TOP 25: Best Comedy Movies of All Time

TOP 25: Best Comedy Movies of All Time

Do you love a good laugh? Do you love nothing more than a night on the couch with socks, snacks,...

Do you love a good laugh? Do you love nothing more than a night on the couch with socks, snacks,...

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Do you love a good laugh?

Do you love nothing more than a night on the couch with socks, snacks, and side-splitting comedy?


Then this list is for you!

Comedy movies have the ability to break the ice on a first date, provide comfort after a break-up, or just help you unwind after a long day at work.

For years, audiences have enjoyed the on-screen antics of actors and actresses willing to go the extra mile to provide us with a laugh. Some are sassy and satirical, others suitable for the whole family and then there are those that you watch after the kids have gone to bed!

We have put together a list of the 25 best comedy movies of all time that will have you crying with laughter and cringing at the crazy antics.

From classic slapstick to romantic raunch, we’ve got you covered!

Best Romantic Comedy Movies of All Time

1. When Harry Met Sally

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This classic romantic comedy will have you laughing, crying, and believing in true love. Harry and Sally meet at University and continue to run into each other over the next 10 years.

Each time, they are in a relationship, getting out of a relationship, or not ready for a relationship! They are friends who believe that sex will complicate things too much and so convince themselves and each other that they are not meant to be.

Little do they know that love will wear them down…….and provide us all with a barrel of laughs along the way.

2. Meet the Parents

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Ben Stiller is known for his hilarious comedic acting chops, and he doesn’t disappoint in Meet the Parents.

When he goes home to meet his girlfriend’s parents, things go from bad to worse as he entangles himself in a web of lies. 

Throw into the mix her severe father, her crazy (but very rich) ex-boyfriend, and his inability to be anything but awkward and you have a comedy that delivers in spades.

3. Coming to America

If Eddie Murphy appears on your screen, then you know laughter is sure to follow.

Murphy, as crown prince Akeem, grows tired of his pampered life in Zamunda. When his parents tell him of his arranged marriage, he flees to America with his companion to look for love.

Hoping to find a woman who will love him for himself, he goes about learning about life, love, work, and sacrifice.

4. Girls Trip

This raunchy comedy is about sisterhood, love, and life.

Ryan Pierce is a successful author with a seemingly perfect life. But when she realizes all is not what it seems, she organizes a trip away with her girlfriends.

Celebrity gossip blogger Sasha, divorced mom Lisa, and dysfunctional Dina, are let loose in the French Quarter with Ryan.

This movie will have you laughing, cringing, and planning a trip with your besties!

5. Some Like it Hot

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This classic 1959 movie starring Marilyn Monroe is filled with hilarity, sex appeal, and romantic moments.

When two Chicago musicians witness the St. Valentine’s day massacre, they join an all-female orchestra heading to Florida.

Disguised as women, they think they are safe, but don’t realize that they have gotten themselves into a different kind of trouble.

Love, deception, sex, and stunning one-liners, this movie is a must for comedy lovers.

6. Rushmore

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Max Fischer is a whizz at school. Not in academics, but everything else! He is involved in clubs, sports and is popular.

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But he is hiding a secret, he is at the prestigious school on scholarship. When he discovers a quote in a library book, he finds it was written by the Rushmore first grade teacher Miss Cross.

She is beautiful of course, and Max falls instantly in love. In a bid to get her attention he also brings her to the attention of a steel tycoon with kids at Rushmore.

What ensues is a comedy of errors as the boy and the man compete for the affection of the lovely teacher.

7. The 40-year-old Virgin

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Although this movie is hilarious, it has made the list because it has heart as well.

Andy Stitzer is played expertly by Steve Carell and he comes across as a lovable character that everyone roots for.

His co-workers are an eclectic mix who provide surprising insight into relationships and raunchy humor that we expect from this kind of cast.

This is a heart-warming comedy that is a must-see.

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8. The Hangover

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It is crass, often offensive, and one of the best comedy movies you will ever watch!

The Hangover follows three friends and a fourth strange member on a bachelor weekend. When they all wake up in a hotel room with no memory and a missing groom they try and piece together the events of the weekend and find their missing friend.

If the crude humor and outlandish performances don’t leave you out of breath from laughter then this list isn’t for you.

9. Zoolander

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Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller star in this comedy that now has a cult following.

A satirical look at the fashion industry, Stiller and Wilson shine as dim-witted models. When an assassination plot is hatched up to protect a supply of clothes produced with child labor, Stiller and Wilson work together to foil the plot.

The movie looks at some serious issues but has some absurd points that you can’t help but laugh at.

10. Bridesmaids

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With a cast of female comedic heavyweights, Bridesmaids is raunchy and hilarious but with a good dose of emotion and honesty.

When Annie is asked to be the Maid of Honor at her best friend’s wedding, she is overwhelmed but determined to make it work. Not only has she just lost her business but she is feeling threatened by Helen, another bridesmaid.

Nominated for 2 Oscars, this is a movie that will have you crying with laughter while feeling emotional over the very real feelings experienced by the characters as they navigate the complex world of female friendships.

11. Anchorman

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Will Ferrell is comedy gold and doesn’t disappoint in Anchorman.

This satirical look at a newscaster who will read anything on his prompter is sure to have you laughing. His horror at having a new co-anchor, a woman no less, is so typical of the times (the 1970s) and only adds to the comedic elements of the film.

More than just a comedy, Anchorman has heart, as Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) begin to like each other despite everything.

12. American Pie

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When 4 seniors make a pact to lose their virginity before they leave high school, the sexual jokes, innuendos, and embarrassment that follows will have you cringing and crying with laughter.

It is crude and certainly not subtle, but the characters have a sweet quality that is endearing. This stops the film from being a crass selection of scenes and rather a hilarious commentary on the awkwardness of high school.

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13. Borat

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There is so much wrong with this movie but wow does it make you think…and laugh!

When reporter Borat Sagdiyev arrives in America to make a documentary about American life, it is like watching a train wreck you can’t look away from.

Sacha Baren Cohen has created a masterful comedic satire that looks at important issues in American society while offering audiences a good laugh.

The Best Classic Comedy Movies

14. Groundhog Day

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This fantasy comedy starring Bill Murray is a classic for all the right reasons.

Weatherman Phil Connors is sent to Punxsutawney to cover the Groundhog day festival as he does each year. He is unhappy with the assignment and the people in the town.

But fate has plans for Phil, and he finds himself caught in a time loop, repeating the same day. After a series of hilarious versions of the day, he eventually decides to put the opportunity to good use.

Filled with funny moments and sincere human emotions, Groundhog Day is definitely worth a watch.

15. The Big Lebowski

To fully appreciate the kooky antics in The Big Lebowski, you should enjoy the Coen brothers and their work.

When the Dude Lebowski, a deadbeat who does nothing much more than drink and bowl, unexpectedly has men barge into his house and urinate on his carpet he is obviously puzzled. Not to let that stand, he finds The Big Lebowski, the man he was mistaken for.

The disabled millionaire enlists Dude Lebowski’s help in retrieving his kidnapped wife and chaos and hilarity ensue.

16. Dumb and Dumber

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Jim Carrey has quirky mannerisms that he brings to his characters and this film is no exception.

Filled with silliness, Dumb and Dumber is a tale of misadventure and friendship that you will laugh at in spite of yourself.

Not designed to be based on plot or character development, this comedy will have you laughing out loud like a lunatic and cements Carrey’s place in comedy history.

17. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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It is not often you find a comedy movie that delivers wit and intelligent quips rather than just slapstick and potty humor, but Monty Python and the Holy Grail does.

The story of Arthur, his knights, and the round table is not a new one. But never has it been told like this, particularly with this level of humor.

Satirical and smart, this movie has an originality that makes it one of the best comedies of all time.

18. Shaun of the Dead

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Who would have thought that zombies could be so amusing?

This British comedy is hilarious, not because of the zombies, but rather the antics of the humans in the movie.

When they want to barricade themselves in the local pub to stay safe from the zombies, the sitcom-like dynamics between the characters come to the fore.

The fact that the unique British humor and quirky values stand firm in the face of a zombie invasion makes Shaun of the Dead a classic comedy.

19. Dazed and Confused

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This satirical look at high school is a cult classic and an indelible part of American film history.

Keg parties, joy rides, smoking weed, hazing, and young love, Dazed and Confused is a raw look at 70s teenager life.

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Nothing much happens in this movie, yet it is filled with characters that bring to life the teenage experience, allowing it to be just as relevant today as it was then.

20. Airplane!

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Corny and predictable would normally lead to a mediocre film, yet they are the very things that make Airplane! as funny as it is.

Happily borrowing plot, characters, and references from other films, Airplane! will leave you laughing at the antics of the terrified pilot and desperate stewardess as they try to safely land the plane with all their sick passengers.

21. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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Bawdy and full of nonsense, Ace Ventura is not for everyone.

But if you like high-energy characters who bring their own brand of quirky weirdness to the film then you will love Ace Ventura.

From butt ventriloquist antics to an apartment stuffed with animals, this movie is a classic that you will either love or hate.

22. The Gods Must Be Crazy

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This South African movie surprised audiences around the world and has developed a cult following.

When a bushman finds a coke bottle in the desert, he believes it is from the Gods and so starts his journey to return it to them.

The slapstick comedy and hilarious view of modern society from the perspective of a Kalahari bushman will have you crying with laughter.

23. The Jerk

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The Jerk is another comedy you either love or hate, depending on the style of comedy you enjoy.

When adopted Navin Johnson discovers he will never be black like the rest of his family, he heads out to find himself.

The misadventure starts there, as he learns about making money, losing money, and the importance of love while keeping audiences laughing.

24. The Naked Gun

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Trying to uncover a royal assassination plot, Detective Frank Drebin causes chaos as he investigates.

From the creators of Airplane! comes another movie filled with juvenile gags that audiences can’t help but love.

Tacky and unsophisticated, The Naked Gun delivers exactly what it promises- low comedy antics to keep you laughing.

25. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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Steve Martin does it again in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Not only does it deliver hilarious scenes, but also has a heartfelt message. That having empathy is important.

As two men try and make it home for the holidays, they are taken on a journey through Middle America that will make you laugh out loud.

This will definitely become a classic holiday favorite.

And there you have it, 25 of the best comedy movies of all time

Whether you like slapstick, raunchy comedy, or buddy films, this list has something for everyone.

The comedy genre is as varied as the gags it has popularized, making it a global favorite. Over the years, comedy movies have provided everything from a satirical commentary on topical issues to a cringe-worthy escape from reality.

Comedy is subjective though, and we all have a different sense of humor. There might be movies on the list that you were not a fan of and some you have never seen.

Do yourself a favor though, watch them with an open mind (and maybe a few friends) and you just might find a new brand of humor that hits your funny bone just right.


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