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The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked

Updated July 27, 2020 2.4k votes 276 voters 6.1k views21 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1

    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks


    Directed byMel Brooks

    Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene...  more

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  • 2

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam


    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the...  more

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  • 3

    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder


    Directed byMel Brooks

    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring...  more

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  • 4


    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen


    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David...  more

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  • 5

    Monty Python's Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese


    Directed byTerry Jones

    Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film...  more

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  • 6

    History of the World, Part I

    Mel Brooks, Orson Welles


    Directed byMel Brooks

    History of the World, Part I is a 1981 comedy film written, produced, and directed by Mel...  more

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  • 7

    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters


    Directed byCarl Reiner

    The Jerk is a 1979 American comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin,...  more

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  • 8

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy


    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by...  more

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  • 9


    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 10

    Duck Soup

    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx


    Directed byLeo McCarey

    Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby,...  more

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  • 11

    Up in Smoke

    Dick Elliott, Huntz Hall


    Directed byWilliam Beaudine

    Up in Smoke is a film directed by William Beaudine released on Dec 22, 1957....  more

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    A Shot in the Dark

    Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer


    Directed byBlake Edwards

    A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second...  more

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  • 13

    The Kentucky Fried Movie

    Donald Sutherland, Tina Louise


    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Kentucky Fried Movie is an 1977 American anthology comedy film, released in 1977 and...  more

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  • 14

    The Nutty Professor

    Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens


    Directed byJerry Lewis

    The Nutty Professor is a 1963 American comic science fiction feature film produced, directed,...  more

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  • 15

    The Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale


    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama...  more

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  • 16


    Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen


    Directed byWoody Allen

    Bananas is a 1971 American comedy film directed by Woody Allen and starring Allen, Louise...  more

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  • 17

    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

    Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi


    Directed byCharles Barton

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  • 18

    High Anxiety

    Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn


    Directed byMel Brooks

    High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film produced and directed by Mel Brooks, who also plays the...  more

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  • 19

    City Lights

    Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow


    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

    City Lights is a 1931 American romantic comedy film written by, directed by, and starring...  more

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  • 20

    His Girl Friday

    Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell


    Directed byHoward Hawks

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  • 21

    The General

    Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin


    Directed byBuster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

    The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. Inspired by the...  more

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