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My All Time Favorite Comedy Movie Classics

Updated on April 25, 2013
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My Favorite Comedy Movie Classics

You can't find a comedy movie classic with the new breed of rarely funny comedians such as Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell who just don't make me laugh that much. No, my favorite all time movie classics will have none of that wasted effort. I will have a section relating to an honorable mention list because there are some great films in this list, but that didn't make it to the top three. Seems to me like the 1980's was a golden time for movie comedy by the way.

Here are my top three all time movie comedies in no order of preference:

Trading Places: Trading Places incorporated a brilliant concept of two guys being manipulated by the financial elite but getting their revenge in the end. Maybe this would play well with the banking crisis and the antics of Goldman Sachs.

The two guys played by Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd, were two of the most memorable characters on film ever.

Beverly Hills Cop: This movie has some foul language, but it is a brilliantly conceived movie, and is probably the most artfully flowing movie centering on an unorthodox cop set loose in staid Beverly Hills that could have been produced. Face it, you can't call comedies "artfully flowing" very often. The street smarts of the Detroit cop crack the case.

The superior intelligence of the street cop compared to the Beverly Hills cops is priceless entertainment.

Caddyshack: This movie was a bit of a scandal when compared to proper golf etiquette. But if Jack Nicklaus likes it and plays it on the Golf Channel all the time, then we have made it to true acceptance in the golf world for this movie. Bill Murray is brilliant in this movie.

Without question, the best scene in the history of film was of Bill Murray eating a candy bar after cleaning the pool for what everyone thought was a poop. You may think this is so juvenile, but the timing and buying into the character Murray previously constructed sold this scene. It was a scream.

So many funny characters in this film, made it a classic comedy. Chevy Chase was the together and perfect golfer, until a thimble full of pressure came his way and he folded. Very funny performance.

Brilliant honorable mention films include in no order:

  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • High Anxiety
  • Coming to America
  • Airplane
  • Planes Trains and Automobiles
  • Naked Gun
  • Uncle Buck
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Meet the Parents
  • Ace Ventura
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Groundhog Day
  • What About Bob

Trading Places Trailer

Beverly Hills Cop Trailer

Caddy Shack Gopher Scene, a Classic. Quality is Not Great but the Scene is a Classic.


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      Gary Anderson 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for stopping by Anjo. I did my best. :)

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      Anjo Bacarisas II 5 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

      So funny movies! you did a nifty choice, funny movies and great past time, i used to watch movies in my past time and I love to watch comedy movies, this genre is stress free. cool!

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      Gary Anderson 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I think you are absolutely right. He is a comedic genius. And it runs in the family from what I read about him.

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      Alem Belton 6 years ago from New York

      Is it just me or,is Bill Murray's comedic genius horribly underrated?

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      Gary Anderson 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for the complement about the hub. I think these bring back memories of a past that had fewer pitfalls.

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      meow48 6 years ago from usa

      loved ghostbusters. stripes, too. liked this hub very much. and i will never forget the speech murray gave in stripes to define the american soldier... yup.

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      Gary Anderson 8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      But, as Dan Aykroyd said, he didn't study.

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      skyfire 8 years ago

      Bill Murray is my favorite as well. His dialogue from Ghostbusters movie is really cool "Back off man,i'm scientist".

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      Gary Anderson 8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for the tip. Certainly As Good As It Gets was a memorable movie, and had comedy elements. But it was very dramatic as well and I think that movie is in a class by itself. But then, not as just a comedy. I commented on it here:

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      Mr Nice 8 years ago from North America

      My favorite comedy movie list is very long but I love this movie & other movies by Jack Nicholson.

      Something's Gotta Give - Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton

      I consider every movie a classic that makes my day. I love some of the movies you listed too. Coming to America, Airplane, Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, Meet the Parents, Groundhog Day

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      Gary Anderson 8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I thought that was a classic too. What hell it is to be trying to impress your intimidating in law. I am sure lots of folks related to that film. And it was very funny too.

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      OpinionDuck 8 years ago


      Out of your list, I like "Meet the Parents" the best.

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      Gary Anderson 8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hey Tom, it is interesting that Austin Powers films have a lot of comedy from Peter Sellers and the Pink Panther in them. The concept of Dr. Evil and his desire to destroy the world comes from Return of the Pink Panther. I found that movie to be very funny.

      I liked the silent comedies, and would recommend Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplan anytime. Also, Hello, Beverly Hills cop is a movie, not a TV series, so you should be able to find it. Thanks Mickey for stopping by.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      You definitely hit on some of my favorites! Thank you sir!

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      Tom Whitworth 8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Good list of comedies. I liked Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movies. I also like to harken back to classic Abbot and Costello films.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your interesting read but I only know Beverly Hills Cops which they showed in England. Many good series they don't over here and we missing out.