The double-edged cynicism of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s oft-adapted Broadway play ‘The Front Page’ couldn’t be more modern. … TH, When New York is invaded by ghastly ghouls, who you gonna call? Take a seat behind his camera, and you can spend it with him. The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), 47. Having witlessly contrived to hand over a valuable property deed to a scheming saloon owner, their attempts to make amends involve an airborne mule, an ill-fated piano and much tickling. It’s sunny, sharp-witted, and, in it’s own way, oddly profound. To that end, we’ve included all forms of the comedy movie. Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry. Paul Reubens’s signature comedy creation, mischief-making bow-tied big kid Pee-wee Herman, was already a big live draw before Tim Burton’s movie preserved this … DC, Hey, want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? But Hall’s approach plays it too straight. AK, 'No, my parents never got divorced. LARS. None more funny. Of course, her mother really saw her first but there’s no point in bringing the Civil War into this.’, Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx and Harpo Marx, Even funnier than the overblown Queen album of the same name, this was the Marxes at their anarchic apogee, an excoriating dissection of snot-nosed, jazz-age, high-society wags that contained some of their most memorable comic riffs. Well, this is pretty much as grim a moment as its homeland has faced since the ’40s: can director Edward Hall’s new film of Blithe Spirit – starring Judi Dench as dodgy spiritual medium Madame Arcati – cheer us all up again? The duo play a pair of conmen who’ve been tricking the rich women of the French Riviera out of their fortunes before realising they share the same turf. After fertility problems they decide to kidnap a just-born quintuplet. Déjà vu! Director – Srinu VaitlaActors – Mahesh Bau, Sonu Sood, Samantha Ruth PrabhuGenre – Action, ComedyThe film is inspired by the 2003 German tragicomedy film Goodbye, Lenin! Travelling under the guise of a radio host from Kazakhstan, Cohen trawls the byways of the USA, inveigling himself into the welcoming arms of locals before shocking them with an outrageous arsenal of faked Kazakh cultural mores. Based on Jane Austen's 'Emma', 'Clueless' follows Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), a teenager obsessed with shopping and clothes, as she guides newbie Tai (Brittnay Murphy) through high school. TH, 'One time, I smoked a bunch of crystal, and made it all the way to Equatorial Guinea.’, Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin MiliotiWe’re calling it: this time-loop romantic comedy is here to stay. Cue pesky pigeons and an inconvenient clock face in a beautifully constructed, very funny set-piece whose clever use of perspective creates vertiginous thrills without back projection – or a single computer pixel! Sort by movie gross, ratings or popularity. Controversial on first release, forgotten for decades and then happily rediscovered (at least in part thanks to Cameron Diaz in ‘There’s Something About Mary’), ‘Harold and Maude’ is now firmly established as one of the all-time romantic classics. Peter Riegert plays an American lawyer dispatched by his oil-baron boss to Scotland to secure the site for their next refinery. But I sat next to the class clown and I studied him.”’, Cast: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, As axeman Nigel Tufnel, Christopher Guest was part of the timeless success of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’. Arriving in the countryside, priggish Keith (Roger Sloman) turns up his nose at non-free-range eggs (this was 40 years ago), while his wife Candice Marie (Alison Steadman) might not be as floaty and submissive as she first appears. BW, ‘He's too nervous to kill himself. AS, When Cady (Lindsay Lohan) moves from being home-schooled by her parents in Africa to an American high school, she has rude awakening. KL, ‘I know a little German. When he added a pinch of pathos, the results could be devastating. Mostly, though, it works because the relationships between the women feel real and honest. Is this a case of two white comedians exploiting the heroes of soul music to make themselves look cool? KL, ‘Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played girl bunny?’, Cast: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketches have been responsible for at least as many terrible movies as great ones (‘A Night at the Roxbury’, anyone? This is not a film about survival: this genuinely suspenseful rom-zom-com is about respect and the getting of it. The trio scramble to pay the rent via scams: stealing from storage units, falsifying lost baggage. Nicholas Cage appears as a bumbling convenience-store robber who falls in love with his prison officer (Edwina Hunter). Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. It’s watch-through-the-fingers stuff – amusing, yes, but also seriously uncomfortable. KL, ‘I don't know very much about him, except that I love him.’, Ask a film historian: what was the first ever romcom? film archives are crammed with titles that leave you giggling into your eggnog. It would be an easy world to mock, but Allen gives it a generous, mournful, affectionate send-off that pays far richer, far funnier dividends. KL, ‘I don’t want to have to read you the riot act, but I am going to have to read you some extracts from the riot act.’, Cast: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Scabrous and smart, Armando Iannucci’s political satire is the sort of film that rewards repeated viewing, if only to catch the jokes you laughed through last time round. There are hilarious riffs here on everything from boyband politics to the perils of celebrity weddings (avoid wolves, basically). Borat raked in $128 million at the US box office, picking up a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. In Fatman, Santa is put in the crosshairs of a seasoned assassin, but this intriguing B-movie premise tees up a dark comedy almost devoid of laughs. It's easy to be ridiculous, or worse—boring. Santa has had to take a military contract to make ends meet, putting his elves to work building weapons – and (unfestively) as cannon fodder when the Goggins’ hitman arrives. Whether it’s Hustle, Hustlers, The Hustle, American Hustle or just someone up the road telling you about how Mrs Green at Number 19 got mugged off by a guy pretending to sell micro pigs: stories about lies, cons and heists (even mediocre ones) are exactly the kind of shit every single human on the planet lives for. It’s sunny, sharp-witted, and, in it’s own way, oddly profound. Stiller’s Zoolander is a supermodel on the slide, threatened by up-and-comer Owen Wilson, exploited by grasping designer Will Ferrell and constrained by his gargantuan stupidity, source of most of the big laughs. Lawrence. Wilder steals the show as the accountant to Mostel’s portly, conniving stage producer. Unapologetically gross-out, the movie’s a mulch of butt jokes, toilet jokes, snot jokes and sex jokes. He wears his seat belt in a drive-in movie.’, Unrepentant slob Oscar (Walter Matthau) and cleaning-obsessive neurotic Felix (Jack Lemmon) make a perfect match as two old pals driven by marriage troubles to sharing a Manhattan apartment. Rocking ain't no walk in the park, lady. Then she falls into a coma and suddenly for Kumail, there’s heartache, hospitals and parents to deal with. We meet Emily (Zoe Kazan plays Gordon’s on-screen surrogate) and Kumail (Nanjiani playing a version of himself) doing all the standard stuff: dating, having sex, watching Vincent Prices movies. The pace is relentless, the supporting players are brilliantly sketched and the script cuts like a scalpel. perfectly: to make films that are just as entertaining for adults as they are for kids. Of course, the heart of the movie is in its musical performances: Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and James Brown all hit hard, but it’s Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ that’ll have you jiving in your seat. DC. The result is a film which, like its slippery American heroine, is madly in love with language, from tongue-teasingly delicious sarcasm to some truly outrageous swearing. To be this stupid, you have to be an absolute genius. Played by Jim Carrey, he’s a second-tier detective with a penchant for Hawaiian shirts and the hyperactive energy of a six-year-old. Humor is a concept that transcends language and location. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972), The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu) (1939). Jackson especially proves himself a master of gallows humour. PH, ‘A cosmetologist? TH, Buy, rent or watch 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles', ‘It ain’t cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving.’, Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, America’s love-hate relationship with capitalism has rarely been more cannily explored than in this sadistic fairytale of two conniving businessmen who decide to replace one of their finest employees – Harvard elitist Dan Akyroyd – with Eddie Murphy’s sharp-witted street bum. The film leans, Who doesn’t love a good old mean-spirited scam? Bogey’s kiss-or-kill strategies couldn’t be less appropriate, which is where the fun starts, and Diane Keaton makes a most appealing romantic foil as events head to a wittily achieved airport finale with deliciously misappropriated classic movie dialogue. A work of genius, plain and simple. But Ray Liotta is no slouch in the raise-a-smile department, his sheer coke-fuelled haplessness a vital corrective to the steely gangster heroes of ‘The Godfather’. Copyright © Fandango. But ‘Groundhog Day’ hasn’t aged a bit. List of 100 Greatest Comedy Movies plus 10 Best Comedy Movies of each year 2010 through 2019 as compiled by digitaldreamdoor.com Sure, there are some of the bad-taste trappings, but it more than outgrows them with its silly-but-smart script and the lively direction from 'Freaks and Geeks' legend Paul Feig. A cock-eyed optimist and full-time dreamer, guileless theatrical agent Danny dotes over his woeful stable of one-shot novelty acts – blind xylophonists, uniped tap dancers, ice-skating penguins dressed, naturally, as Hassidic rabbis – but it’s clear to everyone else that an age is swiftly passing. List of the best new funny comedy movies. The best comedy movies on Netflix include Wet Hot American Summer, the 40 Year Old Virgin, Hot Fuzz, and more. Solid gold. RECOMMENDED: London and UK cinema listings, film reviews and exclusive interviews, ‘I have nipples, Greg. Mostly, though, it's that stellar performance from Silverstone that gives this film so much charm and wit. TJ, Buy, rent or watch 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure', 'It’s a father's function to save his son from the mistakes he made.’, Cast: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, A satirical portrait of a womaniser who messes up the great romance right in front of him, this Technicolor delight from the legendary Ernst Lubitsch features the screen’s most elegant visualisation of hell: all marble columns and shiny floors, presided over by Laird Cregar’s suave Satan, who decides whether new arrival Don Ameche is to go ‘down below’ or ‘up above’. Irresistible. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), 30. The kind of world where Jason Isaacs’s Marshal Zhukov feels like a hero because, hey, at least he’s honest enough to be openly psychotic. Watch free comedy movies and TV shows online in HD on any device. The image of Aykroyd, drunk and suicidal in a Santa suit on Christmas Eve, says more about the realities (and brutalities) of Wall Street than a hundred financial-crash docs – and means that when he and his erstwhile rival pull together for the big climactic switcheroo, you’re firmly in their corner. ARGHHHGHHHER...’, Imagine the contents of your hyperactive little brother’s brain splatted on to a TV screen and you have ‘Dumb & Dumber’. Our list has more than 50 of our laugh-out-loud favorites, in genres ranging from slapstick to screwball. KL, Buy, rent or watch 'The Royal Tenenbaums', ‘You’re on a gravy train with biscuit wheels.’, Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Cast: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, The oft-overlooked oddity squeezed between the giant blockbuster tentpoles (oo-er) of ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary’, ‘Kingpin’ sees the Farrelly Brothers drawing on some mysterious inner pool of inexplicable comedy genius and coming up with the ludicrous tale of a thatch-headed Amish bowling prodigy (Quaid) and his bitter, one-handed mentor (Harrelson) as they head cross-country to the national championships. The dialogue, he said was ‘too dirty’. Menu. We’re calling it: this time-loop romantic comedy is here to stay. All this plus several utterly charming old-timey musical numbers (including 1970s novelty number one ‘Trail of the Lonesome Pine’) and the convincingly surreal sight of Ollie using his thumb as a lighter. TH, ‘The course of true love gathers no moss.’Director: George CukorCast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James StewartA romcom that sparkles like champagne, ‘The Philadelphia Story’ is a delicious comedy of misunderstandings and misdemeanours. Overflowing with on-target visual gags and one-liners, it’s a playful and deeply silly spoof of 1970s disaster movies and stars Robert Hays as a troubled ex-pilot forced to land an airliner when the real pilot collapses from food poisoning. Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins Votes: 267,617 | Gross: $100.47M Might as well join the fucking Peace Corps.’, Cast: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, National Lampoon’s 1978 effort follows a wild fraternity of party lads, playboys and misfits put at danger of being shutdown by the dean of their straight-laced university. Seven years of college down the drain. Thus begins an increasingly ridiculous duel, with Caine’s buttoned-up Lawrence making the perfect foil for Martin’s goofball Freddy. Just don’t call him Shirley. And if you play the cello, it’s maybe best not to join a marching brass band. The result isn’t quite as rampantly gag-stuffed as either ‘Airplane!’ or ‘The Naked Gun’, but the jokes there are land hard: Peter Cushing’s amazing giant eye, Kilmer’s pitch-perfect Beach Boys parody and some timeless wordplay (see above). A Face in the Crowd is a masterpiece by Kazan, should be seen by all, but this is the first time I've ever seen it labelled as "comedy"! It’s all deeply silly – most of the jokes come at the expense of wacky accents, donkeys and Martin Short falling over – but Alfonso Arau’s thunderous performance as the villainous El Guapo is a major treat, as is Randy Newman’s whacked-out cameo as a singing bush. KL, I was born in Dusseldorf and that is why they call me Rolf.’, Cast: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, The beginning of the Brooks empire, and still his funniest film, ‘The Producers’ combines old-school kvetch comedy, Broadway backstage hi-jinks and outright headline-grabbing bad taste to intoxicating effect. You're a virgin who can't drive.’, Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Based on Jane Austen's 'Emma', 'Clueless' follows Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), a teenager obsessed with shopping and clothes, as she guides newbie Tai (Brittnay Murphy) through high school. So the next time you need something to turn that frown upside down, you’ll know where to start. Short, sharp and delightful. ), but when they work, they’re unforgettable. Then the trio meet the bubbly Melanie (Gina Rodriguez) on a flight to New York, invite her to start heisting with them and suddenly Old Dolio is breaking out of the cag. Overgrown headbanger Wayne and his sidekick Garth may have started out as a pastiche of no-way-dude metalhead doofuses, but their first full-length movie goes out of its way to transform them into rounded, loveable, very nearly believable characters. 7. Fuck off up the model village.’Director: Edgar WrightCast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin FreemanEdgar Wright’s follow-up to ‘Shaun of the Dead’ is a bigger, busier, slightly less focused ramble through small-town cop-movie clichés, but it might just be the better film, benefiting from a script packed with smart one-liners and neat riffs on everything from Hammer horror to cosy ITV dramas. ', Chaplin’s little tramp finds himself braving the Alaskan gold rush in this celebrated silent feature, whose surreal invention – watch him fend off starvation by chomping down his boots – has gone down in screen history. She is, of course, terrific. Filled with sunny nostalgia and bittersweet longing, its funny-sad demeanour is quintessential Tati. 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