Best Comedy Films

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1.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and the Coens at their collective finest. Plus the Jesus. The Dude abides. ” - citronlmb
 
2.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends. (97 mins.)
Director: David Wain
“ Perhaps the most underrated comedy of all time, it also may be the funniest. ” - citronlmb
 
3.
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Farrelly
“ The world knew that the white guy from In Living Color was funny, but Jeff Daniels? That guy? Brilliant. And the Farrelly Brothers' first still holds up as their finest. ” - citronlmb
 
4.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
“ Makes me nostalgic for a time I never lived in. And who knew that Martha Washington was such a cool, cool lady? ” - citronlmb
 
5.
Superbad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ Judd Apatow doesn't so much bring us back to the era of John Hughes and the brat pack as he brings that era forward to us. Nailing the nearly impossible task of being both raunchy and sweet, this is the funniest high school movie of all time. ” - citronlmb
 
6.
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Kanew
“ While some have dismissed it as sophomoric or cheesy, others find it to be the most quotable comedy of all time. Plus it introduced the world to Dudley "Booger" Dawson. Hair pie? Thank you very much! ” - citronlmb
 
7.
The Jerk (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis. (94 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
“ Steve Martin at his absolute finest. And that's all I need. And this, I need this. ” - citronlmb
 
8.
Heathers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
“ The greatest dark comedy ever, Heathers satirizes and crucifies the political and social landscape of high school with a mad fervor that many have tried, and failed, to duplicate. Teenage suicide/Don't do it! ” - citronlmb
 
9.
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ In the first and best of a consistently funny series, Chevy Chase portrays bumbling family man Clark Griswold, the role he was born to play. ” - citronlmb
 
10.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ Everybody remembers this film for two things: Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli and Pheobe Cates's perfect breasts. But the rest of the film, by turns poignant and hilarious, is what makes this a true comedy classic. ” - citronlmb
 
11.
Caddyshack (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ When first-time director Harold Ramis got together the funniest men in the world and put golf clubs in their hands, the original script went out the window and the playbook for how to make a great comedy was rewritten forever. So I got that going for me. ” - citronlmb
 
12.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ Will Ferrell at his best, a crack team in support, and the true translation of "San Diego". This ridiculously quotable film is kind of a big deal. ” - citronlmb
 
13.
Old School (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ In Todd Phillips's best, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughan shine, as do Jeremy Piven and Craig Kilborn as the antagonists. Good talk. See you out there. ” - citronlmb
 
14.
Airplane! (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (88 mins.)
“ Before this, Leslie Nielsen and Lloyd Bridges were known for drama. I picked a helluva day to quit sniffin' glue! ” - citronlmb
 
15.
Billy Madison (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again. (89 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
“ Many believe Sandler's follow-up Happy Gilmore to be the superior film, but they obviously can't appreciate the imaginary penguin, the best night of Norm McDonald's life, or the deliciousness of Triscuit crackers. ” - citronlmb
 
16.
Ghostbusters (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ Bill Murray in the role he was born to play. Rick Moranis also turns in a pretty special performance here. And of course, it's the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man ” - citronlmb
 
17.
¡Three Amigos! (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing. (104 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Three of the funniest actors of the 1980's singing, dancing and calling people sons of motherless goats. If you think that this is not a personal favorite, then you've misread who you're talking to! ” - citronlmb
 
18.
The Hangover (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ Mike Tyson singing Phil Collins. A very angry, very naked Ken Jeong. Zach Galifianakis. Watching the three stars get the crap kicked out of them for two hours makes me want to give somebody a best friend hug. ” - citronlmb
 
19.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother. (116 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ When this title first started popping up, many thought it was a joke. Well, it was. An incredibly hilarious joke. And it launched Steve Carell into leading man status. ” - citronlmb
 
20.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ John Candy at his obnoxious best. This rare John Hughes film about adults puts together two of comedy's best at the peak of their powers. Those aren't pillows! ” - citronlmb
 
21.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
“ Watching O.J. Simpson get tortured throughout the entire film is a joy, but it is Leslie Nielsen's deadpan delivery of ridiculous lines that makes this a classic. Great sightgags as well. Slapstick comedy at its crescendo. ” - citronlmb
 
22.
Tommy Boy (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
“ David Spade's career never recovered from the death of Chris Farley. But it is unlikely that Farley could have ever topped his first starring vehicle either. ” - citronlmb
 
23.
The Stöned Age (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Joe and Hubbs are a pair of rockers who are on a quest for 'chicks'. This is the tale of their adventures over one night. (90 mins.)
Director: James Melkonian
“ Probably the least known film on this list, the quotable stoner comedy is beloved by it small cult following. All we need is some Ox-45 and those chicks are ours! ” - citronlmb
 
24.
There's Something About Mary (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster. (119 mins.)
“ Cameron Diaz at her hottest, Matt Dillon at his creepiest, and Ben Stiller at his most awkward. But of course, the last great Farrelly Bros. film will always be remembered for the hair gel and for franks and beans. Have you seen my baseball? ” - citronlmb
 
25.
Super Troopers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, try to save their jobs and out-do the local police department by solving a crime. (100 mins.)
“ What's a Broken Lizard? Oh, this. Wow. These guys portray cops being total a-holes and still make potheads love them. And they chug maple syrup. ” - citronlmb
 
26.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ In the funniest of John Hughes's teen comedies, Matthew Broderick charms, but Alan Ruck absolutely shines as troubled sidekick Cameron. ” - citronlmb
 
27.
American Pie (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. (95 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
“ It had been a long time since a good high school sex comedy had been released, and this one hit all the right notes- on the flute and with the jokes. It also boasts a Shannon Elizabeth nude scene to rival that of Phoebe Cates. ” - citronlmb
 
28.
Office Space (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (89 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
“ Mike Judge's ode to tedium and dissatisfaction surpassed all expectations built up by his Beavis and Butthead cred. I'm gonna need you to come in on Saturday. Yeah. ” - citronlmb
 
29.
Big (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. (104 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ Tom Hanks at his most charming, this one stood head and shoulders above the cavalcade of mostly decent comedies in which he starred around this time. This one had a lot of heart. ” - citronlmb
 
30.
Animal House (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those trouble-makers have other plans for him. (109 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ John Belushi's Bluto pouring a jar of mustard on himself is one of the greatest things ever put on film. ” - citronlmb
 
31.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (96 mins.)
Director: Jared Hess
“ Where did this film come from? I can quote it all day, but what else can I really say about it? It has all kinds of skills. ” - citronlmb
 
32.
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ The funniest horror flick ever. ” - citronlmb
 
33.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ The greatest 80's comedy of the 1990's if you catch my drift. Bill Murray gets to play two of his favorite types- the jaded jerk and the guy who has lost his marbles. ” - citronlmb
 
34.
Half Baked (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of three not so bright men who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail. (82 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
“ With cameos from real-life stoners like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong, and hilarious insights into the pothead way of life, Dave Chanppelle's ode to weed may be the perfect stoner comedy. ” - citronlmb
 
35.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Wes Anderson is consistently good, but this sprawling and entirely original comedy is truly a work of art. ” - citronlmb
 
36.
Made (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two aspiring boxers, lifelong friends, get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group. (95 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Vince Vaughn is manic and writer/co-star Jon Favreau gives him some hilarious dialogue to spit out upon the world of low-level gangsters. Better than Swingers. ” - citronlmb
 
37.
Raising Arizona (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated. (94 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ This early Coen Bros. gem introduced the world to their comedic sensibilities, which include a trailer fight that not even Kill Bill 2 could top. ” - citronlmb
 
38.
Meet the Parents (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date's worst nightmare. (108 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ Have audiences ever felt so sickeningly uncomfortable for a protagonist. Stiller, DeNiro and Owen wilson are all outstanding here. Your name is Gay Focker? ” - citronlmb
 
39.
Major League (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her. (107 mins.)
Director: David Ward
“ There had been underdog sports comedies before it, but this one truly set the template for at least one knockoff for each major sport. And it was really, really funny. ” - citronlmb
 
40.
Kingpin (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)
“ The Farrellys produced more of a cult hit with their second effort. People don't refer to mistakes as 'pulling a Munson' anymore, but I still can't go a month without somebody imitating the landlady's obscene gesture. ” - citronlmb
 
41.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament. (115 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
“ Original, clever and timely, this ode to streetball was very popular in its time, and it's a shame that it hasn't become more of a classic. Woody and Wesley worked extremely well together. Too bad Money Train sucked. ” - citronlmb
 
42.
Trading Places (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Eddie Murphy's best. Need I say more? ” - citronlmb
 
43.
Twins (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook. (107 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ Remember how funny this actually was? No? Watch it again. Fun for the whole family and easily Arnold's best comedy. ” - citronlmb
 
44.
The Great Outdoors (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ The film is a bit formulaic, but there are some great lines, strong gags (including the Old 96'er and the subtitled raccoons) and Dan Aykroyd has never been better. ” - citronlmb
 
45.
Bachelor Party (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A soon-to-be-married man's friends throw him the ultimate bachelor party. (105 mins.)
Director: Neal Israel
“ The funniest of Hanks's early work, this raunchy flick borders on slapstick and shows that Hanks was always destined to become a star. ” - citronlmb
 
46.
Dirty Work (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A loser finds success in the revenge-for-hire business. (82 mins.)
Director: Bob Saget
“ Norm McDonald and director Bob Saget's passion project is so underrated it hurts. Well, maybe not as much as the rape. That hurt the most, but this hurts the second most. ” - citronlmb
 
47.
Zoolander (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ Perhaps a bit lost in the comic landscape of its decade, Zoolander still boasts a breakdance fight, Owen Wilson at his funniest, and of course, Blue Steel. Listen to your friend Billy Zane. He's a cool guy. ” - citronlmb
 
48.
Midnight Run (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ The greatest true action-comedy ever, this was the first time DeNiro was really able to show off his comedic chops. And he hasn't been funnier since. ” - citronlmb
 
49.
Sex Drive (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A high school senior drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a babe he met online. (109 mins.)
Director: Sean Anders
“ Nobody saw this! Sure it may be the late 2000's version of American Pie, which was the late 90's version of Porky's, but that doesn't mean it isn't hilarious. Do yourself a favor: watch it, laugh until you wet yourself and then thank me later. ” - citronlmb
 
50.
Waiting... (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics. (94 mins.)
Director: Rob McKittrick
“ For anyone who has ever worked in the service industry, this film hits all the right notes- every character, every godforsaken table, every human interaction hits home. And it's hilarious! ” - citronlmb