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The Best Intelligent Comedies Of All Time

Updated January 13, 2021 7.2k votes 1.0k voters 58.9k 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

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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  • My Cousin Vinny3
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    Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci

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    George Harrison, John Cleese

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    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

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    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    George Clooney, John Goodman

    Released2000

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    Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley

    Released1999

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  • Airplane!11
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

    Released1988

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1994

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    Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

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    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • Amélie16
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    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy

    Released2001

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  • As Good as It Gets17
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    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

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    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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    Steve Martin, Michael Caine

    Released1988

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  • Best in Show20
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    Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2000

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1999

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    Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson

    Released1997

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    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes

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    Bill Murray, Jude Law

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