Most Classic Comedy Films of All Time
Have you seen all of these comedy movies?
Here’s the Bit Comedy selection of 75 wonderful comedy films in no particular order. We hope you find a few gems you’ve not seen before and you discover new comedy film favourites.
We’ve listed the writers and not the performers because they seldom receive the credit for their work.
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1. Monty Python’s: Life of Brian
Written by: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.
Why: So you’ve just been crucified? Sing you buggers.
Top funny clip: Biggus Dickus
2. The Princess Bride
Written by: William Goldman
Why: Magical story told elegantly
Top funny line: “When I was your age television was called books.”
3. A Shot in the Dark
Written by: Blake Edwards, William Peter Blatty, Harry Kurnitz, Marcel Achard
Why: Peter Sellars.
Funny clip: Sellers trying to be suave while playing snooker with George, ‘Tiger,’ Sanders.
Written by: Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis
Why: Underplaying seriously for the good of comedy.
Funny clip: Enter large ‘marsh mellow’ man.
5. Father of the Bride
Written by: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Why: Spencer Tracy
Funny clip: Tracy making drinks.
6. Young Frankenstein
Written by: Mel Brooks
Why: The poor monster and the soup. The song and dance routine.
Best funny line: “Werewolf?”
7. Madagascar 2
Written by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Why: The greatest characterization of animals in animation.
Funny clips: the whole film especially the Penguins reaction to finally reaching the South Pole.
Written by: Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenny
Why: A conservative sport being undermined by the surreal and the profane. Step forward Mr Dangerfield and Mr Murray.
Funny moments: The war with the gophers.
9. Bringing Up Baby
Written by: Dudley Nicols, Hagar Wilde
Why: Sophisticated wordplay, subtext between Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn and of course the animals including that wonderful dog, ‘Asta.’
Funny moments: Singing to a wild leopard.
10. We’re No Angels
Written by: Albert Husson, Ranald MacDougall
Why: A bit of black humour, romance and the oppressed winning through with the aid of wit and a snake.
Funny Moments: The fusion of the characters: Bogart, Ustinov and the great Aldo Ray.
11. Arsenic & Old Lace
Written by: Julius J Epstein, Philip G Epstein
Why: Sublime dark farce with wonderful film references.
Funny Looks: The great Raymond Massey tired of ‘the Karloff’ comparison.
Written by: Richard Hooker, Ring Lardner Jr.
Why: War is stupid. This stupid.
Funny Song: ‘Suicide is Painless.’
13. A Fish Called Wanda
Written by: John Cleese, Charles Crichton
Why: How a British comedy can shine.
Funny moments: Those poor Yorkshire Terriers plus chips up the nose.
14. The Lady Killers
Written by: William Rose and an uncredited Jimmy O’Connor
Why: Talent everywhere in this black farce
Funny Moments: The combatants try to finish each other off.
15. Harold and Maude
Written by: Colin Higgins
Why: The ‘God damn you’ attitude of Maude (Ruth Gordon)
Best bit: The tone of the whole piece as old and new battle the world.
16. Duck Soup
Written by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin
Why: 1933! Over 70 years and it benchmarks outrageous farce.
Best Bits: The mirror routine.
17. Some Like it Hot
Written by: Billy Wilder, I.A.L Diamond, Rogert Thoeren, Michael Logan
Why: The greatest romantic comedy ever made.
Funny moments: All of it culminating in “Well, nobody’s perfect.”
Written by: Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger Schulman, Cody Cameron, Conrad Vernon, Chris Millar
Why: A cantankerous ogre struggling with life.
Best moments: Donkey’s enthusiasm for everything!
19. Ice Age 3
Written by: Peter Ackerman, Yoni Brenner, Michael Berg, Jason Carter Eaton, Mike Reiss
Why: Every moment is spot on and has a depth of film references and great moments.
Funny Moments: All of it!
20. Animal House
Written by: Harold Ramis, Douglass Kenny, Chris Miller
Why: Gross, energetic, silly and profane and apparently all true.
Funny Moment: John Belushi impersonates a zit.
21. The Wrong Box
Written by: Larry Gelbart, Burt Shevelove
Why: Just very silly and full of 1960s comic talent.
Funny Moment: Doctor Pratt (Peter Sellers) and the kitten.
22. This is Spinal Tap
Written by: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry, Rob Reiner
Why: Ultimate band send up (apart from the Bad News)
Funny moments: Stonehenge and “11.”
Written by: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Why: Thrilling comedy, surprising, funny and a hoot.
Funny Moments: Lots but Mr Bill Murray is the man. Sorry Bill.
24. Plans, Trains and Automobiles
Written by: John Hughes
Why: Wonderful comedy interplay from Steve Martin and John Candy.
Funny Moments: “Those aren’t pillows!” The slow death of the car.
25. Hot Fuzz
Written by: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Why: Very clever and brilliantly executed modern British comedy.
Funny Moments: The final chase down.
26. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Written by: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George
Why: It’s madness and Kubrick makes it funny.
Funny Moments: Peter Sellers as Dr Strangleove can’t put the past behind him.
Written by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Why: Those gags will hunt you down and force you to laugh.
Funny Moments: “Do you like Gladiators?
28. Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Written by: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Why: It’s just silly.
Funny Moments: Those Knights that say “Ni!”
29. The General
Written by: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Why: Sublime and masterful stunts, expressions and humanity.
Funny Moments: Breath Taking throwing of the railway sleepers.
30. Silver Bears
Written by: Peter Stone
Why: Good natured romp with underplay, charm and wit.
Best Moments: Jay Leno in every one of his scenes.
31. Black Cat, White Cat
Written by: Emir Kusturica, Gordan Mihic
Why: Fantastic energy and spiraling exaggeration of culture.
Best Moments: The wonderful climax.
32. Kind Hearts & Coronets
Written by: Robert Hamer & John Dighton
Why: The glory of Alec Guinness and Denis Price
Best Moment: The sophisticated voice over The hangman.
33. His Girl Friday
Written by: Charles Lederer (from the play by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
Why: The precision of the dialogue from Gary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Best Moment: Everything including every minor character being spot on.
34. Muriel’s Wedding
Written by: PJ Hogan
Why: We all have ambition.
Best moment: Abba and dreams.
35. Shaun of the Dead
Written by: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Why: A new genre, fresh and involving.
Best Moments: ‘Don’t stop me now!’
36. O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?
Written by: Ethan & joel Coen
Why: A homage full of charm and surprise.
Best moments: “Down to the River.”
37. Back to the Future
Written by: Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
Why: Meeting your parents when they were kids…
Best moments: All of Christopher Lloyd’s scenes.
38. In Bruges
Written by: Martin McDonagh
Why: The only thing to do in Bruges is murder.
Best moments: Karate chop anyone?
Written by: Gary Ross & Anne Spielberg
Why: Tom Hanks
Best Moments: Playing the BIG piano
40. Ferris Buller’s Day Off
Written by: John Hughes
Why: We all want to have a day like this.
best moments: The parade.
41. Little Miss Sunshine
Written by: Michael Arndt
Why: We’re all dysfunctional and love heals all.
Best moments: Lots but the running gag of running to get on the van says it all.
42. Midnight Run
Written by: George Galio
Why: Always moving, always talking, always alive.
Best moments: The collusion of the 2 leads to get some money.
43. Bad Santa
Written by: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Why: Because this is a real Christmas
Best moments: Teaching the kid to defend himself.
44. Dumb & Dumber
Written by: Peter & Bobby Farrelly and Bennett Yellin
Why: Because we need the truly dumb to show how brilliant we are.
Best Moments: Tongue sticking
45. Withnail and I
Written by: Bruce Robinson
Why: Debauchery is always topical.
Best moments: “Finest wines!” And urine test.
46. Love Actually
Written by: Richard Curtis
Why: Well love is important.
Best moments: Hugh dances, Martine swears and stories converge. Thank you Richard for making the world a better place.
47. Notting Hill
Written by: Richard Curtis
Why: We need fairy tales.
Best moments: ‘Spike’ the restaurant and ‘city boys’ The brownies.
48. Peter’s Friends
Written by: Rita Rudner & Martin Bergman
Why: You have friends don’t you?
Best moments: All the characters change for the better.
49. The Three Musketeers (Richard Lester)
Written by: George McDonald Fraser
Why: Romp and detail combine for total film pleasure (RIP Roy).
Best moments: Richard Lester creates a film that is one long moment of bliss. Thank you Richard.
50. Local Hero
Written by: Bill Forsyth
Why: Cinema magic from real vulnerable and perhaps mythical characters.
Best Moments: So very many. The villagers leaving the church, webbed feet, the end of the rabbit and Fulton, Burt, Peter and the wonderful Peter Riegert. Sublime Mr Bill does it all.
51. Gregory’s Girl
Written by: Bill Forsyth
Why: We all need a first love like this.
Best moments: Dancing on the grass, love is revealed. O’ and the ‘penguin.’
52. The Thin Man
Written by: Albert Hackett & Francis Goodrich
Why: It’s sophisticated and involves drink.
Best moments: The dialogue and scene stealing doggie.
53. About a Boy
Written by: Peter Hedges, The Weitz boys
Why: We all have to face up to stuff Will.
Best moments: “Get off.” FREEZE FRAME
54. School for Scoundrels
Written by: Patricia Moyles & Hal E Chester
Why: A film that exposes what the English think about themselves.
Best Moments: The two tennis matches.
55. Whisky Galore
Written by: Compton MacKenzie & Angus MacPhail
Why: Where would you hide your stash?
Best moments: Gordon Jackson establishes his freedom.
Written by: Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder
Why: A simple good natured tale, plus Alastair Sim.
Best moments: “Come away Geordie.”
57. The Full Monty
Written by: Simon Beaufoy
Why: When you’re down get up and do something.
Best moments: The final ‘show up.’
58. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Why: We love underdogs.
Best moments: Throwing anything at man fruit can raise a laugh.
59. The Hangover
Written by: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
Why: The mystery elements and mates looking after each other.
Best moments: Good morning Mr Tyson.
60. Bridget Jones Diary
Written by: Helen Fielding, Andrew Davis, Richard Curtis
Why: Another comic fairy tale to love.
Best moments: The boys fight.
61. Monte Carlo or Bust
Written by: Jack Davis & Ken Annakin
Why: A long feast of comedy, never to be repeated.
Best moments: Peter Cook and Dudley Moore being ‘English.’
62. Road to Morocco
Written by: Frank Butler,& Don Hartman
Why: Bing and Bob at the top of their game.
Best moments: The ad lib camel joke.
63. Adam’s Rib
Written by: Ruth Gordon & Garson Kanin
Why: Chemistry and talent from the very best screen performers.
Best moments: All the dialogue exchanges between the two leads.
64. The Belles of St Trinians
Written by: Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder
Why: Alastair Sim
Best moments: The neat sidestep as the headmistress enters her study.
65. My Favourite Year
Written by: Norman Steinberg & Dennis Palumbo
Why: Peter O’Toole is a winner unlike Charlie Sheen.
Best quote: ‘…but every now and then I have to run a little water through it.’
66. Trading Places
Written by: Timothy Harris & Herschel Weingrod
Why: A comedy fairy tale to watch every Christmas.
Best moments: Many and often like the gorilla ending.
Written by: Steve Martin
Why: A classic story updated with charm
Best moments: Taxi interference, hose training and insults.
68. An American Werewolf in London
Written by: John Landis
Why: It’s scary, funny and tragic.
Best moments: The ‘Slaughtered Lamb’ and the transformation.
69. City Slickers
Written by: Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel
Why: Zippy one-liners and Jack Palance
Best moments: Enter Jack Palance.
70. Monsters, Inc.
Written by: Peter Doctor, Jill Culton, Jeff Pidgeon, Ralph Eggleston
Why: It hits a nostalgic nerve.
Best moments. Sully being trained by Mike and Boo is saved.
71. The Blues Brothers
Written by: John Landis & Dan Aykroyd
Why: The only cool comedy because it doesn’t try too hard.
Best moments: The music, the ‘penguin’ and Carrie getting serious.
72. Father Goose
Written by: Peter Stone, Frank Tarloff and SH Barnett
Why: Charm and danger mix.
Best moments: Searching for the drink.
73. I Was a Male War Bride
Written by: Charles Lederer, Leonard Spigelgass and Hagar Wilde
Why: Solid charmer of a movie.
Best moments: Gary Grant in drag.
74. Four Lions
Written by: Chris Morris, Simon Blackwell, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong
Why: Extremists are stupid.
Best bits: The marathon costumes and a raven.
75. Bend it Like Beckham
Written by: Gurinder Chadha, Guljit Bindra and Paul Mayeda Berges
Why: Feel good living your dream. It’s easier if your parents are onside.
Best moments: The park, the mums, the game/wedding.
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