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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.

Watch "The Other Guys" Preview

# 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.

Watch "Ted" Trailer

# 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.

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# 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.

Watch "Ghostbusters" Preview

# 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 

      4 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.

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