Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 1

Greatest and Funniest Movie Scenes
Film Title/Year and Brief Funniest Scenes Description

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

A classic horror-comedy hybrid film about two Florida train station baggage handling clerks: Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello), who are being pursued by a multitude of Universal's horror characters (Frankenstein (Glenn Strange), Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Wolfman (Lon Chaney, Jr.), etc.) that they unknowingly deliver in crates to McDougals' House of Horror; the many scenes of Wilbur foolishly in love with evil mad lady scientist Dr. Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert) and going hysterically beserk with terror and fright - especially in the revolving door sequence; and the hilarious response by Wilbur to Larry Talbot's admission of lycanthropy (turning into a beast in the light of a full moon): "You and 20 million other guys"; and the costume ball sequence in which the monsters are unnoticed among the guests

About Last Night... (1986)

The lengthy opening sequence (with the characters appearing on-screen and then alternating with voice-over dialogue over blue-on-black title credits) in which slobbish, sexist, vulgar, loud-mouthed and self-assured pal Bernie Litko (James Belushi) and co-worker pal Danny Martin (Rob Lowe) are walking around various locales in Chicago as Bernie tells his enthralled friend about his previous night's outrageous and wild sexual adventure, involving, among other things: a 20 (or 19) year-old "broad" at a pancake house for whom he bought a pack of Viceroy cigarettes - who may or may not be a 'pro' - who decides they should both go to her room so she could pay him back. She invites him to take a shower with her (and then "f--k") - enthralled by her tits, ass, and legs - he delivers a welcomed towel flick on her ass (producing a red mark and a squeal) and she proceeds to put on a World War II flak suit (from a suitcase under the bed). As they are making love on her bed, while he cries out "Boom" every 30 seconds and a tape recorder plays "airplane noises" (rat-a-tat-tat), she then sets herself on fire with a Zippo lighter after dousing herself with gasoline during an aerial bomber reenactment, screaming: "Give it to me now, for the love of Christ!" - this causes the arrival of firemen from the Chicago Fire Department, from a screenplay by David Mamet titled "Sexual Perversity in Chicago"

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

The scenes of manic, rubber-faced "pet dick" Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) on the trail of a potential suspect, ex-Miami Dolphin's disgraced field goal kicker named Ray Finkle (transgendered female police Lieutenant Einhorn!) and a lost dolphin (named Snowflake - the mascot of the Miami Dolphins); the infamous butt talking scene; the montage of Ace searching for an AFC Championship ring (with a missing cut amber stone) on athletes' fingers; the bathroom scene of Ace accidentally feeding a shark in a tank rather than the dolphin, and Ace's dressing in a tutu and pretending to be a traumatized ex-footballer living out his last game (complete with slow-mos and instant replays), in order to get into the Shady Acre mental hospital's storage room of patients' belongings

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

The scene of Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) hiding in an animatronic rhinoceros ("I'm just a curious little rhino") in order to spy on one of his suspects in the theft of an albino bat - and then discovering the cooling system has failed ("Kinda hot in these rhinos...Warm"), forcing him to strip completely and squeeze himself out of the rhino's birth canal in order to get out - in full view of a group of shocked safari tourists; also the scene of Ace making shadow puppets on the screen in the projection room

Adam's Rib (1949)

The opening scene of 'dumb blonde' defendant Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) trailing her philandering, two-timing husband Warren (Tom Ewell) - and fumbling within her purse to take out her deadly pistol and also remove an instruction manual to learn how to release the safety catch; the scenes of happily-married lawyers: chauvinistic District Attorney Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) and his savvy wife/defense lawyer Amanda Bonner (Katharine Hepburn) on opposing sides of a murder case squaring off against each other in their personal lives at home (i.e., during a massage session); and in the final classic lines of the film reaching a mutual understanding and finally admitting that there is really only one fundamental difference between the sexes ("Vive la difference"); also the scene in the defendant's jail cell with her attorney Amanda when she delivers her entire rendition of the events of the day of the shooting -- punctuated with eating episodes (two rare hamburgers and lemon meringue pie, for instance)

Airplane! (1980)

The film's many effective puns, sight gags, parodies, wordplays, and other jokes, beginning with the opening credits sequence set to the familiar music of Jaws with the plane's fin appearing through the clouds; the Airport '75 (1974) spoof scene of the singing of River of Jordan by air stewardess Randy (Lorna Patterson) while continually knocking out the I-V drip for transplant patient (Jill Whelan) - on the way to the Mayo Clinic who desperately struggles during the song; also the deadpanned, sexually-prurient and provocative lines by Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves) to a young boy, among others: "Ya ever seen a grown man naked?" and "Do you like movies about gladiators?" - or the plentiful puns: ("Surely, you can't be serious!" "I am serious , and don't call me 'Shirley'!"); the continuing confusion of the pilot's "Roger" with his own navigator Roger (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) while talking to ground control; and stewardess Elaine Dickinson's (Julie Hagerty) question over the PA: ("By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"), and the infamous "fellatio" scene in which Elaine is given directions by air-traffic control to reinflate Otto the Autopilot doll (an inflatable man in a pilot suit) by a nozzle in his belt buckle ("On the belt line of the automatic pilot there's a tube. Now that is the manual inflation nozzle. Take it out and blow on it") -- Otto suddenly sports a huge satisfied grin and later both Otto and Elaine smoke cigarettes; also the "Oh stewardess, I speak jive" scene between elderly passenger Jive Lady (Barbara Billingsley) who offered to translate the jive talk of two black passengers: ("Cut me some slack, Jack!... Chump don't want no help, chump don't GET da' help!"); and ex-flier Ted Striker's (Robert Hays) flashback of dancing madly while the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" plays - a send-up of Saturday Night Fever, or his passionate kiss with Elaine on the beach while covered in kelp - a spoof of From Here to Eternity

Alice Adams (1935)

The classic, tragically funny, disastrous dinner-party scene, in which aspiring, pretentious Alice (Katharine Hepburn) hopelessly wishes to rise up above the low-social prominence of her vulgar, poor family to impress her rich new suitor Arthur Russell (Fred MacMurray) by inviting him to a "stylish" dinner party at her own home - in the wilting humidity and heat - served by the part-time hired black servant/cook Malena (Hattie McDaniel)

All of Me (1984)

The clever role-reversal comedy with physical slapstick comedy performed by its comedy stars Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin as two parts or personalities of the same person (a left male side and right female side); one is unhappy lawyer and jazz musician Roger Cobb (Martin) and the other is his wealthy, dying invalid client/spinster Edwina Cutwater (Tomlin) - whose soul transmigrates into Roger's body through the misguided efforts of befuddled, incomprehensible but beatific Tibetan shaman/mystic Prahka Lasa (Richard Libertini) - and who can only be seen in mirrors; the hilarious scenes in which Roger fights with his female half whenever he does anything (such as drive, walk down the street, or make love); the scene in which he has to go to the bathroom at a urinal, and he tries to teach his half-female body what to do (Edwina is instructed to "tap" afterward) - and he experiences a tug-of-war as they attempt to walk down the street together ("First me, then you, me, you, me, you..."); also the courtroom scene during divorce proceedings for his boss in which Edwina eventually takes control and wins the case for the wife - while representing the husband/boss!; also, the crazy and crowd-pleasing song-and-dance number to "All of Me" in the end credits when the two of them dance together in a mirror's reflection ("Okay, try it with your own feet") -- culminating with them toppling over each other

American Pie (1999)

The scene in which an acutely embarrassed Jim Levinstein (Jason Biggs) is caught by his father (Eugene Levy) while making out with a warm, freshly-baked apple pie on the kitchen counter - and is advised: "Well, we'll just tell your mother that uh, that uh, we ate it all", in the gross-out teen comedy (with the slogan: "You never forget your first slice!")

Animal Crackers (1930)

Disreputable African explorer Captain Jeffrey Spaulding (Groucho Marx) - Groucho's most celebrated character - leading the rousing "Hooray for Captain Spaulding!" (Groucho's familiar theme song) and his entrance - borne on a litter by African natives including his great monologue about his African exploits: ("One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I don't know"); the leg-holding scene; the unbelievable boxing/wrestling match between the Professor (Harpo Marx) and society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont), the lunatic bridge game, the business letter dictation scene with his secretary (Zeppo) (he omits a 'Hungerdunger'), Groucho's discussion with patron Roscoe W. Chandler (Louis Sorin) about art, the verbal non-sensical duel of wits between Spaulding and musician Ravelli (Chico Marx), and the Professor's famous silverware-dropping routine

Annie Hall (1977)

The scene in the line at The New Yorker theatre for Ophul's The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) when real-life Marshall McLuhan (Himself) is pulled out from behind a lobby standee to 'tell off' a pseudo-intellectual blowhard-critic (Russell Horton) who is pontificating about director Fellini and Samuel Beckett - followed by neurotic stand-up comic and writer Alvy Singer's (Woody Allen) rebuttal to the camera: ("Boy, if life were only like this"); also, the apartment porch scene in which ditzy aspiring singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) and Alvy have a discussion while subtitles appear with their unspoken real feelings; the scene of Alvy and Annie spontaneously laughing at crawling crustaceans on the kitchen floor as they clumsily prepare a lobster dinner at a beach house in the Hamptons; and the scene in which a So. California party guest (Jeff Goldblum) tells his guru on the phone: "I forgot my mantra!"; and Alvy's famous quote: "Don't knock masturbation - it's sex with someone I love"; also the character of Annie's psychotic brother Duane (Christopher Walken)

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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