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The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s

Updated October 7, 2020 18.5k votes 1.3k voters 68.8k views176 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 Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    National Lampoon's Animal Hous is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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    The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

    Released1979

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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    Smokey and the Bandit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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    Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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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 Panther is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Return of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer

    Released1975

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    Meatballs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Meatballs

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell

    Released1979

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    Silver Streak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1976

    Directed byArthur Hiller

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    The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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    Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

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    MASH is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

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    The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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    The Muppet Movie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

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    Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    The Pink Panther Strikes Again is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    The Pink Panther Strikes Again

    Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif

    Released1976

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Foul Play is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Foul Play

    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase

    Released1978

    Directed byColin Higgins

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    Revenge of the Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Revenge of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon

    Released1978

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    Monty Python's The Meaning of  is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s
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    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1983

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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