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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42 18
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
31 11
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand
3
27 8
Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
4
38 17
The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid
5
28 10
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon
6
23 6
The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris
7
28 11
Office Space is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Mike Judge
8
22 8
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
9
18 6
In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith
10
20 8
A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry
11
13 5
What We Do in the Shadows is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi
12
16 8
As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz
13
16 8
Seven Psychopaths is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken
14
16 9
My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio
15
17 10
Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy
16
17 10
Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman
17
23 16
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
18
15 9
Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich
19
14 9
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello
20
15 10
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe
21
14 9
The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray
22
18 14
Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.
23
14 10
Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey
24
14 11
Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman
25
12 9
Amélie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies of All Time
Olha Radomska added Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett