Comedies The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time  

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Intelligent comedies really aren't too easy to come by—or they're at least far less common. Simply put, most people want constant laughter, regardless of content. In other words, what most consider the be the best comedies of all time don't typically fall under the intelligent category. Be that as it may, it's not to say smart and clever comedies don't exist, or that they aren't funny. It's just the fact we all love dumb humor, and there's nothing wrong with that. 

Nevertheless, a great movie can certainly intertwine comedy and intelligence, and it happens all the time. Even quintessential comedies can incorporate such elements sometimes. Whether it be a solid storyline, a strong setting, or even high-brow jokes, some of the big screen's top comedies do more than just make us laugh. The Truman Show is a prime example. While funny, the film also makes us feel emotion and think. The same goes for other funny flicks like Groundhog Day and Burn After Reading, among many others. So, of all the clever and intelligent comedies out there, which are the best?

Check out the list of comedies below and vote up those you feel incorporate a little more into the story and ultimately warrant themselves a smart comedy. Feel free to add more to the list as well. 

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27 9
Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

2
29 11
The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

3
20 4
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

4
22 7
Office Space is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Mike Judge

5
17 3
Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

6
13 3
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

7
12 3
In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

8
12 3
As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

9
13 4
A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

10
13 4
The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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11 3
Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

12
11 4
Seven Psychopaths is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

13
13 7
Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.

14
9 4
The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray

15
9 4
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

16
13 9
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

17
7 3
Amélie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

18
6 2
Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

19
10 7
Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

20
9 6
My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

21
8 5
Our Idiot Brother is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones

22
7 4
Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

23
7 4
The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

24
15 13
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

25
10 8
Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman