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The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s

Updated December 14, 2020 19.3k votes 1.4k voters 73.9k views175 items

List RulesVote 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. But one this is for sure, 1970s movies sure had their own unique sense of humor.

A look at this list of 1970s comedies makes it clear that Woody Allen and Mel Brooks were in their prime during this decade. 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 classics 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? Use your votes to express your opinion. 

You know it was a good decade for comedy because even a merely decent 1970s comedy like Meatballs still featured Bill Murray's very first starring role. Have fun and laugh it up while you vote up the top '70s comedy films!

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  • Young Frankenstein1
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    #99 of 112 Movies That Need Sequels#66 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

  • Blazing Saddles2
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    #37 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#18 of 151 The Most Rewatchable Comedy Movies

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail3
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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    Surprisingly Accurate Details Fans Noticed In 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail'#17 of 553 The Best '70s Movies

  • National Lampoon's Animal House4
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Behind The Scenes Stories From 'Animal House' That Are Way More Insane Than The Movie#87 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • The Jerk5
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    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

    Released1979

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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    #267 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#63 of 456 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

  • Smokey and the Bandit6
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    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

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    #102 of 297 The Best Duos of All Time#9 of 50 The Best Country Movies, Ranked

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory7
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    Willy Wonka Fan Theories That Are Pure Imagination#11 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke8
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    Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

    Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin

    Released1978

    Directed byLou Adler, Tommy Chong

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  • The Return of the Pink Panther9
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    The Return of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer

    Released1975

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    #55 of 136 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series#27 of 165 The Funniest Slapstick Movies Ever Made

  • The Sting10
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    #21 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#16 of 92 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

  • Meatballs11
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    Meatballs

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell

    Released1979

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    #90 of 126 The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members#28 of 73 The Greatest Movies To Watch Outside

  • Slap Shot12
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    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    #3 of 34 The Funniest Movies About Sports#25 of 63 The Best Sports Movies About Coaches

  • The Longest Yard13
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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    #56 of 150 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies#8 of 76 The Best Football Movies Ever

  • Life of Brian14
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    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

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    #35 of 39 The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made#143 of 155 The Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time

  • MASH15
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    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

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    Dramatic Stories From Behind The Scenes Of ‘M.A.S.H.’#60 of 291 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

  • Silver Streak16
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    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1976

    Directed byArthur Hiller

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    #1 of 46 The Best Train Movies#319 of 424 The Best Feel-Good Movies

  • The Bad News Bears17
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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    #11 of 102 The All-Time Best Baseball Films#20 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

  • Kelly's Heroes18
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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

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  • The Muppet Movie19
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

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    #199 of 356 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#13 of 117 The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

  • Grease20
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again21
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    The Pink Panther Strikes Again

    Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif

    Released1976

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    #35 of 72 The Best Omar Sharif Movies#21 of 48 The Best '70s Heist Movies

  • American Graffiti22
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • Revenge of the Pink Panther23
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    Revenge of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon

    Released1978

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    #69 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies#151 of 382 The Greatest Movie Themes

  • Foul Play24
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    Foul Play

    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase

    Released1978

    Directed byColin Higgins

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    #731 of 781 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#415 of 450 The Best Movies For Guys

  • High Anxiety25
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    High Anxiety

    Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn

    Released1977

    Directed byMel Brooks

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