Comedies The Best '50s Comedy Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite film comedies that were released in the 1950s.

Some of the best '50s comedy movies include Marilyn Monroe, the Blonde Bombshell herself. She appears in several iconic ‘50s comedy movies, including Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch.


Other female stars dominated the comedy film genre in the 1950s. Audrey Hepburn stars in
Roman Holiday, and Elizabeth Taylor stars in Father of the Bride. Another 50s legend, Frank Sinatra, can also be found on this list. Although primarily known for his legendary singing career, Old Blue Eyes starred in many acclaimed films, including the silver screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Guys and Dolls.


Even American icon Bugs Bunny found his way onto this list of the top ‘50s comedy movies, with titles like
What’s Opera, Doc? Vote up your favorite ‘50s comedy movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Some Like It Hot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Some Like It Hot Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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Operation Petticoat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Operation Petticoat Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Marion Ross Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. It was the basis for a television series in 1977 starring John Astin in Grant's ...more

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Roman Holiday is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. ...more

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Pillow Talk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Pillow Talk Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams. The film was ...more

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Harvey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Harvey James Stewart, Fess Parker, Cecil Kellaway Harvey is a 1950 film based on Mary Chase's play of the same name, directed by Henry Koster, and starring James Stewart and Josephine Hull. The story is about a man whose best friend is a pooka ...more

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How to Marry a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
How to Marry a Millionaire Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco and produced and written by Nunnally Johnson. The film stars Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and ...more

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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
White Christmas Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen, loosely based on the 1942 film ...more

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The Court Jester is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
The Court Jester Angela Lansbury, Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone The Court Jester is a 1955 musical-comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker. The movie was co-written, co-directed, and co-produced by ...more

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The Seven Year Itch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
The Seven Year Itch Marilyn Monroe, Carolyn Jones, Evelyn Keyes The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and stars ...more

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Monkey Business is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Monkey Business Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers Monkey Business is a 1952 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht, which stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, and Marilyn Monroe. To avoid ...more

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, with ...more

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Mister Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Mister Roberts Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney Mister Roberts is a 1955 American CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James Cagney as Captain Morton, William Powell ...more

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Houseboat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Houseboat Sophia Loren, Cary Grant, Barbara Steele Houseboat is a 1958 romantic comedy film starring Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Paul Petersen, Charles Herbert and Mimi Gibson. The movie was directed by Melville Shavelson, who also ...more

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Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Father of the Bride Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett Father of the Bride is a 1950 American comedy film about a man trying to cope with preparations for his daughter's upcoming wedding. The movie stars Spencer Tracy in the titular role, Joan ...more

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Abbott and Costello Meet the M... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Richard Deacon Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a 1955 film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is also the 28th and final Abbott and Costello film produced ...more

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Desk Set is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Desk Set Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Desk Set is a 1957 American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron from the ...more

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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more

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We're No Angels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
We're No Angels Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone We're No Angels is a 1955 Christmas comedy film starring an ensemble cast of Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, and Leo G. Carroll. Shot in both VistaVision ...more

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Rabbit Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Rabbit Seasoning Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Rabbit Seasoning is a 1952 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. It is the sequel to Rabbit Fire, and the second entry in the "Hunting ...more

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Funny Face is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Funny Face Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Suzy Parker Funny Face is a 1957 American musical film directed by Stanley Donen, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face ...more

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Abbott and Costello Meet the I... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, William Frawley Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the team of Abbott and Costello alongside Nancy Guild. The film depicts the ...more

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The Mouse That Roared is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
The Mouse That Roared Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell The Mouse That Roared is a 1959 comedy film written by Roger MacDougall and Stanley Mann directed by Jack Arnold. "The Mouse That Roared was made into a 1959 film starring Peter Sellers in ...more

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Born Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Born Yesterday William Holden, Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford Born Yesterday is a 1950 comedy-drama film based on the play of the same name by Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor. The screenplay was credited to Albert Mannheimer based on the stage ...more

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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Guys and Dolls Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons Guys and Dolls is a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. The film was made by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by MGM. It was ...more

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High Society is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
High Society Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby High Society is a 1956 American musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for ...more

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Bell, Book and Candle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Bell, Book and Candle James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon Bell, Book and Candle is a 1958 American romantic comedy Technicolor film directed by Richard Quine, based on the successful Broadway play by John Van Druten, which stars James Stewart and Kim ...more

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Kiss Me Kate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Kiss Me Kate Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Kathryn Grayson Kiss Me Kate is the 1953 MGM film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, it tells the tale of musical theater actors, Fred Graham and Lilli ...more

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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. J... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1953 American comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and stars the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, and co-stars Boris Karloff. ...more

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What's Opera, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
What's Opera, Doc? Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan What's Opera, Doc? is a 1957 American animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Chuck Jones for Warner Bros. Cartoons. The Michael Maltese story features Elmer Fudd ...more

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Auntie Mame is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Auntie Mame Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Sandra Edwards Auntie Mame is a 1958 Technicolor comedy film based on the 1955 novel of the same name by Patrick Dennis and its theatrical adaptation by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. This film version ...more

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Bus Stop is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Bus Stop Marilyn Monroe, Hope Lange, Don Murray Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Bus Stop is a 1956 American romantic comedy film directed by Joshua Logan for 20th Century Fox, starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray ...more

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Duck Amuck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Duck Amuck Mel Blanc Duck Amuck is a surreal animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons. The short was released in early 1953 by The Vitaphone Corporation, the short subject ...more

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Gigi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Gigi Eva Gabor, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. The ...more

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Indiscreet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Indiscreet Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Cecil Parker Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Indiscreet is a 1958 British romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. An actress falls in love with a man she believes to be married, who is ...more

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Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Around the World in 80 Days Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists. The ...more

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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Jayne Mansfield, Groucho Marx, Joan Blondell Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is a 1957 American satirical comedy film starring Jayne Mansfield and Tony Randall, with Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, John Williams, Henry Jones, Lili Gentle, ...more

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Love in the Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Love in the Afternoon Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier Love in the Afternoon is a 1957 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder which stars Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. The screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is ...more

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Mon Oncle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Mon Oncle Yvonne Arnaud, Jean-Pierre Zola, Jean-François Martial Mon Oncle is a 1958 film comedy by French filmmaker Jacques Tati. The first of Tati's films to be released in colour, Mon Oncle won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a Special ...more

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The Lavender Hill Mob is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
The Lavender Hill Mob Audrey Hepburn, Alec Guinness, Robert Shaw The Lavender Hill Mob is a 1951 comedy film from Ealing Studios, written by T.E.B. Clarke, directed by Charles Crichton, starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway and featuring Sid James and ...more

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The Man in the White Suit is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
The Man in the White Suit Alec Guinness, Michael Gough, Cecil Parker The Man In The White Suit is a 1951 science-fiction satirical comedy film made by Ealing Studios. It starred Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker and was directed by Alexander ...more

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Pat and Mike is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Pat and Mike Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Charles Bronson Pat and Mike is a 1952 American romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The movie was written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, and directed by George Cukor, who also ...more

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The Girl Can't Help It is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Westing1992 added The Girl Can't Help It Jayne Mansfield, Fats Domino, Julie London The Girl Can't Help It is a 1956 musical comedy starring Jayne Mansfield in the titular role, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien, Henry Jones, and Julie London. The picture was produced and directed by ...more

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A King in New York is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
A King in New York Charlie Chaplin, Sid James, Phil Brown A King in New York is a 1957 British comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin in his last leading role, which co-stars, among others, his young son Michael. The film presents a ...more

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How to Murder Your Wife is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
MartinVasiľ(mr_graphic_m) added How to Murder Your Wife Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Claire Trevor How to Murder Your Wife is a 1965 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi. It was directed by Richard Quine, who also directed Lemmon in My Sister Eileen, It Happened to Jane, ...more

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Smiles of a Summer Night is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Smiles of a Summer Night Bibi Andersson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson Smiles of a Summer Night is a 1955 Swedish comedy film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was the first of Bergman's films to bring the director international success, due to its exposure at the ...more

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Beat the Devil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Beat the Devil Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Beat the Devil is a 1953 film directed by John Huston. The screenplay was by Huston and Truman Capote, loosely based upon a novel of the same name by British journalist Claud Cockburn, writing ...more

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Jailhouse Rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley, Dean Jones, Gloria Pall Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 American musical drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, and Mickey Shaughnessy. Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and dramatized ...more

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The Band Wagon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
The Band Wagon Fred Astaire, Julie Newmar, Cyd Charisse The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin' in the Rain, as the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals, although it was only a modest box-office ...more

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French Cancan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '50s Comedy Movies
French Cancan Édith Piaf, Jean Gabin, María Félix French Cancan is a 1954 French musical film written and directed by Jean Renoir and starring Jean Gabin and María Félix. Where Renoir’s previous film Le Carosse d’or had celebrated ...more