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The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s

Updated July 8, 2019 4.2k votes 635 voters 30.6k views52 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,... more on Wikipedia
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    Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Singin' in the Rain

    Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly

    Released1952

    Directed byStanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley... more on Wikipedia

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    Pillow Talk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Pillow Talk

    Doris Day, Rock Hudson

    Released1959

    Directed byMichael Gordon

    Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael... more on Wikipedia

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    Operation Petticoat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Operation Petticoat

    Cary Grant, Tony Curtis

    Released1959

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant... more on Wikipedia

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    Roman Holiday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Roman Holiday

    Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck

    Released1953

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It... more on Wikipedia

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    How to Marry a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    How to Marry a Millionaire

    Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall

    Released1953

    Directed byJean Negulesco

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  • 7
    White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    White Christmas

    Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye

    Released1954

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    White Christmas is a 1954 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz and... more on Wikipedia
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    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell

    Released1953

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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    Harvey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Harvey

    James Stewart, Fess Parker

    Released1950

    Directed byHenry Koster

    Harvey is a 1950 film based on Mary Chase's play of the same name, directed by Henry Koster,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mister Roberts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon

    Released1955

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Father of the Bride

    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy

    Released1950

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    Father of the Bride is a 1950 American comedy film about a man trying to cope with... more on Wikipedia

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    Rabbit Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Rabbit Seasoning

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1952

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Rabbit Seasoning is a 1952 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs... more on Wikipedia
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    Houseboat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Houseboat

    Sophia Loren, Cary Grant

    Released1958

    Directed byMelville Shavelson

    Houseboat is a 1958 romantic comedy film starring Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer, Paul... more on Wikipedia
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    Monkey Business is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Monkey Business

    Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant

    Released1952

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Monkey Business is a 1952 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and written... more on Wikipedia
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    The Court Jester is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    The Court Jester

    Angela Lansbury, Danny Kaye

    Released1956

    Directed byNorman Panama, Melvin Frank

    The Court Jester is a 1955 musical-comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil... more on Wikipedia

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    Abbott and Costello Meet the M is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1955

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a 1955 film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the... more on Wikipedia
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. J is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s

    Released1953

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1953 American comedy horror film... more on Wikipedia

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    Abbott and Costello Meet the I is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Released1951

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 comedy horror film directed by Charles... more on Wikipedia
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    Funny Face is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Funny Face

    Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire

    Released1957

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Funny Face is a 1957 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and... more on Wikipedia
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    We're No Angels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    We're No Angels

    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov

    Released1955

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    We're No Angels is a 1955 Christmas comedy film starring an ensemble cast of Humphrey Bogart,... more on Wikipedia
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    Seven Brides for Seven Brother is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Julie Newmar, Jane Powell

    Released1954

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the... more on Wikipedia
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    What's Opera, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    What's Opera, Doc?

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    Released1957

    Directed byChuck Jones

    What's Opera, Doc? is a 1957 American animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series,... more on Wikipedia
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    High Society is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    High Society

    Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly

    Released1956

    Directed byCharles Walters

    High Society is a 1956 American musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    The Seven Year Itch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    The Seven Year Itch

    Marilyn Monroe, Carolyn Jones

    Released1955

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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    Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1950s
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    Guys and Dolls

    Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra

    Released1955

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Guys and Dolls is a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and... more on Wikipedia

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