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List Rules Movies must have been released in 2012.

The best comedy movies of 2012 kept audiences laughing as they hit the theaters throughout the year. These comedy films feature some of the best and most talented actors as well as witty writing, both of which combined to create comedic blockbusters. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and prepare to laugh your butts off with the best comedy movies of 2012.

The 2012 year in comedy movies brought us a number of original movies, adaptations, remakes and sequels. Many of the remakes and sequels got the most buzz, such as the remake of 21 Jump Street, the new installment of Men in Black III and American Reunion, which reunited the American Pie cast for one more adventure. But there were also plenty of original movies and adaptations that entertained viewers all year long.

Butter introduced the highly competitive world of butter sculpting, Friends with Kids showed us a different side of parenting, and For a Good Time, Call... allowed us to live vicariously through two phone sex operators. 2012 also brought us a bevy of hilarious characters such as Ted, a foul-mouthed teddy bear, The Dictator, the latest personality from Sacha Baron Cohen, and the five very different women of What to Expect When You're Expecting.

These comedy films are just a handful of those released in 2012 but highlight the funniest movies of the year. Think one movie is better than the rest? Want to add something not already listed or put this list in your own order? Do all of that and more below on this list of the best 2012 comedy movies.

Be sure to also check out the All-Time Best Comedies, The Best Romantic Comedies, and The Best Stand Up Comedy Movies on Netflix Instant, The Best Comedy Films on Amazon Prime, and the Best Comedy Movies on Netflix Instant
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7 people just voted on Ted


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Actors: Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds, Laura Vandervoort Patrick Stewart, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

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#35 on The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

#117 on The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

#218 on The Worst Comedies Ever Made

#316 on The Best Fantasy Movies

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21 Jump Street


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Actors: Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill Dakota Johnson, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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#62 on The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

#115 on The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

#202 on The Worst Comedies Ever Made

#6 on The Best Buddy Cop Movies

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The Campaign


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Actors: Will Ferrell, John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow Zach Galifianakis, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Jay Roach

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#71 on The Best Movies of 2012

#676 on The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

#54 on The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

#17 on The Best Will Ferrell Movies

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The Dictator


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Actors: Megan Fox, Anna Faris, Edward Norton, Ben Kingsley Sacha Baron Cohen, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Larry Charles

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#79 on The Worst Comedies Ever Made

#3204 on The Best Movies of All Time

#340 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

#37 on The Best Movies of 2012

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Actors: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith, Nicole Scherzinger Emma Thompson, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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#212 on The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#434 on The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

#168 on The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

#100 on The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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Actors: Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth Katrina Bowden, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz

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#488 on The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#186 on The Worst Comedies Ever Made

#1350 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#1962 on The Best Movies of All Time

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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of 2012
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Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles Chris Tucker, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: David O. Russell

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#42 on The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant

#19 on The Best Robert De Niro Movies

#560 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#731 on The Best Movies of All Time

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Moonrise Kingdom


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Actors: Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton Frances McDormand, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Wes Anderson

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#10 on The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Instant

#33 on The Best Movies on Netflix Instant

#116 on The Best Teen Romance Movies

#146 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

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