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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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Fargo (1996)

    Fargo

    Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you betcha!

    Directed by Joel Coen
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

    Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead is a humorous homage to Zombie movies from director Edgar Wright; an outrageous romantic comedy with zombies.

    Directed by Edgar Wright
  12. Hot Fuzz (2007)

    Hot Fuzz

    Top London cop PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team from looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. Paired with simple country cop Danny, everything seems quiet until two actors are found decapitated. It is addressed as an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead.

    Directed by Edgar Wright
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Ghostbusters (1984)

    Ghostbusters

    After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.

    Directed by Ivan Reitman
  16. Clerks (1994)

    Clerks

    Convenience and video store clerks Dante and Randal are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed and bored out of their minds. So in between needling customers, the counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and deal with their love lives.

    Directed by Kevin Smith
  17. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

    When Harry Met Sally...

    Will sex ruin a perfect relationship between a man and a woman? that's what Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) debate during their travels from Chicago to New York. And eleven years and later, they're still no closer to finding the answer. Will these two best friends ever accept that they're meant for each other...or will they continue to deny the attraction that's existed since the first moment When Harry Met Sally?

    Directed by Rob Reiner
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Animal House (1978)

    Animal House

    At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

    Directed by John Landis
  21. Raising Arizona (1987)

    Raising Arizona

    The Coen Brothers tell the story of a absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to date.

    Directed by Joel Coen
  22. The Way Way Back (2013)

    The Way Way Back

    Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.

    Directed by Jim Rash, Nat Faxon
  23. 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
  24. Caddyshack (1980)

    Caddyshack

    At an exclusive country club, an ambitious young caddy, Danny Noonan, eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favour of the elitist Judge Smails, and then the caddy golf tournament which Smails sponsors.

    Directed by Harold Ramis
  25. 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
  26. Election (1999)

    Election

    A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.

    Directed by Alexander Payne
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. Old School (2003)

    Old School

    Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

    Directed by Todd Phillips
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. Bad Santa (2003)

    Bad Santa

    A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

    Directed by Terry Zwigoff
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. Knocked Up (2007)

    Knocked Up

    For fun loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant.

    Directed by Judd Apatow
  38. Wedding Crashers (2005)

    Wedding Crashers

    John and his buddy Jeremy are emotional criminals who know how to use a woman's hopes and dreams for their own carnal gain. And their modus operandi? Crashing weddings. Normally, they meet guests who want to toast the romantic day with a random hook-up. But when John meets Claire, he discovers what true love -- and heartache -- feels like.

    Directed by David Dobkin
  39. Pineapple Express (2008)

    Pineapple Express

    A stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after the pothead witnesses a cop commit a murder.

    Directed by David Gordon Green
  40. Happy Gilmore (1996)

    Happy Gilmore

    Failed hockey player-turned-golf whiz Happy Gilmore -- whose unconventional approach and antics on the grass courts the ire of rival Shooter McGavin -- is determined to win a PGA tournament so he can save his granny's house with the prize money. Meanwhile, an attractive tour publicist tries to soften Happy's image.

    Directed by Dennis Dugan
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. History of the World: Part I (1981)

    History of the World: Part I

    Mel Brooks' uproarious version of history proves nothing is sacred as he takes us on a laugh-filled look at what really happened throughout time. His delirious romp features everything from a wild send-up of "2001" to the real stories behind the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition. It's Mel and company at their hilarious best.

    Directed by Mel Brooks
  49. Bridesmaids (2011)

    Bridesmaids

    Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

    Directed by Paul Feig
  50. 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

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