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Titans of comedy! These kings of clowning are the best comedy directors ever to make side-splitting movies. This list includes film directors that specialize in hilarious slapstick, comedy-dramas, directing their own work, or just know how to capture perfect comedic timing. The prove comedy may be tough, but they're tougher, earning a spot among the top comedy directors in the entire world of film. 

This list includes frequent Hollywood collaborators like the Farrelly Brothers (known for Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary, among others) and Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker, responsible for Airplane!, one of the funniest movies of all time. This list of the funniest directors spans the history of the big screen, starting with Charlie Chaplin, who made his first silent movie in 1921.

Vote up the directors with the most successful comedies under their belts or who just make you laugh the most!
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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic ...more

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Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Harold Ramis Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Russell Ziskey in Stripes; he ...more

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John Landis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
John Landis Animal House, Trading Places, Coming to America John David Landis is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He is known for his comedy films, his horror films, and his music videos with Michael Jackson. He directed ...more

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Charlie Chaplin Modern Times, The Great Dictator, City Lights Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ...more

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Coen Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Coen Brothers The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou? Fargo, No Country for Old Men

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John Hughes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
John Hughes Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Planes Trains & Automobiles John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the ...more

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Rob Reiner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Rob Reiner When Harry Met Sally, This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride Robert "Rob" Reiner is an American actor, director, producer, and activist. As an actor, Reiner first came to national prominence with the role of Michael Stivic, son-in-law of Archie ...more

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Ivan Reitman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Ivan Reitman Ghostbusters, Stripes, Kindergarten Cop Ivan Reitman, OC is a Jewish Czechoslovak-born Canadian film producer and director, best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture ...more

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Terry Jones Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life Terence Graham Parry "Terry" Jones is a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.

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Edgar Wright is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Edgar Wright Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End Edgar Howard Wright is an English film and television director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of ...more

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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Kevin Smith Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy Kevin Smith is a film producer.

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Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Judd Apatow The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This is 40 Judd Apatow is an American producer, director, comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in comedy films, and is the founder of Apatow Productions and also developed the ...more

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Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Mike Judge Office Space, Idiocracy, Beavis and Butt-head Do America Michael Craig "Mike" Judge, is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, musician, and cartoonist. He created and starred in the animated television series Beavis and ...more

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Billy Wilder Some Like It Hot, Sabrina, The Apartment Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most ...more

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Ben Stiller Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Cable Guy Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his ...more

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Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Wes Anderson Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Wesley Wales "Wes" Anderson is an American film director and screenwriter. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative style. He was nominated for the Academy Award ...more

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Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Carl Reiner The Jerk, Summer School, Oh God! Carl Reiner is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He is best known for his role in a comedy duo with Mel Brooks. He is also known for his role on Your ...more

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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Woody Allen Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, What's Up Tiger Lily? Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright, whose career spans more than 50 years. He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes ...more

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Adam McKay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Adam McKay Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights Adam McKay is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he co-wrote the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step ...more

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Terry Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Charley Feldman added Terry Gilliam Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam is a actor, animator, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and a writer.

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Richard Linklater is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Richard Linklater Dazed and Confused, The School of Rock, Bernie Richard Stuart Linklater is an American film director and screenwriter. He is known for the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused, the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset ...more

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Farrelly brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Farrelly brothers Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Kingpin Peter John Farrelly and Robert Leo "Bobby" Farrelly, Jr., professionally known as the Farrelly brothers, are American screenwriters and directors. They have made eleven films to date, ...more

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Christopher Guest Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, better known as Christopher Guest, is an English-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British ...more

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David Zucker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
David Zucker Airplane!, The Naked Gun, The Naked Gun 2 1/2 David S. Zucker is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

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Blake Edwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Charley Feldman added Blake Edwards Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark Blake Edwards was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. Edwards' career began in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon turned to writing screenplays and radio scripts before turning ...more

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
CraigAlarm added Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder, is an American stage and screen comic actor, director, screenwriter, author, and activist. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his ...more

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Buster Keaton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Charley Feldman added Buster Keaton Sunset Boulevard, It's a Mad, Mad Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, filmmaker, stunt performer, and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was ...more

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Frank Oz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Frank Oz Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Little Shop of Horrors Frank Oz is an English-born American puppeteer, actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his puppeteering work, where he performed the Muppet characters of Miss ...more

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Robert Zemeckis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
CraigAlarm added Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Zemeckis first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director and creator of the science fiction comedy Back ...more

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Charley Feldman added Frank Capra It's a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Frank Russell Capra was an Italian-born American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. His ...more

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Penny Marshall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Penny Marshall Big, A League of Their Own Carole Penny Marshall is an American actress, director, and producer. After playing several small roles for television, she was cast as Laverne DeFazio on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley, which ...more

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Todd Phillips is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Todd Phillips The Hangover, Old School, Due Date Todd Phillips is an actor, screenwriter, writer, film director and producer.

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Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Tim Burton Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, macabre, and quirky horror and fantasy films such as ...more

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Chris Columbus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Chris Columbus Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Adventures in Babysitting Chris Joseph Columbus is an American filmmaker. Columbus is known for directing such movies as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Doubtfire, ...more

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Howard Hawks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
PeteBoyle added Howard Hawks Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, Twentieth Century Howard Winchester Hawks was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. He is popular for his films from a wide range of genres such as Scarface, Bringing ...more

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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
CraigAlarm added Danny DeVito The War of the Roses, Throw Momma From the Train, Men in Black Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, Jr. is an American actor, producer and director. He first gained prominence for his portrayal of taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma on Taxi, for which he won ...more

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James L. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Charley Feldman added James L. Brooks Big, Jerry Maguire, As Good as It Gets James Lawrence "Jim" Brooks is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Growing up in North Bergen, New Jersey, Brooks endured a fractured family life and passed the time by ...more

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Peter Segal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Peter Segal Tommy Boy, 50 First Dates, Get Smart Peter Segal is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.

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Jay Roach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Jay Roach Austin Powers, Meet the Parents, The Campaign Matthew Jay Roach is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for directing the Austin Powers films and Meet the Parents.

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Jim Abrahams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Jim Abrahams Airplane!, Hot Shots!, Big Business James S. "Jim" Abrahams is an American movie director and writer.

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Tom Shadyac is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Tom Shadyac Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty Thomas Peter "Tom" Shadyac is an Aramean American comedian, director, screenwriter, producer, author and occasional film actor. Shadyac, who was the youngest joke-writer ever for ...more

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
zeith added Jackie Chan Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised ...more

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Buck Henry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
CraigAlarm added Buck Henry The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait, What's Up Henry Zuckerman, credited as Buck Henry, is an American actor, writer, film director, and television director. He has been nominated for an Academy Award twice, in 1968 for Best Adapted ...more

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Amy Heckerling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Amy Heckerling Clueless, European Vacation, Look Who's Talking Amy Heckerling is an American film director. She is an alumna of both New York University and the American Film Institute. She has had a commercially successful career with films including Fast ...more

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Greg Mottola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Greg Mottola Superbad, Adventureland, Paul Gregory J. "Greg" Mottola is an American filmmaker, screenwriter and television director. Mottola wrote and directed the 1996 independent film The Daytrippers, then concentrated for ...more

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Spike Jonze is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
CraigAlarm added Spike Jonze The Wolf of Wall Street, Being John Malkovich, Moneyball Spike Jonze is an American director, producer, screenwriter and actor, whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television. He started his feature film directing career with Being ...more

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Bobcat Goldthwait is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
CraigAlarm added Bobcat Goldthwait Hercules, Scrooged, One Crazy Summer Robert Francis "Bobcat" Goldthwait is an American film director, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, voice artist, and comedian, known for his acerbic black comedy, delivered ...more

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Preston Sturges is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
qvetch added Preston Sturges Sullivan's Travels, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, The Great Moment Preston Sturges was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. In 1941, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three ...more

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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
CraigAlarm added Seth MacFarlane Ted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Movie 43 Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, animator, cartoonist, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, and songwriter. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and co-creator of ...more

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Ernst Lubitsch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comedy Directors in Film History
Charley Feldman added Ernst Lubitsch Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, Trouble in Paradise Ernst Lubitsch was a German American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His urbane comedies of manners gave him the reputation of being Hollywood's most elegant and sophisticated ...more