Entertainment 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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35 12
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
26 6
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

3
34 13
The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

4
24 5
Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

5
23 8
Office Space is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Mike Judge

6
18 5
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
16 4
The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

8
17 5
A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

9
15 4
In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

10
14 4
Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich

11
19 9
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

12
13 5
The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray

13
13 5
Seven Psychopaths is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

14
9 3
What We Do in the Shadows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi

15
12 6
As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

16
13 7
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe

17
15 9
Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.

18
12 7
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello

19
11 6
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

20
11 7
Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

21
10 6
Amélie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

22
9 5
Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

23
8 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

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11 8
Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

25
11 8
Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman