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The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time

Updated September 29, 2020 6.0k votes 914 voters 52.4k views52 items

List RulesVote up the best intelligent comedy 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. 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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  • 1
    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 2
    Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

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    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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  • 4
    Office Space is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Office Space

    Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley

    Released1999

    Directed byMike Judge

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  • 5
    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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  • 7
    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 8
    Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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  • 9
    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 10
    What We Do in the Shadows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    What We Do in the Shadows

    Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

    Released2014

    Directed byTaika Waititi, Jemaine Clement

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  • 11
    My Cousin Vinny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    My Cousin Vinny

    Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci

    Released1992

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

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  • 12
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    George Clooney, John Goodman

    Released2000

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 13
    A Fish Called Wanda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    A Fish Called Wanda

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Cleese, Charles Crichton

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  • 14
    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • 15
    Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 16
    Amélie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Amélie

    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

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  • 17
    Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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  • 18
    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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  • 19
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Steve Martin, Michael Caine

    Released1988

    Directed byFrank Oz

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  • 20
    Dogma is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Dogma

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1999

    Directed byKevin Smith

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  • 21
    Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Best in Show

    Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Guest

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    In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    In Bruges

    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

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    The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    Thank You for Smoking

    Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall

    Released2005

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    The Full Monty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time
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    The Full Monty

    Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Cattaneo

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