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The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time

Updated January 13, 2021 8.6k votes 1.2k voters 63.3k views92 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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    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

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    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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    George Harrison, John Cleese

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    George Clooney, John Goodman

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    Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

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    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

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    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

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