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100 Funniest Movies (Part 21 ~ # 4)

Updated on March 16, 2011

# 4 ~~~ Arthur

The Trailer

Arthur ~~~ 1981

Before the film even begins the music starts and Christopher Cross chimes in, "Once in your life, you find her, someone who turns your heart around..." and that is really it for me. Bliss in an instant. A wonderful place that can take me away for two hours. It is Arthur himself who can cheer me up and (snort) 'turn my heart around,' as it were. When I had pneumonia earlier this year and thought I was gonna die, it was so funny how my wife knew exactly how to cheer me up without me even asking for it. You got it! An "Arthur" double feature. I actually do enjoy the sequel quite a bit too. (IOL) But never mind that now.

The tagline is: "Not everyone who drinks is a poet, some of us drink because we're not poets." Well, Arthur your excuses are no good here. Stay drunk and funny and by the way, your laughter is poetry. That laugh is the first thing we hear too.

Obviously, you picked up on the sentimental vibe that I have for this film but make no mistake. This movie has some of the funniest lines ever written in it but if it isn't in Dudley Moore's drunken cadence it won't have the same effect so don't worry about me spoiling anything. But in case you just lost faith in all reviewers because of how much they give away, (we all have) don't worry these lines are just as funny on the 20th viewing.

But let's examine the opening, shall we?

  1. Choosing a prostitute and giving $100 to the other girl because she came in 2nd place. "Bitterman take us through the park. You know how much I love the park."
  2. He falls out of the limo and laughs so hard that we truly believe in that moment that laughter truly is contagious / infectious cause we die laughing with him. In fact, at one point he bursts into laughter, then explains that "sometimes I even think funny things."
  3. Princess Gloria, the first place hooker's introduction to Arthur's relatives-ROFL. then Gloria wants to know what he does. And I quote: "I race cars. I play tennis. I fondle women, but I have the weekends off and I am my own boss." and we also hear the time-old phrase "Isn't this fun? Don't you wish you were me? I know I do."

If you are familiar with me as a person then you probably see the similarities between Arthur and I. Too bad I don't have $750 Million Dollars. But like Arthur, I wouldn't trade up even if I did for my wife Paula. She's "everything at the same time" for me.

Bottom line: This is the greatest "Cheer You Up" kinda movie ever!

The music is so great too. Dudley Moore plays an amazing medley on the piano immediately following a wedding band version of Chic's "Good Times" that I wish i could get on vinyl.

Here's The Sequel>>> Arthur 2: On The Rocks


Steve Carell as HAMMY is hysterical!
Steve Carell as HAMMY is hysterical!
Trekkies declare THIS to be their Champion!
Trekkies declare THIS to be their Champion!
LOVED this movie as a kid and saw it 100 times at least.
LOVED this movie as a kid and saw it 100 times at least.
We all know this one.
We all know this one.
Bill Murray so yeah, of course I love it.
Bill Murray so yeah, of course I love it.
The Best "Old TV Show" Movie By Far!
The Best "Old TV Show" Movie By Far!
Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson.  I'm in.
Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson. I'm in.

100) Being John Malkovich

99) Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

98) Private Benjamin

97) American Beauty

96) Brewster's Millions

95) A League of Their Own

94) Defending Your Life

93) Swimming With Sharks

92) Harold and Maude

91) The Bad News Bears


90) Shaun of the Dead

89) Ciao Professore!

88) About A Boy

87) Nobody's Fool

86) Ghostbusters

85) The 40-Year-Old Virgin

84) Moonstruck

83) The Snapper

82) Stripes

81) We're No Angels


80) Heathers

79) Much Ado About Nothing

78) Bottle Rocket

77) The Out-of-Towners

76) Finding Nemo

75) Pee Wee's Big Adventure

74) The Odd Couple

73) Party Girl

72) The Tall Guy

71) Say Anything...


70) After Hours

69) The Aristocrats

68) Made

67) Oscar

66) Bad Santa

65) Trading Places

64) The Money Pit

63) Private Parts

62) Young Frankenstein

61) Back to the Future


60) Better Off Dead

59) Frankie & Johnny

58) Crazy People

57) Welcome To The Dollhouse

56) Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

55) Rushmore

54) Half-Baked

53) The Hudsucker Proxy

52) The Breakfast Club

51) Meet The Parents / Meet The Fockers


50) Fast Times at Ridgemont High

49) This Is Spinal Tap

48) When Harry Met Sally

47) Wild Cats

46) There's Something About Mary

45) Napoleon Dynamite

44) Waiting for Guffman

43) Wedding Crashers

42) Small Time Crooks

41) I Love You To Death


40) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

39) Clueless

38) Mr. Mom

37) Swingers

36) Tootsie

35) Raising Arizona

34) The Jerk

33) Friday

32) Caddyshack

31) The Princess Bride


30) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

29) Foul Play

28) Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

27) Animal House

26) Annie Hall

25) A Christmas Story

24) Big

23) Clerks

22) Liar Liar

21) Ferris Bueller's Day Off


20) The Big Lebowski

19) The Ref

18) A Fish Called Wanda

17) The Nutty Professor

16) 16 Candles

15) Groundhog Day

14) Best In Show

13) Bullets Over Broadway

12) Planes, Trains and Automobiles

11) The Birdcage


10) Parenthood

9) Coming To America

8) Election

7) Airplane!

6) What About Bob?

5) Office Space

4) Arthur

MORE MOORE: Stanley's Beaver Trap from FOUL PLAY


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    • CJamesIII profile image


      7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Great hub! As I was reading the list of films, I saw the title "The Jerk." I remember laughing so hard when I watched that film, it felt like I couldn't breathe.

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      9 years ago

      That's a great list you've got there but what about Spaceballs? Blazing Saddles? Men in Tights? Mel Brooks is a genius who revolutionized what it meant to make a comedy film. Surely there's a place in the top 100 films for at least one of his masterpeices.

    • desert blondie profile image

      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Tater2tot ... if you haven't seen any of these top 5, you need to seriously make sure you do! And, as DJ mentioned, there's a 'sentimental' quality to this movie that makes the sidesplitting laughter all the more appealing...DJ, so tickled that this one made your Top 5 ! !

    • Tater2tot profile image


      10 years ago from ~~~

      That is so true DJ. When I go to blockbuster and see one of these movies I will pick it up instead of just passing it by like usual. When I see these movies You can count on me bringing you feedback. I have so many to see now.

      I actually have seen the show because they used to play re-runs all the time. I guess I didn't grow up with it like you did because I only watched it once in awhile. :) When did the show come out?

    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Great comments on all these Tater.

      But duh! You should be HAPPY you haven't seen them! That means more fun for you in the future. next time you circle the blockbuster bored you'll go in and find Office Space or whatever. You've got unlimited fall-back options.

      Rent these others and please come back and tell me what you thought.   

      You wouldn't really understand the Brady movie cause you didn't grow up watching that show like my age group did (GenX) . 

    • Tater2tot profile image


      10 years ago from ~~~

      I haven't even hear of this movie. Dang it. So far I haven't seen neither movies in your top five. :(

      But I LOVE Galaxy Quest. That movie is hilarious. I love when she said "Look it's a stupid job but it is my job and I am gonna do. Okay" andwhen that guy said "did you ever watch the show"

      Osmosis Jones was really funny and clever but sooo disgusting! How could anyone eat like that. BARF.

      Marsha Marsha Marsha! Lol. Brady Bunch was weird. They were too happy for me. lol.

      Over the Hedge was really clever too. I loved it. Probably one of the greatest cartoons ever. I mean I never realized how much we are obsessed with food until this movie.

      :) Gotta rent these. I hope that I have at least seen the number one movie.

    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      He was nominated but was robbed by the sentimental vote.

      Henry Fonda for On Golden Pond.

    • CherylTheWriter profile image


      10 years ago from Humble, Texas (the ultimate oxymoron)

      I wasn't quite 18 when I saw this movie and very naive. I remember thinking, He did not say that. They would not *let* him say that. And all the while, I was splitting my side. Awesome performance. Didn't he get an Oscar or Academy Award for that one?

    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Thanks for your remarks because I definitely left out his and Mr. Murolla's performance. Her father has some of the funniest lines in the sequel too.

      Re: Gielgud's best line's

      While wearing a cowboy hat he says, "If I begin to die, please take this off my head. It is not how I wish to be remembered."

      Arthur: You know what I'm gonna do Hubson. I'm gonna have a bath.

      Hobson: I'll alert the media.

      and later...

      Shall I wash your dick for you?

    • CherylTheWriter profile image


      10 years ago from Humble, Texas (the ultimate oxymoron)

      It's been a while since I've seen this one, but oh my yes. Sir John Gielgud as his--was it butler? gentleman's gentleman?--valet, that's it, was a kick in the head. Almost stole the show, and with Moore's classic performance, that's saying a lot. Thanks for reminding me!

    • B.T. Evilpants profile image

      B.T. Evilpants 

      10 years ago from Hell, MI

      Arthur is a timeless classic! I remember seeing it in the theater!


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