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  • Best comedy movies of all time
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    Best comedy movies of all time

    In 1895, early filmmaking legend Louis Lumière produced and directed a movie called “L'Arroseur Arrosé” (also known as “The Waterer Watered” or “The Sprinkler Sprinkled”), in which a mischievous young boy plays pranks on a gardener. The short film clocked in at a mere 45 seconds, but that was long enough to give birth to cinema’s comedy genre.

    During the silent era, comedy was largely a slapstick affair, with performers like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd serving up many of the genre’s finest examples. Then, with the introduction of sound into movies, the genre broadened significantly in scope, delivering slapstick to satire to everything in between. Nowadays, comedy endures in all its permutations, and can guarantee a great time at the movies—when executed properly, of course. Since making a successful comedy is easier said than done, there are numerous clunkers for every bona fide hit. However, when a solid comedy does indeed land its punches, it powerfully permeates the pop culture sphere, often for decades at a time. 

    But which American comedy movies rank highest among viewers? Stacker is here with the answer. Specifically, Stacker used IMDb data to rank American feature films labeled under the comedy genre. To qualify, each film needed at least 5,000 user votes, and in the case of a tie, movies with more user votes were ranked higher on the list. Counting down from #50, here are the best comedy movies of all time.

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  • #50. Zootopia (2016)
    2/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #50. Zootopia (2016)

    IMDb rating: 8.0
    Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
    Runtime: 108 minutes

    This Oscar-winning animated feature from Disney takes place in a city run by anthropomorphic animals, where there’s not a human being in sight. In the film, a rookie bunny cop teams up with a wily con-artist fox to investigate a mysterious case involving crocus bulbs and night howlers. As the two dig deeper, they unearth a dangerous conspiracy and some big laughs as well.

  • #49. Groundhog Day (1993)
    3/ Columbia Pictures Corporation

    #49. Groundhog Day (1993)

    IMDb rating: 8.0
    Directed by: Harold Ramis
    Runtime: 101 minutes

    Comedy icon Bill Murray plays weatherman Phil Connors in this classic 1993 comedy, which sees Connors living the same day over and over again. Murray was reportedly difficult on set, but his insistence that the movie be more philosophical appeared to help elevate the material. Starring opposite Murray are Andie MacDowell and a groundhog named Scooter, the latter of whom reportedly bit Murray three times during the shoot.

  • #48. Ratatouille (2007)
    4/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #48. Ratatouille (2007)

    IMDb rating: 8.0
    Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
    Runtime: 111 minutes

    From Pixar Studios came this 2007 animated comedy, which follows a talented rat named Remy as he helps a human kitchen employee climb the ranks in a French restaurant. The film was co-directed by animation wizard Brad Bird, the same man behind films like “The Iron Giant” and “The Incredibles.” Over 270 pieces of food were computer animated for the film—after first being prepared and consumed in real life. Providing the voice for Remy is actor and comedian Patton Oswalt.

  • #47. Deadpool (2016)
    5/ Marvel Entertainment

    #47. Deadpool (2016)

    IMDb rating: 8.0
    Directed by: Tim Miller
    Runtime: 108 minutes

    While most comic book adaptations deliver their fair share of laughs, only a precious few qualify as full-blown comedies. If there’s one major exception to the rule, it’s 2016’s “Deadpool” (and its sequel), starring Ryan Reynolds as a deformed mercenary on a quest for revenge. The movie pokes fun at itself as early as the opening credits sequence, in which a copy of People Magazine’s “Sexiest People Alive” flies across the screen featuring Reynolds on the cover. The jokes keep piling in from there.

  • #46. My Man Godfrey (1936)
    6/ Universal Pictures

    #46. My Man Godfrey (1936)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Gregory La Cava
    Runtime: 94 minutes

    In this screwball comedy from 1936, a flighty socialite hires a vagrant named Godfrey to be the new family butler. As it turns out, there’s more to the new butler than first meets the eye, and soon enough the socialite starts vying for Godfrey’s affection. It all goes down during the Depression era, giving this comedic film a rather poignant backbone.

  • #45. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
    7/ Paramount Pictures

    #45. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Preston Sturges
    Runtime: 90 minutes

    The multi-talented Preston Sturges wrote and directed this 1941 comedy, in which a spoiled, but earnest movie director (Joel McCrea) hits the road as a hobo in order to experience poverty first-hand. Along the way, he discovers some harsh truths about being poor in America. Despite the heavy premise, the movie goes big on laughs, and endures as a comedy classic. Screen legend Veronica Lake co-stars.

  • #44. The Circus (1928)
    8/ Charles Chaplin Productions

    #44. The Circus (1928)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Charles Chaplin
    Runtime: 72 minutes

    No list of “best comedy movies” is complete without Charlie Chaplin, and he makes his first appearance with 1928’s “The Circus.” In the silent film, Chaplin reprises his role as the Tramp, who finds work, romance, and rivalry after joining the circus. Featuring some of Chaplin’s best work, the movie won him his first Academy Award, for “versatility and genius in writing, acting, directing and producing.” Nevertheless, it’s a film he reportedly preferred to forget, perhaps because he was going through a major divorce while making it.

  • #43. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    9/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

    #43. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
    Runtime: 99 minutes

    Decades before Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail,” there was 1940’s “The Shop Around the Corner” from Ernst Lubitsch, about a quarreling man (James Stewart) and woman (Margaret Sullavan) who don’t realize they’ve been forming a romance as anonymous pen pals. This was one of three movies based on the same play by Miklós László. Meanwhile, it’s no coincidence that the name of Meg Ryan’s bookstore in “You’ve Got Mail” happens to be The Shop Around the Corner.

  • #42. The Thin Man (1934)
    10/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

    #42. The Thin Man (1934)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
    Runtime: 91 minutes

    Combining comedy and mystery to brilliant effect is this classic movie from 1934. It stars William Powell as former detective Nick Charles, and Myrna Loy as his wealthy wife. Together, the eccentric couple investigate a murder case, if only for the fun of it. The killer’s identity is revealed during a dinner party scene—a TV and film trope that has become quite common in the time since.    

  • #41. Paper Moon (1973)
    11/ The Directors Company

    #41. Paper Moon (1973)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
    Runtime: 102 minutes

    Adapted from an acclaimed novel, Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon” takes place during the Depression era, and chronicles the misadventures of a con-artist and the young girl who may or may not be his daughter. While not necessarily a laugh-out-loud comedy, the film provides no shortage of social commentary, as the con-artist and his assistant dupe unsuspecting marks by way of a bible-selling scheme. Real life father-daughter duo Ryan and Tatum O’Neal star in the lead roles; Tatum won an Oscar for her performance, making her the youngest competitive Academy Award winner in history.

  • #40. Isle of Dogs (2018)
    12/ American Empirical Pictures

    #40. Isle of Dogs (2018)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Wes Anderson
    Runtime: 101 minutes

    Filmmaker Wes Anderson is a maestro of quirky comedy, and this 2018 animated adventure proves to be no exception. Set in Japan, the film follows a young boy as he searches high and low for his missing dog, encountering all sorts of obstacles along the way. Offering their distinctive voices to the story are a range of talented actors and actresses, including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, and Edward Norton.

  • #39. It Happened One Night (1934)
    13/ Columbia Pictures Corporation

    #39. It Happened One Night (1934)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Frank Capra
    Runtime: 105 minutes

    This 1934 romantic comedy stars Claudette Colbert as a spoiled heiress named Ellie Andrews, who flees from her possessive father and embarks on a road trip to get back to her husband, King Westley. Along the way, she crosses paths with out-of-work reporter Peter Warne, played by Clark Gable. Realizing he’s in possession of a hot scoop, Warne gives Colbert an ultimatum: either she lets him help her or he’ll report her whereabouts to her father. It might all sound like a somewhat hostile way to kick off a romance, but director Frank Capra makes it work.

     

  • #38. Roman Holiday (1953)
    14/ Paramount Pictures

    #38. Roman Holiday (1953)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: William Wyler
    Runtime: 118 minutes

    Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn star in this 1953 hit, about a sheltered princess who breaks off on her own and falls in love with an American reporter. It all goes down in the city of Rome, hence the title. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Actress (for Hepburn) and Best Story. Because screenwriter (and communist sympathizer) Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted at the time of the film’s release, it would be decades before he was officially recognized for the work

  • #37. Deadpool 2 (2018)
    15/ Marvel Entertainment

    #37. Deadpool 2 (2018)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: David Leitch
    Runtime: 119 minutes

    Continuing in its tradition of self-referential, fourth-wall-breaking snark, “Deadpool 2” finds its titular hero squaring off against a time-traveling cyborg named Cable (Josh Brolin). Helping Deadpool along the way is a team of hard-boiled, but equally sarcastic rogue mutants. Similar to its predecessor, this sequel performed well at the box office, earning over $700 million worldwide. 

  • #36. Dead Poets Society (1989)
    16/ Touchstone Pictures

    #36. Dead Poets Society (1989)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Peter Weir
    Runtime: 128 minutes

    While arguably more drama than comedy, this 1989 film from Peter Weir contains one of actor/comedian Robin Williams’ finest performances and a handful of chuckle-worthy moments. In the film, Williams plays English teacher John Keatingbased on real-life professor Samuel F. Pickering Jr.whose palpable enthusiasm for poetry ends up changing the lives of his students. While Williams plays it straight for the most part, he reportedly had spectators and local students in stitches behind the scenes.

  • #35. La La Land (2016)
    17/ Summit Entertainment

    #35. La La Land (2016)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Damien Chazelle
    Runtime: 128 minutes

    This colorful musical from filmmaker Damien Chazelle—about the budding romance between a struggling actress (Emma Stone) and musician (Ryan Gosling) in Los Angeles—was an indisputable hit in 2016, with the box office success, high ratings, and prestigious awards to show for it. Kicking the film off in spectacular style is a song-and-dance number that takes place on the freeway. As one might imagine, filming the sequence was no easy task. Not only did it take two full days to execute, the shoot went down in the middle of an August heat wave.

  • #34. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    18/ DreamWorks Animation

    #34. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
    Runtime: 98 minutes

    Set in a world where humans and dragons are mortal enemies, this animated hit centers on a young Viking named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), who forges an unlikely friendship with Toothless, a rare and mysterious dragon. Loosely based on a book series of the same name, the film yielded a popular 2014 sequel. A third installment is slated for release in 2019. 

  • #33. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
    19/ Fox Searchlight Pictures

    #33. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Wes Anderson
    Runtime: 99 minutes

    Wes Anderson makes his second appearance on the list with this idiosyncratic 2014 comedy, which depicts the adventures of Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), concierge at the renowned Grand Budapest Hotel in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. Many of the film’s events were loosely inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, who’s respectively channelled by the author character (Tom Wilkinson), the author’s fictionalized counterpart (Jude Law), and Gustave H. himself.

  • #32. The Big Lebowski (1998)
    20/ Polygram Filmed Entertainment

    #32. The Big Lebowski (1998)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
    Runtime: 117 minutes

    Similar to Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers have forged a comic sensibility that’s more or less completely their own, and this 1998 cult classic sees that sensibility unleashed to its fullest potential. The endlessly quotable film follows a deadbeat bowler named Jeff Lebowskibetter known as The Dude, who gets embroiled in a complex mystery after being mistaken for a wealthy man of the same name. While the movie was something of a disappointment upon its initial theatrical release, it has since become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, complete with its own festival.

  • #31. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    21/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #31. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
    Runtime: 92 minutes

    Like most, if not all Pixar movies, “Monsters, Inc.” is as big on laughs as it is on heart. The animated film takes place in a netherworld inhabited by monsters, where children’s screams keep the power running. However, as two monsters named Mike and Sully (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman) soon discover, things aren’t necessarily what they seem.

  • #30. The Truman Show (1998)
    22/ Paramount Pictures

    #30. The Truman Show (1998)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Peter Weir
    Runtime: 103 minutes

    This 1998 comedy-drama might have been released two decades ago, but it remains prescient enough to still have a syndrome named after it. Indeed, “The Truman Show” seems as relevant as ever in today’s cultural environment of omnipresent entertainment, which frequently comes at the expense of unwitting (and/or unwilling) participants. Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank—a man whose entire existence is the fodder for a reality TV show, though he doesn’t know it.

  • #29. Finding Nemo (2003)
    23/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #29. Finding Nemo (2003)

    IMDb rating: 8.1
    Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
    Runtime: 100 minutes

    On the heels of “Monsters, Inc.” came this wildly successful adventure from Pixar, about a forlorn clownfish named Marlin, who travels the ocean in search of his missing son. Striving for authenticity (relatively speaking, of course), Pixar sent its art team through aquatic training before production began. Providing the voice for Marlin is comedic talent Albert Brooks, while comedian Ellen Degeneres lends her voice to Dory, the hapless fish who helps Marlin in his quest.

  • #28. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
    24/ Paramount Pictures

    #28. Trouble in Paradise (1932)

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
    Runtime: 83 minutes

    Weaving crime, romance, and comedy together with poetic precision, this 1932 film centers on two skilled thieves named Gaston and Lily (Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins), who join forces to con a perfume company owner out of her hard-earned cash. The plan is running smoothly enough, until one of Gaston’s former marks turns up, and swears he recognizes the con-man from somewhere. Matters get even more complicated when Gaston and the perfume magnate sleep together, inciting jealousy from Lily. Trouble in paradise, indeed. 

  • #27. Safety Last! (1923)
    25/ Hal Roach Studios

    #27. Safety Last! (1923)

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
    Runtime: 70 minutes

    One of the silent era’s most iconic scenes comes from this 1923 comedy, in which Harold Lloyd climbs a tall skyscraper and ends up hanging from a large clock. Not only did Lloyd perform the stunt himself, he did it with eight fingers, having lost his right thumb and forefinger in 1919 to a bomb stunt gone awry.

  • #26. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
    26/ Romaine Film Corporation

    #26. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
    Runtime: 99 minutes

    They say tragedy plus time equals comedy, but this 1942 film simply couldn’t wait to put World War II in its comedic crosshairs. The story takes place in German-occupied Poland, and follows an acting troupe as it matches wits against the Nazis in order to protect a spy. While the black comedy is celebrated as a classic nowadays, many critics were initially hostile toward it, arguing that WWII was definitely no laughing matter. 

  • #25. The General (1926)
    27/ Buster Keaton Productions

    #25. The General (1926)

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
    Runtime: 67 minutes

    Based on actual events, this acclaimed 1926 silent film takes place during the Civil War and depicts the Union Army’s attempt to hijack a train. The train’s engineer, played by Buster Keaton, also co-wrote and co-directed the film. The action culminates with a legendary sequence, in which the train collapses through a burning bridge. It was the most expensive stunt of the silent era.

  • #24. The Gold Rush (1925)
    28/ Charles Chaplin Productions

    #24. The Gold Rush (1925)

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Directed by: Charles Chaplin
    Runtime: 95 minutes

    Screen legend Charlie Chaplin once reportedly said he wanted to be remembered most by this 1925 film, about a prospector who journeys to the Klondike in search of gold. Once there, the prospector finds fortune, glory, and romance—but only after facing harsh resistance from the burly locals. This was the highest-grossing comedy of the silent era.

     

  • #23. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    29/ Columbia Pictures Corporation

    #23. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Directed by: Frank Capra
    Runtime: 129 minutes

    In this comedy-drama from Frank Capra, an idealistic man named Mr. Smith (James Stewart) is spontaneously appointed to fill a Senate seat. Upon arriving in Washington, Mr. Smith ends up fighting for his principles and, against all conceivable odds, affecting legislation. While executed to perfection, the film was somewhat controversial upon its release, namely due to its uncompromising depiction of corrupt politicians. Animated series “The Simpsons” would later pay homage to the film in season three episode, “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington.”

     

  • #22. Inside Out (2015)
    30/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #22. Inside Out (2015)

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Directed by: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
    Runtime: 95 minutes

    Boldly going where no animated feature had gone before, “Inside Out” takes place inside a young girl’s head, and personifies her respective emotions of Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. As the young girl grapples with moving to a new city, her emotions scramble to retain control of their domain. Like most Pixar films, this one is as humorous as it is sincere, prompting tears of sadness and joy alike.

  • #21. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    31/ Red Granite Pictures

    #21. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    IMDb rating: 8.2
    Directed by: Martin Scorsese
    Runtime: 180 minutes

    Based on a true story, this 2013 film from Martin Scorsese follows the rise and fall of corrupt Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). The film opens with a debauched party and more or less keeps that momentum going for a solid three hours. Meanwhile, the real life Belfort served some time in prison and later launched a new career as a motivational speaker. He was last seen warning others about the potential pitfalls of bitcoin.

  • #20. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
    32/ Paramount Pictures

    #20. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Leo McCarey
    Runtime: 91 minutes

    In this bittersweet film, a husband and wife separate after losing their house during the Depression era. Afterwards, they seek shelter with their respective children. While the subsequent personality clashes make for some comic moments, the film endures primarily as a visceral work of art. In fact, Orson Welles himself once said the movie “would make a stone cry.”

  • #19. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
    33/ Bitter Films

    #19. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt
    Runtime: 62 minutes

    Written, directed, animated, produced, and narrated by Don Hertzfeldt, this experimental feature from 2012 centers on a stick figure named Bill, who suffers from delusions and hallucinations as his psyche slowly crumbles from within. Interspersed between Bill’s dreary and twisted visions are genuine moments of offbeat humor. However, the work is considered to be more of a dark and absurdist exploration of philosophical themes than it is a comedy. Consisting of three separate parts, this acclaimed work took five years to create.

  • #18. The Cameraman (1928)
    34/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    #18. The Cameraman (1928)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
    Runtime: 69 minutes

    Nowadays, the words “slapstick comedy” might connote a certain lowbrow mode of entertainment, but during the silent era, they represented the pinnacle of the genre. That’s in no small part thanks to artists like Buster Keaton, who makes another appearance on the list with this 1928 feature. It stars Keaton as a man in love with a MGM employee. To get closer to his crush, the man buys a movie camera and finagles his way onto the lot as a Hollywood cameraman.

  • #17. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
    35/ Buster Keaton Productions

    #17. Sherlock Jr. (1924)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Buster Keaton
    Runtime: 45 minutes

    Years before starring as a cameraman, Buster Keaton played a projectionist with dreams of being a private detective in this 1924 silent film. After being framed for theft, the projectionist finally gets to put his amateur skills to work. Featured in the film is an iconic pool game, with Keaton performing a variety of trick shots. To prepare for the scene, Keaton worked closely with a pool expert for four months.  

  • #16. Incredibles 2 (2018)
    36/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #16. Incredibles 2 (2018)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Brad Bird
    Runtime: 118 minutes

    As a follow up to the 2004 smash hit, this 2018 sequel from Pixar finds the Parr family once again unleashing their superhero powers in order to save the world. Written and directed by Brad Bird, the film is currently killing it at the box office, earning over $770 million and counting in worldwide grosses. Hopefully, that means another installment is on the way—preferably in less than 14 years.

  • #15. The Kid (1921)
    37/ Charles Chaplin Productions

    #15. The Kid (1921)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Charles Chaplin
    Runtime: 68 minutes

    Written, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, this legendary silent film follows Charlie the Tramp as he raises an abandoned baby while encountering a range of obstacles to keep the child. The tagline promised “6 Reels of Joy,” and the movie certainly delivers on that front. After all, it is the 15th greatest comedy of all time—at least according to IMDb users. 

  • #14. The Apartment (1960)
    38/ Mirisch Corporation

    #14. The Apartment (1960)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Billy Wilder
    Runtime: 125 minutes

    Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star in this 1960 comedy from Billy Wilder, about an ambitious employee named C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) who lends his apartment to high-powered executives at his company so they can use it for their extramarital trysts. In return, Baxter hopes to earn a promotion and ascend the corporate ladder. However, things get complicated when the personnel director expresses his intentions to take a girl Baxter likes to the apartment.

  • #13. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    39/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    #13. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
    Runtime: 103 minutes

    Chronicling the struggles of a silent era production house as it transitions to talkies, this 1952 musical is among the most celebrated films of all time. While audiences will mostly remember the movie for its iconic song-and-dance numbers, it also delivers a bevy of laugh-out-loud moments. Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds star in this comedy classic. 

  • #12. The Sting (1973)
    40/ Universal Pictures

    #12. The Sting (1973)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: George Roy Hill
    Runtime: 129 minutes

    The con is on in this 1973 comedy about two grifters who join forces to take down a notorious crime boss. The film reunited screen legends Robert Redford and Paul Newman, who were last seen together in 1969’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Bolstered by a timeless score, brilliant writing, and the chemistry between its two leads, the film would go on to win a whopping seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

  • #11. Some Like It Hot (1959)
    41/ Ashton Productions

    #11. Some Like It Hot (1959)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Billy Wilder
    Runtime: 121 minutes

    On the run from the mob, two musicians dress up like women and join an all-female band, which happens to have a particularly alluring member named Sugar Kane Kowalczyk. So goes this classic 1959 comedy, which stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in the lead roles. According to legend, Monroe was difficult to work with during the shoot, as she routinely showed up late and frequently forgot her lines. Consequently, writer and director Billy Wilder told the press that Monroe had a “brain like Swiss cheese—full of holes.”

  • #10. Toy Story 3 (2010)
    42/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #10. Toy Story 3 (2010)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Lee Unkrich
    Runtime: 103 minutes

    In the third installment of Pixar’s “Toy Story,” Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and the gang have their worst fears realized when it appears that their owner, Andy, is too old to play with them. To make matters worse, the toys are accidentally donated to the local daycare center, where the children are merciless and an evil teddy bear runs the show at night. While Andy might be getting too old for his toys, audiences can’t get enough of the franchise, and a fourth film is slated for release in 2019.

  • #9. Snatch (2000)
    43/ Columbia Pictures Corporation

    #9. Snatch (2000)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Guy Ritchie
    Runtime: 102 min.

    Filmmaker Guy Ritchie struck comedy gold when he unleashed this 2000 flick, in which an assortment of rugged personalities clash over fixed boxing matches and a stolen diamond. At the center of it all is a man named Turkish (Jason Statham), who must carefully navigate the criminal underworld. Also starring is a talented cast that includes Brad PItt and Benicio Del Toro.

  • #8. Toy Story (1995)
    44/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #8. Toy Story (1995)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: John Lasseter
    Runtime: 81 minutes

    More than any other feature, the original “Toy Story,” a film about toys that come to life when humans aren’t looking, kicked off the modern era of animation. In addition to its iconic characters and hit songs, the original film delivers plenty of affectionate comedy that still holds up over two decades later. Many of the movie’s outwardly funny moments come from Mr. Potato Head, voiced by comedy legend Don Rickles.  

  • #7. Up (2009)
    45/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #7. Up (2009)

    IMDb rating: 8.3
    Directed by: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
    Runtime: 96 minutes

    Pixar keeps the hits coming with 2009’s “Up,” which follows an old man and young boy as they take to the skies inside a floating house. Their journey leads them to an exotic location known as Paradise Falls, where danger awaits. While the movie does indeed feature plenty of laughs, it also includes a downright devastating opening montage

  • #6. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    46/ Columbia Pictures Corporation

    #6. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

    IMDb rating: 8.4
    Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
    Runtime: 95 minutes

    Dark comedy rarely gets much darker than this 1964 film from Stanley Kubrick, in which a series of miscommunications triggers a nuclear holocaust. Peter Sellers stars in multiple roles, including the title character, a quirky, wheelchair-bound doctor with fascist reflexes. Making the whole premise slightly less funny is the fact that it could have actually happened in real life—or at least could have at the time of the film’s release.

  • #5. The Great Dictator (1940)
    47/ Charles Chaplin Productions

    #5. The Great Dictator (1940)

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Directed by: Charles Chaplin
    Runtime: 125 minutes

    Charlie Chaplin’s first official talkie sees him tackling the dual roles of a poor Jewish barber and a Hitler-esque dictator—all in an attempt to skewer fascist politics. Released in 1940, the film was banned in Nazi Germany—but not just because of the subject matter. That is to say, the Nazis had already banned all of Chaplin’s output, having mistaken him as a Jew.

  • #4. Modern Times (1936)
    48/ Charles Chaplin Productions

    #4. Modern Times (1936)

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Directed by: Charles Chaplin
    Runtime: 87 minutes

    Before he took on a fascist dictator in 1940, Charlie Chaplin turned his satirical eye toward big industry in 1936. The film was “Modern Times,” and it follows the Tramp as he struggles to make ends meet during the rise of factories and machines. Famously featured in the silent movie is a sequence where the Tramp gets swallowed by a machine—only to slither his way through a digestive tract of wheels, gears, and cogs. 

  • #3. Coco (2017)
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    #3. Coco (2017)

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Directed by: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
    Runtime: 105 minutes

    In this acclaimed Pixar feature from 2017, a young boy goes against his family’s wishes by secretly pursuing music when no one else is around. After stealing a magical guitar, the boy ends up in the Land of the Dead and embarks on a quest to find his ancestor, a legendary singer. Along the way, he meets up with various deceased relatives and learns the importance of family.

  • #2. Back to the Future (1985)
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    #2. Back to the Future (1985)

    IMDb rating: 8.5
    Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
    Runtime: 116 minutes

    A classic family adventure film, “Back to the Future” is also something of a wildly subversive comedy. In the movie, Marty McFly travels back in time and ends up being romantically pursued by his own mother. To prevent himself from being wiped out of existence, Marty must play matchmaker between his mom and dad—all while fending off a local bully named Biff. Bringing Marty to life is actor Michael J. Fox, who replaced Eric Stoltz after shooting had already begun. 

  • #1. City Lights (1931)
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    #1. City Lights (1931)

    IMDb rating: 8.6
    Directed by: Charles Chaplin
    Runtime: 87 minutes

    Topping off the list of the best comedy movies is “City Lights” from Charlie Chaplin. The film sees Chaplin reprising his role as the Tramp, this time undergoing a series of adventures while trying to raise money for a blind flower girl. Subtitled, "A Comedy Romance in Pantomime,” the silent movie, which consciously eschews audible dialogue, balances slapstick antics with copious amounts of pathos—all without saying a word. 

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