A part of the Judd Apatow cinematic universe, this is a buddy comedy that stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The story was slightly based on the adolescence of writers Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. It follows a pair of graduating high school students going on nightly escapades. Fans love it because it is both endearing and raunchy at the same time. This also shows us the best of Jonah Hill, who brought justice to the amazing writing. Of course, there is no way we can ever forget about McLovin! It is a fairly recent movie, but we are sure that it is going to age just fine.
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Anyone interested in the horror genre has probably seen Shaun of the Dead at least once in their lives. The cult classic is more than just a hit movie, however. Even though the zombie apocalypse is not the most original idea out there, this collaboration between Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg had a very unique and fun take on it. If you ask us, it makes perfect sense to wait out the end of the world at a bar. This underdog horror flick did not make it hard to root for Ed and Shaun whatsoever.
Some people simply can’t stand how Cher and her pals talk, but that is part of its appeal. Wasn’t it fun to see the antics that they got up to? When it comes to high school comedies, this is definitely among the best ones. After all, Clueless actually showed American high school kids as they are, which is to say insecure and absorbed in their own world. It goes without saying that the characters in the movie dress better than your typical teens and speak a language of their own. Remember “fetch” or “jeepin’”? The movie also shot Alicia Silverstone to stardom and introduced Paul Rudd, who made his debut in it.
Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)
This is a hilarious and heartwarming flick that features two amazing comedic talents: Steve Martin and John Candy. It was also directed, produced, and written by the late John Hughes. The film puts a unique twist on the ‘Odd Couple’ troupe. It is full of memorable lines and moments, none of which have lost their charm. “Those aren’t pillows” is just one of the gags that aged well. It is satisfying to see that the misadventures of Del and Neal have survived the test of time! You can rewatch it and see for yourself.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
To no one’s surprise, we have another Judd Apatow masterpiece on the list. This film pretty much made Steve Carrell the star that he now is. Did you know that he co-wrote it as well? The movie might have gotten a bit slow at certain points, but the whole journey was hilarious. We also have to give credit to the other cast members such as Romany Malco, Jane Lynch, Seth Rogen, and Paul Rudd for that! In our humble opinion, the painful chest hair waxing scene is one of the greatest comedy scenes in film history.
This movie showed us that women can also be raunchy, edgy, and totally inappropriately hilarious. Kristen Wiig and the rest of the crew did not pull any punches and made us laugh until our bellies hurt. It is clear that women can do comedy just as well as, if not better than, men. Viewers adored watching the unlucky Annie. Melissa McCarthy as the vulgar and over-the-top Megan was amazing as well. We are not at all surprised when it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
How do we even begin to describe Napoleon Dynamite to someone who has never seen it before? Maybe “subtly hilarious” will do. It tells the story of an eccentric high school kid called Napoleon who wears moon boots. We also have his quirky brother, his best friend, and Uncle Rico. The film would just not be the same if it were not for this wacky set of characters. Overall, the comedy flick is delightful to watch. Some people just “don’t get it,” but it is all the more charming for its originality in our books.
Trading Places (1983)
It is worth noting that the John Landis classic was nominated for the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Award at the Golden Globes. Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd were amazing as the lead actors in the movie. They were thrown into a role reversal under the Duke brothers. As they lead the other’s life, they drew a lot of laughs out of the viewers! We also want to talk about how amazing Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche were in the roles of Randolph Duke and Mortimer Duke, respectively. It is not even a stretch to say that the movie defined their already successful careers.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
A couple of years before introducing Trading Places to the world, John Landis blessed us with The Blues Brothers. Even though the main characters do not have a lot going for them, they are on a mission to reunite their rhythm and blues band to play a show and rescue their orphanage. Not only was the music great, but the lines were also unforgettable: “Orange whip, orange whip, orange whip,” “How much for that little girl?” and more! We can’t help but wonder how much the repairs for the cop cars cost. Let us not forget that Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher, and Ray Charles were also there!
Major League (1989)
Is it really great comedy if the movie does not come with memorable lines? Even though it was been 30 years since its release, we still like to quote this movie. “Are you trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curve ball?” Let us not forget this other joke: “Heywood leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair. When this guy sneezes, he looks like a party flavor.” Major League was a great movie that follows the Cleveland Indians on its way to the playoffs. This was a comedic home run.
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
This dark comedy by Stanley Kubrick is often thought to be one of the best films in the genre. It was a satirical look at the Cold War and features a talented cast made up of Slim Perkins, Peter Sellers, and George C. Scott. We thought that any of the viewers have forgotten Major Kong riding a nuclear bomb into the ground. There was a lot of angst to go around during the Cold War, and millennials might not fully understand that. But even so, we think that younger viewers will still think that it is worth a watch!
Coming to America (1988)
Here is another hit from John Landis! This comedy flick follows Eddie Murphy, who was at the peak of his career at the time. He plays a prince from a fictional country by the name of Zamunda. He goes to America in the hopes of living a common life in preparation for the day that he was going to take over the throne. Aside from the lead star, John Amos and Arsenio Hall also killed it in their supporting roles. The viewers were treated to “Soul Glo” hair products and “Sexual Chocolate” soulful stylings as well!
This black and white movie starred Kevin Smith, who worked on the film for only a little over $27,500. While it is a very raunchy and dialog-driven film, we are sure that you can sympathize with the main character and his pal if you have ever worked a counter. We are amazed by how brilliant it was in its simplicity! The movie was the beginning of the Smith films and introduced viewers to the New Jersey Trilogy. To this day, it is one of his greatest works. We still like to quote, “I’m not even supposed to be here today.”
Duck Soup (1933)
Fun fact: this is the oldest movie on the list. It is often considered the best comedic work of the Marx brothers. Even though it was not a commercial nor critical success upon its release, it has since become a comedic classic in its own right. Fair enough, the plot is definitely far-fetched. Come on, it was about Groucho leading a country with his two brothers working as spies! While it was not the most realistic plot ever, it was a straightforward comedy and deserves all the praise that it has since received.
Dumb And Dumber (1994)
Most people would agree with us when we say that this movie made the career of the Farrelly brothers. This is one of those films that can have the viewers laughing all the way from the opening scene until the end credits. It follows a pair of dimwitted pals as they attempt to deliver a briefcase to a woman on the other side of the country. As Harry, Jeff Daniels even outshone Jim Carrey! There are plenty of buddy comedies out there, but this is one of the strongest that you will find in this subgenre.
Office Space (1999)
Mike Judge of Beavis and Butt-Head fame struck gold with a low-budget movie called Office Space. It tackles the lives of unhappy employees at a computer software company. It hit the mark when it comes to American middle-management! After all, just about every single person in the world has wanted to just walk out on their jobs in the past. It was satisfying to see Ron Livingston do exactly that in the role of Peter. Gary Cole as the annoying boss, Michael Bolton as a wannabe gangster, and Jennifer Aniston as a middling waitress only made the entire thing even more fun.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The coolest slack in the world is probably “The Dude” in this movie. Jeff Bridges showed off his comedic timing as the main character, who gets roped into a kidnapping ring. We love the Coen brothers for their creativity and edginess. Let us not forget how great they are at making iconic characters. This must be one of the best comedic roles in all of film history! Bridges was a true star in nearly every single scene.
Slap Shot (1977)
Is there a greater hockey film in history? We doubt it. We are not kidding when we say that Slap Shot is the best one, no matter the genre. Paul Newman has appeared in many iconic movies, so there was no doubt that he was going to do an amazing job as Reggie Dunlop. This film also introduced the Hanson brothers, who must be the best fictional hockey line to ever grace the big screen. The foul-mouthed characters ensure that this is not going to be appropriate for young viewers. Did you know that the screenplay was actually written by Nancy Dowd, who had a brother in minor league hockey?
Old School (2003)
Many would say that this movie put Todd Phillips on the map. It was hilarious to see Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, and Luke Wilson start a fraternity as adults. This was a hilarious and genius concept from the very beginning. As Frank “The Tank,” Ferrell showed us what he is made of. “It tastes so good when it hit s your lips,” he said. Can you believe that such a great line did not even come from a lead role? Even though later Phillips works did not appeal to everyone, this is considered the gold standard for his work.
The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)
Members of the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations might remember the Police Squad TV series. This show, together with The Naked Gun, became a franchise made up of three movies full of slapstick humor and verbal puns mocking the crime TV shows of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Leslie Nielsen is great as Frank Drebin, who moonlights as a baseball umpire. While the two follow-up films in the series are decent, the first installment is the one that still makes us laugh our hearts out.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
There are plenty of great mockumentaries out there, but this is something that any and all rock music fans would love. Rob Reiner was the man behind this flick, which follows a three-piece metal band called Spinal Tap as it tours the United States. Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean played their roles down to a tee! The film was a hilarious spoof of rock documentaries of the ‘70s like The Song Remains the Same about Led Zeppelin. There were a lot of iconic moments such as the well-endowed cucumber and the mini Stonehenge. It was hard not to laugh throughout the entire film.
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
We have John Landis once more in this rip-roaring movie by Doug Kenney, Chris Miller, and Harold Ramis. You know what, we might as well just list down his entire filmography. Parents from across the United States were afraid to ship off the kids to college in the late ‘70s thanks to fraternities. The late John Belushi shone as an under-educated heavy drinker known as Bluto. Here is one of the many iconic lines in the film: “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”
Young Frankenstein (1974)
There are two Mel Brooks films on the list, and this is one of them. Young Frankenstein stars entertainment heavyweights like Peter Boyle, Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, and Cloris Leachman. This was a hilarious take on the horror genre and did an amazing job of paying tribute to the classics. This is the reason the movie was shot in black and white! To no one’s surprise, it has since earned a cult classic status and often tops all-time comedy lists such as this one.
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
The Griswold family was introduced to viewers under the direction of Harold Ramis. Written by John Hughes, it stars Chevy Chase as Clark and Beverly D’Angelo as Ellen. The couple, together with their two kids, go through various misadventures as they made their way across the country to Wally World in their Family Truckster. It did great at the box-office and became the first in a franchise. Even though this is the case, we still think that the first one was the best and most beloved among the films in the series.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
This was the other Mel Brooks film that we were telling you about earlier! Is it really a shock to find Blazing Saddles on the list? It delivered plenty of laughs thanks to the amazing acting chops of people like Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, and Alex Karras. The satirical comedy-western movie was filled with many stereotypes about old-time Western films. It was full of iconic moments from beginning to end. However, the most hysterical one might just be the campfire scene.
Best In Show (2000)
We are big fans of A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman and For Your Consideration, but we daresay that Best in Show is the best in Christopher Guest’s body of works. It took us to the world of competitive dog shows. The hilarity did not ever really end, thanks in part to the efforts of Eugene Levy as Gerry Fleck and Catherine O’Hara as Cookie. Aside from them, the movie also benefitted from the performances of Parker Posey, Fred Willard, and Jane Lynch! It is hard for us to imagine holding your laugh in as you watch this amazing film.
Slap Shot might be the best hockey comedy, but Caddyshack was the same thing for golf. This was the directorial debut of the late Harold Ramis. Many people believe that this was what launched Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray into stardom! The two talented actors provided some of the most hilarious and iconic moments in the movie. We are not surprised to hear that they had a blast working on it as well. If you play golf and have not seen it yet, they should take your clubs away!
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, and Will Ferrell teamed up to work on this raucous romp that turned a newsman by the name of Ron Burgundy into a cinematic icon. It must be the most popular role that Ferrell ever had to take on. If you ask us, this comedy is not at all difficult to watch again and again. They would not have achieved this if it were not for the performances of other cast members such as Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell. There were a lot of solid cameos in the film!
Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
The popular British comedy group has done a fantastic job of delivering countless laughs in the past. However, this is the one that made it as popular as it now is! This funny take on the search for the Holy Grail makes for a fun experience. The fanbase of the film just keeps growing with the passage of time. It might have something to do with the way that Graham Chapman played King Arthur. The film also benefitted from the presence of John Cleese and Eric Idle, who played Lancelot and Robin respectively.
We had a hard time ranking the most hilarious films we have ever seen, but we believe that this movie deserves the top spot! Airplane! still holds up even though it has been 40 years since its release. This was the result of a collaboration between Jim Abrahams and the Zucker brothers. Slapstick comedy does not get any better than this! The movie makes fun of disaster films, particularly a movie called Airport 1975. It is easy to call its humor easy and senseless, but it does an amazing job of providing good yet harmless fun. We also really enjoyed the cameo featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of Los Angeles Lakers fame.