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The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked

Updated July 27, 2020 2.2k votes 266 voters 5.8k 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.

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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

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    Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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

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    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene... more on Wikipedia
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    Monty Python's Life of Bri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Monty Python's Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

    Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film... more on Wikipedia
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    History of the World, Part I is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    History of the World, Part I

    Mel Brooks, Orson Welles

    Released1981

    Directed byMel Brooks

    History of the World, Part I is a 1981 comedy film written, produced, and directed by Mel... more on Wikipedia
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    The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

    Released1979

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    The Jerk is a 1979 American comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    The Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1963

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama... more on Wikipedia
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad  is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Kramer

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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Duck Soup is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Duck Soup

    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

    Released1933

    Directed byLeo McCarey

    Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby,... more on Wikipedia
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    Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Up in Smoke

    Dick Elliott, Huntz Hall

    Released1957

    Directed byWilliam Beaudine

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    High Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    High Anxiety

    Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn

    Released1977

    Directed byMel Brooks

    High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film produced and directed by Mel Brooks, who also plays the... more on Wikipedia
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    A Shot in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    A Shot in the Dark

    Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer

    Released1964

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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    The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    The Nutty Professor

    Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens

    Released1963

    Directed byJerry Lewis

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    The Kentucky Fried Movie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    The Kentucky Fried Movie

    Donald Sutherland, Tina Louise

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Kentucky Fried Movie is an 1977 American anthology comedy film, released in 1977 and... more on Wikipedia
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    Bananas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Bananas

    Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen

    Released1971

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Bananas is a 1971 American comedy film directed by Woody Allen and starring Allen, Louise... more on Wikipedia
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    City Lights is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    City Lights

    Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow

    Released1931

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

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    His Girl Friday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    His Girl Friday

    Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell

    Released1940

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

    Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi

    Released1948

    Directed byCharles Barton

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    The General is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Classic Wacky Comedies, Ranked
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    The General

    Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin

    Released1926

    Directed byBuster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

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