Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 17

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

Silver Streak (1976)

The politically incorrect scene in a train-station bathroom in which fast-talking professional criminal Grover Muldoon (Richard Pryor) teaches book editor George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) how to 'walk and act black', in order to get onto the train, with a terrible blackface disguise ("We got to make them cops think you're black") - although Grover is unsure: "Why you whiteys got such a tight ass, man?"; also, a black man critiques George's act when he be-bops to a radio held to his ear: "You must be in pretty big trouble, fella. But for God's sake, learn to keep time", and Grover's second assessment: "We'll make it past the cops. I just hope we don't see no Muslims"; and the numerous times in a running gag of George being thrown off (or pushed off) the "Silver Streak" train - each time yelling: "Son of a bitch!"

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Cosmo Brown's (Donald O'Connor) acrobatic, slapstick musical number Make 'Em Laugh; and the playfully subversive song Moses by Cosmo and Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) in which they rebel against their diction coach (Bobby Watson) - culminating in them holding up a diction placard to sing sarcastically "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!"; also Lina Lamont's (Jean Hagen) grating voice and one-liners, such as: "Why, I make more money than, than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!"

Sleeper (1973)

Health food store operator Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) waking up 200 years in the future (in the year 2173) and his quips upon hearing he'd been frozen for 200 years: ("Like spending a weekend in Beverly Hills" and "I haven't seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian. If I'd been going all this time, I'd probably almost be cured by now") - also his attempts to hide from the goverment, first by impersonating a personal domestic servant-robot (with comedy slapstick reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton) working in the house of eccentric poetess Luna Schlosser (Diane Keaton) - with the scene of an instant giant pudding attack that must be beaten down with a broom; also the scene of Miles' experience in a robot factory (where he risks having his head screwed off) and in an active Orgasmatron; and the shot of a 22nd-century McDonalds sign (with 795 trillions of hamburgers sold); also, the scene that mimics A Streetcar Named Desire, and the scene of the Leader's disembodied giant nose being flattened by a steamroller; and the famous last line, responding to Luna's question about what he believes in: "Sex and death. Two things that come once in a lifetime. But at least after death you're not nauseous"

Some Like It Hot (1959)

The funniest and often regarded as the best-loved comedy of all time -- with the first shocking glimpse of drag-dressed musicians joining an all-girl band: Jerry/Daphne (Jack Lemmon) and saxophone-playing cad Joe/Josephine (Tony Curtis) as they walk toward the train to flee from gangsters to Florida; also the hilarious scene in the close-quarters train bunk when boozy yet soft-hearted singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), in her seductive black nightgown, cuddles affectionately next to cross-dressed Jerry; Josephine's impersonation of a Cary Grant-like, impotent Shell Oil heir; the seduction scene aboard lustful and eccentric old tycoon Osgood Fielding III's (Joe E. Brown) yacht between Joe and Sugar while Jerry and Osgood dance the tango all-night long; Jerry's joyful squeal: "I'm engaged!" and his reason for getting hitched - accompanied by shaking maracas: ("Why would a guy want to marry a guy?" -- "Security"; and the famous closing line in which nothing can diminish Osgood's love for Jerry, even when he rips off his wig and admits: "I'm a man!", to which love-struck Osgood blithely and unflappably replies with the film's memorable last line: "Well, nobody's perfect!"

Sons of the Desert (1933)

The scene of thin, dim-witted, and shy Stan (Stan Laurel) consuming an ornamental waxed apple with gusto and being told by Mrs. Hardy (Mae Busch): "Oh, so that's where it's been going. That's the third apple I've missed this week"; also the madcap sequence with the scalding hot water tub - when fat and short-tempered Oliver (Oliver Hardy) fakes illness so that the doctor (a veterinarian) will prescribe a short ocean cruise to Honolulu; also the scene of Stan and Ollie learning about their cruise ship disaster and Stan's hilarious line about being thankful that they didn't go to Honolulu: ("Can you beat that? I'm sure glad we didn't go"); also the scenes of their hiding out in the attic, and of them ultimately being exposed by their wives for faking a trip to Hawaii (allowing them to attend a lodge meeting in Chicago); and the scene in which Oliver is forced to wear a pot on his head to protect himself from the barrage of dishes thrown by his wife, while a bawling and wimpering Stan receives forgiveness from his wife (Dorothy Christy) for confessing the truth

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)

The subversive, profanity-laced songs, including "Blame Canada", "What Would Brian Boitano Do?", "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch", and the farting duo of Terrence and Phillip singing "Uncle F--ka" ("You're an uncle f--ker, I must say / You f--ked your uncle yesterday!"); also, Dr. Vosknocker's (voice of Eric Idle) demonstration of the V-Chip implanted in corpulent foul-mouthed Cartman (voice of Trey Parker): ("Now I want you to say 'big floppy donkey dick'")

Spaceballs (1987)

The many sight gags, wisecracks, anachronisms, and science-fiction spoofs and parodies in this uneven film about a "galaxy far away (the planet Spaceballs), i.e.: the opening Star Wars type scrawl: "If you can read this, you don't need glasses" and the massive rumbling space ship with a minute and a half of screen time (and its bumper sticker: "WE BRAKE FOR NOBODY"); the Alien (1979) spoof in which John Hurt reprises his famous scene - he appears in an inter-galactic diner and mutters annoyedly: "Oh, no. Not again!" when a chestburster pops out of his chest - and then sings: Hello, My Baby like Michigan J. Frog in the classic animated short "One Froggy Evening"; the character of half-dog and half-man Barf (John Candy); and the scene in which the villains Dark Helmet and Colonel Sandurz view a home video version of Spaceballs to locate the heroes ("You're looking at 'now', sir. Everything that happens 'now' is happening 'now.'" "What happened to 'then'?" "We passed 'then'" "When?" "Just now. We're at 'now' now" "Go back to 'then'" "'When'?" "'Now'" "Now?" "'Now'" When will 'then' be 'now'?", etc.); also the Planet of the Apes (1968) 'money shot' spoof in which two apes come riding up on horseback to view a crashed ship (and their comment about Spaceballs); also wise old man Yogurt's (Brooks again) repeated phrase: "May the Schwartz be with you," the sight gag of "combing the desert" and the great visual gag of the creature Pizza the Hutt

The Sunshine Boys (1975)

The two leads: George Burns as aging vaudevillian Al Lewis and his grumpy comedy act partner Willie Clark (Walter Matthau) - who are reunited after 11 years for a nostalgic TV special; however, the comedy team are feuding adversaries who despise each other, in this Neil Simon stage comedy adapted for the screen


Swingers (1996)

The excruciatingly funny strike-out scene of aspiring NY comedian Mike Peter's (Jon Favreau) repeated phone calls to new LA acquaintance Nikki's (Brooke Langton) answering machine ("This is Nikki. Leave a message") who he just met in a bar, when it cuts him off as he leaves his phone number, and how he excuses himself for his repeated phone calls and messages by stating: "I don't want you to think I was weird or desperate..." - and her live retort to his calls: "Don't ever call me again"; also the use of the Jaws theme music to identify the predatory 'sharks' at a bar picking up on women

Take the Money and Run (1969)

Multiple scenes in this early Woody Allen film, including the flashback of inept criminal Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen) playing cello in a marching band and his cello flying out the second-story window of his house; also the interview with Virgil's embarrassed parents both wearing Groucho masks; the scene of a gunfight with police when Virgil discovers that the stolen pistol he's using is actually a cigarette lighter, followed by Virgil's failed escape attempt from prison, when his self-made soap gun melts in a sudden rainstorm; the narrator's description of one meal a day on a chain gang: "a bowl of steam"; and the scene of Virgil needing money to get married so he robs a bank with a misspelled bank robbery note - and the subsequent discussion with two bank tellers about his handwritten illegible stickup note for $50,000 as the note is passed along: ("Does this look like "gub" or "gun"? - Teller: "But what does "abt" mean?" - Virgil: "It's "act". A-C-T. Act natural"); and the finale in which Virgil is interviewed in his prison cell - and when asked about his future plans, he inquires (with the film's last line): "Do you know if it's raining outside?"

Team America: World Police (2004)

The humorous scene of intensive sex between puppets/marionettes Gary and Lisa (without genitalia) in various sexual positions (starting out with regular missionary positions, but then including oral sex from behind, hardcore '69' sex, and even a golden shower onto the female's face and defecation onto the male's face!

Terms of Endearment (1983)

The persistent womanizing by raunchy ex-astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Oscar-winning Jack Nicholson) of his neighbor - Texas widow Aurora Greenway (Oscar-winning Shirley MacLaine) - especially their first lunch date ("You need a lot of drinks") and his wild car drive (steering with his feet) into the ocean

There's Something About Mary (1998)

The flashback scene of the painful, freaky pants-zipper accident in the bathroom that injures geeky, accident-prone and humiliated Ted Stroehmann's (Ben Stiller) male organ and sends him to the hospital while picking up ditzy dream-girl Mary Jensen (Cameron Diaz) on the night of his high school prom - with Mary's solicitous step-father's (Keith David) incredulous queries during the incident: "Is it the frank or the beans?" and "How the hell d’ya get the beans above the frank?", and the paramedic's cry: "We've got a bleeder!"; also the scene of Ted painfully getting his mouth reeled in by a fish hook, and also with a rambling hitchhiker (Harland Williams) who enthusiastically promotes his new product (7 Minute Abs exercise video); also the scenes in which sleazy and smarmy private detective Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) secretly oversedates Puffy the dog with spiked treats and miraculously revives him from death by electrocution from an AC cord - and sets him on fire; also the scene of Ted's fight with the landlady's hyperactive dog Puffy; and the iconic and improbable gross-out image of Mary with sticky 'hair-gel' borrowed from Ted's left ear lobe ("Is that hair-gel?")

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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