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The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.6k votes 204 voters 11k views 38 items

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This list contains information on the best campy comedy movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best campy comedy films come in many forms. Some good campy comedies are big, bold, and full of funny while other good campy comedy movies are unintentional in their hilarity. Many of the best campy comedy movies were directed by John Waters.

What films will you find on this top campy comedy movies list? Hairspray has to be near the top. This film finds misfit teen Tracy Turnblad – played by Ricky Lake – using her newfound celebrity to help promote desegregation. A play and remake were created based on the movie's campy charm. Young Frankenstein is another hilarious and campy film.

Showgirls, starring Elizabeth Berkley, started off as a drama, but its over the top camp turned it into a comedy. Other good films featured on this best camp comedy movies list include Cry Baby, Clue, and Some Like It Hot.

Which campy comedy film do you like the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good movies we may have missed.

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Clue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn, who collaborated on the script with John Landis, and stars ...more

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
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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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, John Waters

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Waters

Hairspray is a 1988 American romantic musical comedy film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, ...more

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Some Like It Hot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1959

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more

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Little Shop of Horrors ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

Released: 1986

Directed by: Frank Oz

Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan ...more

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The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mike Nichols

The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles by Édouard Molinaro. A gay cabaret owner (Robin ...more

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Austin Powers: Internati... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jay Roach

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the first installment of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers, ...more

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Death Becomes Her is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

This film is a 1992 American black comedy-fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and scripted by David Koepp and Martin Donovan. Starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and Isabella ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Lee Meriwether

Released: 1966

Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson

Batman, often promoted as Batman: The Movie, is a 1966 film based on the Batman television series, and the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics character Batman. Released by ...more

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The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

Released: 1979

Directed by: Carl Reiner

The Jerk is a 1979 American comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, and Michael Elias. This was Martin's first starring role in a feature film. The film ...more

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Serial Mom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner, Suzanne Somers

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Waters

Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew ...more

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Pink Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Waters

Pink Flamingos is a 1972 American transgressive black comedy exploitation film written, produced, scored, shot, edited, narrated, and directed by John Waters. When the film was initially ...more

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Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti

Released: 1980

Directed by: Mike Hodges

Flash Gordon is a 1980 British science fiction action film, based on the comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The film was directed by Mike Hodges, and produced by Dino De ...more

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Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray

Released: 1994

Directed by: Tim Burton

Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp as cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film concerns the period in Wood's life when he ...more

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Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg, Ugo Tognazzi

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roger Vadim

Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French Barbarella comics. The film stars Jane Fonda in the title role and was directed by Roger Vadim, who ...more

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But I'm a Cheerleader is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Sabrina Spencer added Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jamie Babbit

But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader ...more

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Cry-Baby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Waters

Cry-Baby is a 1990 American teen musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Waters. It stars Johnny Depp as 1950s teen rebel "Cry-Baby" Wade Walker, and also features a ...more

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To Wong Foo, Thanks for ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Robin Williams, Naomi Campbell, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1995

Directed by: Beeban Kidron

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Bride of Chucky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ronny Yu

Bride of Chucky is a 1998 black comedy horror film distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the fourth installment in the Child's Play film series. The film is written by Don Mancini and ...more

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Johnny Dangerously is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus, Michael Keaton

Released: 1984

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Johnny Dangerously is a 1984 American parody of 1930s' movies. It was directed by Amy Heckerling; its four screenwriters included Bernie Kukoff and Jeff Harris. The film stars Michael Keaton as ...more

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Showgirls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan

Released: 1995

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Showgirls is a 1995 American drama film written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven. It stars former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, and Gina Gershon. The film ...more

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Polyester is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Jay Leno, Divine, Tab Hunter

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Waters

Polyester is a 1981 American black comedy film directed, produced, and written by John Waters. It was filmed in Waters' native Baltimore, Maryland, and features a gimmick called ...more
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Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones, Lea Thompson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Willard Huyck

Howard the Duck is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Willard Huyck and starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones. Produced by Gloria Katz and George Lucas and ...more

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Spice World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked
Elton John, Victoria Beckham, Hugh Laurie

Released: 1997

Directed by: Bob Spiers

Spice World is a 1997 British-American musical comedy film directed by Bob Spiers and written by Kim Fuller and Jamie Curtis. The film stars pop girl group the Spice Girls who all play their ...more

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