Empire Magazine's "50 Funniest Comedies Ever"

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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.)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
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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
“ It really shouldn't work. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's rambling, surreal and dementedly illogical film doesn't sound on paper like it would have such a consistently high hit rate for its gags, but astute work on both sides of the camera see to that. So much footage was shot that an entire (funny) bonus film was created from alternate scenes and discarded subplots, handily released as Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, and what was winnowed to appear in the main film is barmily brilliant. Though it may not have made a huge impact at the box office, some films are destined to grow from humble beginnings into cult behemoths. When endlessly quote-worthy dialogue enters everyday conversation (as it has at Empire Towers), you know it's something special. Never seen it? Resisted watching it because you were worried it wouldn't live up to the hype? We invite you to the pants party. The party… with the pants. And the DVD. Get happy that a sequel is finally on the way...

Most Valued Player: It's so very tough to choose from the ensemble, but Steve Carell's Brick Tamland has to take this one. We love lamp, too.

Best Joke: Rumble in the Bronx! Well, in San Diego. The news teams do battle. ” - colm-hearne365
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
“ The Coen Bros' version of a Raymond Chandler noir, The Big Lebowski sees Jeff Bridges as The Dude, drifting, Philip Marlowe-like, around and through the middle of a tortuous mystery with nebulous results. He stumbles onto kidnapping, embezzlement, nymphomaniacs and nihilists – And all he wanted was compensation for his rug. There's also, of course, plenty of time for bowling with crazed 'Nam vet John Goodman and simple Steve Buscemi, leading to some cherishable face-off's with John Turturro's pink-clad, backwards-dancing, sex-offending Jesus Quintana. The bowling was important in suggesting an anachronistic time-period, Joel Coen explained. "It sent us back to a not-so-far-away era, but one that was nevertheless truly gone." The Big Lebowski is truly gone indeed.

Most Valued Player: Would this film be the same without Sam Elliott's weary old-west narration, intoning that The Dude abides? It would not.

Best Joke: If you stuck a pin in this screenplay blindfolded, you'd hit a classic line. Let's go with Walter: "Nihilists... *beep* me... I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, but at least it's an ethos." ” - colm-hearne365
Life of Brian (1979)
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Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
“ The first real film from the surreal superstars of the Pythons, the Holy Grail contains some of the most inspired writing ever committed to celluloid, with the team playing King Arthur and his loyal(ish) knights on a ragtag quest for the titular cup. Sure, the budget appears to have been about 50p, but that spurs the team to greater heights of fancy, substituting coconut halves for horses' hooves and using excellent inanity instead of epic scale. The jokes have spawned a billion student imitators, from claims that "it's just a flesh wound" to Gallic insults to knights who say "ni" and demand shrubberies to elaborate discursions on the appropriate base for a system of government. Worth it for the Trojan rabbit gag alone.

Most Valued Player: We're going to nominate Graham Chapman. He may be the closest thing the film has to a straight man – so only as crooked as a thrupenny bit – but he unselfishly makes everyone else look funnier, and sneaks in some big laughs.

Best Joke: There were very nearly fistfights in the office in trying to determine this one, but let's plump in the end for the French insult scene. Just for the outrageous accent. ” - colm-hearne365
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
“ With the likes of Old School and Starsky & Hutch already behind him, Todd Phillips wasn't exactly a newcomer to comedy films, but he really took off into the stratosphere with this oh-so-simple but oh-so-well-executed premise. Casting a group of lesser-known (and therefore less expensive) leading men in Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis and sending them off on a disastrous bachelor party in Vegas, he stretched his budget here to fit in as much Vegas-based madness as possible. Galifianakis steals many scenes with the beyond-eccentric Alan, but everyone gets something funny to do and (more-or-less) straight man Cooper is the perfect foil for the madness. As writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore pile on the misadventures, so we're drawn into a hilarious web of nutty criminals, sun-baked grooms, tigers and a crooning Mike Tyson.

Most Valued Player: Everyone points to Galifianakis, but Ed Helms deserves credit for making the wussy Stu into a reliable joke factory. And he's musical, too!

Best Joke: Alan's halting, cracked speech about the "Wolfpack". A new comedy team term is born. ” - colm-hearne365
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
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Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. (85 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
“ The sixth episode of Police Squad could have been the last we saw of Lieutenant Frank Drebin. Cancelled by ABC, reportedly over fears that it required the audience to pay too much attention, the show languished for six years before it was resurrected for this, the first of three films. As with Zucker-Abrams-Zucker's pervious Airplane! the biggest joke is the dead seriousness of Leslie Nielsen. Here, however, he's finally and gloriously centre stage, spouting ludicrous hard-boiled cop clichés as chaos reigns around him (much of it chaos of his own making). Props too, to George Kennedy and Priscilla Presley as, respectively, Drebin's long-suffering boss and newly put-upon love interest. These days though, it has to be said that the presence of OJ Simpson as Nordberg feels bloody weird.

Most Valued Player: The guy in the baseball crowd that stands up and says "Hey! It's Enrico Pallazzo!"

Best Joke: "Nice beaver!", "Thank you, I just had it stuffed." ” - colm-hearne365
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
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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. (84 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
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The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Farrelly
“ Peter and Bobby Farrelly announced themselves as a comedic filmmaking duo to watch with this unrelentingly silly road-trip-meets-buddy movie. The big secret weapon for the directors – first showcased here in the friendship between inveterate loons Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) – is the ability to sneak real heart into the mix of fart gags and gurning. Inspired by silent movie stars (check out the first names of those two leads), the Farrellys seriously tinkered with Bennett Yellin's first draft of the script and created two idiots for the ages. Even if their original first choices (Nicolas Cage and, perhaps surprisingly, Gary Oldman) passed, they found the perfect leading men in Carrey and Daniels. And we mean that as a compliment.

Most Valued Player: Daniels scores this one for his sheer commitment to sweet-natured simpleton Harry.

Best Joke: A warning never to accept a lift from these two idiots. ” - colm-hearne365
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/11 X  
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ If you're a fan of The Office (and, given that you're reading a feature about great comedy, chances are high), then you can thank Rob Reiner's inspirational mock-doc for the show. Based on Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, Reiner's scarily plausible rockumentary is both a brilliant depiction of the music business and one of the best comedies ever to strut onto the big screen in tight leather pants and improbable hair. The fruit of hundreds of hours of footage with a large amount of improv, the authenticity on show is quite staggering, while the hit rate of the gags goes all the way up to eleven.

Most Valued Player: It's really hard to pick a favourite out of the three leads, but co-writer Christopher Guest really is the self-deluded soul of Tap. Though he went on to spearhead his own comedy projects, to us he'll always be Nigel Tufnel.

Best Joke: The 18-inch Stonehenge model, the bread that's too small, the mispronunciation of "Dolby", the band getting lost backstage, the stage pod refusing to open... and so on. But if pushed, we've have to go for the sound system which is one louder. ” - colm-hearne365
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ It starts with the sight of a chain gang singing Cole Porter, and ends with its heroes watching themselves in the cinema. In between, Blazing Saddles manages to be both crazily scattershot and impressively focused, madly meta but also sweetly traditional. The sheer volume of jokes thrown out onto the prairie of Mel Brooks' comedy western is immense, but it never really forgets its story – black sheriff helps white town defeat the railroad – and actually has thoughtful things to say about the genre's inherent racism, if you care to look beyond the farting. It also gets better and better the more Westerns you watch. Richard Pryor was one of the co-writers, choosing to get the train rather than fly from New York to LA for the production, since it allowed for more drinking time. Gotta have priorities.

Most Valued Player: Everyone's awesome, but let's say the veteran Slim Pickens, whose presence makes Blazing Saddles that much more like an authentic classic Western. And he's funny too!

Best Joke: The soundtrack that segues into the church congregation singing the final verse of 'The Ballad Of Rockridge': "Now is our time of great decision / Are we to stay or up and quit? / There's no avoiding this conclusion / Our town is turning into *beep* ” - colm-hearne365
Superbad (2007)
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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
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (121 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Everybody knows that Marilyn Monroe was gorgeous, but people don't give her enough credit for her comedy chops – and they're brilliantly showcased here. Sure, she was a nightmare to work with on set, an emotional mess who required scores of takes on the simplest lines, but director Billy Wilder persisted until he captured her unique lightning in a bottle. Not that this is a one-woman show. The male leads do the heavy lifting: Jack Lemmon was on top form, and Tony Curtis never funnier than here, playing two jazz musicians on the run from the mob and disguised as women in an all-girl band. Men in drag may be a cheap way to mine laughs, but this is the absolute pinnacle of the form, Wilder and his cast turning a cheap sex comedy into a fizzy, flawless farce.

Most Valued Player: You wouldn't want to give up either Jack Lemmon or Marilyn Monroe, both sublimely accomplished comedians. But for sheer revelatory force, we're giving this one to Tony Curtis, who was never this funny in anything else – and he's the straight man here!

Best Joke: We're partial to Lemmon's attempts to unmask Curtis' millionaire persona just after he's first made contact with Monroe's Sugar. ” - colm-hearne365
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
“ A decade after Ghostbusters and 13 years on from Caddyshack, Groundhog Day saw Harold Ramis and Bill Murray in more thoughtful form. Murray's cynical weatherman Phil Connors makes a Scrooge-like emotional journey from recluse to romantic, via a karmic time loop that sees him endlessly revisiting the same day until he gets it right. Murray's hangdog exasperation is a joy as always, but he's also revealed here as a surprisingly credible romantic lead. The specifics of what happens to him are never explained (some guff about a voodoo curse was thankfully dropped), and his time in limbo is up to individual interpretation: Ramis has said it's anything from ten years to 10,000. Coincidentally, that's also the number of times you can watch the film without it getting old.

Most Valued Player: Given that this is almost a one-man show, Murray is the obvious choice. But among the supporting players, we particularly love Stephen Tobolowsky as good ol' Ned "The Head" Ryerson.

Best Joke: Murray sings the praises of Punxsutawney Phil: "This is one time where television really fails to capture the excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." ” - colm-hearne365
Hot Fuzz (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents. (121 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick's jet black comedy famously stars Peter Sellers playing three separate roles and wildly improvising in all of them. He's the buttoned-down British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake; the ineffectual US President Merkin Muffley; and the mechanically-armed cartoon ex-Nazi Dr Strangelove (real name "Merkwürdigliebe") who can't quite get out of the habit of calling the president "Mein Fuhrer". Sellers was also supposed to play Texan Air Force Major TJ "King" Kong, but injured himself and couldn't work in the fighter plane's cockpit (he was replaced by Slim Pickens). Devastatingly deadpan, this has the darkest of all imaginable endings, which is all the more impressive given that it originally climaxed with a pie fight. Kubrick, wisely, thunk again.

Most Valued Player: Sellers aside, it has to be George C. Scott, who reluctantly allowed himself to be egged on by Kubrick to heights of lunacy he'd never previously dared reach.

Best Joke: Muffley on the phone to his opposite number in Russia: "Why do you think I'm calling? Just to say hello? Of course I like to speak to you!" ” - colm-hearne365
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
“ Originally, the Peter Venkman role was written for John Belushi; the Rick Moranis part for John Candy. But having seen the greatest effects comedy ever made, it's impossible to imagine anyone else doing such a good job as this cast – in particular Murray's free-wheeling Venkman. And there are genuine scares in here to make the laughs all the louder by comparison (don't know about you, but we still jump a little at the Library Ghost). The lead trio expertly mine every facet of the supernatural for every possible laugh, from crooked researchers to gross-out slime ghosts to enormous inter-dimensional invasions. They even turned Sigourney Weaver into a terrifying ridged black beast, something even the Alien franchise never quite managed.

Most Valued Player: The entire cast is on top form, but there's no real question: it has to be Bill Murray. Offering the sardonic, wiseguy contrast to Ray's sweet enthusiasm and Egon's nerdishness, he drives everything forward.

Best Joke: No one can deliver quasi-bureaucratic nonsense like Dan Aykroyd. And no one can follow that up like Bill Murray. ” - colm-hearne365
Young Frankenstein (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
Team America: World Police (2004)
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Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love. (98 mins.)
Director: Trey Parker
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain. (92 mins.)
Zoolander (2001)
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At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
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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
“ Even though audiences largely ignored his TV shows, Undeclared and Freaks And Geeks, the runaway success of The 40 Year-Old Virgin saw screenwriter-turned-showrunner-turned-director Judd Apatow suddenly crowned as Hollywood's new king of comedy. Indeed, ever since Steve Carell's virginal toy collector sought to pop his cherry with Catherine Keener's GILF while trying to cram pimpage, it's hard to think of a mainstream bromance not influenced in one way or another by Apatowian sensibilities. Stoner humour, dick jokes, the notion that schlubby nerds can land hot women who are accepting of geek culture: Apatow's dominance of modern comedy started here.

Most Valued Player: The supporting players score big laughs – especially the advice-dispensing trio of Seth Rogen, Romany Malco and Paul Rudd – but Steve Carell deserves the lion's share of the credit for providing real heart amongst all the sweary improv and vulgar sex chat.

Best Joke: Seeing as Steve Carell – who can easily rival Ben Stiller in the Hairy Comedian stakes – did it for real, we're going to go for the waxing scene. ” - colm-hearne365
Withnail & I (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the end of the 1960's, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
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 Hughes' keen eye for character comedy was rarely on better form than in this cross-country transport nightmare, shoving together Steve Martin's uptight, nervy Neal Page and John Candy's endlessly upbeat Del Griffith, a man who singularly fails to grasp the concept of personal space. Martin has since commented that it's his favourite film and performance, and you can see why: it's perfectly pitched, ratcheting up the frustration to ever-increasing levels as Page struggles to get home, and endlessly relatable (although most people are better at identifying the difference between a pillow and, well, Steve Martin). It's a miracle that it turned out so well. The hellish shoot was made worse by a grumpy director beset by personal travails and the need to create the film's transport companies from scratch thanks to Amtrak, Greyhound and co refusing to be associated with travel chaos.

Most Valued Player: Martin is on top form, but it's Candy who deserves the plaudits, spicing his gregarious Griffith with real notes of both sweetness and sadness towards the end.

Best Joke: Pushed too far, Martin's Page unloads on an unsuspecting car rental desk jockey with a stream of invective. As each use of the F-word spills from his mouth, you can almost see the steam shooting from his ears. ” - colm-hearne365
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
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When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start swearing and their parent's think that Canada is to blame. (81 mins.)
Director: Trey Parker
Old School (2003)
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Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
There's Something About Mary (1998)
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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.)
“ A penis in a zipper, a violent dog attack, a serial killer and a cluster of obsessive stalkers all chasing the same woman: this sounds more like the stuff of scary movies rather than beloved comic hits. And yet here, thanks to the addition of, er, foreign substances to hair dos, comedy braces and occasional background troubadours, it all seems charming and rather sweet. Ben Stiller is the stalker / lovelorn suitor of the smart, fun, funny Mary (Cameron Diaz), and is so likeably hangdog that you can almost forgive him the chaos he causes, while Diaz has never been fizzier. Another film that captured lightning in a bottle that none of its imitators could replicate.

Most Valued Player: Matt Dillon wasn't really known for comedy, but he was a revelation here, his scuzziness providing a nice contrast to Stiller's earnestness.

Best Joke: It has to be that pre-prom zipper scene. Excruciating in every sense. ” - colm-hearne365
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
Annie Hall (1977)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ The dividing line between Woody Allen's "early, funny™" films and whatever you want to call what came after, Annie Hall saw the nebbish auteur aiming for greater profundity than in the likes of Take The Money And Run and Bananas. That's not to say there aren't still abundant laughs, but there was now also wistful romance in the relationship between Diane Keaton's Annie and Allen's Alvie, and the beginnings of the love affair with New York that Allen would expand into Manhattan. Allen's preferred title was Anhedonia, which is the inability to experience pleasure from things usually considered enjoyable. His co-writer Marshall Brickman's suggestions meanwhile, apparently included It Had To Be Jew and Me And My Goy.

Most Valued Player: An early appearance by Christopher Walken, cementing his screen persona for years to come by talking about driving into headlong traffic.

Best Joke: One for the smartarses: Allen produces philosopher Marshall McLuhan to win an argument in a cinema queue. "Boy, if life were only like this." ” - colm-hearne365
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
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In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
“ With the Python collaborations in the past, John Cleese moved on to solo efforts, kicking off with 1986's Clockwise. But A Fish Called Wanda, which he also wrote, proves his masterpiece. Mixing an Ealing Comedy sensibility and British stuffiness with freewheeling American spirit (especially in Jamie Lee Curtis' sexy Wanda), it's a transatlantic triumph. Ostensibly a crime story involving the hunt for the ill-gotten (and then misplaced) gains from a heist, it is in fact a mean-spirited caper in a way that still lets you care for many of the characters, particularly poor, stuttering Ken (Michael Palin). Rarely has food been funnier.

Most Valued Player: Kevin Kline's rarely been better than as the blindly confident, utterly ignorant Otto. Just don't call him stupid.

Best Joke: The staggering difference between the bedtime routines of Otto and Wanda and Archie (Cleese) and wife Wendy (Maria Aitken). Volare! ” - colm-hearne365
Clerks (1994)
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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. (92 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Whether you come for the jokes and stay for the music or vice versa, this offers the best of both worlds. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are the titular musical siblings (adoptive), on a mission from God to save an orphanage. The pair had an easy chemistry that drives the film, neither wasting a word, but still able to raise a laugh with nothing but a twitch of the eyebrow. Never before (or since) in human history has the quest to pay a tax bill resulted in so much vehicular carnage, so much damage to the Illinois Nazi cause, and so much great music.

Most Valued Player: It's a tough call: Carrie Fisher? Steven Spielberg? Henry Gibson? We're going to go for Kathleen Freeman's Mother Superior, however, as the only person onscreen capable of even briefly cowing the central pair.

Best Joke: The entire movie summed up in one iconic line. ” - colm-hearne365
Duck Soup (1933)
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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (68 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ The Marx Brothers' final film for Paramount is the apex of their career, a perfectly formed masterpiece before their move to the forced-romantic subplots and overblown musical interludes of the MGM years. Predictably, it was considered a disappointment on release in 1933. It sees Groucho as Rufus T. Firefly, installed by his frequent nemesis Margaret Dumont as leader of the bankrupt Freedonia, an arrangement that obviously takes the country into anarchic war with neighbouring Sylvania. A surprisingly excoriating war satire as well as a thoroughly ridiculous knockabout, Duck Soup is probably most famous for with the "mirror sketch" between Groucho and Harpo, but there's SO much more to it than that.

Most Valued Player: Well, it's always Groucho, obviously. But he's at his best when he's being Groucho at the expense of Margaret Dumont.

Best Joke: "Where is your husband?" / "He's dead." / "I bet he's just using that as an excuse." ” - colm-hearne365
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
Four Lions (2010)
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror. (97 mins.)
Director: Chris Morris
In Bruges (2008)
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Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Here's a film that starts off as pure comedy, Colin Farrell's sullen, put-upon hitman acting like a schoolboy next to Brendan Gleeson's tolerant but exasperated older partner. What sets this apart, however, is the turn for the dark it takes halfway through, turning into something closer to a tragedy. Ralph Fiennes' gangster with a code ("I want a normal gun for a normal person") provides the sinister contrast to the guilt-ridden Farrell and sympathetic Gleeson. That the laughs continue right down to the final minutes, amid bloodshed and heartbreak, is only a testament to just how funny writer/director Martin McDonagh's script is.

Most Valued Player: Gleeson does a lot of the emotional legwork and provides the perfect foil, but this is Farrell's movie. He perfectly portrays a basically goodhearted dimwit dealing with issues way out of his emotional range. And making endless insulting cracks about the people he meets along the way.

Best Joke: After his initial delight at discovering him ("They're filmin' wit' midgets!!") Colin Farrell's relationship with Jordan Prentice's Jimmy turns sour. Back off, short arse! ” - colm-hearne365
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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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
“ Despite how '80s it is, Ferris Bueller's Day Off remains a timeless slacker classic. A love letter to both Chicago and skiving, John Hughes' coming-of-age comedy introduced us to one of cinema's most righteous dudes while demonstrating how phoning in sick should, ideally, be done. It should, in other words, involve elaborate fake-outs that convince a town to rally around you while you enjoy fine meals, tourist sights, baseball games and parades in the big city. Whatever else Matthew Broderick ever does – and he achieved the kind of cinematic immortality that only an Elton John-accompanied Circle Of Life can grant you in The Lion King – this is the signature role he'll always be remembered for.

Most Valued Player: Yes, Broderick is righteous, but it's hard to overlook a small turn from a pre-Tiger-blooded Charlie Sheen who pops up as a rebellious drug user. Insert your own gag about life imitating art here.

Best Joke: Not so much a joke as an oft-quoted example of how amusing a droning monotone can be when repeated, the attendance call for Ferris is the sort of line fellow movie geeks will slip in to any roll call given the opporchancity. ” - colm-hearne365
Top Secret! (1984)
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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. (90 mins.)
Caddyshack (1980)
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An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
Wayne's World (1992)
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Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show. (94 mins.)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
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Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. (107 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ A parody of Hollywood excess delivered by a stupidly huge selection of A-list Hollywood stars, Tropic Thunder may be scattershot in its targets but it's often hugely funny along the way. Thrusting a clueless, deluded selection of prima donna stars into the jungle and then abandoning them to their fate, the film manages to make us laugh at war movie clichés, badly-behaved studio heads, desperate agents, bizarro star requests, patently obvious Oscar grabs and everything in between. It also contains Tom Cruise with a comb-over and a fat suit, swearing like a trouper and dancing to disgraceful R'n'B. What more do you want?

Most Valued Player: Robert Downey Jr.'s Kirk Lazarus/Lincoln Osiris. For the avoidance of doubt: no, it's not OK to use blackface. But yes, Downey's self-important, self-righteous Oscar-chaser is still freakin' hilarious.

Best Joke: Sound advice for actors, and a witty comment on the Oscars. You never go full retard. ” - colm-hearne365
In the Loop (2009)
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A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries. (106 mins.)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
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A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place. (94 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
The Jerk (1979)
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An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis. (94 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
Pineapple Express (2008)
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A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witnesses his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him. (111 mins.)
Knocked Up (2007)
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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. (129 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ Traditionally, unplanned pregnancies are the stuff of melodrama rather than comedy. Handwringing Lifetime movies called 15 AND PREGNANT are the usual approach – or they were, until Judd Apatow decided to take a less hysterical approach and discuss the funny side. So it's not just the likeable but laughably unprepared Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl who are affected, but their friends and family too. Played out in a free-wheeling, improvisational style, to the extent that Ben's friends all go by their real first names for ease of banter, it plays up the comedy without ever underplaying the serious issues involved in having a child – and teaches us that nightclub admissions policies really suck.

Most Valued Player: Eric Bana. Because without him, there wouldn't have been a pregnancy to deal with.

Best Joke: We rather love Kirsten Wiig's hilariously unsupportive executive here. ” - colm-hearne365
Happy Gilmore (1996)
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A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house. (92 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
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While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ The quintessential screwball comedy, this combines dinosaur bones, a case of mistaken leopard identity, women's clothing worn by men and a large amount of money to delightful effect. Amazingly, Katharine Hepburn had never played comedy before and was completely unsure how to go about approaching it; happily she learned from her co-stars and is delightfully ditzy here. Old hand Cary Grant shows off his feel for the form and goes from buttoned-up paleontologist to demented drag queen as Hepburn puts him through hell – but even he has to admit that he enjoys it really. After all, she may be manic and scatterbrained, but she's a lot more fun than his uptight fiancée, so really everything – as in the best screwball comedies – turns out for the best.

Most Valued Player: Grant, who gets to show off some range here, going from meek academic to despairing jailbird without ever leaving the audience behind.

Best Joke: It's the loss of her train here. ” - colm-hearne365
Kingpin (1996)
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A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches. (113 mins.)