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1. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 916,798 | Gross: $130.10M

2. The Invention of Lying (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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58 Metascore

A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.

Votes: 100,861 | Gross: $18.44M

3. BASEketball (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Sport

6.6
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38 Metascore

Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth

Votes: 51,325 | Gross: $6.94M

4. Joe Dirt (2001)

PG-13 | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.9
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20 Metascore

After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents.

Director: Dennie Gordon | Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller, Adam Beach

Votes: 44,774 | Gross: $27.09M

5. Dogma (1999)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort

Votes: 191,141 | Gross: $30.65M

6. Clerks (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy

7.8
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70 Metascore

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonauer

Votes: 192,496 | Gross: $3.15M

7. Clerks II (2006)

R | 97 min | Comedy

7.4
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65 Metascore

A calamity at Dante and Randal's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at the fast food empire Mooby's.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Jason Mewes

Votes: 120,277 | Gross: $24.14M

8. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

6.7
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55 Metascore

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 58,921 | Gross: $12.78M

9. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

R | 104 min | Comedy

6.9
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51 Metascore

The comic "Bluntman and Chronic" is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation, they set out to wreck the movie.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 135,410 | Gross: $30.06M

10. Mallrats (1995)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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41 Metascore

Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani

Votes: 104,449 | Gross: $2.12M

11. Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy

5.7
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32 Metascore

A sendup of all the teen movies that have accumulated in the past two decades.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans, Eric Christian Olsen

Votes: 85,961 | Gross: $38.25M

12. The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

6.7
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47 Metascore

A struggling dentist's life is turned upside down when a famous gangster moves in next door, and his wife convinces him to inform a notorious mob boss about the gangster's whereabouts.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 96,955 | Gross: $57.26M

13. Eulogy (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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34 Metascore

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.

Director: Michael Clancy | Stars: Ray Romano, Jesse Bradford, Hank Azaria, Rip Torn

Votes: 7,967 | Gross: $0.07M

14. EuroTrip (2004)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.6
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45 Metascore

Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.

Directors: Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, David Mandel | Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Travis Wester

Votes: 173,606 | Gross: $17.72M

15. Scary Movie (2000)

R | 88 min | Comedy

6.2
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48 Metascore

A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Anna Faris, Jon Abrahams, Marlon Wayans, Carmen Electra

Votes: 202,326 | Gross: $157.02M

16. Knots (2004)

R | 93 min | Comedy

5.7
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A male-centric take on contemporary relationships, where three guy friends look for love and commitment. One of them gets seduced by a vamp who ends up stealing his wife away from him.

Director: Greg Lombardo | Stars: Scott Cohen, John Stamos, Annabeth Gish, Paulina Porizkova

Votes: 986

17. Waiting... (I) (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy

6.8
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30 Metascore

Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.

Director: Rob McKittrick | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, John Francis Daley, Justin Long

Votes: 80,087 | Gross: $16.12M

18. Waking Up in Reno (2002)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

5.5
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28 Metascore

A romantic comedy about two trashy couples traveling to Reno to see a monster truck show.

Director: Jordan Brady | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson

Votes: 5,161 | Gross: $0.27M

19. Sordid Lives (2000)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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47 Metascore

As three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for a funeral, we learn the hilarious, sad, trashy truth of the "Sordid Lives."

Director: Del Shores | Stars: Delta Burke, Bonnie Bedelia, Olivia Newton-John, Kirk Geiger

Votes: 2,534 | Gross: $1.11M

20. A Texas Funeral (1999)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.4
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In Texas in the late '60s, the Whit family meets for the funeral of grandfather Sparta. This, however, is no normal funeral, and the Whits are no normal family. Young L'il Sparta spies on ... See full summary »

Director: W. Blake Herron | Stars: Quinton Jones, Robert Patrick, Jane Adams, Martin Sheen

Votes: 595

21. Bedazzled (2000)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.0
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49 Metascore

Hopeless dweeb Elliot Richards is granted seven wishes by the Devil to snare Allison, the girl of his dreams, in exchange for his soul.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O'Connor, Miriam Shor

Votes: 87,015 | Gross: $37.88M

22. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 386,445 | Gross: $59.89M

23. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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80 Metascore

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 115,481 | Gross: $63.49M

24. Easy A (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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72 Metascore

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd

Votes: 306,880 | Gross: $58.40M

25. Accepted (2006)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

6.5
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47 Metascore

A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.

Director: Steve Pink | Stars: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Adam Herschman

Votes: 111,712 | Gross: $36.32M

26. 18-Year-Old Virgin (2009 Video)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy

2.9
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Kate is about to graduate. Her biggest dream is to have sex with Ryan Lambert. The only problem is that Ryan refuses to have sex with a virgin. This leads to a hunt for another man to lose ... See full summary »

Director: Tamara Olson | Stars: Olivia May, Lauren Walsh, Todd Leigh, Dustin Harnish

Votes: 8,214

27. Hot Shots! (1991)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Comedy

6.7
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61 Metascore

A parody of Top Gun (1986) in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 86,413 | Gross: $69.47M

28. Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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66 Metascore

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Votes: 275,824 | Gross: $86.06M

29. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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75 Metascore

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 301,994 | Gross: $20.05M

30. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

7.6
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The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 95,932 | Gross: $14.93M

31. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

8.3
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93 Metascore

King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 421,816 | Gross: $1.23M

32. Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

6.6
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"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood" is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the 'Hood', for instance "Boyz n the Hood", "South Central", "... See full summary »

Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Tracey Cherelle Jones

Votes: 41,505 | Gross: $20.11M

33. Saved! (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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62 Metascore

When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.

Director: Brian Dannelly | Stars: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit

Votes: 41,850 | Gross: $8.94M

34. Kingpin (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Sport

6.9
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43 Metascore

A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel

Votes: 67,930 | Gross: $24.94M

35. Road Trip (2000)

R | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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55 Metascore

Four college buddies embark on a road trip to retrieve an illicit tape mistakenly mailed to a female friend.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, Paulo Costanzo

Votes: 141,899 | Gross: $68.54M

36. Superbad (2007)

R | 113 min | Comedy

7.6
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76 Metascore

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader

Votes: 456,156 | Gross: $121.46M

37. Van Wilder (2002)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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26 Metascore

The most popular kid on campus meets a beautiful journalist who makes him realize that maybe he's afraid to graduate.

Director: Walt Becker | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson, Kal Penn

Votes: 94,151 | Gross: $21.01M