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Your top comedy movies


#1

Comedy is one of those things that’s really subjective, and I think it’s also something that might be region specific most of the time. It’s hard to find stuff that actually makes you laugh out loud, and I’ve found that most of the movies that amuse me are ones I watched when I was a kid. I don’t know if the art of the comedy is being lost or if it’s just me. I do think comedy on TV is much easier, and wonder if in part it’s hard to make a 90 minute continual funny movie.

Anyways, my top movies. Would be interested in seeing everyone elses.

Blazing Saddles
Coming to America
Kung Fu Hustle
40 year old virgin
Trading Places
Holy Grail
The Jerk
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Meaning of Life

Damn, I can’t even list 10. I think making a true comedy movie is really really difficult, or else the genre just isn’t suited for it.


#2

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
48HRS
Go West - the Marx Brothers
Kelley’s Heroes
Muppets In Space
Wizards
Paint Your Wagon (C’mon! Clint Eastwood “sings”!)

I’m stretchin’ here, too, Jim. Most comedy to me it see-it-once, then I’ve got the jokes. Most of them, I see the jokes coming. A&C Meet F and Go West are consistently funny to me. Wizards is one joke, but it’s a good one. Most just grind along to the next “funny thing”.


#3

I can think of quite a few, but nowhere near as many as I could for most other genres. And my favorite TV comedies trump all of these.

In no order:

This Is Spinal Tap
Office Space
What We Do in the Shadows
Zoolander
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
Napoleon Dynamite
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
Best in Show
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Life of Brian
Talladega Nights
Four Lions
Borat
Wet Hot American Summer
School of Rock
Step Brothers
Bridesmaids
Pineapple Express

It’s hard to get an audience to know a character well enough in 90 min-2 hours to adequately mine their potential for comedy. After a few seasons of Carell’s Michael Scott, even the slightest change in his facial expression could produce laughter, because I could get the reasoning behind it, as twisted as it always was. A lot of comedy films get more laughs out of the premise or shock value but that only goes so far.


#4

South Park: The Movie
Orgasmo
Team America
Baseketball
Charlie’s Angels
Zoolander
Wedding Crashers
League of Gentlemen: Apocalypse
Galaxy Quest
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures
Wayne’s World
Austin Powers
Time Bandits

I’m pretty sure I’ve LOL’d at all of these, plus a lot of what’s already listed.
I reckon it’s a hard category to retrieve, but once you hit a vein and that sparks off related movies (by cast, writer or whatever), you’ll realise there are plenty of good comedy movies that you’ve seen.


#5

Evil Dead 2
The Ladykillers
Young Frankenstein
Airplane!
Naked Gun

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. I’d have thought I’d’ve been a longer list. Not really a fan of a lot of modern comedies - they don’t do anything for me and I don’t recall ever going to the cinema to see an outright comedy. I think, in terms of laughs, I prefer something in the vein of RoboCop where comedy if throughout the movie but not the sole purpose of it.


#6

Where to even start, so many great comedies and so many different kinds of comedies at that.

Love Blazing Saddles, Airplane, Naked Gun. Love Jackass, National Lampoon Vacation, Caddyshack. Love Tommy Boy, Billy Madison, Dirty Work. Love Uncle Buck, Dazed and Confused, Mallrats, Zealander, Tropic Thunder. Love Old School, Office Space, Anchorman, Bridesmaids,

I have to just stop now.


#7

Airplane! always comes out top for me. So funny, so constantly and consistently.

Other than that, the Naked Gun movies, Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Shaun of the Dead and Spinal Tap are all up there.

Oh, and probably Planes, Trains and Automobiles too, although I haven’t watched it in years.


#8

Comedy movies are hard… they almost always age badly.

Off the top of my head though:

The Cornetto trilogy - like everyone else :smile:
Office Space - still retains its charm
Idiocracy - same as above…
Dogma - Haven’t seen it in a while, but I think that’s my fav KS flick
Waiting - I dunno why, but it still works for me
Flypaper - It’s almost a bank heist movie, but funny enough to be called a comedy I think
Sex & Death - I like the concept and the execution, it could’ve easily been a lame romcom.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil - a bit sappy, but it’s pretty funny for a slasher flick =P
Fired Up! - I shouldn’t enjoy that movie as much as I do… but both leads do a fantastic job
and some others xD


#9

Hot Fuzz
Mean Girls
The Big Lebowski
Sightseers
Four Lions
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Wayne’s World
The Life Of Brian
Love Actually
Anchorman
Zombieland
Burn After Reading

Probably a painfully standard list. I am surprised it took us 9 posts for somebody to mention Mean Girls, though. I’m starting to have serious doubts about this board.


#10

Young Frankenstein
Blazing Saddles
Caddyshack
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Airplane!
The Rutles
Time Bandits
South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Team America: World Police
Harvey


#11

I forgot to mention Ghostbusters. I’m not sure how that happened.


#12

There are plenty of good comedy films. Some of my favourites:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Ghostbusters
Blues Brothers
Maverick
Anchorman
The Other Guys
Stripes
Beverly Hills Cop
The Princess Bride
Zoolander
South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Team America
Dave
Happy Gilmore
Uncle Buck
Back to the Future
Men in Black
Galaxy Quest
Planes, Trains and Automobiles

As ever with these type of threads, whatever the genre or medium, the “problem” isn’t with the media.


#13

Half of those aren’t comedies. They’re action movies with feel good moments, but they’re not true comedies. That’d be like describing the Avengers as a comedy.


#14

Action-comedy is a pretty widely-recognised hybrid genre though, I think. It’s hard to point to something like Beverly Hills Cop or Men In Black and say it’s not a comedy.


#15

Which ones exactly do you think aren’t comedies?


#16

Off the top of my head:

Big Lebowski
Hot Fuzz
Grosse Pointe Blanc
Blues Brothers

Probably think of a few more in a bit.


#17

Avengers: Age of Ultron was a comedy of errors.


#18

What makes a comedy exactly is a bit contentious, I can see how some might not call some of the movies in my list comedies/

A Serious Man
The Big Lebowski
Burn After Reading
The Man Who Wasn’t There (there’s a theme there)
Bruno (I like it better than SBC’s other movies)
Lost in Translation
A Shot in the Dark
Airplane
Naked Gun
Four Lions

edit: crap, I forgot Dr. Strangelove. That one must be the winner for me


#19

Ghostbusters
Blues Brothers
Maverick
Beverly Hills Cop
The Princess Bride
Dave
Back to the Future
Men in Black

Comedy I guess is a bit like porn. You know it when you see it, and it’s hard to find a good one.

The point is illustrated though as most choices are old movies, 20 years or more. If you made a list of action movies, horror movies, romance movies or crime movies there’d be plenty of choices of movies form the last few years. Good comedies are raw and hard, even though we have plenty of attempts every year (in 2015 we’ve had Ted 2, Spy, Trainwreck, Get Hard, Paul Blart, Vacation, Entourage and more).


#20

Unfortunately comedy works best as part of a movie (as in mixed genres), and not necessarily the focus of the movie… Well, imo, obviously…

And btw, things like Get Hard or Paul Blart are also “cop” movies… there’s a story involving cops and criminals in both… So they would also fit into your “non-comedy” list.