The 50 Best Comedies Ever: Doesn’t Matter How Many Times You’ve Seen Them, They’re Still Hilarious

We have no idea why the Oscars doesn’t have a category for comedies alone. Funny movies are not given the respect that they deserve. Not only do comedic films brighten people’s days and provide a humoristic perspective on life, they also provide a remedy to most of humanity’s ailments: laughter. And who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? It’s as important as it is to have a good cry sometimes.

Not only is this list ranked but we’re also going to let you in on some rather unknown facts from behind the scenes. To give you a teaser, did you know that one of the funniest scenes from Dumb and Dumber was completely unscripted? The best part is if you see it again, you’ll see it on Harry’s face.

And how about this for a tidbit of trivia: Did you know that we laugh up to 30 times more when we are in the company of others than when we are by ourselves? When people say that laughter is contagious, they’re telling the truth! So grab a friend or two, watch your favorite comedy again, and enjoy it again with the new trivia truth that you’ll read about now.

Is your favorite comedy is on the list?

50. Team America: World Police (2004)

The comedy shot entirely of puppets was created by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The premise is centered on Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston who’s recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police.

50. Team America: World Police (2004)

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The movie is made with puppets but don’t let that deceive you – the humor is very mature. And in terms of production, Paramount immediately agreed to the idea of making a puppet movie, because they mistakenly believed that it would be cheaper than a live action film. They were wrong.

49. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

One of Jim Carrey’s greatest comedies has to be this one. Ace is a pet detective that also acts like an animal (as well as a criminal). Want to know something interesting about Carrey’s role?

49. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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Jim Carrey added the distinct voice and the manner in which Ace Ventura speaks only after several read-throughs of the script. Carrey would use the voice in his stand-up routine. “All righty then” was a catchphrase of one of his characters and after the lines from the script didn’t feel right to him, he added it.

The next comedy at #48 is a western spoof from 1974. Try and guess which movie it is before clicking next!

48. Blazing Saddles (1974)

This was the ultimate western parody and just one of Mel Brooks’ masterpieces. It’s about a town where everyone seems to be named Johnson and includes all the stereotypical characters that Westerns seem to have.

48. Blazing Saddles (1974)

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Fun fact: Mel Brooks never told composer Frankie Laine that the theme song “Blazing Saddles” was for a comedy. Laine thought it was a real dramatic western film. But Brooks was worried that he wouldn’t sing it with sincerity if he knew the truth. We can call it a little white lie.

47. Caddyshack (1980)

Clearly a movie with comedy giants Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray is going to go down as one of the best. A movie about an exclusive golf course and its staff is a set up that can go right (and wrong) on so many levels.

47. Caddyshack (1980)

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Did you know that Bill Murray improvised the “Cinderella story” scene with just two lines of stage direction? Director Harold Ramis asked Murray to imagine himself announcing his own fantasy sports moment. Murray then went about it and the rest is history.

The #46 spot goes to the first Jonah Hill movie that really put him on the map!

46. Superbad (2007)

This teen comedy was hilarious even for the adults who watched it. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera were the perfect actors to play Seth and Evan, two best friends who spend all their time just trying to get enough alcohol for the party they’re invited to.

46. Superbad (2007)

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Writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg actually started writing the script when they were thirteen years old. Their words: “We just wanted to see if we could write a movie.”

45. Tootsie (1982)

Seeing Dustin Hoffman play an unsuccessful actor who goes to the extremes of disguising himself as a woman to get a role on a trashy soap opera is a good enough reason to see the movie. And then the fact that the movie is actually hysterical makes it a true win.

45. Tootsie (1982)

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Some trivia truth: Dustin Hoffman even went to extremes when trying out the role. He went to his daughter’s parent evening at her school as his daughter’s “Aunt Dorothy.” He was so convincing that none of the teachers caught on.

The next comedy is a classic with Steve Martin and John Candy. Remember the name?

44. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987)

Steve Martin plays a family man who has to make it home for Thanksgiving but he has to travel with an obnoxious slob (John Candy).

44. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987)

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Did you know that Steve Martin was convinced to join the production after loving two specific scenes? After reading the script, he was sold on the seat adjustment-scene in the car, and the F-word outburst at the car rental desk.

43. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Steve Martin and Michael Caine play two con men who try to settle their rivalry by making a bet on who can scam a young American heiress out of $50,000 first. And the twist at the end is one of the best in comedy!

43. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

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Here’s something people don’t know: the film was originally a project for Mick Jagger and David Bowie because of their success with the “Dancing in the Street” video in 1985. Studio execs were anxious to put them in a movie together. But when the movie began its development, both Jagger and Bowie dropped out and Martin and Caine were brought in.

The next film is the first in which this comedic actor played multiple characters!

42. Coming to America (1988)

Eddie Murphy plays Prince Akeem, Clarence, Saul, and Randy Watson in this comedy about a prince who is looking to find and marry an American woman.

42. Coming to America (1988)

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True fact: this is the first time Eddie Murphy played multiple characters in the same movie, something that ended up becoming a trademark of his.

41. Best in Show (2000)

If you love a good mockumentary, this is a must see. It’s about owners and handlers of five show dogs. A film crew interviews while they’re preparing for the trip to the Hotel to compete in the dog show.

41. Best in Show (2000)

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Apparently, years before the film started production, Christopher Guest wrote the words “catalog people” on a piece of paper. And it was that simple idea that eventually became and’s characters in this film.

Next – a comedy classic from the 20s to remind us where comedy originated!

40. Safety Last! (1923)

This 1920s classic is about a store clerk that creates and organizes a publicity stunt where his friend climbs the outside of a tall building.

40. Safety Last! (1923)

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During the famous clock tower stunt, Harold Lloyd was climbing a fake wall built on the roof of an actual skyscraper and skillfully photographed to keep the illusion.

39. Raising Arizona (1987)

Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter play an ex-con and ex-cop couple in this Cohen Brothers film. And they really know how to make dark comedies. The couple tries to take another family’s quintuplets.

39. Raising Arizona (1987)

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Evidently, fifteen babies played the quintuplets in the movie. One of the babies was even fired at one point when he learned to walk. The mother even put her baby’s shoes on backwards to prevent him from walking!

The next comedy is one of the first spoofs on cop films!

38. Police Academy (1984)

The police parody movie is one of the first of many to come after. The good-hearted yet incompetent cops make it into in the police academy, but the instructors put them in their place.

38. Police Academy (1984)

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This was one of many Police Academy movies but the only one that was given an R-rating, as well as being the most successful of the franchise at the box office.

37. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Here’s another Cohen Brothers film that made a dent in the comedy genre. It was loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey” in 1930s Mississippi.

37. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

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Did you know that George Clooney practiced singing for weeks for this role? But in the end, he was dubbed by country blues singer Dan Tyminski. And the whole time we thought it was him singing!

Next, another mockumentary that really shows the comic genius of its creator and actor.

36. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

This movie goes down as perhaps the best mockumentary that was ever made. Sacha Baron Cohen wrote and starred in the film about Kazakh TV host who travels to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. He then becomes obsessed with finding and hopefully marrying Pamela Anderson.

36. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

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Here’s a true fact: the police were called on Sacha Baron Cohen 92 times during the production of this film!

35. Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein is another one of Mel Brooks’ creations. It’s about an American grandson of the infamous scientist who’s just trying to show that his grandfather isn’t as crazy as people believe.

35. Young Frankenstein (1974)

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If you’ve seen the film, you must remember the shifting hump on Igor’s back. That was actually an unscripted joke. Marty Feldman (Igor) was shifting the humpback and forth for several days until cast members finally noticed. But they left it in the movie to add to the humor of it all.

The next comedy heavy hitter is full of women and they’re funny as h—!

34. Bridesmaids (2011)

Saturday Night Live ladies Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph star together in one of the funniest movies ever. It’s about a competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid over who’s the best friend.

34. Bridesmaids (2011)

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The cast of mostly comedic actresses spent about two weeks improvising with each other, and most of it was incorporated into the movie. This ended up being the highest grossing R-rated female comedy of all time in the box office, beating Sex and the City (2008).

33. Burn After Reading (2008)

Yet another Cohen Brothers masterpiece is on the list. The dark comedy is about a disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends that gets into the hands of two foolish gym employees who try to sell it.

33. Burn After Reading (2008)

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The Coen Brothers wrote all the characters with their actors in mind, including Clooney, Pitt, and Malkovich. Tilda Swinton was the only exception.

Can you guess the next movie with Robin Wright from 1987?

32. The Princess Bride (1987)

The romantic comedy, fantasy, and adventure film was directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It’s about a farm boy who became a pirate who risks it all to be reunited with his love. It’s surprisingly funny!

32. The Princess Bride (1987)

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Did you know that during the filming of some scenes, Robin Wright was struggling with the harsh weather? André the Giant helped her out by putting one of his giant hands over her head and this actually kept her warm.

31. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

This comedy surprised almost everyone by how funny it actually was. Steve Carrell plays a really convincing 40-year old who’s never done the deed.

31. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

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The scene where Andy has his chest hair waxed, they needed five cameras for the shot. And Carrell really did wax his chest hair for the scene. He told director Judd Apatow before shooting the scene, “It has to be real. It won’t be as funny if it’s mocked up, or if it’s a special effect. You have to see that this is really happening.” The scene also had to be done in one shot (hence the 5 cameras).

Remember the sweet and funny comedy with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal?

30. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

The classic comedy confronted the classic question: “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?” Anyone who saw the movie will know the answer to that!

30. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

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According to screenwriter Nora Ephron, the famous line “I’ll have what she’s having” was suggested by Billy Crystal. Obviously, it made its way into the film and was a perfect ending to a memorable scene.

29. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Could a comedy list be complete without a Will Ferrell movie? Ron Burgundy is Ferrell at his best. He plays San Diego’s top-rated newsman in 1970s, and his crew is downright hysterical.

29. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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Since most of the actors are comedians or comedic actors, they’re pros at improve. The cast would sometimes do up to 20 different versions of reaction lines, saying the first thing that popped into their heads. And those ad-libbed moments made it into the film.

What’s your favorite Robin Williams movie? Is it the next one on the list?

28. The Birdcage (1996)

Remember this movie about a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen friend have to pretend to be other people to impress their son’s fiancée’s straight-nose parents? It was hysterical and a lot of it was improvised!

28. The Birdcage (1996)

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Director Mike Nichols asked Nathan Lane and Robin Williams to film at least one good take of each scene sticking to the script before letting them improvise the rest.

27. Animal House (1978)

Saturday Night Live start John Belushi was never in films before this movie and this is what really launched him into fame. He plays one of the college frat boys in a group of misfits.

27. Animal House (1978)

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If you remember the cafeteria scene, John Belushi’s performance in it was fully improvised. When he started piling food on his lunch tray, Director John Landis told the camera operator to “stay with him”. The “I’m a zit” gag was improvised too and the reaction from the cast is genuine.

How about Woody Allen? Which of his movies do you think is next?

26. Annie Hall (1977)

Woody Allen plays Alvy Singer, an aging twice-divorced, neurotic stand-up comic obsesses about the end of his last relationship to Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).

26. Annie Hall (1977)

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This is one of the funniest of all time as well as Woody Allen’s best creations. And here’s a little fun fact: did you know that Diane Keaton’s real name is Diane Hall and her nickname is Annie? Small world huh?

25. Groundhog Day (1993)

The beauty of this repetitive comedy is all in the monotony and humor of going through the same day over and over and over again. We really feel the frustration that Bill Murray pulls off so well!

25. Groundhog Day (1993)

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True fact: Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting. He had to get anti-rabies injections since the bites were so severe.

You won’t believe the piece of trivia from the next movie!

24. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

This strange and quirky independent film ended up making big bucks due to its almost cult-like reception. The movie is a sheer comic genius and the characters have become icons. That said, the next thing you’re about to read is going to shock you.

24. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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Jon Heder was paid a mere $1,000 to play Napoleon Dynamite. The movie earned over $40,000,000 in the United States. That’s an unfortunate deal for Heder.

23. Tropic Thunder (2008)

This group of actors is shooting a big-budget war movie and they have to become the soldiers they are portraying. This movie is underrated and doesn’t seem to be as appreciated as it deserves to be.

23. Tropic Thunder (2008)

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Fun fact: Robert Downey, Jr. is similar to the character he played in that he’s also a method actor. He stayed in character as Sergeant Osiris/Lazarus even while cameras were not rolling.

Next – another police spoof that just had to be on this list!

22. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

This is another police parody that needs to be seen again and cherished for its originality! It took all the good jokes from the TV series Police Squad! From 1982.

22. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

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The title was changed to avoid any confusion with the Police Academy film franchise that were also co-created by Pat Proft. Writer and director David Zucker remembers had a list of twenty potential movie titles, and they chose “The Naked Gun” because it “promised so much more than it could possibly deliver”.

21. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

This hysterical comedy is one that you can watch every once in a while and laugh just as hard. It’s full of ridiculous and comical adventures.

21. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

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Fun fact: dropping Ted on the stretcher wasn’t in the script. When it happened, directors had to cut to make sure Ben Stiller was okay and then thought it was too funny to leave out so it’s in the movie. That’ll make it more fun to watch the next time you see it!

20. The Hangover (2009)

Three buddies in Las Vegas and all the things can happen in the city that never sleeps. Combine a great plot with even greater actors and you have a golden egg of a movie.

20. The Hangover (2009)

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Apparently, no effects or prosthetics were needed for Stu’s missing tooth. Ed Helms never grew his adult incisor tooth, so his fake tooth was taken out for the parts where Stu’s tooth is missing.

19. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Canadian-born comedy kingpin Mike Myers is simply the best character actor. He pulls off each and every role flawlessly and devotes 100% to each part. Take this movie and all the characters he plays in it!

19. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

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Did you know that Mike Myers originally wanted Jim Carrey to play Dr. Evil? Thing is, Carrey passed because of scheduling conflicts (he was filming Liar Liar). So Myers took on the iconic role himself. And we’re glad he did!

18. The Jerk (1979)

Steve Martin plays Navin, who is simply put an idiot. His journey in which he wants to discover the rest of the world is one to remember.

18. The Jerk (1979)

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In his book “Born Standing Up,” Steve Martin says how his favorite line in the movie is ad-libbed. When his character is hitchhiking, a man in a truck stops and asks him “St. Louis?” Martin replies, “No, Navin Johnson.” That’s Steve Martin for you.

17. The Cable Guy (1996)

Jim Carrey, a lonely and clearly mentally disturbed cable guy just wants a new friend, but the friend who he wants (Mathew Broderick) isn’t so gung-ho on the idea.

17. The Cable Guy (1996)

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The scene at Medieval Times where Carrey asks for Broderick’s chicken skin and then performs his The Silence of the Lambs impression was all improvised. Carrey asked for the chicken skin out of nowhere. Director Ben Stiller loved it and kept it. If you look at Matthew Broderick’s face during this scene, you can tell genuinely amused.

The next movie at #16 stars former Monty Python stars. Do you know which movie it is?

16. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda is the most successful film that Monty Python stars John Cleese and Michael Palin ever made. Cleese has said that this is his favorite film that he’s done.

16. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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Did you know that Michael Palin’s father stuttered? He used real-life experience when playing Ken, even incorporating the fact that Ken’s stutter is less obvious around people he trusts (like Tom and Wanda) and worse around people he is uncomfortable with (like Otto).

15. MASH (1970)

Keeping with current events of the era, this comedy is about the staff of a Korean War field hospital. And of course, they use humor to keep their sanity in the face of war.

15. MASH (1970)

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Fun fact: the dialogue was about 80% improvised. The director wanted to create a different kind of atmosphere, so he casted members from improve clubs who had no previous movie experience.

14. Spaceballs (1987)

Mel Brooks made another major comedy hit. This one’s about space as the title reveals and it’s basically a parody of Star Wars, Star Trek, and other space shows and movies.

14. Spaceballs (1987)

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Michael Winslow did all of the sound effects in his scene. In the commentary, Mel Brooks jokes that they saved around $1,000 just by letting him do his own effects.

13. Some Like it Hot (1959)

This is a black and white classic comedy with the classiest actress of the era – Marilyn Monroe. It’s a truly funny story of two male musicians who witness a mob hit, so they flee the state in an all-female band dressed in disguise as women.

13. Some Like it Hot (1959)

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Here’s a fun fact: Marilyn Monroe needed 47 takes to get the line “It’s me, Sugar” correct. She kept saying either “Sugar, it’s me” or “It’s Sugar, me”. After take 30, Billy Wilder wrote the line on a blackboard.

Next – #12 is by a major player on this list!

12. The Producers (1967)

The whole point of the production is to make the best flop the show business has ever seen. And the subject, as well as the title they chose for the show, is one that surely will shock all viewers!

12. The Producers (1967)

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Mel Brooks wrote the music by humming the melodies into a tape recorder. He then got his friend (who’s musically literate) to write it down on staff paper.

11. American Pie (1999)

Four friends make a pact that before they graduate they’ll all lose their virginity. So it’s obviously going to be funny.

11. American Pie (1999)

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Screenwriter Adam Herz titled the movie, “Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love” when he was sending the script to producers and investors. The title was later changed to “East Great Falls High”, then “Great Falls”, and finally to “American Pie”.

The top 10 are next!

10. Zoolander (2001)

If you had to name the best Ben Stiller movie, chances are you’re going to say Zoolander. The movie is downright funny and there are lots of hilarious moments. Even this unknown fact about one scene’s repeated line…

10. Zoolander (2001)

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The scene at the cemetery where Stiller (Derek) repeats the line “But why male models?” for the second time, was an ad-lib by Ben Stiller who actually forgot his line and simply repeated the earlier line again. David Duchovny ran with it and gave him a straight answer.

Our favorite quote from the movie:

Derek Zoolander: What is this? A center for ants? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read… if they can’t even fit inside the building?

Mugatu: Derek, this is just a small…

Derek Zoolander: I don’t wanna hear your excuses! The building has to be at least… three times bigger than this!

9. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

A list of the best comedies ever wouldn’t be complete without a Monty Python addition. And the Life of Brian is the best of the franchise.

9. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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The scene where Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate addressed the soldiers daring them to laugh – he really was daring them. The extras who played the soldiers were instructed to stand there and not laugh, but they didn’t know what Palin was going to do. Palin can barely hold his own laughter when saying “Biggus Dickus” in front of the soldier asked if he finds the name “risible.”

Here’s our favorite quote:

Brian: Please, please, please listen! I’ve got one or two things to say.

The Crowd: Tell us! Tell us both of them!

Brian: Look, you’ve got it all wrong! You don’t NEED to follow ME, You don’t NEED to follow ANYBODY! You’ve got to think for your selves! You’re ALL individuals!

The Crowd: Yes! We’re all individuals!

Brian: You’re all different!

The Crowd: Yes, we ARE all different!

Man in crowd: I’m not…

The Crowd: Ssh!

Want to venture a guess as to number 8 on the list? Here’s a hint: it’s a WWII spy movie parody.

8. Top Secret! (1984)

The parody of WWII spy movies is well-earned at the #8 spot on this list for being simply hilarious. Did you know that the songs Val Kilmer sings are actually performed him and were featured on the film’s soundtrack with credit under his character’s name Nick Rivers.

8. Top Secret! (1984)

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Here’s something else: When Nick Rivers is in jail, a headshot of Cher is seen on the wall of his cell several times. And in reality, Val Kilmer was dating Cher at the time.

Remember this hilarious quote?

Nick Rivers: Listen to me, Hillary. I’m not the first guy who fell in love with a woman that he met at a restaurant who turned out to be the daughter of a kidnapped scientist, only to lose her to her childhood lover who she last saw on a deserted island, who then turned out fifteen years later to be the leader of the French underground.

Hillary Flammond: I know. It all sounds like some bad movie. [Long pause. Both look at camera]

7. History of the World: Part One (1981)

Mel Brooks brings his best to the table with History of the World: Part One. He goes through major events in history of the Bible and puts his comedic touch on each famous story. It’s a fun watch.

7. History of the World: Part One (1981)

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At the end of the movie, there’s a trailer for “History of the World: Part II”. But the truth is that there never was a movie called this – the “Part I” in the title is a joke.

Our favorite quote:

Dole Office Clerk: Occupation?

Gladiator – The Roman Empire: Gladiator.

Dole Office Clerk: Did you kill last week?

Gladiator – The Roman Empire: No.

Dole Office Clerk: Did you try to kill last week?

Gladiator – The Roman Empire: Yeah.

Dole Office Clerk: Now, listen, this is your last week of unemployment insurance. Either you kill somebody next week or we’re going to have to change your status, got it?

Number 6 on the list is a mockumentary about a fake British band. Know which movie it is?

6. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

This is a hilarious mockumentary about a legendary English heavy metal band called Spinal Tap. They try to make it back to America with their comeback tour in which a fan who is also a film-maker comes along.

6. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

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Did you know that the actors are all competent musicians and the soundtrack is really them playing? Not only that – they also ad-libbed many scenes in the film.

Our favorite quote:

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…

Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.

Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

5. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels play Lloyd and Harry, two good friends who just happen to be really dumb. The go across the country to Colorado to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a woman named Mary Swanson who Lloyd is infatuated with.

5. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

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Remember the scene where Harry and Lloyd are in the car with the hitchhiker and Lloyd asks if Harry wants to hear the most annoying sound in the world? That part wasn’t in the script (and you can tell by the look on Jeff Daniels’ face).

Our favorite quote:

Harry: “She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her or something. I don’t know, I wasn’t really paying attention.”

4. Wayne’s World (1992)

When it comes to comedies in general and also comedies that originated from Saturday Night Live skits, Wayne’s World is one of the best and sits at #3. This is the only SNL spin-off movie to date (including The Blues Brothers) that has grossed over 100 million dollars!

4. Wayne’s World (1992)

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Our favorite quote:

Garth Algar: Uhm, Wayne? What do you do if every time you see this one incredible woman, you think you’re gonna hurl?

Wayne Campbell: I say hurl. If you blow chunks and she comes back, she’s yours. But if you spew and she bolts, then it was never meant to be.

Speaking of SNL movies, the next at #3 is also from the classic comedy series.

3. The Blues Brothers (1980)

The third funniest movie of all time has to be another SNL-conceived skit turned major movie. John Belushi and Dan Akroyd as the Blues Brothers originated from the recurring musical sketch. And for anyone who loves this film will agree that it deserves to be in the top 3.

3. The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Did you know that John Belushi was nicknamed “The Black Hole” on the set? Why? Because he went through hundreds of pairs of sunglasses during production. He would shoot a scene and then lose the pair before filming the next one.

And our favorite quote from this movie is:

Jake: We’re putting the band back together.

Mr. Fabulous: Forget it. No way.

Elwood: We’re on a mission from God.

2. The Big Lebowski (1998)

This movie has become a cult classic and there’s even a religion called “Dudism”, believe it or not. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski is one of the most iconic characters ever played in a movie period, let alone only comedies.

2. The Big Lebowski (1998)

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In an interview, John Goodman stated that The Dude (referring to The Big Lebowski) as “human paraquat” was one of the only unscripted lines to make it into the final film. Pretty much every other line, including every “man” and “dude”, was scripted.

Walter Sobchak: Were you listening to The Dude’s story, Donny?

The Dude: Walter…

Donny: What?

Walter Sobchak: Were you listening to The Dude’s story?

Donny: I was bowling.

Walter Sobchak: So you have no frame of reference here, Donny. You’re like a child who wanders into the middle of a movie and wants to know…

The Dude: (interrupting) Walter, Walter, what’s the point, man?

Walter Sobchak: There’s no reason – here’s my point, dude, there’s no f@*$ing reason why these two…

Donny: Yeah, Walter, what’s your point?

And the number 1 comedy is…

1. Airplane! (1980)

The whole film is centered around a man who is afraid to fly yet has to make sure that the plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. Talk about a humorous premise!

1. Airplane! (1980)

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Writers and directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker chose actors such as Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, and Leslie Nielsen because of their reputation for playing serious characters. Before this movie, these actors never did comedy, so their serious personas and line delivery made the movie all the more poignant and funny.

And our favorite quote from the movie is:

Rumack: I won’t deceive you, Mr. Striker. We’re running out of time.

Ted Striker: Surely there must be something you can do.

Rumack: I’m doing everything I can… and stop calling me Shirley.