The 100 greatest comedies of all time

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    R.N7 Such tagline. Wow!

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    BBC Culture polled 253 film critics from 52 countries to determine the funniest films ever made.

    100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1982)
    100. The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis, 1961)
    99. The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979)
    98. The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)
    97. The Music Box (James Parrott, 1932)
    96. Born Yesterday (George Cukor, 1950)
    95. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
    94. Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
    93. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999)
    92. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, 1962)
    91. What's Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)
    90. A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)
    89. Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)
    88. Zoolander (Ben Stiller, 2001)
    87. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)
    86. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
    85. Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1973)
    84. Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest, 1996)
    83. Safety Last! (Fred C Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923)
    82. Top Secret! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1984)
    81. There's Something About Mary (Bobby and Peter Farrelly, 1998)
    80. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
    79. The Dinner Game (Francis Veber, 1998)
    78. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
    77. Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)
    76. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933)
    75. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)
    74. Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)
    73. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
    72. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988)
    71. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
    70. In the Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2009)
    69. Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975)
    68. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
    67. Sons of the Desert (William A Seiter, 1933)
    66. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
    65. Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)
    64. Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008)
    63. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)
    62. What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, 2014)
    61. Team America: World Police (Trey Parker, 2004)
    60. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
    59. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
    58. Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)
    57. Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)
    56. Broadcast News (James L Brooks, 1987)
    55. Best in Show (Christopher Guest, 2000)
    54. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
    53. The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)
    52. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1936)
    51. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925)
    50. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)
    49. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972)
    48. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)
    47. Animal House (John Landis, 1978)
    46. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
    45. Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli, 1958)
    44. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)
    43. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970)
    42. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)
    41. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles, 2006)
    40. The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1967)
    39. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood and Edmund Goulding, 1935)
    38. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
    37. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)
    36. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton and John Cleese, 1988)
    35. Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
    34. Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
    33. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004)
    32. Raising Arizona (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987)
    31. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
    30. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)
    29. When Harry Met Sally... (Rob Reiner, 1989)
    28. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)
    27. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
    26. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, 1958)
    25. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
    24. Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
    23. The Party (Blake Edwards, 1968)
    22. Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974)
    21. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
    20. Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974)
    19. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
    18. Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)
    17. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
    16. The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940)
    15. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975)
    14. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
    13. To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)
    12. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
    11. The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)
    10. The General (Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, 1926)
    9. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
    8. Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)
    7. Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1980)
    6. Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
    5. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
    4. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
    3. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
    2. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
    1. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)

    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170821-the-100-greatest-comedies-of-all-time
    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170820-the-25-greatest-comedies-of-all-time
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    Massive Spanner Thinks Geoff Shreeves has one

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    Pulp Fiction is a comedy?

    Bridesmaids is at #44 and Naked Gun is only #72?

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    Buchan has whacked the hammer to Roswell

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    I'd have Borat and Anchorman higher, personally. Two classics, no matter the generation.
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    Rado_N Yaaas Broncos!

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    Bridesmaids being considered in any way funny invalidates the whole thing.
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    jackofalltrades Full Member

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    If it wasn't on the list The Odd Couple with Jack Lemon and Walter .....
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    JTW95 Gullible sausage

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    Can't take it seriously when there is no Adam Sandler films in the top 10.
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    sullydnl Ross Kemp's caf ID

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    King of Comedy should be a lot higher, though it's hardly a comedy really.
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    Ekkie Thump Full Member

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    Needs more Gilliam. Shocked there's no Chaplin in the top 10.

    Ten that didn't make it:

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Brazil
    Amelie
    Local Hero
    Bananas
    Manhattan
    The Gods Must be Crazy
    Full Monty
    M.A.S.H
    4 Lions
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    Always a strange category, a bit same old same old, classics over funnies. Have never found anything funny about King of Comedy, rather a sad film. Tati is the French Mr Bean - that way round. Some Like It Hot for the win. Python's wrong order. Exterminating Angel is as much sci-fi as comedy and not much, Discreet Charm is genuinely funny. The Gold Rush is the funniest silent, although City Lights has the pathos. Sturges never made me laugh, Lubitsch hit and miss. Cucor, Hawks funny. Ghostbusters sexist. Way out West. I reckon.
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    :confused: Comedy?
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    crappycraperson "Resident cricket authority" Scout

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    Pulp Fiction is not a comedy by any stretch
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    Mockney Not the only poster to be named Poster of the Year

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    Comedies depreciate/date worse than any other genre, so ranking them definitively is even more futile than usual.
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    South Park needs to be higher. I re-watched it recently and it holds up very well.
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    Cheesy Bread with dipping sauce Scout

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    It's why lists like this are hard to define though, because while it's not strictly a comedy there's a lot of dark humour running through it and plenty of moments to laugh at.
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    Ekkie Thump Full Member

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    Black comedy and satire. No?
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    Mrs Smoker Full Member Scouse Lover

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    Guess foreign critics votes just drowned among vast amount of *domestic* ones.
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    Kazi Full Member

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    I liked Midnight Run.
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    Wouldn't classify it as such personally.
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    Ekkie Thump Full Member

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    To be fair neither did the 253 film critics from 52 countries, otherwise it surely would have been in there.

    It's not filed under comedy at IMDb either. I blame bureaucracy - probably didn't have its 27b-6
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    Rooney in Paris Gerrard shirt..Anfield? You'll Never Live it Down Scout

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    If Anchorman isn't #1 then the list is void.
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    Wtf :lol:
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    Without a doubt, one of my favourite movies ever.
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    Minkaro Full Member

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    These lists always irritate me because they remind me how many films I have yet to watch. Only seen 30 out of those 100.

    I really hate Zoolander though.
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    SteveJ all-round nice guy, aka Uncle Joe Kardashian Scout

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    Seconded.
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    Jesus, not many black people represented on that list. Where is Richard Pryer, or Planes Trains and automobiles? or even more modern classics like Uncle Buck, or Friday.
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    Dr Strangelove is the second best comedy? It might be a clever satire but does it actually make you laugh?

    Some suggestions -

    A Shot in the Dark
    The Castle
    All of Me
    La Cage aux Folles
    Heathers
    The Lavender Hill Mob
    Liverpool v Chelsea 2014

    If bittersweet films like The Apartment make the list, then I'd also find room for a Mike Leigh film.
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    2 man midfield Incestuous Modern Woman (Dumper!)

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    Most of these films are old as shit. There wasn't many black people in anything back in the day.
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    Randall Flagg Worst of the best

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    Planes Trains and automobiles and Uncle Buck dont have any black people in them I dont think
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    George Owen LEAVE THE SFW THREAD ALONE!!1!

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    Old School?

    As usual, shit list overall.
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    See no evil, hear no evil? Planes, tranes & automobiles? Coming to America? Trading Places? Beverley Hills Cop?

    Edit: Nevermind I see Trading Places.
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    The critics' definition of 'comedy' is any movie that has a lighthearted slant for 5 or more scenes.

    Most people's definition will be a movie that makes them laugh a shit-tonne of times.

    Therein lies the difference
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    Enigma_87 You know who

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    It's not the full title:

    Brazil - Germany 1-7, FIFA World Cup Semi Final) 2014.

    Genre: Comedy, Drama and a bit of a Horror at the end.
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    Enigma_87 You know who

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    Awesome titles for the 100 greatest porn movies of all time.
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    Office Space should be higher.
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    Ekkie Thump Full Member

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    :wenger:, especially since it's the only one completely in capitals and starred.
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    FCBarca Mes que un Rag City Lover

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    This is true especially since it's a very personal thing in terms of taste, it's a pretty strong list overall IMHO, especially since it looks like not one Sandler film is even in the top 100. Very few foreign films which makes it clear it's largely US films in general - although great that Le Dîner de cons was listed, I can watch that over & over. I also love Singing in the Rain but I think it's better classified as a musical than a comedy. Nearly all musicals have some element of comedy and I think the overall feel of the film is less humour than brilliant performances of dancing & singing.

    Young Frankenstein remains my favorite comedy but soft spots for Brice de Nice & Les bronzés font du ski
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    SteveJ all-round nice guy, aka Uncle Joe Kardashian Scout

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    Mine too...along with Play It Again, Sam.
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