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Best Comedies Movies Of Recent Time - Top Comedy Movies

Updated on April 11, 2015

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# 20 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Released in 1989

Directed By: Jeremiah Chechik

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Johnny Galecki, and Juliette Lewis

Clark Griswold (Chase) wants his family to have the perfect Christmas vacation. Griswold holds the family Christmas at his home and chaos ensues.

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# 19 School of Rock

Released in 2003

Directed By: Richard Linklater

Starring: Jack Black and Joan Cusack

Dewey Finn (Black) pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prep school and ends up teaching the prep kids to be rock n roll stars.

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# 18 The Other Guys

Released in 2010

Directed by: Adam McKay

Starring: Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell

This action comedy follows two oddly paired New York detectives as they try to rise to the top of their ranks.

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# 17 Scary Movie

Released in 2000

Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans

Starring: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, and Anna Faris

This horror comedy spoof takes all of the clich├ęs from the most recent horror movies and turns them into comedic moments.

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# 16 Ted

Released in 2012

Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

Starring: Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis

A young boy wishes for a friend and is sent a fully alive teddy bear named Ted. Ted and the young boy remain friends for life but when the young boy turns into a man things start to get difficult.

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# 15 Tropic Thunder

Released in 2008

Directed by: Ben Stiller

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black

Actors are forced to become the soldiers they are pretending to be in a jungle where some outlandish events happen making them truly battle for their lives.

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# 14 Role Models

Released in 2008

Directed by: David Wain

Starring: Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott

Two co-workers are forced into a Big Brother like program when they are sentenced to community service.

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# 13 21 Jump Street

Released in 2012

Directed By: Phil Lord

Starring: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill

A pair of idiot cops are sent back to high school as undercover students to stop a drug ring.

Watch "The 40 Year Old Virgin" Preview

# 12 The 40 Year Old Virgin

Released in 2005

Directed By: Judd Apatow

Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Catherine Keener

Andy Stizer (Carell) is forty years old and he is still a virgin. His co-worker discover that Andy is still a virgin and help him to become a non-virgin.

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# 11 Grown Ups

Released in 2010

Directed By: Dennis Dugan

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade

Childhood friends come back together for their coach's funeral and rehash their friendship from when they were children.

Watch "Meet the Parents" Preview

# 10 Meet The Parents

Released in 2000

Directed By: Jay Roach

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, and Blythe Danner

Greg (Stiller) proposes to his girlfriend (Polo) and goes home with her to meet her parents.

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# 9 Ghostbusters

Released in 1984

Directed By: Ivan Reitman

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis

Three scientist decide to become ghostbusters and chase down New York City's supernatural.

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# 8 Horrible Bosses

Released in 2007

Directed By: Seth Gordon

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Colin Farell.

Three friends are upset with the treatment they are receiving from their bosses, so they decide to kill each other's bosses.

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# 7 Superbad

Released in 2007

Directed By: Greg Mottola

Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, and Bill Hader

Two friends try to throw a party with booze but instead take a crazy adventure of their own.

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# 6 The Hangover

Released in 2009

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Heather Graham

Four men go to Las Vegas to celebrate their best friend's engagement. The friends are drugged and cannot remember where they left the groom. The three groomsmen are left retracing their previous night's antics to find the groom in time for the wedding.

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# 5 Bridesmaids

Released in 2011

Directed By: Paul Feig

Starring: Kristen Wigg, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, and Rose Byrne

The Maid-of-Honor and another bridesmaid compete for the attention and love of the bride causing friction and laugh aloud antics.

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# 4 Office Space

Released in 1999

Directed By: Mike Judge

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Ron Livingstone, and Gary Cole

Unhappy workers in an office decide to take matters into their own hands and fight back against their greedy and money loving bosses.

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# 3 Old School

Released in 2003

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Jeremy Piven

A comedy about old friends trying to recapture their younger days by opening a fraternity next to their old college.

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# 2 Zombieland

Released in 2009

Directed by: Rueben Fleischer

Starring: Woody Harelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin

A mutated strain of mad cow disease has created a world of zombies. The "unaffected" are forced to try to survive and to create relationships while trying not to die.

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# 1 National Lampoon's Vacation

Released in 1983

Directed By: Harold Ramis

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Randy Quaid, and John Candy.

Chevy Chase's character wants to spend more time with his family and takes them on a road-trip across the country.


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      JG11Bravo 3 years ago

      I'll agree with a few of these, but I have a serious bias against newer comedy films. I'm of the mind that a lot of them derive their "humor" from pushing the boundaries of what is socially acceptable and are utterly devoid of wit.