A great comedy film is the one that makes you laugh like crazy, makes you forget all the worries of life for a moment, and gives you a new boost of energy. This list of the top 101 best comedy movies of all time contains the films you are sure to watch more than once if you are a fan of movies filled with humor.
Some of the best features of a comedy movie include the ability to make the audience laugh, the use of humor, and the ability to tell a story in a light-hearted way. Comedy movies often have a strong plotline, and the best ones are able to keep the audience engaged throughout. They also typically have a strong cast of characters, and the actors often have great chemistry with one another.
1. Modern Times | 1936 | 8.5 IMDB
Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times is a silent film that was released in 1936. The film is a satire of the modern industrial age and its effects on the working class. Chaplin’s character, the Little Tramp, is a factory worker who is caught up in the assembly line and struggles to keep up with the pace. The film is a classic example of Chaplin’s comedic genius and is considered to be one of his best films.
2. Dr. Strangelove | 1964 | 8.4 IMDB
Dr. Strangelove is a 1964 black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, and stars Peter Sellers and George C. Scott.
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail | 1975 | 8.2 IMDB
The Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film directed, written, and performed by the Monty Python comedy group of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. It was conceived, written, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. The film tells the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table as they embark on a quest for the Holy Grail. It parodies the Arthurian legend, medieval society, and the codes of chivalry.
4. Some Like It Hot | 1959 | 8.2 IMDB
Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The plot revolves around two musicians who dress in drag in order to escape from the mob and find themselves falling in love with each other along the way.
The film was a box office success, grossing $25 million against a $2.5 million budget, and was nominated for six Academy Awards. It is considered to be one of the greatest comedies of all time.
5. The General | 1926 | 8.2 IMDB
The General is a 1927 American silent comedy film directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman. The film stars Keaton as Johnnie Gray, a Confederate railway engineer who must race against time to rescue his girlfriend Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) from Union spies. The General is considered one of the greatest films ever made and was added to the National Film Registry in 1989.
6. The Big Lebowski | 1998 | 8.1 IMDB
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 American crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Jeff Bridges stars as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler whose leisurely life is disrupted when he is mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and drawn into a complex scheme involving kidnapping and ransom.
7. Groundhog Day | 1993 | 8.1 IMDB
In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a disgruntled weatherman who is sent to cover the Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Phil is initially unimpressed with the event, and the townspeople.
However, he soon finds himself in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over again. At first, Phil tries to take advantage of the situation, but he quickly realizes that the repetition is driving him insane. He then sets out to make the day as perfect as possible, in the hopes of breaking the loop. Groundhog Day is a hilarious and heartwarming movie that explores the idea of second chances.
8. Young Frankenstein | 1974 | 8 IMDB
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn, and Gene Hackman. The film is an affectionate parody of the classic Frankenstein movies and was one of the first films to successfully blend comedy with horror.
9. Life of Brian | 1979 | 8 IMDB
The movie is a comedy about a man named Brian who is born on the same day as Jesus Christ and is often mistaken for the Messiah. Brian’s life is full of adventure and he eventually finds himself leading a group of rebels against the Roman Empire. The movie is full of satire and is considered one of the greatest comedies of all time.
10. Annie Hall | 1977 | 8 IMDB
The movie Annie Hall is about a relationship between a man and a woman. They are both in love with each other, but the relationship is not perfect. There are ups and downs, and eventually, they break up. The comedy film was written and directed by Woody Allen and starred Diane Keaton as the titular character.
11. Disorder in the Court | 1936 | 8 IMDB
This movie is a screwball comedy that follows the chaos that ensues when a group of zany witnesses testifying in a murder trial all end up staying at the same hotel. Hijinks ensue as the witnesses’ various stories start to unravel and they all get caught up in the investigation. The movie is full of madcap antics and hilarious dialogue and is sure to leave you laughing.
12. The Music Box | 1932 | 8 IMDB
The Music Box is a short film directed by James Blue. The film tells the story of a music box that is passed down through generations of a family. The music box is a symbol of the family’s love for each other, and the film explores the relationships between the family members as they interact with the music box. The film is a touching and heartwarming story about family, love, and the importance of tradition.
13. Shaun of the Dead | 2004 | 7.9 IMDB
In Shaun of the Dead, a group of friends must band together to survive when the dead start coming back to life. With a mix of humor and horror, the movie is a fun ride from beginning to end. The American comedy film was directed by Edgar Wright and written by Simon Pegg and Wright.
14. The Blues Brothers | 1980 | 7.9 IMDB
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis. It stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, characters they created on The Blues Brothers, a musical sketch that first appeared on the American variety show Saturday Night Live.
The film’s screenplay was written by Aykroyd and Landis. It features musical numbers by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and blues singers James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker. The film is set in and around Chicago, Illinois, where it was filmed.
15. This Is Spinal Tap | 1984 | 7.9 IMDB
This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 American rockumentary mockumentary film directed by Rob Reiner. The film portrays the fictional British rock band Spinal Tap, and follows them on a United States tour that culminates in their appearance at the Stonehenge music festival. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock bands and their fans.
The movie was well-received by critics and is considered one of the best comedies of all time.
16. A Christmas Story | 1983 | 7.9 IMDB
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd’s semi-fictional anecdotes in his 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, with some elements from his 1971 book Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters. It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley. The film follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker (Billingsley) in the 1940s, who dreams of owning a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.
17. Arsenic and Old Lace | 1943 | 7.9 IMDB
Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American black comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring’s play of the same name. The plot concerns two elderly aunts who poison the men who propose to their nieces, in an attempt to keep them home with them. The film also stars Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, and Peter Lorre.
18. Ghostbusters | 1984 | 7.8 IMDB
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis co-star as a client and her neighbor, respectively.
19. Little Miss Sunshine | 2006 | 7.8 IMDB
Father Richard (Greg Kinnear) is desperately trying to sell his motivational success program… with no success. Meanwhile, “pro-honesty” mom Sheryl (Toni Collette) lends support to her eccentric family, including her depressed brother (Steve Carell), fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers – the seven-year-old, would-be beauty queen Olive (Abigail Breslin) and Dwayne (Paul Dano), a Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a vow of silence.
20. Duck Soup | 1933 | 7.8 IMDB
Duck Soup is a Marx Brothers comedy film released in 1933. The film tells the story of two friends who start a country called Freedonia and declare war on the neighboring country of Sylvania.
The Marx Brothers are known for their slapstick humor and witty banter, and Duck Soup is no exception. The film is filled with funny gags and one-liners, and the brothers’ physical comedy is on full display.
Duck Soup is considered one of the Marx Brothers’ best films, and it is a classic example of their comedic style.
21. Blazing Saddles | 1974 | 7.7 IMDB
Blazing Saddles is a 1974 American satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman Steinberg, and Alan Uger, and was based on Bergman’s story. The film satirizes the racism obscured by myth-making Hollywood accounts of the American West, with the town of Rock Ridge standing in for the stereotypical wild west frontier town.
22. Office Space | 1999 | 7.7 IMDB
The movie Office Space is about a man who is unhappy with his job and decides to do something about it. He and his friends start a new company that is designed to help people who are unhappy with their jobs. The company is a success, but the man soon discovers that his new company is not what it seems.
23. The Hangover | 2009 | 7.7 IMDB
The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Todd Phillips, co-produced with Daniel Goldberg, and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is the first installment in The Hangover trilogy. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, and Jeffrey Tambor.
It tells the story of Phil Wenneck, Stu Price, Alan Garner, and Doug Billings, who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate Doug’s impending marriage. However, Phil, Stu, and Alan wake up the next morning with Doug missing, and no memory of the previous night’s events, and must find Doug before the wedding can take place.
24. Airplane! | 1980 | 7.7 IMDB
Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster film directed and written by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, and produced by Jon Davison. It stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lloyd Bridges. The film is a parody of the disaster film genre, particularly the 1957 Paramount film Zero Hour!, from which it borrows the plot and a number of specific elements.
25. Home Alone | 1990 | 7.7 IMDB
Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
The film was a box office success, grossing over $476 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics but was praised for its humor, writing, and Culkin’s performance.