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50 Must-Watch Funny Movies

Updated on September 27, 2014
"Now I Know You Didn't Just Shoot the Twinkies" - not a quote from the film, but I think it suits this screenshot well
"Now I Know You Didn't Just Shoot the Twinkies" - not a quote from the film, but I think it suits this screenshot well | Source

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Making the Cut... for this Funny Movies List

When thinking of a funny film, we all have different movies in mind, but one things always the same, they are comedies. This is why, this list may seem perfect to some, but awful to others, as everyone's humours different, but we should all appreciate the movies in this list, as they are all hilariously funny.

My opinion, of course.

Looking for that next great comedy, which has everything required to make you laugh? Then this is the place to be, as the following list of movies have all turned me into a laughing lunatic at some point or another.

Some more than others.

When a bad day occurs, what can we do to cheer ourselves up? Well I turn to comedy movies, as a funny movie has the power to turn any bad day around.

Laughing really is the right medicine to cure bad days (usually Mondays).

So, without wasting any more of your precious time, here's a list of what we believe to be the funniest movies ever made.


 There's a lot we can all learn from "Zombieland (2009)"
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Best Funny Movies

Note: *No Spoilers*

Countdown to the best:

50. Rush Hour 3

The third in the hilarious trilogy everyone's heard of, but in no way the worst, as it reminded me a whole lot of why I loved the first.

So there are no more Rush Hour films? Thankfully, there are, as a fourth has been announced on IMDb.com- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2324606/?ref_=nv_sr_3

Although there has not been an official release date yet, as we are still waiting for that announcement, but it has been rumoured that both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are playing in the film, so this should be one to look out for.

49. Wayne's World (1992)

A classic comedy starring Mike Myers and we all have a soft spot for that man, as he seems to a have a direct route to our humour from his talent as a comic actor.

Loved the film? Then you'd probably love the follow up to this funny comedy film with a musical edge, but sadly the sequel did not cut the list, but that shouldn't stop you from watching it, as it was a descent film.

48. The Big Lebowski (1998)

A favourite classic comedy of mine and I'm sure it is one of yours as well. The Coen brothers did a superb job in bringing this comedy to life, as it has gone down as one of the best films of all time in a lot of peoples books. Making this no ordinary comedy film to watch, but in fact one of the best films to watch in the world.

47. In Bruges (2008)

Martin McDonagh, a man I hadn't heard of before seeing this hilarious film starring Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes, who were both brilliant, did a great job in putting together a small budget production which delivered on all fronts bringing forth the comedy of the year (2008), in my book.

Finally, Colin Farrell is able to honour his heritage routes, using his Irish accent, making me, and others, see the man in a whole new and funny light. Martin McDonagh is now a director in a search for, to find out what upcoming projects he has, since I found this film so good and enjoyable.

46. Monty Python's "Life of Brian" (1979)

A British miracle arrived when Monty Python came to town, taking comedy to a whole new, surprising place, everyone now remembers and loves to watch.

This is another all-time great film we would all admit to putting in our mental books, as one of the best films of all time.

Although not the best Monty Python film in my opinion, nor the funniest, it is certainly a funny film to watch, paying justice to the others.

45. Role Models (2008)

Admit-tingly I wasn't expecting this film to be that great, from first glance in the film store, but as soon as I had seen the first 10 mins into the film, I automatically knew this was going to be one of the funniest films I'd ever seen, and I have seen my fair share of films.

Paul Rudd and Shaun William Scott are to this very day, still two of my all time favourite comic actors, as we can all agree that these two are funny people.

44. Get Him to the Greek (2010)

This film is comedy-genius, but then again I am a huge fan of Jonah Hill and a fan of Russell Brand, so this probably sways my opinion of the film slightly.

If you can stand Russell Brands irritable accent, then you'll love this film as it is seriously funny, from start-to-finish.

43. Yes Man (2008)

Could you imagine saying "yes" to everything someone asks you to do? Well, imagine no more, as this film is based around this simple idea, and what an idea it was.

Jim Carrey still has it, as this film kindly points out, as he is one of the few comic actors who is able to make me laugh in every single one of his films.

42. Liar Liar (1997)

Yet another Jim Carrey success. The 90's was a good decade for the comedy film genre, as we have seen many great comedies come out during that time.

A genuine performance from the master of comedy, Jim Carrey, who shone in his performance as a lawyer, which suited him well.

41. Mrs. Doubtfire

Possibly the best-known comedy film starring Robin Williams, having been well received by all who have seen this wonderfully charming film. Not to mention, just how funny the film was, even today, it makes me laugh as much as it did watching it the first time about 10 years ago, not on its release, but it did become one of my all time favourite comedy films once seeing it for the first time.

40. Home Alone

That Christmas film we dig out every year during the festive season, as we prepare ourselves for the festivities. Personally I found this to be one of the funniest, or possible the funniest film set around a mischievous child. Although the bad guys helped with the comedy, as Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were performing at their best for this film.

Its feels strange talking about "Home Alone", as it isn't long now until the festive season is upon us once again, and I'll be searching out this film again to watch.

It may also be worth mentioning that I haven't included "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York", as there are just so many funny films to fit on this list, and unfortunately this one didn't make the cut.

39. The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

Britain have shocked us once again, as they have released another comedy-genius film, which granted, appeals more to the younger generations, due to the style of comedy, but there is something we can all find ourselves laughing at in this film.

"The Inbetweeners 2" did not make the cut, but is certainly a comedy worth watching as well, released 6 August, 2014 into theatres for those interested.

38. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

In my opinion, this is the funniest of all the Monty Python films, again proving that British comedy can appeal to a larger audiences than that of just the UK.

A timeless classic, which is another addition to the book of the best films of all time.

37. Miss Congeniality (2000)

At a time when Sandra Bullock was an actress becoming a household name, we saw the release of "Miss Congeniality", having all the cheesy bits making us laugh every time. Sometimes all a comedy needs to be is silly and we all fall down laughing and this just so happens to be one of these films.

36. Johnny English (2003)

Speaking of silly films, here we have the British secret spy, representing all that is silly about the Brit favourite actor, Rowan Atkinson, who has again brought the nation to its knees in laughter.

More proof, that silly can be one of the best techniques when putting together a comedy film, and let the rest fall into place.

35. Horrible Bosses

A star-studded cast of comedy actors, with the likes of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey, what could possibly go wrong? The answers simple... nothing.

As this was the funniest film of the year (2011), making audiences scream in laughter everywhere, with no exceptions.

Plus, there's a "Horrible Bosses 2" set for release on 28 November, 2014, surely setting itself to once again become the comedy of the year.

34. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Steve Martin, an all time favourite comic actor, whose performances have seen him well-known in Hollywood as one of the best comic actors in the business, even today. However, this was one of Steve Martin's best comedy films, done during the 80's, when the comedy genre scene was entirely different, but in a good way of course.

A hilarious addition to the Steve Martin collection of films, and certainly remains one of his funniest to date, which says something, as all we've seen from Steve Martin, is one hilarious film after another hilarious film, and so on, so forth.

33. Bad Neighbours

A.K.A. Neighbours (U.S. title)

Seth Rogen is today's comic hero, as he swiftly moves from one comedy glory to another, and this is one of those glory's. Also starring Zac Efron (the abs) and Rose Byrne (the sweet one), this was clearly set to become a comedy success, as a film with Seth Rogen, is a film we all want to watch (assuming your a fan).

32. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

As a first in the list, we have a romantic-comedy film. This certainly qualifies as being one of the best films of all time, also luckily being one of the funniest films of all time, since Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal haven't been funnier, and their performances were at an all-time high for the film.

31. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

Introducing the first slap-stick comedy on the list, starting to bring forth a new breed of comedy films. Not that I'm certain this was a good thing, as we have seen so many ridiculous slap-stick comedies released in the past decade.

On the other hand, "The Naked Gun" was a very funny film thanks to Leslie Nielsen who was one of the funniest actors in the acting business during the 80's, helping make this a hilarious film which has gone down in movie history.

30. Scary Movie

Its not a scary movie, but it sure is funny. This is one of the earlier popular spoof comedies, taking the p*#s out of horror films, but it seemed the more present spoof, was that of 'Scream' (1996) in the film, but not to worry, as you'll see the funny side to this brilliant comedy.

29. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Cult classics don't get much funnier than this comedy, we all remember as being that one small budget, weird film, we just had to watch and turned out to be hilarious.

28. Duck Soup (1933)

Probably the only film you will see on this list, which truly is a classic, but it had to be here, as it was such a funny film to watch. The title doesn't give justice to this brilliant comedy, I have seen multiple times, and I wouldn't necessarily say that I like films going this far back. Above the 70's I'm OK, with a few exceptions, but I'm more of a contemporary movie goer if I was to be completely honest.

Although, back on topic, this is a classic you'll appreciate, as it really does have something to laugh about.

27. Elf (2003)

Getting into the Christmas spirit, couldn't be easier than it is watching "Elf", starring Will Ferrell, who plays the elf and he certainly brings the comedy in this festive film.

One of the funniest Christmas films, which generally doesn't pay justice to this hilarious comedy, being that it was one of the funniest films of all time, for sure.

26. Airplane! (1980)

Back to the classics, we have this brilliant slap-stick comedy, starring the one and only Leslie Nielsen. Classic comedies don't get much better than this, and the 80's shines as a comedy success, clutching alongside this glory, is "Airplane!".

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25. Rush Hour 2

The perfectly funny sequel to the cracking original, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, who are the comedy match made in heaven, as they proved to be one heck of a kick-ass team.

The only disappointment I have with this film, is something very minor, and that is the duration, as it clearly should have been longer. I can't get enough of the Chan-Tucker duo.

24. 21 Jump Street

Just when you thought Channing Tatum didn't have any more tricks up his sleeve, he stars alongside Jonah Hill, showing that he is able to bring the laughs in the comedies, on top of all of Tatum's other genres he has starred in, this is another addition he can add to this growing list.

The year 2012, was a good year, and "21 Jump Street" certainly helped in making 2012 a good year for the film industry, but more specific, in the comedy genre.

23. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

The king of slap-stick comedies, starring the ever-hilarious Steve Carell whose career has been on a boom, ever since this film. If that is anything to go by, then this is a film everyone should have seen, or should see, in which case you'll then know just how overwhelmingly funny this film really is.

22. Zombieland (2009)

A personal favourite comedy of mine, but sadly I would not rate this as the funniest film, as I'm sure you'd agree, there are funnier films out there. However, without a doubt, this is a zombie-killing, rules-to-survive comedy, having to be one of the funniest films produced in the 21st-Century, as well as, of all time.

An underrated comedy in my opinion, having not been as successful as you might have thought at the box office, although certainly a brilliantly put together, hilarious comedy I want to watch as I currently write.

21. Raising Arizona

Nicholas Cage is a funny actor, as shown in this brilliantly formed comedy, I have down in my all time favourite comedy films. A funny film with all those memorable bits, including a great storyline, you'll want to follow from start-to-finish.

20. Office Space

A cult classic, again, underrated on so many levels, as this is another one of those, what?... films, as it struggled at the box office on its release back in 1999.

Shocking, I know. On the brighter side, this is a very funny film, you'll be sure to want to watch again once seeing, as it has you laughing through a smart storyline, set around office life. So, I imagine there are lots who can relate to this film, as well as having a laugh at the same time.

What more could you want?

19. Meet the Parents

A controversial comedy to add to the list, I know. As this is not the kind of comedy everyone finds funny, but I sure know that I did, so this ranking is based on just that... my humour.

Who doesn't like Ben Stiller? You, then maybe this isn't the funny film you're looking for.

Who doesn't like Robert De Niro? You, then maybe this isn't the funny film you're looking for.

On a personal note, I like those two actors, since they have their screen presence, in addition to talent as actors.

18. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Nothing more needed be said, other than Jim Carrey is awesome in this hilarious comedy flick.

17. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Gosh, I love a good British film, and good-darn-it, this was one of these rare good British films, starring some seriously funny actors, with the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant and John Hannah.

So, as you could imagine, this was a really funny film, not to mention the fact that it is one of those rare good British films.

16. National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" (1989)

Getting back into the Christmas spirit, we have "Christmas Vacation", having to be one of the best festive films available today. Also being one of the funniest films around, since there are so many predictable, yet seriously hilarious moments, together, forming one of the funniest films ever produced in Hollywood.

15. Rush Hour (1998)

The original, kicking off one of the best comedy series ever produced, starring a couple of the funniest actors in Hollywood right now, including Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.

A comedy buff fan favourite, as who doesn't appreciate "Rush Hour", and all that which followed after this awesome release.

14. Old School (2003)

Cult classics are just that, classics, making this one of the comedies you simply must see, to say you've seen it. Although this one, on the other hand, happens to be one of the funniest films ever produced, going for the all-out cheesy moments, which really do work in some films, as this proved.

13. American Pie: The Wedding (2003)

A.K.A. American Wedding (U.S. title)

The ultimate comedy buff fan favourite, being the "American Pie" series, which, in my opinion, peaked with the release of "American Pie: The Wedding", but in saying this, it had to have been one of the funniest films I have ever seen.

12. American Pie (1999)

The film which started one of the best-known comedy series of all time. That should say it all, as this was one of those rare in-your-face comedy films, which would usually fall flat on its face, but this film actually worked, having some funny moments, everyone remembers from this film.

11. Zoolander (2001)

Back with Ben Stiller, a modern day favourite in Hollywood within the comedy genre, getting in comedies left, right, and centre. This is the funniest of all of the Ben Stiller comedies by far, becoming one of the funniest films of all time, shocking certain audiences, but still, without a doubt, a brilliantly funny film.

10. Ghostbusters (1984)

Sci-fi, doesn't make its way onto many funny lists, as most comedies that attempt at a sci-fi edge usually fail terribly, but this was one of those rare occurrences. Bill Murray did well, in adding with his humour, to this cult favourite of many among audiences who have had the pleasure of watching this timeless classic.

9. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Britain did it again, achieving the impossible, bring forth one of the funniest films of all time, using the zombie edge which we all like so much, these days.

Instantly becoming a classic, "Shaun of the Dead" is a Brit favourite, but I'd imagine it is elsewhere in the world as well. Considering zombie pandemic set films don't get much funnier than this.

8. There's Something About Mary (1998)

Back when everyone liked Cameron Diaz, there was "There's Something About Mary", which had all the expectations for a great comedy film, plus more.

Delivering in performance alongside Diaz, there is Ben Stiller, who performed exceptionally well in this comedy.

7. Pineapple Express (2008)

Seth Rogen and James Franco are a reckless duo, but then again, that's comedy. It is an unbelievable comedy, which will make you laugh again, and again, and again... and then again.

Brilliantly funny from start-to-finish.

6. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

A funny comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy, who work tremendously well together in this superb comedy, making you laugh from the moment the two's characters meet in the film.

5. Superbad (2007)

You know, that film which made you laugh uncontrollably. That would of course, be "Superbad", as a fitting title, for this anything but straight-forward comedy.

It'll shock, it'll feel relate-able, and it'll star Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Seth Rogen.

That's what I call a great comedy.

4. The Hangover (2009)

A modern day comedy success, as a film set mostly in Vegas is bound to find laughs along the way, but this film took comedy to a whole new level.

A simple plot, but then again, the events are anything but simple.

3. The Jerk (1979)

Steve Martins film which got him noticed as being one of the funniest actors in the business, as this had to be one of the funniest films from the 70's, and any other decade for that matter.

For a small budget production, this was one of those, "I can't believe it" films, as it was just that good and that funny.

2. National Lampoon's "Animal House" (1978)

Coming in second place is "Animal House", a spectacular creation, making all who've seen it laugh, like they've never laughed before. Brilliantly put together, now a classic, as it is in its own right.

1. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Jim Carrey never ceases to surprise audiences, in this comedy classic, having to be the funniest film of all time. Comedies haven't ever been as funny as it was in "Dumb and Dumber". The storyline, the one-liners, and the events throughout, formed what had to be the funniest film I, and I imagine most others would have to say is the funniest, or at the very lease, one of the funniest films they have ever seen.

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Streaming on Netflix (instant)

Grab some popcorn, gather friends and family, and get ready to watch a film on Netflix instant, as the following films are from the list above, available to instantly stream, right now.

Here's a list of the funny movies from the list, currently streaming on Netflix instant:

  • Wayne's World (1992)
  • When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
  • The Naked Gun (1988)
  • Scary Movie (2000)
  • Airplane! (1980)
  • Zombieland (2009)
  • Raising Arizona (1987)
  • Office Space (1999)
  • Zoolander (2001)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • The Jerk (1979)

With a total of 11 films here, all available to stream instantly on Netflix instant, there is more than enough laughing joy to be had on your Netflix account on this, or any other chosen day.

Summary...

Too many funny films, is the problem. With all the great comedies being released year in and year out, it was always going to be interesting to create a list of the top 50. If you've seen all of these films, most of them, or some of them, then please leave your favourite from the list in the comments box below.

If you believe there are other funny comedy films which should have been added to the list, then please don't hesitate to leave their names in the comments box at the bottom of the page, as all comments are appreciated.

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Your friendly movie, games writer: Craig Easom

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      Dreammore 2 years ago from Great England

      Hi Kotobukijake:

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comment. You certainly know a lot of great comedies and I would be intrigued to see what your top-50 funny films would look like, as there's no doubt, it would be one to read. A certain few you've mentioned, I will admit to having never seen, hence, why I was declined to add them to the list, but I have heard and read nothing but great things about them. I too loved "O' Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Seven Psychopaths", leading me to having to say, only if it had been a top-100 list, since they would have definitely made the cut.

      Your comment has made my day, so thank-you for taking the time aside to read my hub and leave a thought-provoking comment.

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      kotobukijake 2 years ago

      Fun list you have there. I've seen the majority of these films; that said, I think I only saw the first Rush Hour movie, and I have yet to see the Inbetweeners Movie, Miss Congeniality, Johnny English and Horrible Bosses. Of the remainder, mad props on TWO Coen Bros. films (both Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski are in my personal Top 20); however, for SHAME leaving off O Brother, Where Art Thou? Also, Martin McDonough's In Bruges is a worthy choice, but it has nothing on his Seven Psychopaths; likewise the inclusion of Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally over The Princess Bride and (especially) This Is Spinal Tap. As to the rest, no less than three movies directed by Christopher Guest deserve inclusion--A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman and (especially) Best in Show. I would have included more Marx Brothers films, Dr. Strangelove, some Mel Brooks (Spaceballs, The Producers, Young Frankenstein), some Woody Allen (Bananas at least), Maverick, one or both Hot Shots! movies, Black Dynamite, maybe The Simpsons Movie or Southpark: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, and possibly an old-school screwball comedy like It Happened One Night or Sullivan's Travels. Definitely NOT Napoleon Dynamite. Anyway, as you said, everyone has different views on comedy. Overall, I was impressed with how many you got right (Zombieland, Ghostbusters, American Pie, etc.). Now if only you'd switched Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Dumb and Dumber... Great hub, and I look forward to checking out some I'd missed.

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      Dreammore 2 years ago from Great England

      Hi Saifhayel:

      Thank-you for the appraise. I too love "The Hangover" and "Rush Hour", as they are without a doubt a couple of the funniest films. So again, thank-you for commenting.

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      saifhayel 2 years ago

      Great list, watched almost all of them, Hangover is diffidently my #1, rush hour is also one of my favorites.