COMEDY FILMS


Examples


Comedy Films

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Selection of Greatest Comedy Films:

* (Films designated by the American Film Institute as America's 100 Funniest Movies)
(Films designated by Premiere Magazine (July/Aug 2006 issue) as 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time
)
See also AFI's 10 Top 10 - The Top 10 Romantic Comedy Films


Greatest Charles Chaplin Comedies (Feature Films):
The Kid (1921)
The Gold Rush (1925) *
City Lights (1931) *
Modern Times (1936) *
The Great Dictator (1940) *
Limelight (1952)

Greatest Buster Keaton Comedies (Feature Films):
Our Hospitality (1923)
The Navigator (1924) *
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) *
The General (1927) *
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Greatest Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Mabel Normand Films:
Mabel, Fatty, and the Law (1915)
Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)

Greatest Laurel and Hardy Comedies (Feature Films):
Sons of the Desert (1933) *
Our Relations (1936)
Way Out West (1937)
The Flying Deuces (1939)
A Chump At Oxford (1940)

Greatest Harold Lloyd Comedies:

Grandma's Boy (1922)
Safety Last (1923)
Why Worry? (1923)
Girl Shy (1924)
The Freshman (1925) *

Greatest Harry Langdon Comedies:
The Strong Man (1926)
Long Pants (1927)

Greatest Marx Brothers Comedies:

The Cocoanuts (1929)
Animal Crackers (1930)
Monkey Business (1931) *
Horse Feathers (1932) *
Duck Soup (1933) *
A Night at the Opera (1935) *
A Day at the Races (1937) *

Greatest W. C. Fields Comedies:

It's A Gift (1934) *
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Greatest Mae West Comedies:
Night After Night (1932)
She Done Him Wrong (1933) *
I'm No Angel (1933)
Belle of the Nineties (1934)
Klondike Annie (1936)

Greatest Screwball Comedies:

The Front Page (1931)
It Happened One Night (1934) *
Twentieth Century (1934)
Libeled Lady (1936)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) *
My Man Godfrey (1936) *
The Awful Truth (1937) *
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Bringing Up Baby (1938) *
You Can't Take It With You (1938)
His Girl Friday (1940) *
My Favorite Wife (1940)
Ball of Fire (1941) *
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
The Talk of the Town (1942)

Preston Sturges Screwball Comedies and Satires:

The Great McGinty (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941) *
Sullivan's Travels (1941) *
The Palm Beach Story (1942) *
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) *
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

Greatest Frank Capra Comedies:

Lady for a Day (1933)
It Happened One Night (1934) *
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) *
You Can't Take it With You (1938)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Meet John Doe (1941)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) *
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
State of the Union (1948)

Greatest Mel Brooks Comedies:

The Producers (1968) *
Blazing Saddles (1974) *
Young Frankenstein (1974) *
Silent Movie (1976)
High Anxiety (1978)
Space Balls (1987)

Greatest Woody Allen Comedies:

Take the Money and Run (1969) *
Bananas (1971) *
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Sleeper (1973) *
Love and Death (1975)
Annie Hall (1977) *
Manhattan (1979) *
Zelig (1983)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1984)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Greatest Black Comedies, Anti-War Comedies, Spoof Comedies:

Duck Soup (1933) *
The Great Dictator (1940) *
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, UK)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Lolita (1962)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) *
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming! (1966)
M*A*S*H (1970) *
Harold and Maude (1971) *
Eating Raoul (1982)
Heathers (1989)
The Player (1992)
True Romance (1993)
Other Greatest Comedies:
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
Exit Smiling (1926)
Million Dollar Legs (1932)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Design For Living (1933)
Dinner at Eight (1933) *
The Thin Man (1934) *
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Stage Door (1937)
Topper (1937) *
Holiday (1938)
Pygmalion (1938)
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
Ninotchka (1939) *
The Women (1939)
My Favorite Wife (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940) *
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Ball of Fire (1941) *
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Road to Morocco (1942) *
To Be or Not To Be (1942) *
Woman of the Year (1942) *
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
The More the Merrier (1943)
Blithe Spirit (1945, UK)
Wonder Man (1945)
The Kid From Brooklyn (1946)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) *
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) *
The Paleface (1948)
Adam's Rib (1949) *
Everybody Does It (1949)
Born Yesterday (1950) *
Father of the Bride (1950) *
Harvey (1950) *
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951, UK)
The Man in the White Suit (1951, UK)
Pat and Mike (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952) *
Genevieve (1953, UK)
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953, Fr./UK)
Roman Holiday (1953)
The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954, UK)
Sabrina (1954)
The Ladykillers (1955)
The Seven Year Itch (1955) *
The Court Jester (1956) *
Auntie Mame (1958) *
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958, It.)
Mon Oncle (1958, Fr.)
The League of Gentlemen (1959, UK)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959) *
The Mouse That Roared (1959, UK)
The Apartment (1960) *
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) *
Move Over, Darling (1963)
The Nutty Professor (1963) *
The Pink Panther (1963)
Tom Jones (1963, UK)
Dr. Strangelove or: *
A Shot in the Dark (1964) *
Marriage, Italian Style (1964, It.)
Cat Ballou (1965) *
The Great Race (1965)
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines... (1965)
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Bedazzled (1967)
The Graduate (1967) *
A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
Playtime (1967, Fr)
The Odd Couple (1968) *
The Producers (1968) *
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
M*A*S*H (1970) *
Harold and Maude (1971) *
The Heartbreak Kid (1972) *
What's Up, Doc? (1972) *
American Graffiti (1973) *
Blazing Saddles (1974) *
Young Frankenstein (1974) *
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, UK)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Shampoo (1975) *
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1976)
Car Wash (1976)
Silver Streak (1976) *
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Oh, God! (1977) and sequels (1980, 1984)
Semi-Tough (1977)
Slap Shot (1977)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
(National Lampoon's) Animal House (1978) *
Up in Smoke (1978)
Being There (1979) *
Breaking Away (1979)
The In-Laws (1979)
The Jerk (1979) *
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
10 (1979)
Airplane! (1980) *
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Caddyshack (1980) *
9 to 5 (1980) *
Private Benjamin (1980) *
Stir Crazy (1980)
Arthur (1981) *
Stripes (1981)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Diner (1982) *
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) *
48 Hours (1982)
My Favorite Year (1982)
Tootsie (1982) *
Victor/Victoria (1982) *
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
Trading Places (1983)
All of Me (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) * and sequels (1987, 1994)
Ghostbusters (1984) * and sequel (1989)
Gremlins (1984) and sequel (1990)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Splash (1984)
This is Spinal Tap (1984) *
Top Secret! (1984)
Back to the Future (1985) and sequels (1989, 1990)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Lost in America (1985) *
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Broadcast News (1987) *
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) *
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Moonstruck (1987) *
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987) *
Roxanne (1987)
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Withnail and I (1987)
Beetlejuice (1988) *
Big (1988) *
Bull Durham (1988) *
A Fish Called Wanda (1988, UK/US) *
Married to the Mob (1988)
Midnight Run (1988)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
Working Girl (1988)
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and sequel (1991)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and sequels (1992, 1997)
Look Who's Talking (1989)
Parenthood (1989)
Say Anything... (1989)
When Harry Met Sally... (1989) *
Home Alone (1990)
Pretty Woman (1990)
The Addams Family (1991) and sequel (1993)
City Slickers (1991) *
Hot Shots! (1991)
Soap Dish (1991)
A League of Their Own (1992)
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Wayne's World (1992)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Groundhog Day (1993) *
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) *
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Clerks (1994)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Ed Wood (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
The American President (1995)
Babe (1995)
Billy Madison (1995)
Clueless (1995)
Get Shorty (1995)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Tommy Boy (1995)
Fargo (1996) *
Jerry Maguire (1996)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
The Full Monty (1997, UK)
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Waiting for Guffman (1997)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Life is Beautiful (1998, It)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1998) and series
Pleasantville (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
There's Something About Mary (1998) *
The Truman Show (1998)
The Wedding Singer (1998)
You've Got Mail (1998)
American Pie (1999)
Analyze This (1999)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Office Space (1999)
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Best in Show (2000)
Amelie (2001, Fr./Germ.)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Zoolander (2001)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Lost in Translation (2003, US/Jp.)
Old School (2003)
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Fifty First Dates (2004)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004, UK)
A Cock and Bull Story (2005, UK)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
The Pink Panther (2006)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Juno (2007)
Knocked Up (2007)
Superbad (2007)
The House Bunny (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The Hangover (2009)
The Proposal (2009)
Bridesmaids (2011)
Crazy, Stupid Love (2011)
Ted (2012)



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