film The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the funniest comedies with zany plots and slapstick humor that were released before 1980.

Slapstick comedy can create the type of belly laughter that is all but impossible to hold back. The best wacky comedy films feature over-the-top characters endangering their physical well-being for a hilarious punchline. This is a list of the top classic comedy movies including everything from Blazing Saddles to The Pink Panther to Duck Soup.

What films will you find on this list of the funniest classic movies? Maybe you'll vote? Monty Python and the Holy Grail to the very top. The scene during which the Black Knight gets his arm cut off and declares it “just a flesh wound” has been tickling funny bones for generations. Young Frankenstein – starring Gene Wilder – is another one of the best classic comedies released before 1980. Jerry Lewis starred in several of the best slapstick films of all time, including the iconic 1963 version of The Nutty Professor. Other good movies featured on this list include Bananas, City Lights, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

Which classic comedy deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up, and please add any great films that are missing.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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Duck Soup is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Duck Soup Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worl... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton

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City Lights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
City Lights Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
The Pink Panther Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
The Jerk Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frank... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lou Costello

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Monty Python's Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Monty Python's Life of Brian Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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History of the World, Part I is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
History of the World, Part I Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner

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Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Up in Smoke Dick Elliott, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey

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A Shot in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
A Shot in the Dark Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders

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Bananas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
Bananas Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Danny DeVito

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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
The Nutty Professor Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson

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High Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
High Anxiety Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Dick Van Patten

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The Kentucky Fried Movie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
The Kentucky Fried Movie Donald Sutherland, Tina Louise, Leslie Nielsen

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The General is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
The General Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender