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Best Comedies of All Time: Top 30 Greatest Comedy Films Ever Made

Welcome to the Ultimate Comedy Collection

This “Best Comedies of All Time” movie collection is actually the synopsis of 10 other amazingly fun journeys we took. Each of them explored the comedies of a selected era or decade of Cinema, and without the experiences we gathered through them, building this collection would have been just too complex to undertake.

Does “All Time” actually mean “All Time” to You?

In our dictionary, “All Time” means just that: From the earliest to the latest. In cinematic terms that would be: From the dawn of Cinema aka Silent Era to the current decade.

Thus, on this journey, we will visit the comedies of every single era of World Cinema, not just a selected few – and we’ll do so chronologically.

So prepare yourself, cause you’re about to see silent slapstick classics, early talking screwball comedies, musical comedies, black comedies, mockumentaries, old-school and modern comedies and everything in between. Every era and every comedy genre you can think of, will show up here.

In case you’d rather explore the comedies of just one specific era, you may want to choose from the collections below:

If you’re still here, that means you’re up for the full comedy journey. Nice!

Let’s keep the balance between the decades!

It is debatable, whether the comedies of some cinematic eras are more significant than others. Well, we don’t debate. Instead, we decided to keep a perfect balance between them.

Every era or decade got three spots on our list. That’s it, no exceptions.

This is a chronological list!

This is not a worst to best list. It presents the comedy films chronologically, in the order they came out. This way, if you decide to watch them all, the list will take you on an actual time-travel.

Ready? Buckle up then, and let the best comedies of all time make you laugh out loud!



Revealing the Best Comedies of All Time

A chronological presentation of the Greatest Comedy Films Ever Made
– 3 movies from each decade –


Silent Era


The Kid (1921)

The Kid (1921), Charlie Chaplin, Most popular comedy movies of all time
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Silent slapstick comedy drama film written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin.

Story: The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (IMDB)

Charles Chaplin’ irascible Tramp is given able support from Jackie Coogan as The Kid in this slapstick masterpiece, balancing the guffaws with moments of disarming poignancy.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Kid among the best comedy movies of all time?
✓ The Library of Congress selected The Kid for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ Innovative in its combination of comedic and dramatic elements, it is widely considered one of the greatest films of the Silent Era.


Safety Last! (1923)

Safety Last! (1923), Harold Lloyd, Most popular comedy movies ever made
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Silent romantic slapstick comedy film co-written by and starring Harold Lloyd.

Story: Lloyd, the store clerk talks his manager into offering $1000 for a publicity stunt, in which a man called “human fly” would climb the face of the 12-storey store building, thus bringing customers nearby.

Persuasive enough to give audiences acrophobia when they aren’t laughing at Harold Lloyd’s antics, Safety Last! is a marvel of visual effects and slapstick comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Safety Last! among the best comedy films of all time?
✓ The Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ It features one of the most memorable scenes of the Silent Era (Lloyd hanging from the hour hand).
✓ Included in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.


Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Sherlock Jr. (1924), Buster Keaton, Most popular comedy films of all time
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Silent slapstick comedy film co-produced, directed by and starring Buster Keaton.

Story: A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend’s father’s pocketwatch. (IMDB)

Why is Sherlock Jr. among the best comedies of all time?
✓ The Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ It is included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and it is also in the American Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.


…end of the Silent Era…

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1930s


City Lights (1931)

City Lights (1931), Charlie Chaplin, Most popular comedy films ever made
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Silent slapstick romantic comedy film written, produced, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin.

Story: The Little Tramp is in love with a sightless flower girl, whose blindness could be cured by an expensive operation. He decides to raise the money, even if that means being a prize fighter or worse.

One of the best underdog romance movies ever, with an ending that will light up any heart.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is City Lights among the best comedy movies of all time?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ The American Film Institute ranked this as the #1 Romantic Comedy of All Time, and the #11 Greatest Movie of All Time.
✓ Upon release it became a critical success and a box office hit, and today many critics consider it not only the highest accomplishment of Chaplin’s career, but one of the greatest films of all time.


Duck Soup (1933)

Duck Soup (1933), Marx Brothers, Most popular comedies of all time
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Pre-Code musical comedy film starring the Marx Brothers.

Story: Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (IMDB)

Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers’ most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its – or any – era’s finest comedies.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Duck Soup among the best comedy films of all time?
✓ Widely considered among critics to be a masterpiece of comedy, and the Marx Brothers’ finest film.
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ The United States Library of Congress deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.


It Happened One Night (1934)

It Happened One Night (1934), Frank Capra, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Most popular comedies ever made
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Pre-Code romantic screwball comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

Story: A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (IMDB)

Capturing its stars and director at their finest, It Happened One Night remains unsurpassed by the countless romantic comedies it has inspired.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is It Happened One Night among the best comedies of all time?
✓ Winner of five Academy Awards, including the Oscar’s Best Picture of the Year Award.
✓ It is included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and also selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ Often credited as the very first true screwball comedy.


…end of the 1930s…

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1940s


The Great Dictator (1940)

The Great Dictator (1940), Charlie Chaplin, Best comedy movies of all time
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Political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by, and starring Charlie Chaplin.

Story: Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime. (IMDB)

Charlie Chaplin demonstrates that his comedic voice is undiminished by dialogue in this rousing satire of tyranny, which may be more distinguished by its uplifting humanism than its gags.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Great Dictator among the funniest movies of all time?
✓ Included among the American Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies, and also part of Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ One of the most popular movies of the 1940s Cinema and an influential, timeless classic.
✓ Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Frank Capra, Cary Grant, Best comedy films of all time
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Black comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant.

Story: A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (IMDB)

Why is Arsenic and Old Lace among the funniest films of all time?
✓ Included among the American Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
✓ The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised its spirit, humor and Capra’s direction.


Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Best comedies of all time
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Horror comedy film starring the comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

Story: The Wolf Man tries to warn a dimwitted porter that Dracula wants his brain for Frankenstein monster’s body. (IMDB)

A zany horror spoof that plays up and then plays into the best of Universal horror cliches.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein among the best comedy movies ever made?
✓ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ Reader’s Digest selected the movie as one of the top 100 funniest films of all time, and its also part of the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Funniest American Movies.


…end of the 1940s…

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1950s


Harvey (1950)

Harvey (1950), James Stewart, Funniest films ever made
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Comedy-drama film starring James Stewart.

Story: Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane – but he may be wiser than anyone knows. (IMDB)

Why is Harvey among the best comedy films ever made?
✓ Included among the American Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
✓ The movie received positive reviews from audiences and critics, who praised the film’s overall tone, Henry Koster’s direction and the acting performances of James Stewart and Josephine Hull.


Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Funniest comedy films ever made
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Musical romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring KellyDonald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.

Story: A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (IMDB)

Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin’ in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Singin’ in the Rain among the best comedies ever made?
✓ The American Film Institute ranked this as the #5 Greatest Movie of All Time and voted it the #1 movie musical in American film history.
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Selected into the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”


Some Like It Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot (1959), Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Top comedy movies of all time
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Romantic comedy film directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn MonroeTony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.

Story: When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (IMDB)

Some Like It Hot: A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Some Like It Hot among the funniest movies ever made?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Voted as the top comedy film by the American Film Institute on their list on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs.
✓ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


…end of the 1950s…

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1960s


The Apartment (1960)

The Apartment (1960), Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon, Top comedy movies ever made
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Romantic comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon.

Story: A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (IMDB)

Director Billy Wilder’s customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Apartment among the funniest comedy movies ever made?
✓ Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Winner of Oscar’s Best Picture of the Year Academy Award.
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Audrey Hepburn, Best comedy films ever made
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Romantic comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Audrey Hepburn.

Story: A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. (IMDB)

It contains some ugly anachronisms, but Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Breakfast at Tiffany’s among the funniest films ever made?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Winner of 2 Academy Awards, and nominated for another three.
✓ Deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.


Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Dr. Strangelove (1964), Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers, Best comedies ever made
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Black comedy film directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers.

Story: An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. (IMDB)

Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Dr. Strangelove among the funniest comedy films ever made?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Widely considered one of the best comedies ever made.
✓ Selected into the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


…end of the 1960s…

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1970s


Sleeper (1973)

Sleeper (1973), Woody Allen, Funniest movies ever made
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Science fiction comedy film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen.

Story: A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (IMDB)

In Sleeper, Woody Allen’s madcap futurist comedy, practically each joke and one-liner hits it target.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Sleeper among the top comedy movies of all time?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ The film was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
✓ The American Film Institute included the film in its list AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs.


Blazing Saddles (1974)

Blazing Saddles (1974), Mel Brooks, Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Funniest comedy movies ever made
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Satirical Western black comedy film directed by Mel Brooks, starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.

Story: In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (IMDB)

Daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny, Blazing Saddles is a gleefully vulgar spoof of Westerns that marks a high point in Mel Brooks’ storied career.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Blazing Saddles among the top comedy movies ever made?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ Part of the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Most popular comedies ever made
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British comedy adventure film written and performed by the Monty Python comedy group.

Story: King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (IMDB)

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Monty Python and the Holy Grail among the top comedy films of all time?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time”.
✓ The film’s reputation grew over time, and now it is widely acclaimed by critics and audiences as an influential classic comedy.


…end of the 1970s…

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1980s


Airplane! (1980)

Airplane! (1980), David and Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Most popular comedies of all time
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Parody film written and directed by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams.

Story: A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (IMDB)

Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Airplane! among the top comedy films ever made?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
✓ In the years since its release, the film’s reputation has grown substantially. Today it is widely considered one of the best comedies of all time.


Trading Places (1983)

Trading Places (1983), Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Greatest comedy movies ever made
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Comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

Story: A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (IMDB)

Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Trading Places among the top comedies of all time?
✓ Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time”.
✓ Critics and audiences praised the performance of the central cast, and they appreciated the film’s revival of the screwball comedy genre prevalent in the 1930s and 1940s.
✓ Widely considered one of the greatest comedy films and Christmas movies ever made.


Big (1988)

Big (1988), Tom Hanks, Most popular comedy movies of all time
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Fantasy comedy-drama film starring Tom Hanks.

Story: After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. (IMDB)

Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Big among the top comedies ever made?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Met with wide critical acclaim, particularly for Hanks’ performance. It also became a huge commercial success, and it proved to be pivotal to Hanks’ career, establishing him as a major box-office draw as well as a critical favorite.


…end of the 1980s…

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1990s


Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Top comedy films ever made
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Fantasy comedy film starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.

Story: A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (IMDB)

Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray’s dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Groundhog Day among the greatest comedy movies of all time?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
✓ Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Fantasy”.
✓ Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time”.


Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Chris Columbus, Robin Williams, Most popular comedy films of all time
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Comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus and starring Robin Williams.

Story: After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. (IMDB)

On paper, Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Mrs. Doubtfire among the greatest comedy movies ever made?
✓ It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
✓ Robin Williams was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
✓ Included on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list and it’s also on Bravo’s list of the 100 Funniest Movies of All Time.


Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Dumb and Dumber (1994), Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Top comedies ever made
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Comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

Story: After a woman leaves a briefcase at the airport terminal, a dumb limo driver and his dumber friend set out on a hilarious cross-country road trip to Aspen to return it. (IMDB)

A relentlessly stupid comedy elevated by its main actors: Jim Carrey goes bonkers and Jeff Daniels carries himself admirably in an against-type performance.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Dumb and Dumber among the greatest comedy films of all time?
✓ The movies was a box office success and has developed a cult following in the years after its release.
✓ The popularity of the film solidified Carrey’s reputation as one of the most prominent actors of the 1990s.


…end of the 1990s…

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2000s


Superbad (2007)

Superbad (2007), Greg Mottola, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Top comedies of all time
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Coming-of-age teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola, starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera.

Story: Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (IMDB)

Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Superbad among the greatest comedy films ever made?
✓ Received widespread critical acclaim, with critics praising the dialogue, the screenplay and the chemistry between the two leads.
✓ Earned a huge financial profit, making it the highest domestic grossing high school comedy at the time.
✓ Featured on Empire’s 500 Greatest films of all time list.


The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover (2009), Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Most popular comedy films ever made
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American comedy film directed by Todd Phillips, starring Bradley CooperEd HelmsZach Galifianakis.

Story: Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (IMDB)

With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is The Hangover among the greatest comedies of all time?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ It was a critical and commercial success.
✓ Won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and received multiple other accolades.


Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland (2009), Ruben Fleischer, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Top comedy films of all time
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Post-apocalyptic zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer, starring Woody HarrelsonJesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone.

Story: A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (IMDB)

Wickedly funny and featuring plenty of gore, Zombieland is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Zombieland among the greatest comedies ever made?
✓ It was a critical and commercial success. It became the top-grossing zombie film in the United States at the time.
✓ Critics and audiences praised its humor, script and the performance of the principal cast.


…end of the 2000s…

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2010s


Ted (2012)

Ted (2012), Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Greatest comedy films ever made
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Fantasy comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.

Story: John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear, Ted or his girlfriend, Lori. (IMDB)

Ted’s “romance versus bromance” plot is familiar, but the film’s held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is Ted among the funniest movies of all time?
✓ It was a box office hit and it received positive reviews with critics praising the humor and premise.
✓ One of the most popular comedies of the 2010s.


21 Jump Street (2012)

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Buddy cop action comedy film starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

Story: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (IMDB)

A smart, affectionate satire of ’80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is 21 Jump Street among the funniest films of all time?
✓ It received positive reviews with critics praising its humor its cast, especially Hill and Tatum.
✓ One of the most popular comedies of the 2010s.


We’re the Millers (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013), Rawson M. Thurber, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Greatest comedies of all time
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Crime comedy film directed by Rawson M. Thurber, starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston.

Story: A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. (IMDB)

We’re the Millers squanders its potential with an uneven, lazily assembled story..

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Why is We’re the Millers among the best comedy movies ever made?
✓ It was nominated for four People’s Choice Awards, and six MTV Movie Awards, winning two.
✓ A box office success and one of the most popular comedies of the 2010s.


…end of the 2010s…

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…end of the reel…

So there you have it: The 30 Greatest Comedy Movies of All Time

If you want to take a look at the movies listed above, without all that info between the titles, here’s a quick recap:

Top 30 Comedy Movies of All Time
Three films from each decade, chronologically
- Silent Era -
The Kid 2021
The Kid (1921)
Safety Last! 1923
Safety Last! (1923)

Sherlock Jr. 1924
Sherlock Jr. (1924)

- 1930s -
City Lights 1931
City Lights (1931)
Duck Soup 1933
Duck Soup (1933)

It Happened One Night 1934
It Happened One Night (1934)
- 1940 -
The Great Dictator 1940
The Great Dictator (1940)

Arsenic and Old Lace 1944
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
*Part of the Collection: Wolfrancula Cinematic Universe
- 1950s -
Harvey 1950
Harvey (1950)
Singin’ in the Rain 1952
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Some Like It Hot 1959
Some Like It Hot (1959)

- 1960s -
The Apartment 1960
The Apartment (1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Dr. Strangelove 1964
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
- 1970s -
Sleeper 1973
Sleeper (1973)
Blazing Saddles 1974
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

- 1980s -
Airplane! 1980
Airplane! (1980)
*Part of the Collection: Airplane Duology
Trading Places 1983
Trading Places (1983)
Big 1988
Big (1988)
- 1990s -
Groundhog Day 1993
Groundhog Day (1993)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Dumb and Dumber 1994
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
*Part of the Collection: Dumb and Dumber Duology
- 2000s -
Superbad 2007
Superbad (2007)
The Hangover 2009
The Hangover (2009)
*Part of the Collection: Hangover Trilogy
Zombieland 2009
Zombieland (2009)
*Part of the Collection: Zombieland Duology

- 2010s -
Ted 2012
Ted (2012)
21 Jump Street 2012
21 Jum!p Street (2012)

We’re the Millers 2013
We’re the Millers (2013)
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