100 Greatest Comedies

(NEW April 2018) Often overlooked by critics, comedy films are among the most celebrated and most widely enjoyed expressions of cinematic art. The ones that stand the test of time have been making audiences laugh for nearly a century.  You can see a list of sources used to compile the list here.

 
 
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#1) Some Like It Hot

(1959 - dir. Billy Wilder)

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#2) The General

(1926 - dir. Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman)

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#3) Annie Hall

(1977 - dir. Woody Allen)

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#4) City Lights

(1931 - dir. Charlie Chaplin

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#5) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

(1964 - dir. Stanley Kubrick)

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#6) The Apartment

(1960 - dir. Billy Wilder)

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#7) Modern Times

(1936 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#8) Singin' in the Rain

(1952 - dir. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)

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#9) Tootsie

(1982 - dir. Sydney Pollack)

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#10) Groundhog Day

(1993 - dir. Harold Ramis)

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#11) Duck Soup

(1933 - dir. Leo McCarey

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#12) This is Spinal Tap

(1984 - dir. Rob Reiner)

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#13) Airplane!

(1980 - dir. David Zucker)

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#14) The Big Lebowski

(1998 - dir. Joel Cohen)

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#15) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

(1975 - dir. Terry Gilliam)

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#16) Blazing Saddles

(1974 - dir. Mel Brooks)

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#17) Playtime

(1967 - dir. Jacques Tati)

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#18) Young Frankenstein

(1974 - dir. Mel Brooks)

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#19) 8½

(1963 - dir. Federico Fellini)

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#20) Life of Brian

(1979 - dir. Terry Jones)

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#21) It Happened One Night

(1934 - dir. Frank Capra)

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#22) La Règle du Jeu

(1939 - Jean Ranoir

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#23) The Shop Around the Corner

(1940 - Ernst Lubitsch)

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#24) His Girl Friday

(1940 - dir. Howard Hawks)

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#25) The Producers

(1967 - dir. Mel Brooks)

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#26) When Harry Met Sally...

(1989 - dir. Rob Reiner)

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#27) MASH

(1970 - dir. Robert Altman)

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#28) Animal House

(1978 - dir. John Landis)

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#29) La dolce vita

(1960 - dir. Federico Fellini)

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#30) The Graduate

(1967 - dir. Mike Nichols)

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#31) A Night at the Opera

(1935 - dir. Sam Wood)

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#32) Raising Arizona

(1987 - dir. Joel & Ethan Cohen)

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#33) Clueless

(1995 - dir. Amy Heckerling)

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#34) Sherlock Jr.

(1924 - dir. Buster Keaton)

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#35) Bringing Up Baby

(1938 - dir. Howard Hawks)

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#36) A Fish Called Wanda

(1988 - dir. Charles Crichton)

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

(2006 - dir. Larry Charles)

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#38) The Philadelphia Story

(1940 - dir. George Cukor)

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#39) Bridesmaids

(2011 - dir. Paul Feig)

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#40) Sullivan's Travels

(1941 - dir. Preston Sturges)

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#41) Ghostbusters

(1984 - dir. Ivan Reitman)

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#42) A Matter of Life and Death

(1946 - dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

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#43) The Lady Eve

(1941 - dir. Preston Sturges)

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#44) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

(2004 - dir. Adam McKay)

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#45) The Great Dictator

(1940 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#46) Make Way for Tomorrow

(1937 - dir. Leo McCarey)

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#47) The Gold Rush

(1925 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#48) Shaun of the Dead

(2004 - dir. Edgar Wright)

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#49) Withnail & I

(1987 - dir. Bruce Robinson)

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#50) The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad

(1988 - dir. David Zucker)

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#51) The Jerk

(1979 - dir. Carl Reiner

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#52) Big

(1988 - dir. Penny Marshall)

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#53) There's Something About Mary

(1998 - dir. Bobby & Peter Farrelly)

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#54) To Be or Not to Be

(1942 - dir. Ernst Lubitsch)

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#55) Planes, Trains & Automobiles

(1987 - dir. John Hughes)

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#56) Harold and Maude

(1971 - dir. Hal Ashby)

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#57) Caddyshack

(1980 - dir. Harold Ramis)

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#58) Broadcast News

(1987 - dir. James L. Brooks)

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#59) Amarcord

(1973 - dir. Federico Fellini)

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#60) Best in Show

(2000 - dir. Christopher Guest)

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#61) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

(1939 - dir. Frank Capra)

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#62) The Blues Brothers

(1980 - dir. John Landis)

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#63) The Odd Couple

(1968 - dir. Gene Saks

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#64) The Hangover

(2009 - dir. Todd Phillips)

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#65) Pulp Fiction

(1994 - dir. Quentin Tarantino)

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#66) Mr. Hulot's Holiday

(1953 - dir. Jacques Tati)

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#67) The Princess Bride

(1987 - dir. Rob Reiner)

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#68) Rushmore

(1998 - dir. Wes Anderson)

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#69) Dumb and Dumber

(1994 - dir. Bobby & Peter Farrelly)

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#70) The Party

(1968 - dir. Blake Edwards)

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#71) Team America: World Police

(2004 - dir. Trey Parker)

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#72) Viridiana

(1961 - dir. Luis Buñuel)

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#73) Trading Places

(1983 - dir. John Landis)

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#74) Office Space

(1999 - dir. Mike Judge)

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#75) My Man Godfrey

(1936 - dir. Gregory La Cava)

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#76) Mon oncle

(1958 - dir. Jacques Tati)

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#77) Arsenic and Old Lace

(1944 - dir. Frank Capra)

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#78) Trouble in Paradise

(1932 - dir. Ernst Lubtisch)

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#79) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

(1999 - dir. Trey Parker)

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#80) Arthur

(1981 - dir. Steve Gordon)

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#81) Waiting for Guffman

(1996 - dir. Christopher Guest)

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#82) The Sting

(1973 - dir. George Roy Hill)

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#83) American Graffiti

(1973 - dir. George Lucas)

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#84) Sátántangó

(1994 - dir. Béla Tarr)

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#85) Wayne's World

(1992 - dir. Penelope Spheeris)

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#86) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

(1997 - dir. Jay Roach)

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#87) The 40-Year-Old Virgin

(2005 - dir. Judd Apatow)

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#88) Midnight Run

(1988 - dir. Martin Brest)

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#89) Cléo de 5 à 7

(1962 - dir. Agnes Varda)

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#90) Being There

(1979 - dir. Hal Ashby)

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#91) Ferris Bueller's Day Off

(1986 - dir. John Hughes)

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#92) Daisies

(1966 - dir. Vera Chytilova)

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#93) Around the World in 80 Days

(1956 - dir. Michael Anderson)

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#94) Little Miss Sunshine

(2006 - dir. Valerie Faris)

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#95) Nashville

(1975 - dir. Robert Altman)

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#96) Back to the Future

(1985 - dir. Robert Zemeckis)

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#97) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

(1972 - dir. Luis Buñuel)

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#98) Moonstruck

(1987 - dir. Norman Jewison)

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#99) The Awful Truth

(1937 - dir. Leo McCarey)

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#100) Sons of the Desert

(1933 - dir. William A. Seiter)

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LIST NOTES:

Films from Each Decade:
1920s: 3
1930s: 13
1940s: 9
1950s: 5
1960s: 12
1970s: 15
1980s: 21
1990s: 13
2000s: 8
2010s: 1

Oldest Film: 1924, Sherlock Jr.
Newest Film: 2011, Bridesmaids

Year with the most represented films:
6, 1987 (Raising Arizona, Withnail & I, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Broadcast News, The Princess Bride, Moonstruck)

Directors with Multiple Films Listed:
4, Charlie Chaplin (City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, The Gold Rush)
3, Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Producers)
3, Frank Capra (It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace)
3, Federico Fellini (8½, La dolce vita, Amarcord)
3, Ernst Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner, To Be or Not to Be, Trouble in Paradise)
3, Leo McCarey (Duck Soup, Make Way for Tomorrow, The Awful Truth)
3, Rob Reiner (This is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally..., The Princess Bride)
3, Jacques Tati (Playtime, Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Mon oncle)
2, Robert Altman (MASH, Nashville)
2, Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Being There)
2, Luis Buñuel (Viridiana, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
2, Joel Coen (Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski)
2, Bobby & Peter Farrelly (There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber)
2, Christopher Guest (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman)
2, Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby)
2, John Hughes (Planes, Trains & Automobikes Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
2, Buster Keaton (Sherlock Jr., The General)
2, John Landis (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places)
2, Trey Parker (Team America: World Police, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut)
2, Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, Caddyshack)
2, Preston Sturges (Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve)
2, Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, The Apartment)
2, David Zucker (Airplane!, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad)