The Best Comedies

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1. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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76 Metascore

Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 126,030 | Gross: $78.04M

2. 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: 309,730 | Gross: $127.18M

3. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.3
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45 Metascore

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, returns from a spiritual quest to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the sacred animal of a tribe in Africa.

Director: Steve Oedekerk | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice, Simon Callow, Maynard Eziashi

Votes: 174,565 | Gross: $108.39M

4. Billy Madison (1995)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy

6.4
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16 Metascore

In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 113,403 | Gross: $25.59M

5. 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: 191,907 | Gross: $3.15M

6. Pitch Perfect (2012)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.2
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66 Metascore

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Votes: 234,322 | Gross: $65.00M

7. Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002)

PG-13 | 81 min | Action, Comedy

6.2
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14 Metascore

A rough-around-the-edges martial arts master seeks revenge for his parent's death.

Director: Steve Oedekerk | Stars: Steve Oedekerk, Fei Lung, Leo Lee, Ling-Ling Hsieh

Votes: 39,812 | Gross: $16.03M

8. 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: 236,057 | Gross: $72.22M

9. Up in Smoke (1978)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Music

7.0
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57 Metascore

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Directors: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams

Votes: 31,127 | Gross: $44.36M

10. Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

7.0
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31 Metascore

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay

Votes: 168,354 | Gross: $38.62M

11. Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.8
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70 Metascore

A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he turns his son down for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly

Votes: 240,633 | Gross: $181.41M

12. 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: 104,141 | Gross: $2.12M

13. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

PG-13 | 73 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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Mike Nelson and his robot companions watch and give their comments about This Island Earth (1955).

Director: Jim Mallon | Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Michael J. Nelson, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 16,476 | Gross: $1.01M

14. The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Sport

6.1
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41 Metascore

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 128,561 | Gross: $161.49M

15. 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: 135,046 | Gross: $30.06M

16. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | 90 min | Comedy

6.6
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44 Metascore

At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese

Votes: 42,763 | Gross: $40.90M

17. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 267,580 | Gross: $70.14M

18. 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: 190,645 | Gross: $30.65M

19. Little Nicky (2000)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.3
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38 Metascore

After two of the devil's three sons escape Hell to wreak havoc on Earth, the devil must send his third son, the mild-mannered Nicky, to bring them back before it's too late.

Director: Steven Brill | Stars: Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans

Votes: 86,155 | Gross: $39.46M

20. Heavy Weights (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.7
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Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.

Director: Steven Brill | Stars: Tom McGowan, Aaron Schwartz, Ben Stiller, David Goldman

Votes: 21,344 | Gross: $17.69M

21. Cool Runnings (1993)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.9
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60 Metascore

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis

Votes: 76,186 | Gross: $68.86M

22. 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: 751,856 | Gross: $125.62M

23. The Heat (I) (2013)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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60 Metascore

An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael McDonald, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir

Votes: 143,810 | Gross: $159.58M

24. 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: 194,973 | Gross: $75.59M

25. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

7.6
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65 Metascore

Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.

Director: Eli Craig | Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss

Votes: 142,555 | Gross: $0.22M

26. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 160,306 | Gross: $148.17M

27. Stripes (1981)

R | 106 min | Comedy, War

6.9
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68 Metascore

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates

Votes: 53,393 | Gross: $85.30M

28. 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: 96,973 | Gross: $141.60M

29. 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: 78,733 | Gross: $61.40M

30. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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57 Metascore

Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce

Votes: 40,955 | Gross: $2.00M

31. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

8.0
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 433,213 | Gross: $13.54M

32. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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80 Metascore

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family are declared fugitives.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 275,671 | Gross: $183.14M

33. Airheads (1994)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

6.1
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46 Metascore

Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ refuses to play them.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley

Votes: 40,593 | Gross: $5.37M

34. Miss Congeniality (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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43 Metascore

An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen

Votes: 152,854 | Gross: $106.81M

35. Smoke Signals (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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76 Metascore

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer

Votes: 8,611 | Gross: $6.72M

36. 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: 131,104 | Gross: $71.58M