2012 The Best Comedy Movies of 2012

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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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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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#6 on The Best Buddy Cop Movies

#18 on The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

#27 on The Best Teen Movies of All Time

#23 on The Best Movies to Watch While Stoned

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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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#50 on The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

#13 on The Best Movies to Watch While Stoned

#26 on The Best Bromance Movies

#71 on The Best Movies for Men

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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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#14 on The Funniest Comedy Movies About Politics

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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 4 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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#58 on The Best Dance Movies Ever Made

#13 on The Best Movies About Gambling

#43 on The Best Hipster Movies

#5 on The Best Movies About Mental Illness

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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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#24 on The Funniest Comedy Movies About Politics

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Men in Black 3


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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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#70 on The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

#99 on The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

#32 on The Best 3D Films

#44 on The Best Movies Based on Marvel Comics

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American Reunion


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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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#12 on The Best American Movies

#23 on The Best Movies With American in the Title

#12 on The Best Movies With America in the Title

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Pitch Perfect


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Actors: Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson Alexis Knapp, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

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#92 on Musical Movies With the Best Songs

#22 on The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books

#13 on The Best Teen Romance Movies

#33 on The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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