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So much footage was shot that an entire funny bonus film was created from alternate scenes and discarded subplots, handily released as Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: That is until hints start being dropped about the real point of the movie, and that maybe it's satirizing Western attitudes to more traditional European countries, and that maybe we all need to take a step back and observe- oh, no. My Fair Lady A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags. That's not to say there aren't still abundant laughs, but there was now also wistful romance in the relationship between Diane Keaton 's Annie and Allen's Alvie, and the beginnings of the love affair with New York that Allen would expand into Manhattan.

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A sweet-natured film about friendship, truth, and the importance of being yourself when you find the one person in this cruel world who understands you and makes you happy. Plus, come on, that part where he pees on himself? Shakespeare himself couldn't have written that better. After stealing scenes in Anchorman and Bruce Almighty, Steve Carell was finally appointed leading-man status as The Year-Old Virgin, and couldn't have done so more believably.

Which is a good thing. Shaun of the Dead took just about ALL the horror movie tropes and twisted them to its own gleeful advantage. With so many "blink and you'll miss it" gags, it's impossible to catch everything in the first, second, or even tenth viewing.

It's the movie that keeps on giving. Also, there are zombies in it. Superbad sparked something of a revival in the "One Night Gone Wrong" genre, and likely something of a revolution in Jonah Hill's sex life. Its quick pace allowed for a natural, believable progression of events, and the characters always felt like more than comedy caricatures. It delivered the exact opposite of what its title promised and gave, instead ,a masterpiece, packed with cruel, quick quips and the flawless debut of thespian Christopher Mintz-Pl- ah, forget it, McLovin.

The very definition of "Instant Classic," The Hangover became a comedy mainstay around three hours after its release, thanks mostly to Zach Galifianakis's you're not a TRUE fan until you can spell that right in one try perfectly bizarre performance, which transformed him overnight into one of the most well-known and in-demand comedic actors in the world. Still, the movie's most memorable moment has to be Mike Tyson's extended cameo, who, despite presumably not acting quite as much as Galifianakis, delivered an equally as unhinged performance.

Adam McKay's directorial debut still proves the most popular today, which must delight and annoy him in identical measures. Anchorman had it all: The movie is packed with so much insanity that it's amazing it even exists. But the real thing that makes it shine is Will Ferrel, in all his unhinged glory. Watching Anchorman feels like strapping yourself to a chair and subjecting yourself to Will Ferrell for two hours, which is great.

This is Will Ferrell's Citizen Kane. The people have spoken. After over one million votes, Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been declared the best comedy of all-time.

Where did it all go so right? The wit is inexhaustible. The plot takes unpredictable and delightful turns, particularly the sequence in which the "Black Beast Of Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh" is vanquished who can honestly say they saw that coming?

The cast is flawless. I mean, obviously, it's Monty Python. Its success can't be attributed to any of these things independently, but the winning combination and flawless execution of all these elements. The film's legacy continues even today with a Broadway adaptation now entering its eighth year on tour. With almost every line of dialogue endlessly quoted by annoying nerds, it's easy to forget the quality and downright genius of this movie's jokes. Aptly titled, The Holy Grail represents everything that was good in British comedy, and proves that Britain is still on this list, anyway.

The official voting period has ended. See the results below. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. International Man of Mystery. The Spy Who Shagged Me. Monty Python's Life of Brian. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Open to legal residents of the United States. For official rules, click here. Void where prohibited by law. Clerks II While a somewhat toned-down offering after the original Clerks, any revisit to Quick Stop was always going to be satisfying.

The Jerk The Jerk achieved success immediately upon opening, and has kept that up ever since. Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Sunshine delivered the age-old message to everyone everywhere that "it's not the winning, it's the taking part.

Deeds Adam Sandler reversed his established formula in Mr. Road Trip Human folly happens. Van Wilder "College Pranks" movies have been done to death, so it's a good thing Van Wilder starred someone as naturally charming and funny as Ryan Reynolds, and someone as professionally implosive as Tara Reid to heighten the re-watch value now that she's all but officially dead. Coming to America Although being known for it's culturally sensitive storyline and Oscar-nominated makeup, it's also the first film in which Eddie Murphy played multiple characters.

Christmas Vacation Now a holiday mainstay, Christmas Vacation was John Hughes' last writing effort for the National Lampoon series, and he went out with a bang here, thanks to Chevy Chase's silliest and most heartfelt performance of the franchise. Dude, Where's My Car?

History of the World: Part I In a delightfully overblown movie told in sketches, Mel Brooks reaches for his full potential, taking on four different periods from history and an apparent cast of thousands to tell his somewhat exaggerated version of what went down. Beerfest The title alone gives an idea of the movie's popularity, but when you combine the already destined-for-success notion of a beerfest with plenty of German antagonists and a triumph over aforementioned German antagonists, you're onto a real winner.

Accepted Even though its main character is named "Bartleby," Accepted is a deceptively serious movie about education and governmental procedure. Me, Myself and Irene Violent multiple personality disorders aren't usually inspirations for slapstick comedy but the Farrelly brothers' "caution to the wind" approach and Jim Carrey's uncontrollable likeability meant that any notions of insensitivity were forgotten amongst the guilty laughter. Euro Trip Filled with inaccurate and offensive stereotypes the best kind , Euro Trip is mindless comedy at its absolute finest.

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure In what has to go down in history as the most entertaining dramatization of writing a history paper EVER, a not-yet-sad Keanu Reeves and not-yet-irrelevant Alex Winter teamed up to teach the world the most important lessons: The Movie Why have a plot when you can have 90 minutes of a Jackass episode?

Blades of Glory As wonderful as it was to see the underrated Jon Heder become a leading man once again, it had some competition in seeing Will Arnett and Amy Poehler as the despicable, incestuous Van Waldenbergs, or that hilarious running joke where ice skating is taken seriously as a sport.

Young Frankenstein A lovingly-detailed and accurate homage to the films before it, Brooks' Young Frankenstein established itself as not only a wonderful Frankenstein parody movie, but actually a wonderful Frankenstein movie in itself. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back A movie about making movies--or at least making money off movies--Jay and Silent Bob contains surprisingly deep allegories about the capitalist structure of the film industry as well as enough offensive material for it to be branded NC at first.

Scary Movie Since the "Something" Movie idea was run well and truly into the ground, it's hard to remember that things started so promisingly in Scary Movie which was a smart, aware parody of nature's inherently dumbest genre just call the police already!

Home Alone Never has so much innocent joy been invested into violent, sociopathic behavior. Napoleon Dynamite Whether the movie is known best for its blinding color palette, perfectly awkward dance sequence, or the joyously awful character of Uncle Rico, it's definitely known. Kick-Ass The best superhero movie of was, in fact a superhero spoof movie. There's Something About Mary A story of love and triumph over adversity is always great. Meet the Parents Before the "Fockers" franchise we're calling it that now, right?

Wayne's World 2 Because why not? Clerks It all began with Clerks for Kevin Smith, who later spawned numerous spin-offs and sequels from this one movie, which took the seriousness of employee apathy to a whole new level. Big Daddy Adam Sandler returned once again to the "ignorant loser forced to take on responsibility" mine in Big Daddy, which sees him fostering a child whose mother has died of cancer and-- are we sure this is a comedy?

The Simpsons Movie Despite having a lot and by "lot" I mean "the single greatest and most perfect story ever told" to live up to, The Simpsons Movie was funnier and more satisfying that anyone originally expected, perhaps down to the re-teaming of writers from the earlier and, let's face it, better seasons. Tommy Boy Tommy Boy is famously featured on legendary critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list, but that hack's finally been proven wrong because, in actuality, fact it's the forty-sixth best comedy movie ever made, as evidenced by this list.

I Love You, Man Sporting the most predictably adorable duo of leading men ever, Rudd's awkward social fumbling playing against Segel's previously unseen overconfidence.

The Mask The single most perfect role for Jim Carrey ever in his reality-bending turn as The Mask, a part he probably could have played just as effectively and convincingly without the special effects. Blazing Saddles Before "meta humor" was a thing, people were at a loss to describe exactly what the hell Blazing Saddles was. Borat Coming at just the right time, when Sacha Baron Cohen was both in his creative prime and just about unknown enough for a stunt like this to fully work.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jason Segel and Jason Segel's penis shared top billing in this frequently insightful romantic disaster movie, which helped many come to terms with the fact that, yes, Russell Brand is a bastard and, yes, they would sleep with Mila Kunis.

Role Models Role Models' success can be attributed to the pleasant surprise that came with watching it for the first time. World Police Team America, as well as being totally hilarious, touched on some important world issues in a clever way. Groundhog Day Before everyone realized Bill Murray was literally the greatest person ever, he was just a really good comedy actor.

Liar Liar For all intents and purposes, Liar Liar is a fantasy film about a guy who, for some reason, tells lies. When Nature Calls Jim Carrey's delightfully, shamelessly unhinged performance as Ventura really kicked the Ace Venture series up a notch in When Nature Calls, which saw him playing with a slinky, parking a car, prepping a crime scene ,and coming naked out of a rhino's butt.

Knocked Up Judd Apatow's story about two people coming together over an unplanned pregnancy was perfectly weighted between its insightful emotion and its decidedly "male" humor. Billy Madison Proof that learning can be hilarious, Billy Madison well and truly established Adam Sandler as a leading man and showed that it's OK to have a creepy crush on your teacher as long as you're good at heart.

The Blues Brothers If in doubt over what kind of movie to make, throw a little of everything in there: Animal House On the surface, it's a loud, funny, crass movie about guys in a fraternity. Monty Python's Life of Brian Curiously inoffensive considering the subject matter, Life of Brian manages to bring light humor to the story of Jesus. Men in Tights Despite Ridley Scott's attempts, Men In Tights will always be what most people will remember when they think of the legend of Robin Hood, well, maybe that other one with the singing cartoon foxes also.

Super Troopers The movie that made people like cops for minutes, Super Troopers and its penchant for cruel pranks helped people realize that, yeah, those guys are just doing their jobs and, wow, stuff might actually happens in Vermont! Wedding Crashers It's a testament to the writers of Wedding Crashers that a movie about literally the most obnoxious, thoughtless people imaginable could turn out to be so pleasingly human.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off The movie that caused kids across the world to skip school and have a day of their own adventures, only to discover they weren't as cool or as fictional as Ferris Bueller for that to work. Pineapple Express The least spaced-out stoner flick ever, Pineapple Express sacrifices the age-old formula for something a little more action packed.

Office Space "I hate my job'"is more a sentiment than a movie pitch, but Office Space's bleak humanity, agreeable philosophy ,and knowledge that everyone really wants to beat the crap out of their office printer, allowed for a lot to be explored around the theme of workplace misery. The Spy Who Shagged Me Without the Austin Powers series, international audiences probably to this day would live in ignorance of the true definition of "shag.

Tropic Thunder Notable for its creative and compellingly inoffensive use of blackface makeup, Tropic Thunder was an incredibly ambitious movie, offset by its snappy script, hilarious violence, and foul-mouthed banter, coming in particular from an unrecognizable Tom Cruise in his best role since Zoolander Ben Stiller showed the world in Zoolander that making a face as a punchline still has a place in humor if it's done right.

Pet Detective Debates have raged on since the dawn of when When Nature Calls was released, friendships ruined, families split apart forever, all over which Ace Ventura was better. Wayne's World Definitively, the best movie SNL has ever made, and, perhaps, the best movie SNL will ever make again, Wayne's World reveled in its pitch-perfect weirdness at the hands of in-form Dana Carvey and Mike Myers culminating in one of three fittingly off-the-wall endings, while still following the one rule of all Mike Myers movies: Hot Fuzz An intentionally hilarious action movie for people who love unintentionally hilarious action movies, or for people who love their rural British countryside dramas with plenty of truly shocking gore.

Old School Old School--better known as the movie that disappointed thousands of freshmen when they got to college in taught audiences it's important to never lose touch with a child-like sense of wonder and exploration.

The Big Lebowski I mean, when the main character's called "The Dude," you know the movie's going to be cool. Ghostbusters There are approximately zero people in the world that challenge Ghostbusters as a great movie. Happy Gilmore Who would have thought something as boring as golf would gift such an entertain movie? A cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous, Monty Python and the Holy Grail has lost none of its exceedingly silly charm. From its opening multi-language titles that sure looks like Swedish to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast Filled with poignant performances and devastating humor, Annie Hall represents a quantum leap for Woody Allen and remains an American classic.

Woody Allen 88 Airplane! Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on ridiculous sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.

A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh. Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues Rob Reiner 85 Safety Last!

Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and stars in this philosophical comedy about a man having a hard time making a case One of the more cutting-edge films of the s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.

Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A. Some Like It Hot: Billy Wilder at the height of his powers. He crams real heart and heavyweight topics into what could otherwise have been a fluffy, flirty, sometimes farcical comedy. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine spar and yearn, and it boasts one of the best scripts of any on this list thanks to Wilder and regular collaborator I.

It starts with the sight of a chain gang singing Cole Porter, and ends with its heroes watching themselves in the cinema. In between, Blazing Saddles manages to be both crazily scattershot and impressively focused, madly meta but also sweetly traditional. The sheer volume of jokes thrown out onto the prairie of Mel Brooks' comedy western is immense, but it never really forgets its story — black sheriff helps white town defeat the railroad — and actually has thoughtful things to say about the genre's inherent racism, if you care to look beyond the farting.

It also gets better and better the more Westerns you watch. Richard Pryor was one of the co-writers, choosing to get the train rather than fly from New York to LA for the production, since it allowed for more drinking time. Three steps to train fight glory: Put it this way: There are none of those traditional railway fistfights here, but there are sleepers on the line, a whooping great trench mortar and that climactic moment where an entire bridge collapses.

Stanley Kubrick 's jet black comedy famously stars Peter Sellers playing three separate roles and wildly improvising in all of them. Devastatingly deadpan, this has the darkest of all imaginable endings, which is all the more impressive given that it originally climaxed with a pie fight. Kubrick, wisely, thunk again. He stumbles onto kidnapping, embezzlement, nymphomaniacs and nihilists — And all he wanted was compensation for his rug.

There's also, of course, plenty of time for bowling with crazed 'Nam vet John Goodman and simple Steve Buscemi , leading to some cherishable face-off's with John Turturro 's pink-clad, backwards-dancing, sex-offending Jesus Quintana. The bowling was important in suggesting an anachronistic time-period, Joel Coen explained. But having seen the greatest effects comedy ever made, it's impossible to imagine anyone else doing such a good job as this cast — in particular Bill Murray's free-wheeling Venkman.

And there are genuine scares in here to make the laughs all the louder by comparison don't know about you, but we still jump a little at the Library Ghost. The lead trio expertly mine every facet of the supernatural for every possible laugh, from crooked researchers to gross-out slime ghosts to enormous inter-dimensional invasions. They even turned Sigourney Weaver into a terrifying ridged black beast, something even the Alien franchise never quite managed.

It really shouldn't work. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's rambling, surreal and dementedly illogical film doesn't sound on paper like it would have such a consistently high hit rate for its gags, but astute work on both sides of the camera see to that. So much footage was shot that an entire funny bonus film was created from alternate scenes and discarded subplots, handily released as Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie , and what was winnowed to appear in the main film is barmily brilliant.

Though it may not have made a huge impact at the box office, some films are destined to grow from humble beginnings into cult behemoths. When endlessly quote-worthy dialogue enters everyday conversation as it has at Empire Towers , you know it's something special.

Resisted watching it because you were worried it wouldn't live up to the hype? We invite you to the pants party. The party… with the pants. The first real film from the surreal superstars of the Pythons, Holy Grail contains some of the most inspired writing ever committed to celluloid, with the team playing King Arthur and his loyal ish knights on a ragtag quest for the titular cup.

Sure, the budget appears to have been about 50p, but that spurs the team to greater heights of fancy, substituting coconut halves for horses' hooves and using excellent inanity instead of epic scale.

The jokes have spawned a billion student imitators, from claims that "it's just a flesh wound" to Gallic insults to knights who say "ni" and demand shrubberies to elaborate discursions on the appropriate base for a system of government.

Worth it for the Trojan rabbit gag alone. Cancelled by ABC, reportedly over fears that it required the audience to pay too much attention, the show languished for six years before it was resurrected for this, the first of three films. As with Zucker-Abrams-Zucker's pervious Airplane! Props too, to George Kennedy and Priscilla Presley as, respectively, Drebin's long-suffering boss and newly put-upon love interest. These days though, it has to be said that the presence of O.

Simpson as Nordberg feels bloody weird. Buy now from Amazon. Hailed by many as the pinnacle of the surrealist troupe's work, Monty Python's Life Of Brian is a contender for the greatest comedy ever made. The film famously came into being when Eric Idle flippantly announced at a press conference that their next project would be called 'Jesus Christ: Despite blasphemy allegations from the Catholic Church and funding issues until Python fan George Harrison stumped up the cash simply because he wanted to see the movie , the Pythons pulled together an irreverent feast of clever allegory, sharp satire and in-depth discussions of Latin grammar as it applies to anti-Roman graffiti.

Zucker, Abrams and Zucker were ruthless with their magnum opus, playing numerous rough cuts of the film to college audiences and excising anything that didn't get a big laugh. The streamlined disaster movie riff that is left, then, is pure quadruple-distilled comedy, with a gag rate of about three hilarious jokes per minute and a perfect mix of surrealism, wit, parody and inspired physical gags.

It has inspired approximately a billion quotes and homages in the 30 years since it first hit screens and still hasn't ever been equalled by its many, many imitators. Looks like it paid off for the ZAZ team to kill so many of their babies — comedy like this is a seriously tough business. Everybody knows that Marilyn Monroe was gorgeous, but people don't give her enough credit for her comedy chops — and they're brilliantly showcased here.

Sure, she was a nightmare to work with on set, an emotional mess who required scores of takes on the simplest lines, but director Billy Wilder persisted until he captured her unique lightning in a bottle. Not that this is a one-woman show. The male leads do the heavy lifting: Jack Lemmon was on top form, and Tony Curtis never funnier than here, playing two jazz musicians on the run from the mob and disguised as women in an all-girl band.

Men in drag may be a cheap way to mine laughs, but this is the absolute pinnacle of the form, Wilder and his cast turning a cheap sex comedy into a fizzy, flawless farce.

Nora Ephron derives real emotions, Rob Reiner makes it work perfectly on screen and that cast! Not a moment is wasted, and even as you dive down the supporting actor list, there are fantastic turns. If you're a fan of The Office and, given that you're reading a feature about great comedy, chances are high , then you can thank Rob Reiner's inspirational mock-doc for the show.

Based on Martin Scorsese 's The Last Waltz , Reiner's scarily plausible rockumentary is both a brilliant depiction of the music business and one of the best comedies ever to strut onto the big screen in tight leather pants and improbable hair.

The fruit of hundreds of hours of footage with a large amount of improv, the authenticity on show is quite staggering, while the hit rate of the gags goes all the way up to eleven. Murray's cynical weatherman Phil Connors makes a Scrooge-like emotional journey from recluse to romantic, via a karmic time loop that sees him endlessly revisiting the same day until he gets it right.

Murray's hangdog exasperation is a joy as always, but he's also revealed here as a surprisingly credible romantic lead. The specifics of what happens to him are never explained some guff about a voodoo curse was thankfully dropped , and his time in limbo is up to individual interpretation: Ramis said it's anything from ten years to 10, Coincidentally, that's also the number of times you can watch the film without it getting old.

Sons Of The Desert Sneaking off for a weekend with their masonic lodge, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are, sadly, very quickly busted by their wives in easily the best of their longer films. Four Weddings And A Funeral We all have that friend who, try as we might to set them up, remains single.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Galaxy Quest Both a sharp spoof and a loving homage to the original Star Trek , Galaxy Quest reunites the ageing cast of an elderly TV show, none of whom much like each other anymore, and sends them off on an unlikely interstellar adventure. Read Empire's Bridesmaids review here Buy now from Amazon Bigger, Longer, Uncut Holding the record for the most obscenities in an animated feature at a whopping !

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Giggle along with our list of the best funny movies, as voted for by Time Out writers and top comedians. Aug 23,  · 's funniest movies range from surprisingly subversive titles like "Blockers," to dark comedies like "The Death of Stalin," to jovial. The Best Comedies of All Time (according to people who actually watch comedies) Vote "Best Comedy of All Time" and more funny toplists on CollegeHumor.