The Best Campy Comedy Movies

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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.

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  • Clue
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    Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren
    141 votes
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

    Based on the popular board game, this dark comedy follows six eccentric guests who find themselves tangled in a web of murder and mystery at an eerie mansion. The delightful ensemble cast, including Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd, masterfully deliver quick-witted dialogue and absurd situational humor that have earned it cult classic status. It's the film's unique blending of camp, farce, and whodunit elements that make it an unforgettable comedic experience.

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  • Little Shop of Horrors
    2
    Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin
    82 votes
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Frank Oz

    This quirky musical adapts the 1960 Roger Corman cult classic with a stellar cast, including Rick Moranis as Seymour and Ellen Greene as Audrey, to tell the tale of a gigantic plant with an appetite for human flesh. Featuring catchy tunes, amusing special effects, and Steve Martin's hilarious performance as a sadistic dentist, this movie presents a zany take on sci-fi horror that makes audiences simultaneously cringe and laugh. The blend of offbeat humor, engaging songs, and kitschy visual effects ensures its status as a cult favorite.

  • But I'm a Cheerleader
    3
    Natasha Lyonne, Cathy Moriarty, Bud Cort
    86 votes
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Jamie Babbit

    A satire on gender and sexual orientation, this offbeat comedy follows Natasha Lyonne's character as she is sent to a camp designed to convert gay teens into straight individuals. The over-the-top, Candyland-esque set design and exaggerated stereotypes add a sense of whimsy and absurdity to the film's sharp commentary on conversion therapy. Its charm lies in its ability to tackle serious social issues through outrageous and often surreal humor.

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  • Some Like It Hot
    4
    Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe
    74 votes
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder

    Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, this classic screwball comedy revolves around two musicians who disguise themselves as women to escape gangsters, finding love and chaos along the way. With its slapstick comedy and clever dialogue, this film is a testament to Billy Wilder's directorial genius. It remains endearing and hilarious, transcending generations with its brazen humor and timeless appeal.

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  • Death Becomes Her
    5
    Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn
    102 votes
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

    Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this dark comedy showcases standout performances from Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as two frenemies who discover the secret to eternal youth, only to suffer increasingly macabre consequences. Bruce Willis co-stars as their hapless love interest caught in their immortal rivalry, while Isabella Rossellini steals scenes as a seductive and mysterious sorceress. The film's blend of timeless vanity, jealousy, and physical comedy make it a campy classic that still holds up today.

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  • Heathers
    6
    Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
    88 votes
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Michael Lehmann

    Winona Ryder and Christian Slater star in this dark high school comedy that combines teenage angst, sharp satire, and a morbid sensibility. As the two navigate the social hierarchy of their high school, they hatch a plan to rid the school of its most popular and ruthless students. Its darkly comic approach to tackling serious issues and subverting classic teen movie tropes has solidified its status as a cult favorite.

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