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The Funniest Movies About Death & Dying

Updated April 22, 2020 542 votes 104 voters 8.3k views24 items

List RulesVote up the most hilarious comedies about dying.

Death is a topic so serious that it is rife for comedy. The top funny movies about death feature hilarious actors grappling with dying - or even with their own demise. This is a list of the greatest funny movies about death including everything from Death Becomes Her to Weekend at Bernie's to Defending Your Life.

What films will you find on this list of the funniest death movies? Monty Python's The Meaning of Life mines topics like the Grim Reaper for comedy gold. As for the meaning of life itself, the film reveals it: "Try and be nice to people, avoid getting fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations." Beetlejuice is an absurd look at a recently deceased couple who have decided to haunt their old residence. Other good films featured on this list include Shaun of the Dead, Heathers, and Jawbreaker.

Can you pick a favorite from these comedies about death? Give your choices a thumbs up to make sure the best features end up in the top spot.

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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder
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    Death Becomes Her

    Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis
    This film is a 1992 American black comedy-fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and...  more

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    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
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    Death at a Funeral

    Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk

    This is as funny as a family funeral movie could be.

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    Very Bad Things

    Cameron Diaz, Christian Slater
    Very Bad Things is a 1998 black comedy film directed by Peter Berg, based on the book by Gene...  more
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    In Bruges

    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes
    In Bruges is a 2008 British-American comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The...  more

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    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell
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    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty
    Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael...  more

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    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd
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    Rose McGowan, Julie Benz
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    Death at a Funeral

    Zoe Saldana, Chris Rock
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    World's Greatest Dad

    Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara
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    I Love You to Death

    Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves
    This film is a 1990 American dark comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is based in...  more
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    Heart and Souls

    Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue
    Heart and Souls is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring...  more
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    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman
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    Wristcutters: A Love Story

    Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb
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    Death to Smoochy

    Robin Williams, Edward Norton
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    Defending Your Life

    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine
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    Man Bites Dog

    Bernard Frédéric, Edith Lemerdy
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    Jennifer's Body

    Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried
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    Ghost Town

    Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais
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    The Devil and Max Devlin

    Bill Cosby, Elliott Gould
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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson
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    Sword of Trust

    Marc Maron, Jon Bass
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