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Ten Great Comedy Movies

Updated on September 23, 2014

Some Of My Favourite Comedy Movies

I enjoy movies of all types but I particularly like comedy movies. Some of the best comedy movies make me laugh over and over again, particularly those that have lots of little things happening in the background that might be missed first time around. I appreciate comedy movies that use sophisticated humour but also like slapstick and the just plain weird.

Here are some video clips from ten of my favourite comedy movies, I hope you enjoy at least some of them.

The Rough Guide Reference Book Of Comedy Movies

The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies 1 (Rough Guide Reference)
The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies 1 (Rough Guide Reference)

For those of you who, like me, are fans of comedy movies, this guidebook to the genre is packed full of interesting and funny information about famous comedy movies. It is great to see that a scene from one of my favorite comedy movies is featured on the front cover.

 

This Is Spinal Tap - The Most Ridiculous "Rockumentary"

I just love This Is Spinal Tap - I have watched it countless times and always seem to find something different to laugh at. For those that haven't seen it, this is a spoof documentary about a fictional, stereotypical rock group on a disastrous tour.

Some of the most famous and amusing scenes include the song "Big Bottom", the amplifier that goes to eleven and a piano solo called "Lick my love pump". I love the ending of the movie in which the lead singer explains that his namesake, St Hubbins, is the patron saint of quality footwear and the lead guitarist contemplates life working in a shoe shop.

This video clip shows the "Stonehenge" Spinal Tap set where they end up with a piece of stage scenery that is way too small and gets crushed by midgets. A classic clip.

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This is Spinal Tap (Special Edition)
This is Spinal Tap (Special Edition)

Watch David St Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls perform the "Stonehenge" set, "Big Bottom" and their jazz improvisation in support of the puppet show; see them talk about their dead drummers, amplifiers that go up to eleven and their plans for a musical based on the life of Jack The Ripper again and again in your own home.

 

Bowfinger - This Is How Every Movie Should Be Made

Bowfinger is a very amusing film about a director (Steve Martin) making a movie whilst his starring actor (Eddie Murphy) is unaware of featuring in it. The rest of the cast do not know that the star is participating without realising it and chaos ensues.

One of the most amusing scenes is when Steve Martin's character is obtaining a film crew and goes to the Mexican border where illegal immigrants are running away from border control and are ushered into the back of the director's van in order to become the film crew. I also love the scene where Eddie Murphy attempts to cross a busy road having been told that the "stunt drivers" will miss him. Of course there are no stunt drivers, just a very busy road full of speeding traffic.

Although much of the humour here is unsophisticated, Bowfinger is a very funny movie, with a suitably silly ending.

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Bowfinger (Widescreen edition)
Bowfinger (Widescreen edition)

Get your own copy of Bowfinger to watch the catalog of silly scenes that make this a very funny movie. Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy and Heather Graham elicit many laughs as they make a movie on a tiny budget whilst the starring actor is unaware of his participation. Bowfinger is a movie that you will laugh at over and over again.

 

Monty Python's Life of Brian - He's A Very Naughty Boy

It would be almost inconceivable not to include The Life of Brian on a list of comedy films. Ridiculous and hilarious from start to finish this is the story of Brian, mistaken as the Messiah by a large number of people.

Accused of being blasphemous by Christian leaders when released, the lead character, Brian, in fact consistently says he is not the Messiah until his followers declare that only the true Messiah would deny himself. Faced with this logic Brian states for the only time that, "I am the Messiah" which results in further devotion by his unwanted followers. This is included in the video clip below.

With so many memorable moments it is difficult to choose favourite scenes. Amongst the most famous are the scenes about "What have the Romans ever done for us?", which results in a huge list including law and order, wine and aqueducts, the reverse haggling scene is another and the Roman Governor with a speech impediment is yet another of the most popular scenes.

There are so many small moments of comedy in this film that one can find something different to laugh about each time. Personally I love the moment when Brian's mother tells a crowd that they shouldn't follow trends and that they should be individuals, to which the crowd replies in unison, "we are individuals", followed by a lone devotee who mutters, "I'm not!". Brilliant.

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Monty Python's Life Of Brian - The Immaculate Edition
Monty Python's Life Of Brian - The Immaculate Edition

Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam star in this hilarious movie that could so easily be closer to the truth than a much more familiar story.

This is not the funniest comedy movie ever. Aha! Only the funniest comedy movie ever would deny itself.

 
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (Monty Python Sings)
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (Monty Python Sings)

Download this classic Monty Python song here now! Always look on the bright side of life is one of the most popular Monty Python songs ever and has been used for all sorts of occasions; funerals, football matches and even the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony.

 

Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Borat is a spoof reporter from Kazakhstan making a documentary about American culture and the comedy works at two levels: viewers can enjoy the ridiculous antics and cultural faux pas of Borat and also be amazed at the reactions he gets from the people he meets unaware that he is a comedy character.

From start to finish this film is full of ludicrous acts and statements from Borat who is from a culture completely at odds with the western world. Some may find him offensive, but only the most sensitive, for the jokes are supposed to be on the cultural expectations of the viewer and on the foolish people he meets.

My favourite moments from the movie include when Borat turns up at a children's park in an ice cream van, with music playing. A crowd of kids run cheering towards the van only to run away screaming when a bear pokes its head out of the window. Another highlight is when Borat enters a new age church where people are speaking in tongues and leaping around in suits while the preacher spouts cliched dogma. Borat needs to do very little by the way of comedy as the antics of the churchgoers are funny enough on their own.

Another strange moment is this deleted scene below where Borat visits the cheese counter of an American supermarket.

For Borat Fans there is also a guidebook to Kazakhstan: Borat - Touristic Guidings to Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Buy your own copy of Borat so that you can remind yourself of how many strange people there are out there! See Borat's totally bizarre behavior elicit some even more bizarre behavior from people he meets.

This movie contains some very, very funny scenes.

 

The Time Bandits - "Here's To Stinking Rich" And A World Of Fantasy

The Time Bandits has been one of my favourite movies since I was about 7 years old and I still love it. The movie follows a group of midgets who are on the run from the supreme being, having stolen his map of time holes: holes which are the result of the shoddy workmanship of creating the world in just seven days. This map of time holes is misused by the group of midgets - used to go back in time to rob rich historical figures, hence "Time Bandits".

Many of the Monty Python team were involved in this movie and consequently the humour bears a close resemblance to other Monty Python movies, but the sheer weirdness of this movie is impressive moving from Napoleonic France to Sherwood Forest, to ancient Greece but it is not until the bandits approach the fortress of ultimate darkness that things get to their most bizarre.

My favourite moments from this movie include when the bandits walk into an invisible barrier and one of the group says, "so that's what an invisible barrier looks like" and the ending when two characters touch a piece of concentrated evil and are instantly vapourized. This is a silly movie full of comic asides and works well for kids and adults alike.

The following video clip shows The Evil Being bemoaning God's lack of interest in technology.

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Time Bandits
Time Bandits

Journey with the tiny Time Bandits as they rob Napoleon, are forced to give away their loot by Robin Hood and his not so merry men and travel to the fortress of ultimate darkness as they confront evil and are rescued by the Supreme Being. An hilarious movie filled with surreal episodes and weird stuff.

 

Austin Powers - International Man Of Mystery & Mirth

All three Austin Powers movies are funny if somewhat crude in places. This British spy from the 1960s embarks on three adventures alongside three different beautiful women in these James Bond spoofs.

All three movies make use of visual and verbal jokes and rely heavily on sending up the James Bond series, and the character of Dr Evil is possibly one of the most memorable and ridiculous comedy characters ever created.

Some of the funniest scenes involve visual gags depending on silhouettes where, in one movie, the viewer apparently sees Austin Powers give birth to a baby whilst standing up and, in another, a string of sausages and an umbrella is pulled from his bottom.

One of my favourite scenes is when Austin Powers is being given back his belongings after a period of cryogenic freezing. Having denied knowledge of a Swedish Penis Pump he is the given a book entitled "Swedish Penis Pumps for beginners - that is my bag baby yeah! by Austin Powers", a cheap joke relying on a catchphrase but funny all the same.

Unfortunately, this scene is unavailable on youtube so I have provided this scene in which Dr Evil and his son, Scott, appear on the Jerry Springer show.

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Travelling from the 1960s to the 1990s, international spy, Austin Powers battles his ridiculous nemesis; Dr Evil.

 
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Austin Powers returns to the 60s to retrieve his "mojo" and prevent Dr Evil from destroying the world.

 
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers in Goldmember

This time Powers teams up with Foxxy Cleopatra in the 1970s to try and rescue his father.

 

Napoleon Dynamite - Out To Prove He Has Nothing To Prove

Napoleon Dynamite is a snapshot of the life of a geeky college kid and his friends and family, all of which are as strange as he is. The humour in this film is largely reliant on bizarre happenings and lines that are delivered in unusual contexts. It is also funny to see the world through the perceptions of an ultra nerd and how he befriends people.

This movie has become something of a cult with certain people and lines such as "you freakin' idiot" have become something of a catchphrase. This is an unusual and humourous movie with some of the most bizarre characters ever, similar to the movie "Rushmore".

Napoleon Dynamite culminates in him doing a most out of character dance, in the clip below, in order to help his friend Pedro be elected school president.

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Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite

Starring John Heder, Napoleon Dynamite is a movie full of weird events surrounding equally weird people. With your own copy you can study Rex Kwon Do, watch Napoleon's bizarre dance and pick up special skills such as time machine operation over and over again at home.

This is better than chatting, all day, online to babes.

 

Monty Python And The Holy Grail - An Hilarious Quest

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is full of laughs from beginning to end. The quest of King Arthur and his knights for the Holy Grail becomes quite ridiculous as they go from one comic obstacle to another.

This movie also makes use of the famous Monty Python style animation which adds to the surrealism of the story which is full of jokes and incidents that one may not notice on the first view.

The most famous scenes in this movie are the Knights who say "Ni" who send King Arthur on a quest for a shrubbery, the dark knight who continues to fight after losing all his limbs and French soldiers abusing King Arthur's band by saying that their fathers smelt of elderberries. However, my favourite moment is in this video clip where Robin the not-so-brave is followed by his singing minstrels into an encounter with a three-headed knight, but he ends up "chickening out and buggering off".

Monty Python and the Holy Grail has one of the daftest endings of any film when a hoard of knights charge at a castle but are prevented from storming it when they are arrested by the police who stop the movie by turning off the camera.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail DVD

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Special Edition)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Special Edition)

See the Monty Python team play a host of silly characters and follow the adventure of their Grail quest. You will laugh again and again at scenes such as the quest of Sir Robin, The Knights who say Ni, The Black Knight, The Killer Rabbit and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Such silliness, such fun!

 

Download Songs From Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Camelot Song
Camelot Song

Download the full Camelot song from the movie soundtrack now! It has a catchy tune and is full of daft lyrics; this is one of my favorite Monty Python songs.

 
Brave Sir Robin
Brave Sir Robin

Listen to Brave Sir Robin chickening out and buggering off with this excerpt from The Holy Grail Movie. I just love this.

 

Stir Crazy - The Most Hilarious Prisoners Ever Incarcerated

Stir Crazy stars Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as two guys wrongly convicted of a bank robbery. Sentenced to hundreds of years of hard labour they decide to escape whilst riding at the prison rodeo.

There are a number of truly hilarious moments in this film including the clip below where the two stars are thrown into a jail cell full of hardened criminals. Some of the funniest moments come when Gene Wilder is abused in order to persuade him to ride in the rodeo - on one occasion he is locked in a hot, dark box for three days with no food or water and pleads for just one more day on his release.

A great film with two great comedy actors.

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Stir Crazy
Stir Crazy

If you are locked up indoors with Grosburger then watching the antics of Gene Wilder and Richard Prior is a great way to pass the time in an hilarious fashion. Buy your own copy of Stir Crazy and watch these two comedy greats create mayhem in prison; this is a movie which has a lot of really funny moments.

 

Find Out More About Stir Crazy

Stir Crazy - Find out about the cast and background to the movie on the Stir Crazy Wikipedia entry.

The Meaning Of Life - Not The Answer To Life, The Universe & Everything!

The Meaning of Life is another Monty Python movie, although it is more a series of themed sketches than a movie. Many of these sketches are very funny but it has to be said that some don't quite come up to the mark and the scene involving Mr Creosote is quite disgusting.

The best parts of this movie are the songs which are catchy as well as funny and through humor some thought-provoking ideas are introduced. I particularly like the scene where the headmaster is attempting to teach sex education but the students won't concentrate and the answers they give are lambasted by the teacher. Eventually the teacher's wife enters to give a demonstration.

The halfway intermission is unbelievably surreal!

The scene shown here is the one with the song "every sperm is sacred".

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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

Buy The Meaning of Life and you can watch the Monty Python team teach you about contraception, working in a team, dealing with death and nutrition in their own warped way over and over again. This collection of extended, themed sketches is always fun to watch and look out for the completely bizarre interlude halfway through the movie.

 
Monty Python - Mr. Creosote T-Shirt
Monty Python - Mr. Creosote T-Shirt

The Mr Creosote scene from The Meaning of Life reproduced on a t-shirt. A great gift for Monty Python fans.

 

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Check Out A Few More Of My Favorite Comedy Movies

These are some more really funny comedy movies that I love. They didn't quite get into my top ten, but they are close.

Happy Gilmore (Full Screen Special Edition)
Happy Gilmore (Full Screen Special Edition)

This is the daft story of a failed ice hockey player with anger management issues who becomes a professional golfer. There are some really funny moments on the golf course and there is a delightfully preposterous ending as the hero attempts to save his grandmother's house.

 
Caddyshack
Caddyshack

The chaos that occurs on a golf course infested by gophers. This movie has a great performance by Bill Murray.

 
Back To School (Extra-Curricular Edition)
Back To School (Extra-Curricular Edition)

In Back to School an utterly ridiculous millionaire creates a rumpus when he decides to go back to college as a mature student. He lives in a penthouse suite and hires a NASA scientist to do his homework. This movie is full of laughs and the performing of the ridiculous triple lindy dive at the end is very memorable.

 
Groundhog Day (Special 15th Anniversary Edition)
Groundhog Day (Special 15th Anniversary Edition)

A weather reporter is haunted by living the same day again and again after reluctantly covering the annual groundhog festival. A great movie for many reasons not just the comedy.

 
Superbad (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Superbad (Unrated Widescreen Edition)

A laugh-a-minute farce where teenagers get into trouble trying to buy alcohol for a party. Hilarious antics and the highly memorable "McLovin".

 

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Nice lens !I loved stir crazy

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      halemajit 5 years ago

      I think Monty Python revolutionised comedy !!!

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      Vortrek Grafix 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Not really crazy about off-color comedies like Borat, but hey, to each their own. Otherwise, comedy rocks!

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      nice list..office space was a great movie

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      Great list! For me, "The Life Of Brian" is the funniest.

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      redleafloans 5 years ago

      Borat is definitely the funniest for me. He's just so crazy.. lol..

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      Dawnella66 LM 5 years ago

      Loved this article.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Follow the shoe!

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      punkgrinder 6 years ago

      "He's not The Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!". Great choices, i agree wholeheartedly with all of them.

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      nice selection!

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      garyrh1 6 years ago

      Life of Brian is my favorite Monty Python. I think it's incredibly underrated by comedy lovers.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Do you like Monty Python by any chance lol :) Holy Grail is one of the funniest movies of all time I think. Nice to see you have Happy Gilmore listed, many of the Adam Sandler movies are really funny. Lensrolled to my Adam Sandler and Tom Hanks lenses, the closest I have to comedies.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Comedy is not my favorite genre; although I do enjoy some comedy movies. Well done!

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Absolutely. My Sassy Girl is my favorite Korean comedy movie.

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      anchorman-quotes 6 years ago

      Good list bud, I need to watch Blowfinger again.

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      You have a very nice collection of lenses. Thank you for making me smile.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @garyrh1: Monty python sucks a big one. the only movie i saw up there remotely funny was Happy Gilmore, (Adam Sandler is in the top 5 best comedians) <<<< Hands down

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Great comedy movie, Great Lens!

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      nickupton lm 7 years ago

      @garyrh1: Yes, comedy really is a question of personal taste.

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      nickupton lm 7 years ago

      @Leo9: Bowfinger really is a funny movie, maybe not too sophisticated, but really daft. It makes me laugh and that's what comedy movies should do.

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      Leo9 7 years ago

      I'd completely forgotten how good Bowfinger was. My all time favorite is The Fisher King.

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      garyrh1 7 years ago

      You have some really weird humor tastes ;) Honestly, other than the Monty Python's the others are just so-so. Oh well, great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Excellent lens! Give you 5 Star because I love comedy movies too. I download movies here almost for free. See comedy movies.

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      nickupton lm 8 years ago

      Yes, Spinal Tap is the best, I just bought a new copy on DVD - I only had it on VHS before.[in reply to geothermalminnie]

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      geothermalminnie 8 years ago

      Spinal Tap is classic. Thank you for including it!

      Minnie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i think that the best 15 comedy movies ever made were:

      1. yes man (jim carrey)

      2. tropic thunder (ben stiller, jack black, robert downey jr.)

      3. me, myself, & irene (jim carrey)

      4. I, spy (eddie murphy, owen wilson)

      5. zoolander (ben stiller, owen wilson)

      6. you don't mess with the zohan (adam sandler, rob schneider)

      7. the love guru (mike myers, jessica alba)

      8. senseless (shawn wayans, david spade)

      9. liar liar (jim carrey)

      10. dodgeball (vince vaungh, ben stiller)

      11. Dumb and dumber (jim carrey)

      12. bruce almighty (jim carrey)

      13. hancock (will smith)

      14. bad boys (will smith, martin lawrence)

      15. hot rod (andy samberg)

      But the only comedy movie above i agree with is the "austin powers" movies

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      Jen Maskill 8 years ago

      Interesting choice. Thanks for sharing :)

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

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      razorbackdesign 8 years ago

      Nothing wrong with these comedies they are pretty funny, i just don't think their the funniest films ever except for maybe austin powers, but every man to himself i guess.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Spinal Tap had some of the funniest moments of any movie. Fine lens!

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      top50movies 8 years ago

      nice site... my site features the top 50 movies of all time as voted by you! I really like spinal tap by the way.

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      NaturalHazard 8 years ago

      Long live Monty Python. Awesome list!