled zinger that would be the high-point of any other comedy film. Stick that on your wall, Ridley!

Will Ferrell steps up from the shrill, big-boned manchild of ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Elf’ to musky, manly movie star with his bravura performance in a film that recalls a simpler, polyester time. A time when a man was not judged by the contents of his character but on the raw, unchecked ferocity of his cologne, the lustre of his moustache and the quantity of leather-bound books that lined the rich mahogany shelves of his apartment.

But although everyone is ultimately in the shadow of the glistening chestnut bombast of Ron’s towering hair, ‘Anchorman’ is very much an ensemble effort, and everyone brings their A-game to the bullpen. Champ Kind, Brian Fantana, Brick Tamland: names to be conjured with, for sure, but special mention has to go to the primly monickered Veronica Corningstone – the station’s gutsy, careerist, foul-mouthed, much-maligned female foil who, thanks to a game reading from Christina Applegate, keeps much of the macho bullshit in check without ever resorting to stereotypical ‘ballbusting, spoilsport’ shrewishness. ALD


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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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