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The Best Comedy Movies Of The 1970s

Updated December 14, 2020 19.4k votes 1.4k voters 72.5k 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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  • Blazing Saddles2
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail3
    451
    133

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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  • 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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  • The Jerk5
    347
    162

    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

    Released1979

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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  • Smokey and the Bandit6
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    147

    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Sting10
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    104

    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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  • The Longest Yard11
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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  • Slap Shot12
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    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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  • Silver Streak13
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    110

    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1976

    Directed byArthur Hiller

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  • MASH14
    219
    117

    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

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  • Meatballs15
    173
    96

    Meatballs

    Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell

    Released1979

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • The Bad News Bears16
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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  • Life of Brian17
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    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

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  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again18
    175
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    The Pink Panther Strikes Again

    Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif

    Released1976

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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  • Kelly's Heroes19
    155
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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

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  • The Muppet Movie20
    168
    107

    The Muppet Movie

    Steve Martin, Mel Brooks

    Released1979

    Directed byJames Frawley

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  • Grease21
    197
    144

    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • American Graffiti22
    182
    106

    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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  • Revenge of the Pink Panther23
    147
    92

    Revenge of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon

    Released1978

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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  • Foul Play24
    107
    71

    Foul Play

    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase

    Released1978

    Directed byColin Higgins

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  • High Anxiety25
    153
    74

    High Anxiety

    Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn

    Released1977

    Directed byMel Brooks

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