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The 100 best comedy movies

Giggle along with our list of the best funny movies, as voted for by top comedians

How do you go about deciding on the list of the 100 best comedy movies of all time? Well, you start by asking the experts. That’s why we approached our favourite comedians, actors, directors and writers to canvass their choices.
From the old, new, mainstream and experimental, this is the definitive list of the greatest comedies ever made. It stands up next to our companion lists of the best romantic, horror, sci-fi and action movies
So scroll through all 100 entries and work out how many films in our list you’ve seen. You can even explore the top tens of our comedy experts. And if you think we’re having a laugh, let us know in the comments section below!

By Dave Calhoun, Cath Clarke, Tom Huddleston, Trevor Johnston, David Jenkins, Kate Lloyd, Tom Seymour, Anna Smith, Ben Walters, Adam Lee Davies, Phil Harrison, Derek Adams, Wally Hammond, Edward Lawrenson, Gabriel Tate. 

Recommended: London and UK cinema listings, film reviews and exclusive interviews.

The 100 best comedy movies

100

Meet the Parents (2000)

‘I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?’

Director: Jay Roach

Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro

Meeting your partner’s parents is bound to be stressful – but Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) has it worse than most. Turns out his potential father in law (Robert De Niro) is a former CIA agent with a suspicious nature – and a polygraph lie-detector machine at his disposal. Over the course of an eventful visit, Focker’s misfortune builds to a farcical crescendo as his intended (Teri Polo) looks on. Stiller is on hilarious, hapless form and De Niro has never been funnier. AS

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99

Mean Girls (2004)

‘She’s fabulous but she’s evil.’

Director: Mark Waters

Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams

Where does ethnography meet teen comedy? At North Shore High! Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady, the sensitive and naive heroine – you could get away with that casting in 2004 – who gets a rude awakening when she enters the school system after being home-taught by zoologist parents in Africa. She’s soon dealing with the complexities of adolescent social interaction, most of it underhanded and bitchy, while trying to keep her head. The script by Tina Fey is inspired by a work of actual ethnography and offers genuine insight and empathy as well as a hefty dose of putdowns and comeuppances. BW

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98

Pulp Fiction (1994)

4 out of 5 stars

‘It's the one that says Bad Motherfucker.’

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson

Is ‘Pulp Fiction’ a comedy? Perhaps only in the sense that all Quentin Tarantino’s films, from ‘Reservoir Dogs’ to ‘The Hateful Eight’, have a solid streak of black humour running through them – and whatever the genre or story, they're often fuelled by the disconnect between their characters’ chat and their violent scenarios. That’s largely down to Tarantino’s playful use of language, typified in this stylised crime tale by hitmen John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson chewing the fat over their favourite burgers or discussing why one of them refuses to eat pork. Jackson especially proves himself a master of gallows humour. DC

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97

Hot Fuzz (2007)

‘You wanna be a big cop in a small town? Fuck off up the model village.’

Director: Edgar Wright

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman

Edgar Wright’s follow-up to ‘Shaun of the Dead’ is a bigger, busier, slightly less focused ramble through small-town cop-movie clichés, but it might just be the better film, benefiting from a script packed with smart one-liners and neat riffs on everything from Hammer horror to cosy ITV dramas. It also, lest we forget, sports arguably the finest supporting cast ever assembled, with (very deep breath) Paddy Considine, Jim Broadbent, Billie Whitelaw, Martin Freeman, Olivia Colman, Edward Woodward, Bill Nighy, Timothy Dalton, The Actor Kevin Eldon, both Adam and Joe, Rory ‘The Hound’ McCann and even a masked Cate Blanchett all getting in on the action. TH

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96

Safety Last! (1923)

‘The idea of working in your shirt sleeves! Think of the shock to your customers, women of culture and refinement!’

Director: Fred C Newmeyer

Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis

Always sporting round specs and straw boater, silent comedian Harold Lloyd’s shtick was to cultivate a likeable boy-next-door persona, then put his protagonist in hair-raising jeopardy. In his best-known feature, his plan to get an athletic acquaintance to climb a department store facade as a publicity stunt backfires, so Harold tackles the perilous ascent himself. Cue pesky pigeons and an inconvenient clock face in a beautifully constructed, very funny set-piece whose clever use of perspective creates vertiginous thrills without back projection – or a single computer pixel! TJ

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95

The Graduate (1967)

5 out of 5 stars

‘It's like I was playing some kind of game, but the rules don't make any sense to me.’

Director: Mike Nichols

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katherine Ross

It’s easy to forget that, in the pre-blockbuster days, ‘The Graduate’ was one of the biggest box-office smashes of all time (it’s still No 21, adjusted for inflation). So what was it about this intimate, simple drama – a film we’d now refer to as an indie, even though it was studio-made – that captured the public imagination? Quite simply, it was a matter of timing: here was a film that, with its depiction of bourgeois boredom, teenage angst and sexual liberation (not to mention those awesome Simon and Garfunkel songs) absolutely nailed the mood of the late 1960s. TH

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94

Local Hero (1983)

'We've been invaded by America. We're all gonna be rich!'

Director: Bill Forsyth

Cast: Peter Riegert, Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi

If you’re ever suffering from chilly cockles, Bill Forsyth’s twinkly, good-hearted comedy will warm them right up – and in the wake of Donald Trump’s terrifying ascendance, it’s even more timely. Peter Riegert plays an American lawyer dispatched by his oil-baron boss to Scotland to secure the site for their next refinery. But whaddaya know – it’s right on top of a quaint little fishing village populated by wise, loveable Scotspersons. Epic adorable-ness ensues. TH

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93

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

4 out of 5 stars

‘The course of true love gathers no moss.’

Director: George Cukor

Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

A romcom that sparkles like champagne, ‘The Philadelphia Story’ is a delicious comedy of misunderstandings and misdemeanours. Which of three men will win the heart of Katharine Hepburn’s icy heiress on the eve of her wedding: her millionaire ex-husband Cary Grant, snooping reporter James Stewart or her dull businessman fiancé John Howard? At the end you might decide that she picks the wrong man, but you can’t argue with the fact that this witty, charming and romantic movie is a near-perfect comedy. CC

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92

Harold and Maude (1971)

‘Harold, everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves.’

Director: Hal Ashby

Cast: Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon

Genre-non-specific movies like ‘Harold and Maude’ have suffered on this list: is it really a comedy? Isn’t there a bit too much death and holocaust talk for that? But if it’s not a comedy, what is ‘Harold and Maude’? Therein, of course, lies its genius: it’s not anything, except real. Controversial on first release, forgotten for decades and then happily rediscovered (at least in part thanks to Cameron Diaz in ‘There’s Something About Mary’), ‘Harold and Maude’ is now firmly established as one of the all-time romantic classics. The central relationship may be unconventional – teenage boy falls for 79-year-old concentration camp survivor – but the themes of self-discovery and universal love speak to all of us. TH

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91

There's Something About Mary (1998)

‘It’s like you’re dreamin’ about gorgonzola cheese when it’s clearly brie time, baby!’

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon

The Farrelly Brothers are best known for reinventing gross-out comedy 20 years after ‘Animal House’, and it’s hard to argue that the best-known scenes in ‘There’s Something About Mary’ are the hilariously awful ones: the zip, the cum in the hair, the electrocuted dog. But underneath all that, it’s the film’s irrepressible sweetness that makes it sing: Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller give career-making performances, their affair is tentative and totally convincing – and Jonathan Richman’s musical cameos tie it all together. TH

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How many comedy movies have you seen?

Who voted in our top 100 comedy movies countdown?

The 100 best comedy movies: contributors

How did we choose the 100 best comedy movies of all time? We asked the experts – more than 70 stand-up comedians, actors and writer and directors who make a living tickling our funny bones. Explore the top ten entries from all our contributors, including Peter Capaldi, Sharon Horgan, Jack Whitehall and Jo Brand.

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By: Cath Clarke

Comments

46 comments
Donald c

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Show B

I love watching comedy movies and I found this list pretty useful. Showbox app can also be used to watch comedy movies on mobile and it can be downloaded for smartphones from https://showbox.one

noneoyo b

well , cadyshack in not on the list and ...isn't #1 is amazing , i'm out

Wayyyy too much woody allen, like chevy chase never existed

Mary G

Pulp fiction is eternal

Kevin W

Where's "Arthur" on this list - timeless classic.

venkatesh j

I have seen most of the best comedy movies of all time, and I loved your this list of best comedy movies.

But my all time favorite comedy movies are The Big Lebowski, Rush Hour, Superbad, Hot Fuzz and many other classic comedy films.

If you want to check the list of my favorite comedy films, then you can check it here, hope you will like it.


Alana H

this list is ridiculous you've picked mainly really old films to try and come off as edgy, cool and really well informed, but instead have created a list which creates great difficulty when attempting to pick a film. I am furious as you have wasted a serious amount of my time.

Bruce D

Missed 2 greats: 

- Waterboy 

- My Blue Heaven

Jamie I

Sorry, this list is null and void for the fact Bowfinger doesn't feature anywhere on this list never mind the top ten!

Rasmus J

Definitely a good list, but is it only possible to be funny in English? Ok, Jacques Tati has one film on the list, but where are The Firemen's Ball (too Czech?), Smiles of a Summer Night (too Swedish?), The Untouchables (well, the French one), Toni Erdmann (too German, and perhaps too new?). Also, I miss some of the great musical comedies like Singin' In the Rain, Little Shop of Horrors, The Commitments and... well, The Producers (I know the original is on the list but the musical version is actually funnier. I'd bet it would win in a head-to-head competition!)

That said, a lot of my favorites are in the top twenty, so thumbs up for Airplane!, Groundhog Day, Annie Hall and Some Like It Hot.

Rasmus

Alana H

@Rasmus J you are seriously a joke. you are a literal joke. comedies do not translate, unless is slapstick, which is not entertaining at all. I hate you 

Vinh L

Who came up with this list?  I don't agreed with most of these selections to ranked in the top 100 best comedies of all time.   :-)  I guess my sense of humor is different.  

Monique P

I can't stand Monty Python. Their humour has dated. Was Napoleon Dynamite in there? Romy and Michelle? Most of this list is bold and brash type of humour, a lot of it incredibly sexist and bigoted. It's not a list for people who enjoy subtlety. 

Rob M

I can agree with most films on the list, but I cannot put in Cable Guy. That may very well be one of the worst movies ever.

Mari G

The waterboy is my favorite funny movie

liam r

Groundhog day came out in 1993 not 1983

Elkun T

Tại sao chỉ có cách nhân giống bằng phương pháp chiết ghép là biện pháp tối ưu để tạo cây điều giống hoàn chỉnh? Đó là vẫn lưu giữ đặc tính, đặc điểm tốt của cây mẹ, Đặc biệt tăng sức đề kháng, sức sống từ hạt có rễ cọc khoẻ, không đỗ ngã khi mưa gió; lấy nước, dinh dưỡng tốt.


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George C

The least you could do is put some kind of Next page button at the bottom, I had to scroll up and change after every page.

Tony F

Solid list with some hefty omissions: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Caddyshack, Sleeper, Johnny Dangerously, Wedding Crashers, Election, Tropic Thunder, Repo Man, Flirting With Disaster, I Heart Huckabees, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Paper Moon, Ed Wood

Chris N

Bridesmaids made the list but the hangover didn't?..... Also Home Alone 2, and Shrek should have made this list.

Mick D

The "Great Dictator" is a brilliantly daring film, but not as funny as "Modern Times". I realise that this is a poll originating in the UK, and am not surprised at the plethora of US films listed, but hey -- is there no love for "My Cousin Vinny"?

MG L

I have seen 93/100 films you've listed. I believe that qualifies me as an "expert" in this genre. Others have pointed out the absurd inclusions and exclusions on this list (and I've seen all of those too). The single most incredible proposition made is that, "Spinal Tap" is the #1 comedy. I picture some 20-something, head-sock-wearing, face-bejeweled, pseudo-mixologist hipster with a hookah, puffing medicinal marijuana and sipping on craft beer throwing darts at a list of marquis posters to select "Spinal Tap" as the winner. Where do I apply for the job the next time you do this list? :-)

Mick D

@Rondinelli A In the late 1990s the American Film Institute (AFI) listed "Blazing Saddles" & "Young Frankenstein" in the top 10, as I recall, and "The Producers" was also on the list.  So from year to year, opinions and critics change -- but they're still up there....

S A

#1 should have been the web design of this list. 

Rock G

Groundhog Day is from 1993, not 1983.

Of all the films to get the date wrong on, you picked this one.

Chris J

dont know who made this list but so many great movies missing and so many unfunny movies included .

King C

Where the hell is Caddyshack?!?!?!?!

LPR R

This 'Material/Flat Design' web page looks.. Well, kindergarten made.Please go back to creativity. Rectangular, mono-colored huge rectangles are not appealing, inviting or 'comfy'. There is a black panel a third way down the page!

Just cause Google says it's good... doesnt' mean it is!


Emma B

Errr ... Ealing?

Nick M

Reading through this list thinking, 'where is Airplane!, where is it?  I'm going to be angry if it's not there,. Phew, it's in at #2.'  Best film ever.

sagvan

i not have seen the movie spinal tap but it is best ever movie i love it it deserve to be no 1 , although i am not able to watch this movie yet i know everybody will agree with me , what not agree go to toilet and relax and think again

Peggy

Tropic Thunder !!