100 best comedy movies: the list

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

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Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

Annie Hall (1977)

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

‘I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.’

Guilt, self-loathing, nostalgia, Jewish identity, misanthropy, hyper-intellectualism and the breakdown of a relationship: the ideal ingredients for a comedy masterpiece, then. However ardently its creator may deny it, ‘Annie Hall’ is the most Woody-ish of all Woody Allen’s movies, gathering together all the director’s most dearly beloved themes (and Diane Keaton) into one tight little 93-minute package. This is where Woody came into his own, moving from fun-but-slight pastiches like ‘Sleeper’ and ‘Love and Death’ into more personal, emotional, resonant territory, diving deep into the recesses of his own troubled, bitter, desperately inhibited soul and splashing the results on the screen for all to see.

All of which would mean nothing if Woody hadn’t also remembered to bring the funny: take out the jokes, and what are you left with? ‘Interiors’. So, while this is a film bursting with achingly human truths, it's also a laugh riot of towering proportions, incorporating Woody’s to-camera monologues about everything from childhood to old age, lovably curmudgeonly sideswipes against his pet hates – drugs and rock ’n’ roll – and a welter of memorable cameos from a bizarre rogue’s gallery of up-and-coming actors (Christopher Walken, Shelley Duvall, Jeff ‘I forgot my mantra!’ Goldblum) and established icons (Marshall McLuhan, Truman Capote, Paul Simon).

The result is one of the most important and influential modern comedies: the template for an entire genre of sex- and relationship-obsessed anti-romances. But no one does it better than Woody. 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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