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Top 50 best Comedy movies of all time

In this top list we uncover the best Comedy movies of all time. Find out which of the movies in this genre you absolutely must watch!

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  1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. A classic black and white war satire from director Stanley Kubrick starring Peter Sellers.

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail loosely follows the legend of King Arthur. Arthur along with his squire, Patsy, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way Arthur battles the Black Knight who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as "it is a silly place".

    Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
  3. The Big Lebowski (1998)

    The Big Lebowski

    Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film producers, ferrets, errant toes, and large sums of money.

    Directed by Joel Coen
  4. Groundhog Day (1993)

    Groundhog Day

    A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.

    Directed by Harold Ramis
  5. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

    Dumb and Dumber

    Lloyd and Harry are two men whose stupidity is really indescribable. When Mary, a beautiful woman, loses an important suitcase with money before she leaves for Aspen, the two friends (who have found the suitcase) decide to return it to her. After some "adventures" they finally get to Aspen where, using the lost money they live it up and fight for Mary's heart.

    Directed by Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
  6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    It's the 1970's and San Diego super-sexist anchorman Ron Burgundy is the top dog in local TV, but that's all about to change when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee at his station.

    Directed by Adam McKay
  7. Office Space (1999)

    Office Space

    Three office workers strike back at their evil employers by hatching a hapless attempt to embezzle money.

    Directed by Mike Judge
  8. Superbad (2007)

    Superbad

    High school best buddies are facing separation anxiety as they prepare to go off to college. While attempting to score alcohol for a party with help from their fake ID-toting friend, "McLovin", the guys' evening takes a turn into chaotic territory.

    Directed by Greg Mottola
  9. Wild Tales (2014)

    Wild Tales

    A story about love deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in an everyday detail, appear themselves to push them towards the abyss, into the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

    Directed by Damián Szifrón
  10. Kingpin (1996)

    Kingpin

    After bowler Roy Munson swindles the wrong crowd and is left with a hook for a hand, he settles into impoverished obscurity. That is, until he uncovers the next big thing: an Amish kid named Ishmael. So, the corrupt and the hopelessly naïve hit the circuit intent on settling an old score with Big Ern.

    Directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
  11. Annie Hall (1977)

    Annie Hall

    The neurotic New Yorker Woody Allen tells one of the greatest romantic comedies to be set in the city of New York.

    Directed by Woody Allen
  12. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

    Directed by Wes Anderson
  13. The Truman Show (1998)

    The Truman Show

    Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows--including his wife and his best friend -- is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.

    Directed by Peter Weir
  14. Duck Soup (1933)

    Duck Soup

    Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

    Directed by Leo McCarey
  15. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charismatic teen Ferris Bueller plays hooky in Chicago with his girlfriend and best friend.

    Directed by John Hughes
  16. The Blues Brothers (1980)

    The Blues Brothers

    Direct out of jail, Jake Blues and his Brother Elwood are off on a “mission from God” to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best: play music. So they get their old band together and they're on their way yet not without getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

    Directed by John Landis
  17. The Hangover (2009)

    The Hangover

    When three friends finally come to after a raucous night of bachelor-party revelry, they find a baby in the closet and a tiger in the bathroom. But they can't seem to locate their best friend, Doug -- who's supposed to be tying the knot. Launching a frantic search for Doug, the trio perseveres through a nasty hangover to try to make it to the church on time.

    Directed by Todd Phillips
  18. The Producers (1967)

    The Producers

    Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant Leo Bloom plan to make money by charming little old ladies to invest in a production many times over what it will actually cost, and then put on a sure-fire flop, so nobody will ask for their money back - and what can be a more certain flop than a tasteless musical celebrating Hitler…? The film distributors were also afraid that the audience would react negatively, so the film had a sneak premiere in Pittsburgh in November 1967 and its official premiere in New York in March 1968, but it didn't go on general release in the US until November 1968. It wasn't released outside the US until its UK premiere in October 1969, followed by Sweden in May 1970, and Italy, Denmark and France in 1971. They didn't dare show in Germany until 1976. Today its regarded a comedy classic.

    Directed by Mel Brooks
  19. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.

    Directed by John Hughes
  20. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he has a terminal illness.

    Directed by Wes Anderson
  21. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

    A Fish Called Wanda

    A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.

    Directed by Charles Crichton
  22. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

    National Lampoon's Vacation

    The Griswold family are on a quest. A quest to a Walley World theme park for a family vacation, but things aren't going to go exactly as planned, especially when Clark Griswold is losing all thought towards a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari.

    Directed by Harold Ramis
  23. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

    Beverly Hills Cop

    Tough-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley heads to the rarified world of Beverly Hills in his beat-up Chevy Nova to investigate a friend's murder. But soon, he realizes he's stumbled onto something much more complicated. Bungling rookie detective Billy Rosewood joins the fish-out-of-water Axel and shows him the West Los Angeles ropes.

    Directed by Martin Brest
  24. The Jerk (1979)

    The Jerk

    After discovering he's not really black like the rest of his family, likable dimwit Navin Johnson runs off on a hilarious misadventure in this comedy classic that takes him from rags to riches and back to rags again. The slaphappy jerk strikes it rich, but life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be and, in the end, all that really matters to Johnson is his true love.

    Directed by Carl Reiner
  25. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

    The 40 Year Old Virgin

    Andy Stitzer has a pleasant life with a nice apartment and a job stamping invoices at an electronics store. But at age 40, there's one thing Andy hasn't done, and it's really bothering his sex-obsessed male co-workers: Andy is still a virgin. Determined to help Andy get laid, the guys make it their mission to de-virginize him. But it all seems hopeless until Andy meets small business owner Trish, a single mom.

    Directed by Judd Apatow
  26. The Full Monty (1997)

    The Full Monty

    Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.

    Directed by Peter Cattaneo
  27. School of Rock (2003)

    School of Rock

    Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fourth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' roll. The school's hard-nosed principal is rightly suspicious of Finn's activities. But Finn's roommate remains in the dark about what he's doing.

    Directed by Richard Linklater
  28. Spaceballs (1987)

    Spaceballs

    When the nefarious Dark Helmet hatches a plan to snatch Princess Vespa and steal her planet's air, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr and his clueless sidekick fly to the rescue. Along the way, they meet Yogurt, who puts Lone Starr wise to the power of "The Schwartz." Can he master it in time to save the day?

    Directed by Mel Brooks
  29. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Four Weddings And A Funeral is a British comedy about a British Man named Charles and an American Woman named Carrie who go through numerous weddings before they determine if they are right for one another.

    Directed by Mike Newell
  30. Ted (2012)

    Ted

    Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett, a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish, and has refused to leave his side ever since.

    Directed by Seth MacFarlane
  31. American Pie (1999)

    American Pie

    At a high-school party, four friends find that losing their collective virginity isn't as easy as they had thought. But they still believe that they need to do so before college. To motivate themselves, they enter a pact to try to be the first to "score." And of course, the senior prom is their last best chance. As the fateful date draws near, the boys wonder who among them will get lucky.

    Directed by Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
  32. Wayne's World (1992)

    Wayne's World

    When a sleazy TV exec offers Wayne and Garth a fat contract to tape their late-night public access show at his network, they can't believe their good fortune. But they soon discover the road from basement to big-time is a gnarly one, fraught with danger, temptation and ragin' party opportunities.

    Directed by Penelope Spheeris
  33. Up in Smoke (1978)

    Up in Smoke

    An unemployed pot-smoking slacker and amateur drummer, Anthony Stoner ditches his strict parents and hits the road, eventually meeting kindred spirit Pedro de Pacas. While the drug-ingesting duo is soon arrested for possession of marijuana, Anthony and Pedro get released on a technicality, allowing them to continue their many misadventures and ultimately compete in a rock band contest, where they perform the raucous tune "Earache My Eye."

    Directed by Lou Adler
  34. Horrible Bosses (2011)

    Horrible Bosses

    For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers... permanently.

    Directed by Seth Gordon
  35. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    He's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Jim Carrey is on the case to find the Miami Dolphins' missing mascot and quarterback Dan Marino. He goes eyeball to eyeball with a man-eating shark, stakes out the Miami Dolphins and woos and wows the ladies. Whether he's undercover, under fire or underwater, he always gets his man . . . or beast!

    Directed by Tom Shadyac
  36. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

    Napoleon Dynamite

    A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

    Directed by Jared Hess
  37. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

    Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

    When Jay and Silent Bob learn that their comic-book alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic, have been sold to Hollywood as part of a big-screen movie that leaves them out of any royalties, the pair travels to Tinseltown to sabotage the production.

    Directed by Kevin Smith
  38. Step Brothers (2008)

    Step Brothers

    Brennan Huff and Dale Doback might be grown men. But that doesn't stop them from living at home and turning into jealous, competitive stepbrothers when their single parents marry. Brennan's constant competition with Dale strains his mom's marriage to Dale's dad, leaving everyone to wonder whether they'll ever see eye to eye.

    Directed by Adam McKay
  39. Liar Liar (1997)

    Liar Liar

    Fletcher Reede is a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar. When his son Max blows out the candles on his fifth birthday he has just one wish - that his dad will stop lying for 24 hours. When Max's wish comes true, Fletcher discovers that his mouth has suddenly become his biggest liability.

    Directed by Tom Shadyac
  40. Hot Shots! (1991)

    Hot Shots!

    Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino and Jon Cryer co-star in director Jim Abrahams' (Airplane, Naked Gun) truly hilarious spoof of Top Gun. Recruited to join a top-secret mission for the Air Force, a renegade pilot (Sheen) finds himself coping with an incompetent admiral (Bridges) and a carefully selected squadron of flyers who are either inept or half-blind.

    Directed by Jim Abrahams
  41. DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004)

    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

    When megalomaniacal White Goodman, the owner of a trendy, high-end fitness center, makes a move to take over the struggling local gym run by happy-go-lucky Pete La Fleur, there's only one way for La Fleur to fight back: dodgeball. Aided by a dodgeball guru and Goodman's attorney, La Fleur and his rag-tag team of underdogs launch a knock-down, drag-out battle in which the winner takes all.

    Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
  42. Zoolander (2001)

    Zoolander

    Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander, VH1's three-time male model of the year. His face falls when hippie-chic "he's so hot right now" Hansel scooters in to steal this year's award. The evil fashion guru Mugatu seizes the opportunity to turn Derek into a killing machine. Its a well-designed conspiracy and only with the help of Hansel and a few well-chosen accessories can Derek make the world safe.

    Directed by Ben Stiller
  43. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

    Monty Python's Life of Brian

    A brilliant parody from the British comedy group Monty Python about the history of (not Jesus but the boy born right next door to The Manger, Brian). A Terry Jones directed film from 1979 that has since gained cult status. What many fans don't know is that this movie might never have happened if not for the financial assistance of George Harrison (of The Beatles).

    Directed by Terry Jones
  44. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

    This is Spinal Tap

    Legendary British rock band Spinal Tap is followed by a documentary film-maker during their attempt at an American comeback tour. The resulting film, interspersed with powerful performances showcasing Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows the group as the difficult industry threatens to fade them into obscurity.

    Directed by Rob Reiner
  45. 3 Idiots (2009)

    3 Idiots

    In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like "Rancho." From the moment he arrives at India's most prestigious university, Rancho's outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down—along with the lives of his two newfound best friends. Together, they make life miserable for "Virus," the school’s uptight and heartless dean. But when Rancho catches the eye of the dean's sexy daughter, Virus sets his sights on flunking out the "3 idiots" once and for all.

    Directed by Rajkumar Hirani
  46. Modern Times (1936)

    Modern Times

    The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

    Directed by Charles Chaplin
  47. There's Something About Mary (1998)

    There's Something About Mary

    Having never fully recovered from a prom date that became a total disaster, a man finally gets a chance to reunite with his old prom date, only to run up against other suitors including the sleazy detective he hired to find her.

    Directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
  48. The Apartment (1960)

    The Apartment

    Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he's left with a major problem to solve.

    Directed by Billy Wilder
  49. Sideways (2004)

    Sideways

    Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One of them an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, the other only days away from walking down the aisle. Both meet two beautiful women on their trip and become romantically involved with them.

    Directed by Alexander Payne
  50. Some Like It Hot (1959)

    Some Like It Hot

    Two musicians witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl band as they leave on a tour. To make their getaway they must first disguise themselves as women, then keep their identities secret and deal with the problems this brings - such as an attractive bandmate and a very determined suitor.

    Directed by Billy Wilder

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