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The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s  

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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 Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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 Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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 Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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 Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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 Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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How to Marry a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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) 7 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Harvey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Mister Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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The Court Jester is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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We're No Angels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. J... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Houseboat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Abbott and Costello Meet the M... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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The Seven Year Itch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Rabbit Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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) 20 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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) 21 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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What's Opera, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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Born Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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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High Society is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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