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My ten favourite comedy movies: ‘Four Weddings’ writer Richard Curtis

Tom Huddleston

January is the bleakest month of the year, which is why we at Time Out have chosen to publish our updated, brand-spanking 100 best comedy movies list, bringing a little light and laughter back into the world. This exhaustive, definitive list, voted for by comedians, filmmakers and comedy experts, was first published back in 2011. But after five years we felt like it needed a refresh, so we tapped up a few of the hottest new comedians, tallied up the numbers and came up with a fresh new list (and, we reckon, a way better one).

Among our many contributors, one of the biggest names is writer and director Richard Curtis – in fact, he’s probably the single biggest name in British screen comedy, having been responsible for box-office-shattering hits like ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Notting Hill’ and his directorial debut ‘Love Actually’. And lest we forget, he also co-wrote ‘Blackadder’, so his high place in the comedy firmament is assured. But what does a comedy icon like Curtis hold up as his own personal favourites? Here’s his top ten: 

1. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
2. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
3. National Lampoon's Animal House (John Landis, 1978)
4. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
5. Dr Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
6. Knocked Up (Judd Apatow, 2007)
7. 500 Days of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009)
8. Elf (Jon Favreau, 2003)
9. Local Hero (Bill Forsyth, 1983)
10. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)

Take a look at our list of the 100 best comedy films ever made

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