Top 25 comedies

by shaolin-master | created - 11 Jul 2011 | updated - 11 Jul 2011 | Public

My top 25 comedies, ordered by preference.

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1. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 173,428 | Gross: $0.16M

2. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance

97 Metascore

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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 204,312 | Gross: $25.00M

3. The Party (1968)

PG | 99 min | Comedy

A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Natalia Borisova, Jean Carson

Votes: 33,090

4. 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: 68,743 | Gross: $24.94M

5. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 63,993 | Gross: $0.49M

6. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 109,811 | Gross: $17.11M

7. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts

Votes: 28,872 | Gross: $12.00M

8. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

76 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 112,167

9. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

75 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 310,128 | Gross: $20.05M

10. Ball of Fire (1941)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers

Votes: 9,059

11. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 132,929 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Miracle in Milan (1951)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the street.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 4,909

13. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 618,281 | Gross: $17.50M

14. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, José Ferrer, Julie Hagerty

Votes: 16,391 | Gross: $9.08M

15. Crna macka, beli macor (1998)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

73 Metascore

Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic, Branka Katic, Florijan Ajdini

Votes: 44,894 | Gross: $0.35M

16. After Hours (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong

Votes: 45,912 | Gross: $10.60M

17. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 44,296 | Gross: $6.00M

18. Human Nature (2001)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

A woman is in love with a man in love with another woman, and all three have designs on a young man raised as an ape.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans, Ken Magee

Votes: 16,292 | Gross: $0.70M

19. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

R | 81 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

73 Metascore

When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 175,132 | Gross: $52.01M

20. 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: 431,255 | Gross: $1.23M

21. Dark Habits (1983)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

A nightclub singer seeks refuge with gay nuns on dope in a Madrid convent.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cristina Sánchez Pascual, Will More, Laura Cepeda, Miguel Zúñiga

Votes: 5,043

22. Crimewave (1985)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

34 Metascore

A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Louise Lasser, Brion James, Paul L. Smith, Sheree J. Wilson

Votes: 4,482 | Gross: $0.00M

23. Rubin and Ed (1991)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

An unsuccessful, nervous businessman gradually comes to befriend an eccentric, asocial nerd on a trip to Utah to bury a deceased cat.

Director: Trent Harris | Stars: Crispin Glover, Howard Hesseman, Karen Black, Michael Greene

Votes: 1,483

24. Smiley Face (2007)

R | 85 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

After a young actress unknowingly eats her roommate's marijuana cupcakes, her day becomes a series of misadventures.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Anna Faris, John Krasinski, Adam Brody, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 14,910 | Gross: $0.01M

25. 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: 14,018 | Gross: $36.15M