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The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time

Updated March 10, 2021 9.1k votes 1.2k voters 69.0k views95 items

List RulesVote up the movies that have an intelligent way of making you laugh.

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. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy a witty, intellectual, or sarcastic comedy movie every now and then.

Because, a great movie can certainly intertwine comedy and intelligence - or even take on social concerns - 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 Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 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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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

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    Office Space

    Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley

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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

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    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

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    My Cousin Vinny

    Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci

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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    George Clooney, John Goodman

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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

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    A Fish Called Wanda

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

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    What We Do in the Shadows

    Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

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    Jojo Rabbit

    Roman Griffin, Scarlett Johansson

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    Amélie

    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy

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    Dogma

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

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    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Bill Murray, Jude Law

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    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Steve Martin, Michael Caine

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    The Full Monty

    Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

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    Best in Show

    Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge

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