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The Greatest Comedy Movie Remakes 

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Updated September 24, 2019 5.1k votes 585 voters 10.5k views 31 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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Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short

Released: 1991

Directed by: Charles Shyer

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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

Released: 1986

Directed by: Frank Oz

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Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

Released: 2012

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Brill

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Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bam Bam Bigelow

Released: 1995

Directed by: Nick Castle

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Frank Oz

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Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Released: 1982

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Tim Allen, Martin Short, Leelee Sobieski

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Pasquin

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Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

Released: 2005

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Damon Wayans

Released: 1987

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

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Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt

Released: 2006

Directed by: Wayne Wang

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Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2013

Directed by: Ben Stiller

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Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Matthew Broderick

Released: 2005

Directed by: Susan Stroman

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Zoe Saldana, Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac

Released: 2005

Directed by: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

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Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Harold Reynolds

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss

Released: 1986

Directed by: Paul Mazursky

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Overboard Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg

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Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons, Bruce Campbell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Hurley, Ellen DeGeneres

Released: 1999

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Kerry Washington, Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2007

Directed by: Chris Rock

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Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette

Released: 2011

Directed by: Craig Gillespie

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