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100 Funniest Movies (Part 4 ~ # 85-81)

Updated on March 16, 2011

# 85 - The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Trailer

A vehicle is a film that is chosen especially to test the true 'star power' of a young new star. When it was time for Steve Carell to get his vehicle, he was ready. For you see there was quite a bit leading up to this moment.

Bruce Almighty gave us Evan Baxter who we enjoyed hating as Jim Carrey's nemesis news-anchor. Then he gave us the hysterical Brick Tamland in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy who allegedly 'killed a guy' during the rumble. But most of us already knew him from his days as a correspondent on "The Daily Show" 1999-2005 and later on "The Office" as Michael Gary Scott 2005-Present.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin ~ 2005

Meet Andy. He's a nice guy who works hard, rides a bike, watches Survivor and collects action figures. One night at a poker game with buds from work, he makes the mistake of revealing his ineptitude with the ladies and they are determined to help him score. Meet Trish. She just opened a "We Sell Your Stuff On ebay" store and is a hot grandma. When Andy meets Trish they quickly hit it off but decide not to 'hit it off'....for 20 dates. Andy's complete lack of knowledge is somehow believable and the scene with the drunk-driving girl who throws up on him is so so funny. Aquarius ending clinches it! A classic. And not just because it exposed the world to the 'Nasty Sanchez'.

# 84 - Moonstruck

The Proposal

John Patrick Shanley could really write Italians couldn't he? I used to love going to his plays during my high school/college years. Savage In Limbo, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow & my favorite, Italian American Reconciliation. In 2005, his play Doubt was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Moonstruck was his first major script and boom! he won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay! His other comedic film was Joe Versus the Volcano starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan which is better than it's reputation suggests even though it did not make this list.

Moonstruck ~ 1987

Loretta Castorini is finally engaged to a man she doesn't love just like she planned, only problem she's is in love.....WITH HIS BROTHER! Authentic characters throughout who are all funny but in different ways. Johnny and Ronny Cammareri played perfectly by Danny Aiello and Nicolas Cage and would be the two stars of the movie if not for Olympia Dukakis and John Mahoney. Their little talk is why we love the movies. Just a little more exciting than real life.

# 83 - The Snapper

Roddy Doyle is the writer behind the trilogy of films about the Rabbitte family. In 1987, director Alan Parker made The Commitments; about an Irish Soul band was the first book. The third book was The Van which was made into a film in 1996. But in between them both as a book and a film was The Snapper, about an unwanted pregnancy and a mystery baby-daddy.

The Snapper ~ 1993

The star of this film is Colm Meaney who a lot of people know as Chief O'Brien from Star Trek: Next Gen and later Deep Space Nine. His real talent is for comedy as evidenced by the Elvis-loving Da' in The Commitments. Wait until you see this one though. It is a full-out comedy about pregnancy unwanted and otherwise. Colm Meaney is the most wonderful father in the world in the face of unspeakable embarassment at the pub and everywhere else in life. He supports his daughter through thick and thin even though she won't even tell him who the father is. Shot entirely in Dublin, in all it's glory. When Sharon tells the girls the news they respond by getting completely pissed. That's Irish for drunk in case you're clueless about such things.

# 82 - Stripes

This is basically the same movie as # 98 on our list, Private Benjamin but I don't care. Biloxi Blues and even Full Metal Jacket also come to mind.The tagline for this comedy classic wasThe story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy...and meet girls.

Stripes ~ 1981

And so it went that John Winger and his band of misfits showed up at Basic Training at Fort Arnold under the instruction of the annoying Sgt. Hulka. When the Sgt is injured and the cadets are forced to finish their training on their own, they don't disappoint. Supporting roles for John Candy, Judge Reinhold and John Larroquette as well as long-time Murray collaborator Harold Ramis. All together now! BOOM CHUGGA LUGGA LUGGA!

# 81 - We're No Angels

Robert De Niro and Sean Penn. The greatest actor from each generation.

David Mamet - The greatest writer in a generation of playwrights.

Neil Jordan - The finest Irish Filmmaker ever. Put 'em together.

We're No Angels ~ 1989

This funny contemplation on religion and freedom and more to the point, religious freedom. Sean Penn's character Jim: [as Father Brown, he is asked to give a speech to the town. He reads from a brochure stuck in his Bible that says "An Encounter with a Bear"] Have you ever felt alone, with no one to rely on? Danger on every hand, in a world fraught with danger, and when I looked into my pocket, what did I find? What did I find? [flips the brochure over - it's an ad for guns]

Jim: Nothing. There's nothing there. It's all in your head. Look, they can take the money from you. They can take the position from you. People turn their back on you. Everything happens to everybody! And you ain't gonna find nothing in your pocket to stave it off. Nothing can stave it off! Power doesn't do it. Because you never have enough. Money? I don't know. You know anyone who's got enough money?

[holds up his Bible]

Jim: Is God good? I don't know. All I know is... something may give you comfort. And maybe you deserve it. If it comforts you to believe in God, then you do it. That's your business.

Amen brother.

The List So Far...

100) Being John Malkovich

99) Weird Science

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

Fair Warning: There will not be any movies by the following SNL/TV people.

  1. Adam Sandler
  2. David Spade (Although I do love JOE DIRT)
  3. Chris Farley
  4. Chris Rock (Although I like CB-4)
  5. The Wayans Brothers
  6. Mike Meyers
  7. Rob Schneider
  8. Chris Kattan
  9. Jimmy Fallon
  10. Dana Carvey
  11. Tim Allen
  12. Martin Short


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      8 years ago

      excuse me but steve carell the guy from 40 year old virgin is a tv person he is in the office!

    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Thanks for the HubLove everyone!

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      10 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Hey, thanks so much for reminding me about We're no Angels! I had it on my list back in 1989 and completely forgot about it.

    • desert blondie profile image

      desert blondie 

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

      Okay, I'm hooked. Gotta read all these!

    • funnebone profile image


      10 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      Stripes was great! I can't wait to see the rest of the list.

    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Thank you so much.  Cailin.  You have great taste in hubbers.  No, I'm kidding.

      Curious as to which ones you HAVEN'T seen if any.   Thanks for the encouragement...hmm.

      Maybe I'll write a few tonight and put them all out at once!!

    • Cailin Gallagher profile image

      Cailin Gallagher 

      10 years ago from New England

      Great hub! Love the layout and the clips as well as the text. You have great taste in movies!

    • Tater2tot profile image


      10 years ago from ~~~

      Wow! I love this hub and the other three parts. I am obsessed with movies and music. I watch movies all day and listen to music all night. Comedy is my favorite genre of movie, so you wrote right up my ally.

      I have seen many movies but i have to say, so far on your list I have only seen one, 40 Year Old Virgin. (absolutey hilarious) and I have seen the new version of Bad New Bears, but not the older one. I thought it was just mmkay. But I think I will head off to Blockbuster to get some of these movies. They look funny!

      I hope that you add Diary of A Mad Black Woman and Hot Chick to your list. Those are two of my favites.

      Thanks for the great list/hubs. I look forward to seeing what is number one.


    • DJ Funktual profile imageAUTHOR

      DJ Funktual 

      10 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

      Oh yeah! I used to watch it all the time.

    • amy jane profile image

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi DJ - love these picks! 40 year-old virgin is classic and I must have seen We're No Angels a half a dozen times! :)


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