Comedy The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best intelligent movies, or those that are smart, clever, etc.

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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Office Space is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Office Space Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Mike Judge

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

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Our Idiot Brother is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Our Idiot Brother Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones

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Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Burn After Reading Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
The Royal Tenenbaums Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray

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

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

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Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Best in Show Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
My Cousin Vinny Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
O Brother, Where Art Thou? George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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

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The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
The Full Monty Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Life of Brian George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

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Seven Psychopaths is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Seven Psychopaths Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

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Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Bridesmaids Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

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Love Actually is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Love Actually Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

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A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
A Fish Called Wanda Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

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3 idiots is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
3 idiots Kareena Kapoor, Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan

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Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Thank You for Smoking Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Groundhog Day Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Sideways Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church

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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
In Bruges Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy

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Bernie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine