Best Comedy Films Ever

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1. 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: 419,386 | Gross: $1.23M

2. 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: 288,870 | Gross: $85.29M

3. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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73 Metascore

Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco

Votes: 337,482 | Gross: $109.45M

4. Step Brothers (2008)

R | 98 min | Comedy

6.9
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51 Metascore

Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 229,690 | Gross: $100.47M

5. There's Something About Mary (1998)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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69 Metascore

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.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans

Votes: 261,667 | Gross: $176.48M

6. The Hangover (2009)

R | 100 min | Comedy

7.7
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms

Votes: 628,379 | Gross: $277.32M

7. Old School (2003)

R | 88 min | Comedy

7.2
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54 Metascore

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

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Piven

Votes: 194,984 | Gross: $75.59M

8. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy

7.3
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89 Metascore

Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Chester

Votes: 315,205 | Gross: $128.51M

9. 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: 300,133 | Gross: $20.05M

10. I Love You, Man (2009)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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70 Metascore

Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But, when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after?

Director: John Hamburg | Stars: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Sarah Burns

Votes: 176,410 | Gross: $71.44M

11. Knocked Up (2007)

R | 129 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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85 Metascore

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 with his child.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann

Votes: 315,801 | Gross: $148.73M

12. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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56 Metascore

Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Gerry Bednob

Votes: 157,782 | Gross: $31.46M

13. Grown Ups (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy

6.0
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30 Metascore

After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James, Chris Rock

Votes: 196,240 | Gross: $162.00M

14. Semi-Pro (2008)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

5.8
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47 Metascore

Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.

Director: Kent Alterman | Stars: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Maura Tierney

Votes: 70,852 | Gross: $33.47M

15. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

6.6
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66 Metascore

Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole

Votes: 141,794 | Gross: $148.21M

16. Caddyshack (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

7.3
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48 Metascore

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Votes: 88,748 | Gross: $39.85M

17. Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

7.6
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79 Metascore

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.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst

Votes: 96,982 | Gross: $141.60M

18. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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60 Metascore

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid

Votes: 78,755 | Gross: $61.40M

19. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

7.5
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69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 113,096 | Gross: $90.40M

20. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

8.0
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80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Votes: 125,045 | Gross: $86.30M

21. History of the World: Part I (1981)

R | 92 min | Comedy, History

6.9
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Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 39,764 | Gross: $31.67M

22. The Full Monty (1997)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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75 Metascore

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, William Snape

Votes: 87,632 | Gross: $45.95M

23. Fletch (1985)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.9
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68 Metascore

Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher is a newspaper reporter being offered a large sum to off a cancerous millionaire, but is on the run, risking his job, and finding clues when it's clear the man is healthy.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Richard Libertini

Votes: 40,479 | Gross: $50.61M

24. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 490,431 | Gross: $70.91M

25. The Wedding Singer (1998)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.8
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59 Metascore

Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert

Votes: 117,437 | Gross: $80.25M

26. 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: 454,370 | Gross: $121.46M

27. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.8
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78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 176,054 | Gross: $83.40M

28. The King of Comedy (1982)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

Votes: 60,328 | Gross: $2.50M

29. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy

7.3
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41 Metascore

The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.

Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Starr

Votes: 309,757 | Gross: $127.18M

30. Man on the Moon (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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58 Metascore

The life and career of a legendary comedian, Andy Kaufman.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Greyson Erik Pendry

Votes: 108,437 | Gross: $34.58M

31. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 751,954 | Gross: $125.62M

32. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

6.9
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37 Metascore

A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc

Votes: 236,100 | Gross: $72.22M