Best Comedy Movies

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Best Comedy Movies What makes a comedy a classic? Something that floats on the changing tides of time and taste, remaining relevant – and hilarious? It probably takes more than a football to the groin or a juiced-up fart on the audio track. (Though we’re not not saying those can sometimes be the pinnacle of professional-grade jokes.) We don’t have the answer, but with our Essential list assembling 150 of the best comedies ever made, we’re getting closer to laugh-out-loud enlightenment than humanly thought possible. We’re melting minds, splitting sides, and slapping knees here.

To that end, we’ve included all forms of the comedy movie. From slapstick (Dumb & Dumber, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) to silent (The General, Modern Times). Rom-coms (Moonstruck, Annie Hall) to screwball (It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby). Parody (Airplane!, Scary Movie) to postmodern (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Galaxy Quest). These 150 movies will take you to college (Animal House), past some fan favorites (Step Brothers, Super Troopers), and all around the globe (Kung Fu Hustle, Amelie).

There’s no minimum review count for this list. We opened it up to movies of yesteryear, which typically don’t get as many reviews as their modern comedy rivals. Many of these inducted films have high Tomatometer scores and are Certified Fresh, but the Tomatometer was not our only guide. Some comedies that stand the test of time did not necessarily pass the critical test on release, and we’re honoring those here. These are not the best-reviewed comedy films ever released, but they are the essential comedies, movies that broke the Laugh-O-Meter – we’ll totally trademark that soon, so dibs – shaped the genre, molded generations, and which audiences return to time and again, to lift the spirits.

And with our most recent updates, we’ve added the latest and greatest in new funny movies (BooksmartBlockersGame Night), and some more comedy classics that have definitely earned their place in the pantheon of guffaws (Four Weddings and a FuneralHarold & Maude).

Ready to whip out your funny bone and bash it violently on the nearest flat surface? Then you’re ready for our list of the best comedy movies ever: Rotten Tomatoes’ 150 Essential Comedies!

 

HOT ROD (2007)
39%

Critics Consensus: Hot Rod has brazen silliness and a few humorous set pieces on its side, but it’s far too inconsistent to satisfy all but the least demanding slapstick lovers.
Synopsis: Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble has a problem–his step-father Frank is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like… [More]
Starring: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Isla Fisher, Bill Hader
Directed By: Akiva Schaffer

 

GAME NIGHT (2018)
85%

Critics Consensus: With a talented cast turned loose on a loaded premise — and a sharp script loaded with dark comedy and unexpected twists — Game Night might be more fun than the real thing.
Synopsis: Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s… [More]
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Sharon Horgan, Kyle Chandler
Directed By: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley

 

THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (1996)
50%

Critics Consensus: First Wives Club is headlined by a trio of comedic dynamos, but the script lets them down with tepid plotting and a fatal lack of satirical bite.
Synopsis: In this comedy-drama, a former classmate’s suicide reunites three middle-aged college friends from the class of ’69. These classmates have… [More]
Starring: Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Dan Hedaya
Directed By: Hugh Wilson

 

SCARY MOVIE (2000)
52%

Critics Consensus: Critics say Scary Movie overloads on crudity and grossness to get its laughs.
Synopsis: From the minds that brought you “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “In Living Color” and “Don’t Be A Menace In… [More]
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Anna Faris, Shannon Elizabeth
Directed By: Keenen Ivory Wayans

 

BLOCKERS (2018)
84%

Critics Consensus: Blockers puts a gender-swapped spin on the teen sex comedy — one elevated by strong performances, a smartly funny script, and a surprisingly enlightened perspective.
Synopsis: When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation… [More]
Starring: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton
Directed By: Kay Cannon

 

THE BANK DICK (1940)
100%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film, the matchless W. C. Fields plays Egbert Souse, a bibulous denizen of Lompoc who supports his family… [More]
Starring: W.C. Fields, Una Merkel, Grady Sutton, Cora Witherspoon
Directed By: Eddie Cline, Edward F. Cline

 

MRS. DOUBTFIRE (1993)
71%

Critics Consensus: On paper, Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.
Synopsis: After out-of-work actor Daniel Hilliard (Robin Williams) loses custody of his three children to his ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field), he… [More]
Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein
Directed By: Chris Columbus

 

PITCH PERFECT (2012)
81%

Critics Consensus: Pitch Perfect’s plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.
Synopsis: Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out… [More]
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Ben Platt
Directed By: Jason Moore

 

FOUR LIONS (2010)
83%

Critics Consensus: Its premise suggests brazenly tasteless humor, but Four Lions is actually a smart, pitch-black comedy that carries the unmistakable ring of truth.
Synopsis: In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar is disillusioned about the treatment of Muslims around the… [More]
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak
Directed By: Christopher Morris

 

SAFETY LAST! (1923)
97%

Critics Consensus: Persuasive enough to give audiences acrophobia when they aren’t laughing at Harold Lloyd’s antics, Safety Last! is a marvel of visual effects and slapstick comedy.
Synopsis: After Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the silent film era’s “third genius” was Harold Lloyd, who stars in this Horatio… [More]
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young
Directed By: Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

 

BIG (1988)
97%

Critics Consensus: Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.
Synopsis: More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be “big”. That’s the wish he makes… [More]
Starring: Tom Hanks, Jared Rushton, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia
Directed By: Penny Marshall

 

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (2001)
38%

Critics Consensus: Wet Hot American Summer’s incredibly talented cast is too often outmatched by a deeply silly script that misses its targets at least as often as it skewers them.
Synopsis: The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It’s the last day before everyone goes back to the real world,… [More]
Starring: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau
Directed By: David Wain

 

BARBERSHOP (2002)
83%

Critics Consensus: Besides bringing on the laughs, Barbershop displays a big heart and demonstrates the value of community.
Synopsis: An ensemble comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. It’s Calvin’s… [More]
Starring: Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas
Directed By: Tim Story

 

DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993)
92%

Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Synopsis: Like George Lucas’ American Graffiti, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a… [More]
Starring: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Sasha Jenson, Wiley Wiggins
Directed By: Richard Linklater

 

ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE (1993)
49%

Critics Consensus: Jim Carrey’s twitchy antics and gross-out humor are on full, bombastic display in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which is great news for fans of his particular brand of comedy but likely unsatisfying for anyone else.
Synopsis: When your dog, bird, or water-dwelling mammal disappears, who do you call? Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is a low-rent private… [More]
Starring: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Dan Marino
Directed By: Tom Shadyac

 

IDIOCRACY (2006)
74%

Critics Consensus: Frustratingly uneven yet enjoyable overall, Idiocracy skewers society’s devolution with an amiably goofy yet deceptively barbed wit.
Synopsis: In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military… [More]
Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews
Directed By: Mike Judge

 

TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (2004)
77%

Critics Consensus: Team America will either offend you or leave you in stitches. It’ll probably do both.
Synopsis: Team America, an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability, learns that a power hungry dictator is brokering weapons… [More]
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa
Directed By: Trey Parker

 

KISSING JESSICA STEIN (2002)
83%

Critics Consensus: A trite but refreshing and comical spin on nature of love.
Synopsis: A woman searching for the perfect man instead discovers the perfect woman in this romantic comedy. Jessica Stein (Jennifer Westfeldt)… [More]
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Heather Juergensen, Tovah Feldshuh, Scott Cohen
Directed By: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

 

TRAINWRECK (2015)
84%

Critics Consensus: Trainwreck drags commitment out of all but the most rom-com-phobic filmgoers with sharp humor, relatable characters, and hilarious work from Amy Schumer.
Synopsis: Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin… [More]
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Brie Larson
Directed By: Judd Apatow

 

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (1985)
87%

Critics Consensus: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure brings Paul Reubens’ famous character to the big screen intact, along with enough inspired silliness to dazzle children of all ages.
Synopsis: Co-written by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure marks the debut of director Tim Burton, who stamps… [More]
Starring: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger
Directed By: Tim Burton

 

TOMMY BOY (1995)
42%

Critics Consensus: Though it benefits from the comic charms of its two leads, Tommy Boy too often feels like a familiar sketch stretched thin.
Synopsis: Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley had his first starring role in this frankly lowbrow comedy, which teamed him with… [More]
Starring: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy, Bo Derek
Directed By: Peter Segal

 

LIFE (1999)
50%

Critics Consensus: Entertaining if not over-the-top humor from a solid comic duo provides plenty of laughs.
Synopsis: Comedians Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence team up for a story that wouldn’t appear to have many immediate humorous possibilities… [More]
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Ned Beatty, Obba Babatundé
Directed By: Ted Demme

 

ZOOLANDER (2001)
63%

Critics Consensus: A wacky satire on the fashion industry, Zoolander is one of those deliberately dumb comedies that can deliver genuine laughs.
Synopsis: Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short… [More]
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor
Directed By: Ben Stiller

 

SUPER TROOPERS (2002)
35%

Critics Consensus: A more-miss -than-hit affair, Super Troopers will most likely appeal to those looking for something silly.
Synopsis: A handful of state troopers are put in the uncomfortable position of having to actually enforce the law in this… [More]
Starring: Brian Cox, Daniel von Bargen, Marisa Coughlan, Lynda Carter
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar

 

HAPPY GILMORE (1996)
61%

Critics Consensus: Those who enjoy Adam Sandler’s schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don’t, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable.
Synopsis: A failed hockey player turned unconventional golf whiz is determined to win a PGA tournament to save his grandmother’s house… [More]
Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay
Directed By: Dennis Dugan

 

21 JUMP STREET (2012)
85%

Critics Consensus: A smart, affectionate satire of ’80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.
Synopsis: In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their… [More]
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle
Directed By: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord

 

BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (1989)
81%

Critics Consensus: Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are just charming, goofy, and silly enough to make this fluffy time-travel Adventure work.
Synopsis: When a couple air-headed rock-star wannabes are faced with the break-up of their band as a result of poor grades,… [More]
Starring: Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Rod Loomis
Directed By: Stephen Herek

 

BROADCAST NEWS (1987)
98%

Critics Consensus: Blockbuster dramatist James L. Brooks delivers with Broadcast News, fully entertaining with deft, deep characterization.
Synopsis: Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional… [More]
Starring: William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks, Jack Nicholson
Directed By: James L. Brooks, James A. Brooks

 

LOST IN AMERICA (1985)
97%

Critics Consensus: A satire of the American fantasy of leaving it all behind, Lost in America features some of Albert Brooks’ best, most consistent writing and cultural jabs.
Synopsis: Two dissatisfied yuppies leave their suburban lives behind and embark on a journey to rediscover America and themselves. This idea… [More]
Starring: Julie Hagerty, Albert Brooks, Maggie Roswell, Michael Greene
Directed By: Albert Brooks

 

IN THE LOOP (2009)
94%

Critics Consensus: In the Loop is an uncommonly funny political satire that blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era.
Synopsis: The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire from director and co-screenwriter Armando… [More]
Starring: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Gina McKee
Directed By: Armando Iannucci

 

CRAZY RICH ASIANS (2018)
91%

Critics Consensus: With a terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle, Crazy Rich Asians takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic — and still effective — rom-com formula.
Synopsis: “Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to… [More]
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

 

SHAOLIN SOCCER (2004)
90%

Critics Consensus: The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.
Synopsis: One of Hong Kong’s top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and… [More]
Starring: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Man Tat Ng, Vicki Zhao Wei
Directed By: Stephen Chow

 

TOP FIVE (2014)
85%

Critics Consensus: As smart, funny, and trenchant as writer-director-star Chris Rock’s best standup work, Top Five is a career highlight for its creator — and one of the comedy standouts of 2014.
Synopsis: Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE takes things to the next level, reveling in… [More]
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco
Directed By: Chris Rock

 

ROAD TO MOROCCO (1942)
92%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Having accidentally caused a merchant ship to blow up, stowaways Bob Hope and Bing Crosby are shipwrecked on the African… [More]
Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn
Directed By: David Butler

 

UP IN SMOKE (1978)
47%

Critics Consensus: Oft-quoted but undeniably flawed, Up In Smoke is a seminal piece of stoner cinema thanks to the likability of its two counterculture icons.
Synopsis: Then professional potheads Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong teamed up for Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke, which features the… [More]
Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacy Keach, Strother Martin
Directed By: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong

 

THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN (2005)
85%

Critics Consensus: Steve Carell’s first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.
Synopsis: One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring comic actor Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell)… [More]
Starring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco
Directed By: Judd Apatow

 

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
92%

Critics Consensus: Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.
Synopsis: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the… [More]
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton
Directed By: Wes Anderson

 

IN BRUGES (2008)
84%

Critics Consensus: Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements.
Synopsis: Bruges (pronounced “broozh”), the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travelers from… [More]
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy
Directed By: Martin McDonagh

 

AMERICAN PIE (1999)
61%

Critics Consensus: So embarrassing it’s believable, American Pie succeeds in bringing back the teen movie genre.
Synopsis: In this wild Unrated version of the hit comedy, follow the raging hormones of four teenage boys and their girls… [More]
Starring: Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth
Directed By: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz

 

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (TODO SOBRE MI MADRE) (1999)
98%

Critics Consensus: Almodovar weaves together a magnificent tapestry of femininity with an affectionate wink to classics of theater and cinema in this poignant story of love, loss and compassion.
Synopsis: Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends who find themselves suffering a variety of… [More]
Starring: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Pena, Antonia San Juan
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

 

BURN AFTER READING (2008)
78%

Critics Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
Synopsis: At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Arlington, Va., analyst Osborne Cox arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately… [More]
Starring: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

 

LEGALLY BLONDE (2001)
70%

Critics Consensus: Though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon’s funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise.
Synopsis: Elle Woods has it all. She’s the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus… [More]
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis
Directed By: Robert Luketic

 

PRIDE (2014)
92%

Critics Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.
Synopsis: PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the… [More]
Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine
Directed By: Matthew Warchus

 

IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963)
70%

Critics Consensus: It’s long, frantic, and stuffed to the gills with comic actors and set pieces — and that’s exactly its charm.
Synopsis: With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make “the comedy that would end all comedies.” The story… [More]
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett
Directed By: Stanley Kramer

 

BEETLEJUICE (1988)
85%

Critics Consensus: Brilliantly bizarre and overflowing with ideas, Beetlejuice offers some of Michael Keaton’s most deliciously manic work – and creepy, funny fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak… [More]
Starring: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones
Directed By: Tim Burton

 

HOUSE PARTY (1990)
93%

Critics Consensus: House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.
Synopsis: House Party is an infectious, engaging comedy starring the rap duo Kid ‘N Play. Kid (Christopher Reid) decides to throw… [More]
Starring: Christopher “Kid” Reid, Christopher Martin, Robin Harris, Martin Lawrence
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

 

THE BIRDCAGE (1996)
81%

Critics Consensus: Mike Nichols wrangles agreeably amusing performances from Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in this fun, if not quite essential, remake of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles.
Synopsis: Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover, Albert, stars there as Starina. “Their”… [More]
Starring: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest
Directed By: Mike Nichols

 

CITY SLICKERS (1991)
90%

Critics Consensus: With a supremely talented cast and just enough midlife drama to add weight to its wildly silly overtones, City Slickers uses universal themes to earn big laughs.
Synopsis: City Slickers blends sight gags, one-liners, and sincerity, with both humor and drama arising from the characters and their situations…. [More]
Starring: Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Jack Palance
Directed By: Ron Underwood

 

STRIPES (1981)
88%

Critics Consensus: A raucous military comedy that features Bill Murray and his merry cohorts approaching the peak of their talents.
Synopsis: A charming, self-elected leader winds up commanding an outfit of misfits…. [More]
Starring: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

 

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)
89%

Critics Consensus: A zany horror spoof that plays up and then plays into the best of Universal horror cliches.
Synopsis: It seems that Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in league with a beautiful but diabolical lady scientist (Lenore Aubert), needs a… [More]
Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Creighton Chaney
Directed By: Charles Barton

 

CLUE (1985)
65%

Critics Consensus: A robust ensemble of game actors elevate Clue above its schematic source material, but this farce’s reliance on novelty over organic wit makes its entertainment value a roll of the dice.
Synopsis: In this spoof of McCarthy-era paranoia and 1950s wholesomeness, the characters and plot are drawn from the popular Parker Brothers… [More]
Starring: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd
Directed By: Jonathan Lynn

 

SPY (2015)
95%

Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another — and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
Synopsis: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions…. [More]
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale
Directed By: Paul Feig

 

I LIKE IT LIKE THAT (1994)
82%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Writer/director Darnell Martin became the first African-American woman to direct a studio feature with this charming, funny, and realistic account… [More]
Starring: Luna Lauren Vélez, John Seda, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly
Directed By: Darnell Martin

 

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (2001)
80%

Critics Consensus: Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger’s Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm.
Synopsis: Based on Helen Fielding’s hugely popular novel, this romantic comedy follows Bridget (Renee Zellweger), a post-feminist, thirty-something British woman who… [More]
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent
Directed By: Sharon Maguire

 

SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003)
92%

Critics Consensus: Black’s exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time.
Synopsis: The world’s least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York’s best and brightest in this… [More]
Starring: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Sarah Silverman
Directed By: Richard Linklater

 

MOONSTRUCK (1987)
94%

Critics Consensus: Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade’s most appealing comedies.
Synopsis: When there’s a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta… [More]
Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Fyodor Chaliapin
Directed By: Norman Jewison

 

THE IN-LAWS (1979)
88%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dentist Sheldon Kornpett (Alan Arkin) is a respectable man. He has a daughter who is about to marry the son… [More]
Starring: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault
Directed By: Arthur Hiller

 

THE LADYKILLERS (1955)
100%

Critics Consensus: The Ladykillers is a macabre slow-burn with quirky performances of even quirkier characters.
Synopsis: Music professor Alec Guinness rents a London flat from sweet old lady Katie Johnson. He tells her that, from time… [More]
Starring: Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker
Directed By: Alexander Mackendrick

 

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992)
79%

Critics Consensus: Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast.
Synopsis: The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far… [More]
Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna
Directed By: Penny Marshall

 

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988)
88%

Critics Consensus: A buoyant, clever update of the conman flick Bedtime Story, with plenty of comedic jousting resulting from a winning chemistry between Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
Synopsis: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a remake of the 1964 film farce Bedtime Story. Steve Martin and Michael Caine take over… [More]
Starring: Michael Caine, Steve Martin, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers
Directed By: Frank Oz

 

GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (1987)
90%

Critics Consensus: A well-calibrated blend of manic comedy and poignant drama, Good Morning, Vietnam offers a captivating look at a wide range of Robin Williams’ cinematic gifts.
Synopsis: The film begins in 1965, when disc jockey Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) is assigned to take over the AFR’s Saigon… [More]
Starring: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Bruno Kirby, J.T. Walsh
Directed By: Barry Levinson

 

M*A*S*H (1970)
84%

Critics Consensus: Bold, timely, subversive, and above all funny, M*A*S*H remains a high point in Robert Altman’s distinguished filmography.
Synopsis: Although he was not the first choice to direct it, the hit black comedy MASH established Robert Altman as one… [More]
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall
Directed By: Robert Altman

 

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989)
91%

Critics Consensus: Rob Reiner’s touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
Synopsis: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin… [More]
Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
Directed By: Rob Reiner

 

HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE (2004)
74%

Critics Consensus: The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.
Synopsis: Directed by Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean-American investment… [More]
Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garcés, David Krumholtz
Directed By: Danny Leiner

 

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2004)
72%

Critics Consensus: A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.
Synopsis: The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set… [More]
Starring: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez
Directed By: Jared Hess

 

ARTHUR (1981)
88%

Critics Consensus: Dudley Moore brings a boozy charm to Arthur, a coming of age tale for a wayward millionaire that deploys energetic cast chemistry and spiffy humor to jovial effect.
Synopsis: The ads for Arthur suggested that this was an obnoxious film about an obnoxious man, an eternally drunken millionaire indulging… [More]
Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Directed By: Steve Gordon

 

TOOTSIE (1982)
90%

Critics Consensus: Tootsie doesn’t squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.
Synopsis: Michael Dorsey is a talented actor, but his demanding nature and stubborn temperament have antagonized every producer in New York…. [More]
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

 

BEST IN SHOW (2000)
94%

Critics Consensus: A fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest’s gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast.
Synopsis: A “behind the scenes” look into the highly competitive and cut-throat world of dog-shows through the eyes of a group… [More]
Starring: Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy
Directed By: Christopher Guest

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994)
96%

Critics Consensus: While its premise is ripe for comedy — and it certainly delivers its fair share of laughs — Priscilla is also a surprisingly tender and thoughtful road movie with some outstanding performances.
Synopsis: The usually menacing British actor Terence Stamp does a complete turnaround as Bernadette, an aging transsexual who tours the backwaters… [More]
Starring: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter
Directed By: Stephan Elliott

 

MEAN GIRLS (2004)
84%

Critics Consensus: Elevated by a brilliant screenplay and outstanding ensemble cast, Mean Girls finds fresh, female-fronted humor in the high school experience.
Synopsis: Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live wrote and appears in this comedy about the alternately funny and terrifying pecking order… [More]
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried
Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)

 

SPACEBALLS (1987)
56%

Critics Consensus: There’s fine spoofery and amusing characters in Spaceballs, though it’s a far cry from Mel Brooks’ peak era.
Synopsis: The evil leaders of Planet Spaceball, having foolishly squandered their precious atmosphere, devise a secret plan to take every breath… [More]
Starring: Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, Bill Pullman
Directed By: Mel Brooks

 

SISTER ACT (1992)
74%

Critics Consensus: Looking for a sweet musical comedy about a witness to a crime hiding out from killers in a convent? There’s nun better than Sister Act.
Synopsis: A sleeper hit that received a lukewarm reception from critics but was a success with audiences, Sister Act (1992) was… [More]
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Najimy
Directed By: Emile Ardolino

 

STEP BROTHERS (2008)
55%

Critics Consensus: Step Brothers indulges in a cheerfully relentless immaturity that will quickly turn off viewers unamused by Ferrell and Reilly — and delight those who find their antics hilarious.
Synopsis: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly re-team with that film’s director, Adam… [More]
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins
Directed By: Adam McKay

 

UHF (1989)
61%

Critics Consensus: UHF is bizarre, freewheeling, and spotty, though its anarchic spirit cannot be denied.
Synopsis: When a desperate UHF station gives the seriously odd George the job of manager, he proves to be a programming… [More]
Starring: Weird Al Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards
Directed By: Jay Levey

 

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (1983)
93%

Critics Consensus: Blessed by a brilliantly befuddled star turn from Chevy Chase, National Lampoon’s Vacation is one of the more consistent — and thoroughly quotable — screwball comedies of the 1980s.
Synopsis: The first film in the Vacation comedy franchise stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an ad exec who becomes consumed… [More]
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid
Directed By: Harold Ramis

 

GALAXY QUEST (1999)
90%

Critics Consensus: Intelligent and humorous satire with an excellent cast — no previous Trekkie knowledge needed to enjoy this one.
Synopsis: For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector donned their uniforms and set out on thrilling and often… [More]
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub
Directed By: Dean Parisot

 

HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)
84%

Critics Consensus: Hal Ashby’s comedy is too dark and twisted for some, and occasionally oversteps its bounds, but there’s no denying the film’s warm humor and big heart.
Synopsis: Harold, the 20-year-old son of a wealthy, neglectful woman, tries to gain attention for himself with various hilariously staged “suicides.”… [More]
Starring: Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack
Directed By: Hal Ashby

 

MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
84%

Critics Consensus: Despite sometimes sitcom-like execution, Meet the Parents is a hilarious look at familial relationships that works mostly because the chemistry between its two leads is so effective.
Synopsis: In this comedy from Austin Powers director Jay Roach, Ben Stiller plays a young man who endures a disastrous weekend… [More]
Starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner
Directed By: Jay Roach

 

GIRLS TRIP (2017)
91%

Critics Consensus: Girls Trip is the rare R-rated comedy that pushes boundaries to truly comedic effect — and anchors its laughs in compelling characters brought to life by a brilliantly assembled cast.
Synopsis: When four lifelong friends-Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish-travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence… [More]
Starring: Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter
Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee

 

BEING THERE (1979)
95%

Critics Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and refreshingly subtle, Being There soars behind sensitive direction from Hal Ashby and a stellar Peter Sellers performance.
Synopsis: Hailed as a genius for his simplistic approach to life, an aging gardener with a childlike naïveté rises, by accident,… [More]
Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden
Directed By: Hal Ashby

 

WAYNE’S WORLD (1992)
78%

Critics Consensus: An oddball comedy that revels in its silliness and memorable catch phrases, Wayne’s World is also fondly regarded because of its endearing characters.
Synopsis: Originally a skit on “Saturday Night Live” during the late ’80s and early ’90s, “Wayne’s World” is about two teenage… [More]
Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere
Directed By: Penelope Spheeris

 

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
77%

Critics Consensus: While Fast Times at Ridgemont High features Sean Penn’s legendary performance, the film endures because it accurately captured the small details of school, work, and teenage life.
Synopsis: Based on 22-year-old Cameron Crowe’s undercover exposé on life in a Southern California public high school, this groundbreaking effort presents… [More]
Starring: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

 

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944)
81%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Arsenic and Old Lace is director Frank Capra’s spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet… [More]
Starring: Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Josephine Hull, John Alexander
Directed By: Frank Capra

 

KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005)
91%

Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.
Synopsis: The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in… [More]
Starring: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Shengyi Huang, Kwok-Kwan Chan
Directed By: Stephen Chow

 

BOOKSMART (2019)
96%

Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Synopsis: The story follows Dever and Feldstein’s characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high… [More]
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow
Directed By: Olivia Wilde

 

HEATHERS (1988)
93%

Critics Consensus: Dark, cynical, and subversive, Heathers gently applies a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie — changing the game for teen comedies to follow.
Synopsis: A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those… [More]
Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

 

PLAYTIME (1973)
98%

Critics Consensus: A remarkable achievement, Playtime’s packs every scene with sight gags and characters that both celebrates and satirizes the urbanization of modern life.
Synopsis: Hilarious, dazzlingly inventive comedy in which Mr. Hulot tries to function in an unrecognizable Paris of modernistic glass-and-steel skyscrapers…. [More]
Starring: Barbara Dennek, France Delahalle, France Rumilly, Sharon Maiden
Directed By: Jacques Tati

 

BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984)
83%

Critics Consensus: The buddy cop movie continues its evolution unabated with this Eddie Murphy vehicle that’s fast, furious, and funny.
Synopsis: What’s that wisecracking young black guy (Eddie Murphy) in that beat-up Chevy Nova doing in lily-white Beverly Hills? He’s Axel… [More]
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher
Directed By: Martin Brest

 

OFFICE SPACE (1999)
80%

Critics Consensus: Mike Judge lampoons the office grind with its inspired mix of sharp dialogue and witty one-liners.
Synopsis: Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a computer programmer working for Initech in Houston. Every day, he and his friends Samir… [More]
Starring: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, Dave Herman
Directed By: Mike Judge

 

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (1994)
96%

Critics Consensus: While frothy to a fault, Four Weddings and a Funeral features irresistibly breezy humor, and winsome performances from Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.
Synopsis: Charles and Carrie would make the perfect couple…if he weren’t afraid to commit and she weren’t already engaged! Fun-filled, clever… [More]
Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow
Directed By: Mike Newell

 

THE GRADUATE (1967)
87%

Critics Consensus: The music, the performances, the precision in capturing the post-college malaise — The Graduate’s coming-of-age story is indeed one for the ages.
Synopsis: “One word: plastics.” “Are you here for an affair?” These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion… [More]
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels
Directed By: Mike Nichols

 

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)
79%

Critics Consensus: Matthew Broderick charms in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a light and irrepressibly fun movie about being young and having fun.
Synopsis: Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes… [More]
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones
Directed By: John Hughes

 

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998)
83%

Critics Consensus: There’s Something About Mary proves that unrelentingly, unabashedly peurile humor doesn’t necessarily come at the expense of a film’s heart.
Synopsis: The Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann… [More]
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Chris Elliott
Directed By: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

 

BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN (2006)
91%

Critics Consensus: Part satire, part shockumentary,Borat gets high-fives almost all-around for being offensive in the funniest possible way. Jagshemash!
Synopsis: Journalist Borat Sagdiyev leaves his native Kazakhstan to travel to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the… [More]
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pat Haggerty
Directed By: Larry Charles

 

SHERLOCK JR. (1924)
92%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film is one of Buster Keaton’s funniest and most technically innovative features. He plays the floor sweeper and projectionist… [More]
Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane, Joe Keaton
Directed By: Buster Keaton

 

FRIDAY (1995)
78%

Critics Consensus: What Friday might lack in taut construction or directorial flair, it more than makes up with its vibrant (albeit consistently crass) humor and the charming, energetic performances of its leads.
Synopsis: Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz ‘N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his… [More]
Starring: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy “Tiny” Lister
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

 

SUPERBAD (2007)
88%

Critics Consensus: Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.
Synopsis: Operating under the assumption that by procuring alcohol for an upcoming party they will finally be able to break their… [More]
Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Directed By: Greg Mottola

 

HOT FUZZ (2007)
91%

Critics Consensus: The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.
Synopsis: A top London cop who is so good at his job that he makes his fellow officers look like slackers… [More]
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Steve Coogan
Directed By: Edgar Wright

 

THE HANGOVER (2009)
78%

Critics Consensus: With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.
Synopsis: A blowout Las Vegas bachelor party turns into a race against time when three hung-over groomsmen awaken after a night… [More]
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha
Directed By: Todd Phillips

 

ELF (2003)
85%

Critics Consensus: A movie full of Yuletide cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell’s funny and charming performance as one of Santa’s biggest helpers.
Synopsis: For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made), took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum… [More]
Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner
Directed By: Jon Favreau

 

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)
92%

Critics Consensus: Thanks to the impeccable chemistry between Steve Martin and John Candy, as well as a deft mix of humor and heart, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a hilarious, heartfelt holiday classic.
Synopsis: Were it not for its profanity-laden opening scenes, John Hughes’ Planes, Trains and Automobiles might have been suitable family entertainment:… [More]
Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, William Windom, Michael McKean
Directed By: John Hughes

 

A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988)
95%

Critics Consensus: Smartly written, smoothly directed, and solidly cast, A Fish Called Wanda offers a classic example of a brainy comedy with widespread appeal.
Synopsis: An ambitious and sexy con artist uses every tool at her disposal to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by… [More]
Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
Directed By: Charles Crichton

 

ANCHORMAN – THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY (2004)
66%

Critics Consensus: Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn’t the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell’s buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails.
Synopsis: Marking the directorial debut of Adam McKay, former head writer for Saturday Night Live and founder of the Upright Citizen’s… [More]
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner
Directed By: Adam McKay

 

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984 ORIGINAL) (1984)
97%

Critics Consensus: An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray’s hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.
Synopsis: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based “paranormal investigators”. When their government… [More]
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

 

AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (1997)
72%

Critics Consensus: A light and goofy comedy which provides laughs, largely due to performances and screenwriting by Myers.
Synopsis: Less a parody of the early James Bond film than a parody of the films that parodied the early James… [More]
Starring: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Seth Green
Directed By: Jay Roach

 

DUMB AND DUMBER (1994)
68%

Critics Consensus: A relentlessly stupid comedy elevated by its main actors: Jim Carrey goes bonkers and Jeff Daniels carries himself admirably in an against-type performance.
Synopsis: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels play the title roles (though viewers may find themselves debating which is which) in this… [More]
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Teri Garr
Directed By: Peter Farrelly

 

THE ODD COUPLE (1968)
97%

Critics Consensus: Enlivening Neil Simon’s crackerjack script with their harmonious rapport, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are a perfect pairing as The Odd Couple.
Synopsis: In this film, compulsive neatnik Felix Unger is thrown out of his house by his wife. He gravitates to the… [More]
Starring: Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Monica Evans, Carole Shelley
Directed By: Gene Saks

 

THE PRODUCERS (1968)
90%

Critics Consensus: A hilarious satire of the business side of Hollywood, The Producers is one of Mel Brooks’ finest, as well as funniest films, featuring standout performances by Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel.
Synopsis: Theatrical producer Max Bialystock has fallen on hard times. In an attempt to acquire some money, Max and his accountant… [More]
Starring: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn
Directed By: Mel Brooks

 

CLERKS (1994)
89%

Critics Consensus: With its quirky characters and clever, quotable dialogue, Clerks is the ultimate clarion call for slackers everywhere to unite and, uh, do something we guess?
Synopsis: When Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day off, he… [More]
Starring: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonhauer
Directed By:

 

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2015)
96%

Critics Consensus: Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun.
Synopsis: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern… [More]
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathon Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
Directed By: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement

 

THE LADY EVE (1941)
100%

Critics Consensus: A career highlight for Preston Sturges, The Lady Eve benefits from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda’s sparkling chemistry — and a script that inspired countless battle-of-the-sexes comedies.
Synopsis: In Preston Sturges’ comedy, Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target… [More]
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette
Directed By: Preston Sturges

 

WHAT’S UP, DOC? (1972)
91%

Critics Consensus: Barbra Streisand was never more likable than in this energetic, often hilarious screwball farce from director Peter Bogdanovich.
Synopsis: With Howard Hawks’s Bringing Up Baby (1938) as his blueprint, Peter Bogdanovich resurrected and payed homage to 1930s screwball comedy… [More]
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

 

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935)
97%

Critics Consensus: Watermelons may go out of season, but in A Night at the Opera, the Marx Brothers’ daffy laughs are never anything less than uproariously fresh.
Synopsis: Although some purists hold out for Duck Soup (1933), many Marx Brothers fans consider A Night at the Opera the… [More]
Starring: Groucho Marx, The Marx Brothers, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Directed By: Sam Wood

 

ADAM’S RIB (1949)
96%

Critics Consensus: Matched by Garson Kanin’s witty, sophisticated screenplay, George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, and Katherine Hepburn are all in top form in the classic comedy Adam’s Rib.
Synopsis: Written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Adam’s Rib is a peerless comedy predicated on the double standard. Spencer Tracy… [More]
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell
Directed By: George Cukor

 

SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (1941)
100%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In Preston Sturges’ classic comedy of Depression-era America, filmmaker John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), fed up with directing profitable comedies… [More]
Starring: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, Franklin Pangborn
Directed By: Preston Sturges

 

CADDYSHACK (1980)
73%

Critics Consensus: Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.
Synopsis: An elite country club has to deal with a brash new member and a gopher intent on destroying their beloved… [More]
Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray
Directed By: Harold Ramis

 

THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)
93%

Critics Consensus: Charlie Chaplin demonstrates that his comedic voice is undiminished by dialogue in this rousing satire of tyranny, which may be more distinguished by its uplifting humanism than its gags.
Synopsis: “This is the story of the period between two world wars–an interim during which insanity cut loose, liberty took a… [More]
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner
Directed By: Charles Chaplin

 

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
100%

Critics Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic.
Synopsis: Set among the upper class in 1930s Philadelphia, this irreverent classic romantic comedy features radiant performances by three legendary stars…. [More]
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey
Directed By: George Cukor

 

RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
91%

Critics Consensus: A terrifically original, eccentric screwball comedy, Raising Arizona may not be the Coens’ most disciplined movie, but it’s one of their most purely entertaining.
Synopsis: Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed… [More]
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman
Directed By: Joel Coen

 

CLUELESS (1995)
81%

Critics Consensus: A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.
Synopsis: Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look… [More]
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

 

ANNIE HALL (1977)
96%

Critics Consensus: Filled with poignant performances and devastating humor, Annie Hall represents a quantum leap for Woody Allen and remains an American classic.
Synopsis: “Annie Hall” is a comical look at the up and down relationship between a New York City TV writer and… [More]
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Paul Simon
Directed By: Woody Allen

 

HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)
98%

Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy.
Synopsis: The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter… [More]
Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Gene Lockhart, Helen Mack
Directed By: Howard Hawks

 

WITHNAIL AND I (1987)
94%

Critics Consensus: Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann prove irresistibly hilarious as two misanthropic slackers in Withnail and I, a biting examination of artists living on the fringes of prosperity and good taste.
Synopsis: Screenwriter Bruce Robinson made his directorial debut with this British comedy. Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor;… [More]
Starring: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown
Directed By: Bruce Robinson

 

TRADING PLACES (1983)
88%

Critics Consensus: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.
Synopsis: The “nature-nurture” theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis’s hit comedy. The fabulously… [More]
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche
Directed By: John Landis

 

BRIDESMAIDS (2011)
90%

Critics Consensus: A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.
Synopsis: This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig… [More]
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Directed By: Paul Feig

 

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)
94%

Critics Consensus: Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.
Synopsis: In this spoof of Mary Shelley’s gothic tale, the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, a neurosurgeon, has spent his life living… [More]
Starring: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn
Directed By: Mel Brooks

 

SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
92%

Critics Consensus: Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.
Synopsis: It’s often said that the true character of a man is only revealed in times of dire crisis, and for… [More]
Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis
Directed By: Edgar Wright

 

THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD! (1988)
88%

Critics Consensus: The Naked Gun is loaded chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.
Synopsis: Seeking vengeance when his partner (Simpson) is shot full of holes by drug dealers, Lt. Frank Drebin searches for the… [More]
Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy
Directed By: David Zucker

 

THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980)
73%

Critics Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast’s charm, director John Landis’ grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.
Synopsis: Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white… [More]
Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown (II), Cab Calloway
Directed By: John Landis

 

COMING TO AMERICA (1988)
72%

Critics Consensus: Eddie Murphy was in full control at this point, starkly evident in Coming to America’s John Landis’ coasting direction.
Synopsis: Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads… [More]
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos
Directed By: John Landis

 

MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN (1979)
95%

Critics Consensus: One of the more cutting-edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.
Synopsis: Monty Python delivers the group’s sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood’s epic films. Set in 33 A.D…. [More]
Starring: Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese
Directed By: Terry Jones

 

THE JERK (1979)
83%

Critics Consensus: Crude, crass, and oh so quotable, The Jerk is nothing short of an all-out comedic showcase for Steve Martin.
Synopsis: Carl Reiner directs Steve Martin (who co-wrote the script with Carl Gottlieb) in this gag-laden comedy about an idiotic white… [More]
Starring: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King
Directed By: Carl Reiner

 

THE GENERAL (1927)
93%

Critics Consensus: Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.
Synopsis: Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, The General, almost as much as… [More]
Starring: Marion Mack, Joseph Keaton, Glen Cavender, Richard Allen
Directed By: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton

 

THE THIN MAN (1934)
98%

Critics Consensus: Featuring an involving mystery and sparkling repartee between William Powell and Myrna Loy, The Thin Man is an endlessly charming romp.
Synopsis: In this film, Edward Ellis plays a mean-spirited inventor. The recently-divorced Ellis discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000… [More]
Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan, Nat Pendleton
Directed By: W.S. Van Dyke

 

THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984)
95%

Critics Consensus: Smartly directed, brilliantly acted, and packed with endlessly quotable moments, This Is Spinal Tap is an all-time comedy classic.
Synopsis: A spoof about a filmmaker making a documentary about a once-famous, now almost forgotten British heavy metal band returning to… [More]
Starring: Michael McKean, Andrew Divoff, Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner
Directed By: Rob Reiner

 

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)
90%

Critics Consensus: The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live’s irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.
Synopsis: Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million… [More]
Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, Tom Hulce
Directed By: John Landis

 

BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
88%

Critics Consensus: Daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny, Blazing Saddles is a gleefully vulgar spoof of Westerns that marks a high point in Mel Brooks’ storied career.
Synopsis: Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features… [More]
Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn
Directed By: Mel Brooks

 

BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
93%

Critics Consensus: With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant at their effervescent best, Bringing Up Baby is a seamlessly assembled comedy with enduring appeal.
Synopsis: Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets… [More]
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles, Charles Ruggles
Directed By: Howard Hawks

 

MODERN TIMES (1936)
98%

Critics Consensus: A slapstick skewering of industrialized America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Synopsis: This episodic satire of the Machine Age is considered Charles Chaplin’s last “silent” film, although Chaplin uses sound, vocal, and… [More]
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Chester Conklin
Directed By: Charles Chaplin

 

THE APARTMENT (1960)
93%

Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder’s customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.
Synopsis: Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C…. [More]
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston
Directed By: Billy Wilder

 

GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
96%

Critics Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray’s dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.
Synopsis: Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom… [More]
Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky
Directed By: Harold Ramis

 

THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
97%

Critics Consensus: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.
Synopsis: Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues… [More]
Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon
Directed By: Rob Reiner

 

DR. STRANGELOVE OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)
98%

Critics Consensus: Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.
Synopsis: In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers’ minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen… [More]
Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

 

DUCK SOUP (1933)
91%

Critics Consensus: Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers’ most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its — or any — era’s finest comedies.
Synopsis: Arguably the Marx Brothers’ funniest film, this comedy masterpiece contains several famous scenes, including the hilarious mirror sequence. A wealthy… [More]
Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx
Directed By: Leo McCarey

 

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
83%

Critics Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.
Synopsis: The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around… [More]
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi
Directed By: Joel Coen

 

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
99%

Critics Consensus: Capturing its stars and director at their finest, It Happened One Night remains unsurpassed by the countless romantic comedies it has inspired.
Synopsis: Frank Capra’s seminal screwball comedy, which won all five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still as breezy and beguiling… [More]
Starring: Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Walter Connolly, Jason Thomas
Directed By: Frank Capra

 

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
95%

Critics Consensus: Some Like It Hot: A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags.
Synopsis: Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and… [More]
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft
Directed By: John Huston, Billy Wilder

 

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)
97%

Critics Consensus: A cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous, Monty Python and the Holy Grail has lost none of its exceedingly silly charm.
Synopsis: From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast… [More]
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
Directed By: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

 

AIRPLANE! (1980)
97%

Critics Consensus: Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.
Synopsis: This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on ridiculous sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting –… [More]
Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen
Directed By: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams

 

CITY LIGHTS (1931)
98%

Critics Consensus: One of the best underdog romance movies ever, with an ending that will light up any heart.
Synopsis: A homeless tramp befriends a lovely blind flower seller and convinces her he is a millionaire while he secretly labors… [More]
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers, Virginia Cherrill
Directed By: Charles Chaplin

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