Comedies That Fly Under The Radar

by chud-13 | created - 19 Feb 2011 | updated - 04 Feb 2012 | Public

30 comedies that fly under the radar and seem forgotten, but still very funny

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1. Used Cars (1980)

R | 113 min | Comedy

6.8
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68 Metascore

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae

Votes: 11,592

2. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Music

6.8
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63 Metascore

Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz, Nat Faxon

Votes: 58,793 | Gross: $18.32M

3. The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

7.0
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An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell, David Kossoff

Votes: 7,190

4. Top Secret! (1984)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

7.2
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68 Metascore

Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 50,605 | Gross: $20.50M

5. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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48 Metascore

In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, Steve James

Votes: 10,567 | Gross: $13.03M

6. Love and Death (1975)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, War

7.8
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89 Metascore

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Georges Adet, Frank Adu

Votes: 30,677

7. Murder by Death (1976)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Eileen Brennan

Votes: 27,444

8. The In-Laws (1979)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault

Votes: 6,305 | Gross: $38.20M

9. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

7.2
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63 Metascore

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd

Votes: 290,347 | Gross: $85.29M

10. Bananas (1971)

GP | 82 min | Comedy

7.1
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67 Metascore

When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalbán, Nati Abascal

Votes: 30,153

11. The Twelve Chairs (1970)

GP | 94 min | Comedy

6.6
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In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 4,791

12. Better Off Dead... (1985)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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51 Metascore

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Demian Slade

Votes: 36,367 | Gross: $10.30M

13. My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | 92 min | Comedy

7.4
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A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 7,482 | Gross: $20.12M

14. UHF (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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32 Metascore

An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.

Director: Jay Levey | Stars: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards

Votes: 22,594 | Gross: $6.16M

15. A Mighty Wind (2003)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Music

7.3
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81 Metascore

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer

Votes: 23,442 | Gross: $17.51M

16. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

R | 88 min | Comedy

6.8
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66 Metascore

Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Gene Wilder, Louise Lasser, John Carradine

Votes: 33,986

17. No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | 119 min | Comedy, War

7.7
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Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he's driving everyone around him crazy, no one more than Sergeant King.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 3,149

18. Pootie Tang (2001)

PG-13 | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.2
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31 Metascore

Pootie Tang, the musician/actor/folk hero of the ghetto, is chronicled from his early childhood to his battles against the evil Corporate America, who try to steal his magic belt and make ... See full summary »

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, J.B. Smoove, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 12,140 | Gross: $3.29M

19. Idiocracy (2006)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.6
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66 Metascore

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews

Votes: 120,542 | Gross: $0.44M

20. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

5.9
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34 Metascore

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

Votes: 27,321 | Gross: $31.76M

21. Galaxy Quest (1999)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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70 Metascore

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 131,634 | Gross: $71.58M

22. Defending Your Life (1991)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Michael Durrell

Votes: 14,708 | Gross: $16.37M

23. Back to the Beach (1987)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Musical

5.8
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Frankie and Annette, having grown up and put aside their beach-partying lifestyle, visit their daughter in Southern California and discover there's still some wild times left in them.

Director: Lyndall Hobbs | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Lori Loughlin, Tommy Hinkley

Votes: 2,367 | Gross: $13.11M

24. Head Office (1985)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

5.4
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Upon graduation from college with a business degree, John Issel is promptly hired by Helmes's company I.N.C. At INC, the one who gets ahead, does it by kissing ass, or over someone else's ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Finkleman | Stars: Judge Reinhold, Eddie Albert, Lori-Nan Engler, Merritt Butrick

Votes: 1,172 | Gross: $3.39M

25. Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

M | 90 min | Comedy, History

6.6
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Two mismatched sets of identical twins, one aristocrat, one peasant, mistakenly exchange identities on the eve of the French Revolution.

Director: Bud Yorkin | Stars: Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Hugh Griffith, Jack MacGowran

Votes: 2,302

26. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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76 Metascore

Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack

Votes: 78,384 | Gross: $28.01M

27. The Freshman (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

6.5
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A NYC film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller

Votes: 16,704 | Gross: $21.46M

28. Hamlet 2 (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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54 Metascore

In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria

Votes: 15,736 | Gross: $4.88M

29. Zelig (1983)

PG | 79 min | Comedy

7.8
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"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Patrick Horgan, John Buckwalter

Votes: 34,939 | Gross: $11.80M

30. Soapdish (1991)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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65 Metascore

An ambitious television soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Cathy Moriarty

Votes: 12,475 | Gross: $36.49M

31. The Great Race (1965)

Approved | 160 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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A grand adventurous race takes place between the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate across three continents.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk

Votes: 13,652 | Gross: $25.33M

32. Radio Days (1987)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.6
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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Mike Starr, Paul Herman

Votes: 26,904 | Gross: $14.79M

33. Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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27 Metascore

A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas, Patrick Labyorteaux

Votes: 14,256 | Gross: $35.66M

34. Men at Work (1990)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.9
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Two garbage men uncover a conspiracy involving illegal toxic waste dumping and decide to bring the whole operation down.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Leslie Hope, Keith David

Votes: 19,655 | Gross: $16.25M

35. Orgazmo (1997)

NC-17 | 94 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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48 Metascore

Naive young Mormon Joe Young is recruited to act in porn movies.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne Raab, Michael Dean Jacobs

Votes: 31,746 | Gross: $0.58M