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The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes

Updated September 24, 2019 4.2k votes 593 voters 10.8k views31 items

As much as everyone loves classic films, it’s good practice to update older movies every once in a while to introduce them to modern audiences. This is especially true when it comes to comedy, where it’s possible for some of the funniest movies to lose their bite when the references grow stale, or completely out of fashion all together. If you’ve ever tried to watch one of your favorite comedies with a younger sibling, you totally know what we’re talking about. This list of comedies that have been remade is the perfect jumping off point for introducing young audiences to your favorite classic comedies.

Remakes tend to get a bad rap in the film community, but it's not clear why. Recently there have been a slew of great franchise reboots and film remakes that have blown movie-goers' socks off (21 Jump Street anyone?), and hopefully it’s making Hollywood rethink their remake model. With the new guard of blockbuster filmmaker who is happy to give reverence to the past, while forging something new with their remake, audiences will get a handful of great comedies that are being remade and are just as funny, if not more so, than the original.

The comedy remake and reboots on this list, are definitely some of the funniest remakes out there. Vote up the comedy film remakes that you think did the original film justice (or even surpassed the original story), and if you think a great comedy reboot is missing, add it to the list!
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    The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    The Birdcage

    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman

    Released1996

    Directed byMike Nichols

    The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978... more
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    Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Released1991

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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    Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film... more
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    Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher... more

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    Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Guess Who

    Zoe Saldana, Ashton Kutcher

    Released2005

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

    Guess Who is a 2005 American comedy film about race relations directed by Kevin Rodney... more

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    Fever Pitch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Fever Pitch

    Joe Buck, Tim McCarver

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Fever Pitch is a 2005 Farrelly brothers romantic comedy film starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy... more
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    Mr Deeds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Mr Deeds

    Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Brill

    Mr. Deeds is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Steven Brill and starring Adam Sandler... more

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    Major Payne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Major Payne

    Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons

    Released1995

    Directed byNick Castle

    Major Payne is a 1995 comedy film, starring Damon Wayans.
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    You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    You've Got Mail

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1998

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Down and Out in Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Down and Out in Beverly Hills

    Nick Nolte, Bette Midler

    Released1986

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu... more
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    The Ladykillers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    The Ladykillers

    Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons

    Released2004

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Steve Martin, Michael Caine

    Released1988

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    Jungle 2 Jungle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Jungle 2 Jungle

    Tim Allen, Martin Short

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

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    Roxanne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Roxanne

    Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah

    Released1987

    Directed byFred Schepisi

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    Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

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    The Toy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    The Toy

    Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Bad News Bears

    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2005

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    Down to Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Down to Earth

    Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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    About Last Night is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    About Last Night

    Paula Patton, Kevin Hart

    Released2014

    Directed bySteve Pink

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    Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Last Holiday

    Queen Latifah, LL Cool J

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Wang

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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Sean Penn, Ben Stiller

    Released2013

    Directed byBen Stiller

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    The Producers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    The Producers

    Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell

    Released2005

    Directed bySusan Stroman

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    Reefer Madness: The Movie Musi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical

    Kristen Bell, Neve Campbell

    Released2005

    Directed byAndy Fickman

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    EDtv is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes
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    EDtv

    Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Hurley

    Released1999

    Directed byRon Howard

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