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My ten favourite comedy movies: ‘Shaun of the Dead’ director Edgar Wright

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).

One of the most insanely talented contributors to our list has to be director Edgar Wright – best known for the ‘cornetto trilogy’ of ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘The World’s End’, but also (our particular favourite) ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’. Witty, wise and a bloody nice bloke to boot, Edgar is currently hard at work on his forthcoming action flick ‘Baby Driver’ starring Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Lily James. It’s out in 2017 – and in the meantime, enjoy Edgar’s personal picks of the ten best comedy movies… 

1. Raising Arizona (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987)
2. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
3. Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, 1980)
4. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
5. Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen, 1969)
6. Monty Python's Life Of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
7. Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974)
8. National Lampoon's Animal House (John Landis, 1978)
9. Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)
10. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999)

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

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