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The Best Comedy Movies of the 1970s 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite film comedies that were released in the 1970s.

In the '70s, comedy movies were dominated by two comedic heavyweights: Woody Allen and Mel Brooks They still left room for plenty of classic comedies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and National Lampoon's Animal House, though. A lot of '70s comedies like The Bad News Bears were so great that they ended up being remade decades later. With all of these choices, what do you think are the top 1970s comedy movies? Vote up your favorites and vote down those that just aren't as funny. 

A look at this list of 1970s comedies makes it clear that Woody Allen and Mel Brooks were in their prime during this era. Allen delivered with the celebrated Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Sleeper, among others, while Brooks turned in two beloved '70s comedy films with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. That said, it could be argued that the funniest '70s films were, in fact, cult hits like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This '70s comedy movies list is also filled with stellar movies that were then remade into not-so-stellar reboots years later. You have The In-Laws, The Bad News Bears, The Out-of-Towners, Freaky Friday, and The Heartbreak Kid. Do you think any of these movies deserves to be considered one of the best '70s comedy movies or did the remakes taint the originals? 

You know it was a good decade for comedy because even a merely decent 1970s comedy like Meatballs still featured the Bill Murray's very first starring role. Have fun and laugh it up while you vote up the top '70s comedy films, and feel free to add any that we may have missed!
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Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more

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Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more

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Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Landis

National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity ...more

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Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

Released: 1979

Directed by: Carl Reiner

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Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1977

Directed by: Hal Needham

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Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau

Released: 1976

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in ...more

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George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Released: 1979

Directed by: Terry Jones

Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python, and directed by Jones. It tells the story of Brian ...more

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Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

Released: 1978

Directed by: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong

Up in Smoke, directed by Lou Adler, is Cheech & Chong's first feature-length film, released in 1978 by Paramount Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, ...more

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Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert Altman

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Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Roy Hill

The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more

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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Ned Beatty

Released: 1976

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

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Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Frawley

The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more

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John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1973

Directed by: George Lucas

American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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CraigAlarm added Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Herbert Lom

Released: 1975

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

Released: 1970

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

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Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean. It depicts a minor league hockey team that resorts to violent ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

Released: 1974

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by Tracy Keenan Wynn based on a story by producer Albert S. Ruddy, the film follows inmates at a prison ...more

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1983

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

Released: 1975

Directed by: Jim Sharman

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Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1972

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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Released: 1977

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore

Released: 1978

Directed by: Colin Higgins

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