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The Best Campy Comedy Movies, Ranked

Updated June 14, 2019 2.1k votes 230 voters 12.3k 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 thumbs up and please add any good movies we may have missed.

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  • Clue1
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    Clue

    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

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  • Young Frankenstein2
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene... more on Wikipedia
  • Heathers3
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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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    Hairspray

    Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Waters

    Hairspray is a 1988 American romantic musical comedy film written and directed by John Waters,... more on Wikipedia
  • Some Like It Hot5
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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Birdcage6
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    The Birdcage

    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman

    Released1996

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • Little Shop of Horrors7
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    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byFrank Oz

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  • Batman8
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    Batman

    Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero

    Released1966

    Directed byLeslie H. Martinson

    Batman, often promoted as Batman: The Movie, is a 1966 film based on the Batman television... more on Wikipedia
  • The Jerk9
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    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

    Released1979

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    The Jerk is a 1979 American comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin,... more on Wikipedia
  • Death Becomes Her10
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    Death Becomes Her

    Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery11
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    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell

    Released1997

    Directed byJay Roach

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the... more on Wikipedia
  • Pink Flamingos12
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    Pink Flamingos

    John Waters, Divine

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Waters

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  • But I'm a Cheerleader13
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    But I'm a Cheerleader

    Michelle Williams, RuPaul

    Released1999

    Directed byJamie Babbit

    But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cry-Baby14
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    Cry-Baby

    Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn Waters

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  • Flash Gordon15
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    Flash Gordon

    Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow

    Released1980

    Directed byMike Hodges

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  • Ed Wood16
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    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released1994

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Barbarella17
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    Barbarella

    Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg

    Released1968

    Directed byRoger Vadim

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  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar18
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    Released1995

    Directed byBeeban Kidron

    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a 1995 American comedy film, starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • Serial Mom19
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    Serial Mom

    Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Waters

    Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Batman & Robin20
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    Batman & Robin

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • Bride of Chucky21
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    Bride of Chucky

    Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Tilly

    Released1998

    Directed byRonny Yu

    Bride of Chucky is a 1998 black comedy horror film distributed by Universal Pictures. It is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Johnny Dangerously22
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    Johnny Dangerously

    Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus

    Released1984

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Johnny Dangerously is a 1984 American parody of 1930s' movies. It was directed by Amy... more on Wikipedia

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  • Polyester23
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    Polyester

    Jay Leno, Divine

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Waters

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  • Howard the Duck24
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    Howard the Duck

    Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones

    Released1986

    Directed byWillard Huyck

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    Showgirls

    Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon

    Released1995

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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