Best comedies & standup specials

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1. Silent Movie (1976)

PG | 87 min | Comedy

A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar

Votes: 14,072 | Gross: $36.15M

2. Kingpin (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Sport

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: 69,024 | Gross: $24.94M

3. Zoolander (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell

Votes: 221,612 | Gross: $45.17M

4. Team America: World Police (2004)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Kristen Miller

Votes: 145,985 | Gross: $32.77M

5. Blades of Glory (2007)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

64 Metascore

In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck | Stars: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett

Votes: 141,237 | Gross: $118.59M

6. Tropic Thunder (2008)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Kahn

Votes: 337,352 | Gross: $110.52M

7. The Producers (1967)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Estelle Winwood, Renée Taylor

Votes: 44,140 | Gross: $0.11M

8. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

73 Metascore

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Votes: 108,992 | Gross: $119.50M

9. Best in Show (2000)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 49,556 | Gross: $18.62M

10. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

85 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 115,191 | Gross: $0.19M

11. Love and Death (1975)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, War

89 Metascore

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Georges Adet, Frank Adu

Votes: 31,314

12. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

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

Votes: 434,939 | Gross: $1.23M

13. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was 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: 127,539 | Gross: $86.30M

14. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, War

96 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 393,194 | Gross: $0.28M

15. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Jeremy Northam, Rob Brydon, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 11,716 | Gross: $1.25M

16. Wag the Dog (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 72,358 | Gross: $43.02M

17. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

68 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 40,909 | Gross: $11.22M

18. Svidd neger (2003)

87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Anna lives with her father Karl someplace in the outskirts of northern Norway. Karl killed his ex-wife and threw her newborn colored child into the sea when he discovered that she obviously... See full summary »

Director: Erik Smith Meyer | Stars: Kingsford Siayor, Eirik Junge Eliassen, Björn Granath, Kjersti Lid Gullvåg

Votes: 1,755

19. Coming to America (1988)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, Garcelle Beauvais, Feather

Votes: 136,675 | Gross: $128.15M

20. Edtv (1999)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

A video store clerk agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a television show.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Geoffrey Blake, Gail Boggs

Votes: 37,962 | Gross: $22.36M

21. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 198,270 | Gross: $53.88M

not sure which of the APs works best whole way through. Anyway, chuckling along and never forgets some of the madness that made its way to the script: laser sharks, eeeevil Belgians, random henchman widow

22. Hot Shots! (1991)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Comedy

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: 87,765 | Gross: $69.47M

23. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

Votes: 91,644 | Gross: $52.93M

Pesci's first words to the jury: EVERYTHING THAT GUY JUST SAID IS BULLSHlT

No miracles at all, just celebrating a nice afternoon with this old, well scripted (Grisham) Pesci flick. Great comedic timing amidst a sea of intrusive camera work (crane flying around every second scene) and shaky Ralph M 'acting'.

Oscar winning Marisa Tomei (beating Judy Davis who probably had more scripted scenes in Woody Allens great Husbands and Wives) wonderfully over the top in her excessive wardrobe, pulls of courtroom scene with class.

On a side note lots of material for Rich Hall and his inspired 'The Dirty South' documentary.

24. Ready to Wear (1994)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 13,265 | Gross: $11.30M

25. My Life as a Dog (1985)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Comedy

A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman

Votes: 16,200 | Gross: $8.35M

26. The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 228,739 | Gross: $104.95M

27. Man on the Moon (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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: 111,859 | Gross: $34.58M

28. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

79 Metascore

A partially idealized and fictionalized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 78,543 | Gross: $20.19M

29. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 28,641 | Gross: $14.92M

30. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 158,862 | Gross: $57.23M

31. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni, RZA

Votes: 52,645 | Gross: $1.97M

32. Taking Off (1971)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone... See full summary »

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia Engel, Tony Harvey

Votes: 3,154

33. The Jerk (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King

Votes: 46,921 | Gross: $73.69M

34. In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Harry Hadden-Paton

Votes: 48,871 | Gross: $2.38M

35. About Schmidt (2002)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates

Votes: 114,264 | Gross: $65.02M

36. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 306,749 | Gross: $238.63M

37. Bernie (2011)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman

Votes: 51,861 | Gross: $9.20M

38. A Serious Man (2009)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed

Votes: 114,851 | Gross: $9.19M

39. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller

Votes: 234,184 | Gross: $52.36M

40. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 150,410 | Gross: $17.11M

41. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 339,687 | Gross: $56.82M

42. George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy (1997 TV Special)

50 min | Comedy

George Carlin celebrates 40 years of comedy and here, he presents 2 new standup bits, comedian Jon Stewart gives an interview with him, and we look at his old comedy work through the last 4 decades.

Director: Rocco Urbisci | Stars: George Carlin, Jon Stewart, Johnny Carson, Sinbad

Votes: 733

43. Louis C.K. Oh My God (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 58 min | Documentary, Comedy

In February, 2013, Louis brings his impish nihilism to Phoenix, Arizona. He talks about an old lady and her pet, living in Manhattan, experiencing his body's aging (he's 45), men's ... See full summary »

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 7,465

44. Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater (2011 Video)

63 min | Documentary, Comedy

Louis jokes about fatherhood, success, and flying first class at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Director: Louis C.K. | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 7,950

45. Louis C.K.: Shameless (2007 TV Special)

TV-MA | 56 min | Documentary, Comedy

Comedy and television star Louis C.K. returns to HBO for an hour of no-holds-barred, adults-only stand-up comedy! Taped before a live audience at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, the... See full summary »

Director: Steven J. Santos | Star: Louis C.K.

Votes: 6,889

46. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 152,094 | Gross: $8.70M

47. Sånger från andra våningen (2000)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Torbjörn Fahlström

Votes: 14,764 | Gross: $0.00M

48. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 587,656 | Gross: $59.10M

49. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 158,580 | Gross: $22.25M

50. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy