America's 100 Greatest Comedies
100 YEARS...100 LAUGHS

The 500 Nominees

by American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, California, in mid-June 2000 selected America's 100 Funniest Movies with a blue-ribbon panel or "jury" of more than 1,800 leaders of the American movie community including actors, directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, historians, film executives and critics. AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs revealed America's 100 funniest movies, as chosen by leaders of the entertainment community, in a three-hour television event, that aired on the CBS Television Network in mid-June 2000. According to the AFI, these are "the films and film artists that have made audiences laugh throughout the century."

See also this site's sections on the Comedy Films Genre and the Greatest Comedies of All Time and Funniest Film Moments and Scenes.

Judging Criteria For Selection of 100 Funniest American Movies included:

  • Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format typically more than 60 minutes long
    American Film: The film must be an English-language film with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States
    Funny: Regardless of genre, the total comedic impact of a film's elements must create an experience greater than the sum of the smile
  • Legacy: Laughs that echo across time, enriching America's film heritage and inspiring artists and audiences today
Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the 100 Greatest Films.

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