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The Funniest Movies About Ghosts 

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Updated April 22, 2020 2.2k votes 312 voters 19.2k views 43 items

List Rules Vote up the most hilarious comedies about the ghosts and paranormal activity.

There's a fine line between terror and comedy when it comes to the funniest ghost movies. The top comedies about ghosts feature hapless mortals battling against spooky - and often silly - spirits. This is a list of the greatest funny movies about ghosts including everything from Scooby Doo to Ghost Dad to The Haunted Mansion.

What films will you find on this list of ghost comedy movies? Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote and starred in Ghostbusters, which brought together a talented cast including Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and more. The classic comedy follows a group of parapsychologists ridding New York City of its problematic paranormal activity. The 2016 remake, starring Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon, is also a hilarious movie about ghosts. Tim Burton perfectly balanced humor and horror with his 1988 film Beetlejuice. Other good ghost movies featured on this list include A Haunted House, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and The Time of Their Lives.

Do you have a favorite funny ghost film? Vote the best movies up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tim Burton

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has ...more

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Ghostbusters II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters II is a 1989 American science fiction fantasy comedy film produced and directed by Ivan Reitman. It is the sequel to the 1984 film Ghostbusters and follows the further adventures of ...more

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The Frighteners is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson, R. Lee Ermey

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Frighteners is a 1996 New Zealand-American horror comedy film directed by Peter Jackson and co-written with his wife, Fran Walsh. The film stars Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, ...more

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Richard Donner

Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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The Haunted Mansion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

The Haunted Mansion is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film based on the attraction of the same name at Disney theme parks. The film was directed by Rob Minkoff, written by David Berenbaum and ...more

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Casper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty

Released: 1995

Directed by: Brad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and ...more

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Ghost Town is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Koepp

Ghost Town is a 2008 American supernatural comedy-drama film directed by David Koepp, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Kamps. It stars English comedian Ricky Gervais in his first ...more

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The Ghost and Mr. Chicke... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Dick Sargent

Released: 1966

Directed by: Alan Rafkin

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is a 1966 American comedy-drama film starring Don Knotts as Luther Heggs, a newspaper typesetter who spends a night in a haunted house, which is located in the ...more

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High Spirits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
High Spirits Liam Neeson, Jennifer Tilly, Peter O'Toole

Released: 1988

Directed by: Neil Jordan

High Spirits is a 1988 fantasy comedy film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Steve Guttenberg, Daryl Hannah, Beverly D'Angelo, Liam Neeson and Peter O'Toole. Set in a remote Irish castle ...more

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Haunted Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise

Released: 1986

Directed by: Gene Wilder

Haunted Honeymoon is a 1986 comedy movie starring Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise, and Jonathan Pryce. Wilder also served as the film's writer and director. The film also marked Radner's ...more

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Blithe Spirit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added Rex Harrison, Noël Coward, Margaret Rutherford

Released: 1945

Directed by: David Lean

Blithe Spirit is a 1945 English fantasy-comedy film directed by David Lean. The screenplay by Lean, cinematographer Ronald Neame and associate producer Anthony Havelock-Allan is based on ...more

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film loosely based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton ...more

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A Haunted House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, David Koechner

Released: 2013

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

From the creators of "Scary Movie" comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. When newlyweds Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha ...more

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The Canterville Ghost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added Charles Laughton, Margaret O'Brien, Robert Young

Released: 1944

Directed by: Jules Dassin, Norman Z. McLeod

The Canterville Ghost is a 1944 fantasy/comedy film directed by Jules Dassin, loosely based on the short story of the same title by Oscar Wilde. It starred Charles Laughton as a ghost doomed to ...more
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Hold That Ghost is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard

Released: 1941

Directed by: Arthur Lubin

Hold That Ghost is a 1941 comedy horror film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and featuring Joan Davis, Evelyn Ankers, and Richard Carlson. On August 1, 1941, Abbott and Costello ...more
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Topper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young

Released: 1937

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

Topper is an American comedy film starring Constance Bennett and Cary Grant which tells the story of a stuffy, stuck-in-his-ways man, Cosmo Topper who is haunted by the ghosts of a fun-loving ...more
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Blackbeard's Ghost is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Blackbeard's Ghost Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette
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Just like Heaven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Kari Castanza added Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mark Waters

Just Like Heaven is an American romantic comedy fantasy film released on September 16, 2005, in the United States and Canada. Set in San Francisco, it was directed by Mark Waters, starring Reese ...more

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Blackbeard's Ghost is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Ustinov, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1968

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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The Ghost Goes Wild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added The Ghost Goes Wild Edward Everett Horton, Anne Gwynne, James Ellison

Released: 1947

Directed by: George Blair

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Scary Movie 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Anna Faris, Tim Curry, James Woods

Released: 2001

Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans

Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American horror comedy film and the second film in the Scary Movie franchise. The film stars Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans (all reprising their ...more

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Topper Takes a Trip is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young

Released: 1939

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

Topper Takes a Trip is a 1938 film sequel of Topper Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke and Alan Mowbray reprised their roles from the earlier movie; only Cary Grant was missing. A ...more
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The Ghost Breakers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Movies About Ghosts
Susan Bertolini added Bob Hope, Anthony Quinn, Paulette Goddard

Released: 1940

Directed by: George Marshall

The Ghost Breakers 1940 is a comedy film directed by George Marshall and starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. The film was adapted by Walter DeLeon from the play The Ghost Breaker by Paul ...more