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10 Comedies That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Updated on February 20, 2014
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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Perhaps one of my all time favorite goofball comedies, this one features Jim Carrey at his best. The film follows the antics of a borderline insane pet detective named, you guessed it, Ace Ventura. As the story goes, the Miami Dolphins mascot, a dolphin named Snowflake, has been stolen and it is up to Ace to find and return it before the season starts on a superstitiously sour note. If you're not in tears laughing through the opening scene (and I am every time), then you should get your funny bone checked.

Memorable Quotes:

Lois Einhorn: Listen, pet dick. How would you like me to make your life a living hell?

Ace Ventura: Well, I'm not really ready for a relationship, Lois, but thank you for asking. Hey, maybe I'll give you a call sometime. Your number's still 911? All righty then.

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Mr. Shickadance: [comes from behind] Venturaaaaaaa...

Ace Ventura: Yes, Satan? Oh, I'm sorry, sir. You sounded like someone else.


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Airplane! (1980)

This film can be summarized by the phrase, "An oldie but a goodie" in the fact that it was way ahead of its time when it premiered in 1980. In one of the first successful spoof attempts by Jim Abrams and David Zucker, this disaster comedy spoofs every known aspect of airports, pilots, disco, crisis media, and drinking problems. Featuring an all-star comedic cast with Leslie Nielson, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Airplane! is ranked in the AFI's top five comedies of all time and is easily one of the most quotable comedies to this day.

Memorable Quotes:

Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

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Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?

Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.

Rumack: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.

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Ted Striker: It was a rough place - the seediest dive on the wharf. Populated with every reject and cutthroat from Bombay to Calcutta. It's worse than Detroit.


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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

If there is ever a movie that will define the career of Will Ferrell, I imagine that film will be Anchorman. With the sequel Anchorman 2 set to come out December 2013, now is a perfect time to see what the hype is about. Without a doubt one of the most quoted comedies in the last 10 years, Anchorman chronicles the rise, fall, and rise again of San Diego's most infamous anchorman Ron Burgundy and his Channel 4 News Team in the 1970s. Supported by a strong cast that includes Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, David Koechner, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn, prepare for non-stop laughs that are both absurd and exceedingly witty all at the same time. Three words: New Team Rumble.

Memorable Quotes:

Ron Burgundy: Last time I looked in the dictionary, my name's Ron Burgundy. What's your name?

Brian Fantana: Brian Fantana.

Champ Kind: Champ Kind.

Brick Tamland: Brian Fantana.

Brian Fantana: No, you're Brick.

Brick Tamland: Brian.

Brian Fantana: I'm Brian.

Brick Tamland: Veronica.

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Ron Burgundy: Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means a whale's vagina.

Veronica Corningstone: No, there's no way that's correct.

Ron Burgundy: I'm sorry, I was trying to impress you. I don't know what it means. I'll be honest, I don't think anyone knows what it means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago.

Veronica Corningstone: Doesn't it mean Saint Diego?

Ron Burgundy: No. No.

Veronica Corningstone: No, that's - that's what it means. Really.

Ron Burgundy: Agree to disagree.


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Caddyshack (1980)

Even if you find golf to be one of the most boring "sports" to watch, do not let that deter you from giving Caddyshack a try. Taking place mostly at an exclusive golf course, this ensemble comedy focuses on the hijinks of club members, the hilarity of day-to-day events, and a war on a destructive gopher. With Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray heading up the cast, the laughs fly quickly and often as you learn to love Chevy's life lessons he teaches his caddy, the great one liners courtesy of Dangerfield, as well as the all out insanity Bill Murray brings to his groundskeeper character in his mano-a-mano death match against the deceptive fairway gopher. As far as goofy comedies go, Caddyshack is a foooour! star comedy. See what I did there?

Memorable Quotes:

Judge Smails: You know, you should play with Dr. Beeper and myself. I mean, he's been club champion for three years running and I'm no slouch myself.

Ty Webb: Don't sell yourself short Judge, you're a tremendous slouch.

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Danny Noonan: I haven't even told my father about the scholarship I didn't get. I'm gonna end up working in a lumberyard the rest of my life.

Ty Webb: What's wrong with lumber? I own two lumberyards.

Danny Noonan: I notice you don't spend too much time there.

Ty Webb: I'm not quite sure where they are.

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Al Czervik: Oh, this your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey baby, you must've been something before electricity.

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Dumb and Dumber (1994)

When it comes to roadtrip comedies, there can only be one movie that tops the list, and that movie is Dumb and Dumber. Directed by the Peter Farrelly and starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, this movie follows the antics of two best friends, Harry and Lloyd, as they try to return a briefcase to a woman who lives halfway across the country in Aspen. The only catch is, is that they are both dumber than a pile of rocks. As their journey progresses, the hilarity does too as there is nothing these two won't stick their noses into. Any comedy lover who has not seen Dumb and Dumber should not be allowed to live with themselves as this tale is as timeless and classic as they come. (And the sequel is only a year or two away)

Memorable Quotes:

Harry: I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.

Lloyd: I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver's full of shit, man.

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Lloyd: We got no food, no jobs... our PETS' HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!

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Harry: Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something. I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.

Lower Yourself to Their Level today!

Dumb and Dumber Atomic Pepper

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Liar Liar (1997)

I know! Two Jim Carrey films back to back seems excessive but trust me when I say this film is one of those guilty pleasure movies you just love to watch and think to yourself about if this could actually happen in your own life. Jim Carrey plays Fletcher Reid, a fast-talking lawyer who lies so much and so often that his son Max makes a birthday wish after being stood up by his father at his party that his daddy won't be able to lie for one whole 24-hour period. And lucky for Fletcher, that day just so happens to fall on the court case of his career that will determine if he will make partner at his law firm. And also, his case is built on nothing but lies. There's a reason this is one of the best critically acclaimed comedies from the '90s.

Memorable Quotes:

Max: My teacher tells me beauty is on the inside.

Fletcher: That's just something ugly people say.

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Fat Coworker: Hey, what's up, Fletcher?

Fletcher: Your cholesterol, fatty!

Try telling yourself you don't want it....

Fletcher Roasts the Committee

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Madagascar (2005)

I'll be the first to admit that there are some animated movies that crack me up more than live action movies. The Madagascar movies are a perfect example. Following a lion, giraffe, hippo, and zebra who have been relocated from Central Park Zoo, and shipwrecked on Madagascar, there are many reasons to love Madagascar. For one, the voice talent is outstanding. With names like Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Andy Richter, and Jada Pinkett-Smith in the mix, it stands to reason that this movie will not disappoint. Not that the main animal characters aren't funny, but to me, it is the side characters in Madagascar who steal the show. Take your pick the diabolical penguins planning a coup, or the lemurs, led by King Julian, avoiding imagined paparazzi, but there are times I simply cannot stop laughing and quoting. For added comedic pleasure watch all three Madagascar films, including Escape 2 Africa, and Europe's Most Wanted. All are hilarious.

Memorable Quotes:


Alex the Lion: What does Connecticut have to offer us?

Melman the Giraffe: Lyme disease.

Alex the Lion: Thank you, Melman.

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Julian: After much deep and profound brain things inside my head, I have decided to thank you for bringing peace to our home. And to make you feel good, I'm going to give you this lovely parting gift.

Alex the Lion: No, I couldn't. Really, I can't take your crown.

Julian: Oh, that's OK. I've got a bigger crown. It's got a gecko on it.

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Skipper the Penguin: You didn't see anything!


King Julian

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The Naked Gun (1988)

From the same minds that brought Airplane!, The Naked Gun made its laughs from the physical comedy of Leslie Nielson as he bumbled his way through crime scenes and investigations as the clueless Lt. Frank Drebin from Police Squad. Slapstick comedy and quick one liners make The Naked Gun one of the funniest spoofs created. The plot is simple enough in every movie, as the first film depicts Drebin's attempt to foil the assassination of Queen Elizabeth II as she visits Los Angeles. The results are hilarious.

Memorable Quotes:


Frank: It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day.

Jane: Goodyear?

Frank: No, the worst.

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Mayor: Drebin, I don't want anymore trouble like you had last year on the South Side. Understand? That's my policy.

Frank: Yes. Well, when I see 5 weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of 100 people, I shoot the bastards. That's *my* policy.

Mayor: That was a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of "Julius Caesar", you moron! You killed 5 actors! Good ones.

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Frank: Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat.

The Naked Gun

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Spaceballs (1987)

From the mind of Mel Brooks, who is regarded by many to be far ahead of his time comedically, come Spaceballs, which is beyond a doubt the best spoof job of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Alien-type movies ever conceived. Featuring a cast that includes John Candy, Bill Pullman, Rick Moranis, and Brooks himself, the jokes and puns come fast and furious from the opening titles. Whether its travelling at "ludicrous speed," watching Pizza the Hut fall apart, or just reveling in Rick Moranis's portrayal of the Darth Vaderish "Dark Helmet," Spaceballs will have you laughing until you can't breathe at some point or another. The plot follows Lone Star (Han Solo) and his companion Barf (Chewbacca) as they try to rescue a princess from the clutches of Dark Helmet(darth Vader)and his Spaceballs (Stormtroopers). In a tale that takes them through every inch of Star Wars IV and beyond, there is nothing Brooks doesn't find a way to lampoon.

Memorable Quotes:

Dark Helmet: WHAT?!? You went over my helmet?

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Barf: I know we need the money, but...

Lone Starr: Listen! We're not just doing this for money!

Barf: [Barf looks at him, raises his ears]

Lone Starr: We're doing it for a SHIT LOAD of money!

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Dark Helmet: What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? CHICKEN??

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Step Brothers (2008)

Whenever I don't know what I am on the mood to watch, I almost always just put in Step Brothers for a good laugh. The ultimate "coming-of-age" comedy features Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as 40-year olds Brennan and Dale who still live at home without jobs. When their single parents get married it pits the two of them against each other, which weirdly enough forms an unbreakable brotherly bond that won't get shattered no matter how crazy and juvenile they become. With a great and hilarious supporting cast which features Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, and Rob Riggle, this movie is just one where you let your brain go and just enjoy the dialogue.

Memorable Quotes:

Brennan Huff: Shut your mouth. Sh-sh-shut your mouth.

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Brennan Huff: I swear, I'm so pissed off at my mom. As soon as she's of age, I'm putting her in a home.

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Brennan Huff: I'm going to take a pillowcase and fill it full of bars of soap and beat the shit out of you!

Bunk Beds

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    • agapsikap profile image

      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Unforgotten comedy movie since my childhood days are''God must be crazy 1&2' and pink panther. The first time I watched them, it was a burst.

      I like most of jim carrey's, too. This is great!

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      Fred Mucai 4 years ago from nairobi

      I watched dumb and dumber and found it hilarious. Great hub, i will be sure to check the rest.

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      amandajoyshapiro 4 years ago

      You have a great sense of humor! Most of your picks are parodies and those are sometimes the best kinds of comedies because audiences should know (but don't have to know) the various contexts. Love Spaceballs and Airplane!

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      I've seen most of the movies on your list, and they are all good. You left out Borat, which is one of those that people either love or hate. Airplane is one of my all time faves. Great hub!

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      Kenneth Claude 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Wedding Crashers is a must for any comedy list ! "Let's play tummy sticks" is a can't-miss laugh out loud scene. Nice hub !

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      dalepanattoni 4 years ago

      I think you forgot one. Wild Hogs is one of my favorite road trip / midlife crisis movies. That's a laugh-out-loud show!