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The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films 

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The best comedy movies of all time are listed here, in one convenient list to be voted on and ranked by true fans. These hilarious movies are not only laugh-out-loud funny, they're considered to be some of the best movies of all time as well as some of the funniest movies ever. Itching to watch a great comedy right now? Here's what you can find currently streaming on Amazon Prime or Netflix

To be called one of the best comedies of all time is kind of a big deal, and chances are, you'll think some of the movies on this list are more deserving of the title than others. This round-up of top comedy movies includes gross-out comedies (Dumb and Dumber, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut), comedy parodies (Spaceballs, This is Spinal Tap), teen comedies (American Pie, Superbad), and plenty of British humor (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, History of the World: Part 1)—not to mention all the classics. Whatever you think is the best kind of comedy movie, it's here for you to vote on in this list of the best comedy movies.

What are the best comedy movies ever? What are the funniest movies to watch? We're not talking about just good comedy movies, but the best comedies of all time. This list is here to sort out the "HAHA" funny films from the "ha" movies that are kind of funny, but not so much. Don't see your favorite comedy movie on the list? Add it to this list of the greatest comedy movies so that other people will have the chance to laugh as hard as you. If you see a supposedly great comedy movie that you think stinks, make sure to vote it down to the bottom of the list of the greatest comedy films.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...more

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National Lampoon's Chris... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by ...more

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Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

Released: 1980

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, ...more
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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill

Released: 2007

Directed by: Greg Mottola

Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began working on the ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

Released: 2009

Directed by: Todd Phillips

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Step Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 2008

Directed by: Adam McKay

Step Brothers is a 2008 American buddy slapstick comedy film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. The screenplay was written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, from a story written by them ...more
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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

Released: 1983

Directed by: Harold Ramis

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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It was written by the Farrelly brothers and Bennett Yellin, and is the Farrelly Brothers ...more

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Monty Python and the Hol... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Landis

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Planes, Trains and Autom... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

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Anchorman: The Legend of... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller

Released: 2004

Directed by: Adam McKay

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell, and written by McKay and Ferrell. The ...more
15
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
but chickens double d added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
AndrewW.Curley added Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

Released: 1992

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

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Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

Released: 1996

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars Adam Sandler as the title character, an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers ...more

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Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Bo Derek

Released: 1995

Directed by: Peter Segal

Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring former Saturday Night Live castmates and close ...more

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
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Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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Office Space is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Mike Judge

Released: 1999

Directed by: Mike Judge

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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National Lampoon's Anima... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films
Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Landis

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