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The Best Campy Comedy Movies

Updated June 3, 2021 2.1k votes 243 voters 13.3k views38 items

List RulesVote up the funniest, most ridiculous camp comedies.

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 vote up and vote down any movies you think other campy movie fans should skip.

  • 1


    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd


    Directed byJonathan Lynn

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  • 2

    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks


    Directed byMel 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 cast...  more

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  • 3


    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty


    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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  • 4


    Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller


    Directed byJohn 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, Colleen...  more

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  • 5

    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon


    Directed byBilly 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 order...  more

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  • 6

    The Birdcage

    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman


    Directed byMike 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 Williams) and his...  more

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  • 7

    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin


    Directed byFrank 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 Menken and...  more

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  • 8

    But I'm a Cheerleader

    Michelle Williams, RuPaul


    Directed byJamie 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 whose...  more

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  • 9

    Death Becomes Her

    Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis


    Directed byRobert 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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  • 10


    Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero


    Directed byLeslie 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 20th...  more

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  • 11

    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters


    Directed byCarl 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 also...  more

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  • 12

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell


    Directed byJay 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, who...  more

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  • 13

    Pink Flamingos

    John Waters, Divine


    Directed byJohn 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 released, it...  more

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  • 14

    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker


    Directed byTim 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 made...  more

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  • 15


    Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg


    Directed byRoger 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 was...  more

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  • 16


    Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole


    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    Supergirl is a 1984 British superhero film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and is a spin-off to Alexander and Ilya Salkind's Superman film series....  more

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  • 17

    Serial Mom

    Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner


    Directed byJohn 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 Lillard...  more

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  • 18


    Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe


    Directed byJohn 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 large ensemble...  more

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  • 19

    Johnny Dangerously

    Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus


    Directed byAmy 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 an...  more

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  • 20

    Bride of Chucky

    Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Tilly


    Directed byRonny 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 directed by...  more

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  • 21


    Jay Leno, Divine


    Directed byJohn 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 "Odorama", whereby...  more
  • 22

    Howard the Duck

    Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones


    Directed byWillard 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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  • 23

    Spice World

    Elton John, Victoria Beckham


    Directed byBob 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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  • 24


    Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon


    Directed byPaul 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 centers on...  more

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  • 25

    Flash Gordon

    Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow


    Directed byMike 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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