Comedy Movie Rankingsby ctwill02-352-732724 | created - 08 May 2012 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public
In this list, I will rank all of the movies meant to make the audience laugh. This will not include movies that revisionist history has deemed comedies but only those whose initial purpose was hilarity. It's by far the greatest genre in cinema because, after all, if it makes you happy, it can't be that bad.
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2. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 410,215 | Gross: $285.76M
4. There's Something About Mary (1998)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 276,679 | Gross: $176.48M
7. Billy Madison (1995)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy
In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.
Votes: 122,402 | Gross: $25.59M
8. The Cable Guy (1996)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A lonely and mentally disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.
Votes: 142,805 | Gross: $60.24M
10. The Hangover (2009)
R | 100 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 675,555 | Gross: $277.32M
12. Clueless (1995)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
Votes: 159,075 | Gross: $56.63M
13. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 670,159 | Gross: $17.50M
14. Young Frankenstein (1974)
PG | 106 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 134,219 | Gross: $86.30M
15. Used Cars (1980)
R | 113 min | Comedy
When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.
16. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.
Votes: 46,823 | Gross: $40.90M
"I know you are, but what am I?"
This movie is full of classic moments from my childhood. I don't really remember his show, but I'll never forget this movie.
17. Spaceballs (1987)
PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs.
Votes: 160,168 | Gross: $38.12M
18. Airplane! (1980)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
Votes: 192,619 | Gross: $83.40M
This is slapstick comedy at its best. Although some of its moments don't hold up today, the more famous scenes are timeless.
19. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance
Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.
Votes: 368,147 | Gross: $109.45M
20. High School High (1996)
PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Richard Clark has just left the well-known Wellington Academy to teach at Marion Barry High School. Now, he will try to inspire the D-average students into making good grades and try to woo a fellow teacher.
Votes: 12,064 | Gross: $20.95M
21. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.
Votes: 223,336 | Gross: $219.20M
22. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 310,940 | Gross: $85.29M
23. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
PG-13 | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The dim-witted teen duo of Beavis and Butt-Head travel across America in search of their stolen television set.
Votes: 48,706 | Gross: $63.07M
25. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
R | 109 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 105,741 | Gross: $0.20M
28. Blazing Saddles (1974)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Western
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
Votes: 117,031 | Gross: $119.50M
31. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
R | 89 min | Comedy
Used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event.
Votes: 19,599 | Gross: $15.10M
32. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Music
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
Votes: 121,121 | Gross: $0.19M
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime
Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.
Votes: 137,794 | Gross: $78.76M
The baseball scene alone in this makes it can't-miss comedy.
34. Office Space (1999)
R | 89 min | Comedy
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Votes: 228,618 | Gross: $10.82M
It's definitely more of a cult comedy since it reached the height of its popularity playing on a constant loop on Comedy Central. Milton, the reason the movie was made to begin with, is by far the best part of the movie, but Lumbergh is hilarious as well. It's not all that surprising that none of the three main male characters did anything after this as their parts weren't really all that memorable.
35. Grown Ups 2 (2013)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy
After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and four hundred costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.
Votes: 130,299 | Gross: $133.67M
This is a total 180 from what Sandler had been doing since about 2008 or so. It's much more in the vein of Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison with tons of hilarious side characters doing and saying random things.
36. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Romance
Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.
Votes: 134,193 | Gross: $120.06M
40. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.
Votes: 292,733 | Gross: $70.14M
While not the funniest, this is probably the most famous movie about high school ever made. Most of the statements made about school in the 80s still seem pretty accurate today, which is the sign of a true classic.
41. Big Daddy (1999)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.
Votes: 186,871 | Gross: $163.48M
42. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
G | 76 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally separated and each swept into a hazardous trek.
Votes: 9,952 | Gross: $13.25M
"That's not a good idea!"
This was one of my favorites as a kid, and it still holds up remarkably well today as evidenced by the fact that my two-year-old son wants to watch it every day.
43. Team America: World Police (2004)
R | 98 min | Action, Comedy
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.
Votes: 151,935 | Gross: $32.77M
44. Meet the Parents (2000)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance
Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date's worst nightmare.
Votes: 294,785 | Gross: $166.24M
45. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport
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.
Votes: 215,736 | Gross: $114.33M
"It's a bold move, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him." That line alone makes this movie a classic.
46. What About Bob? (1991)
PG | 99 min | Comedy
A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.
Votes: 58,371 | Gross: $63.71M
This was so much better the second time I watched it. You've probably come across this on TV multiple times. Well, it's worth the watch because Bill Murray is a genius, especially during the in-home interview at the end.
47. 21 Jump Street (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
Votes: 481,633 | Gross: $138.45M
They pulled this off better than I expected, but it still could have benefitted from being a little more subdued at times. Jonah Hill seems to be able to write other characters well but not his own, who keeps vacillating on who he is throughout the movie to the point where it seems he's only playing himself.
48. Envy (2004)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy