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20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy 

Alan Smithee
Updated October 13, 2018 425 votes 81 voters 3.3k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up the classic comedies appropriate for kids and teens that will teach them to love and respect the genre.

Face it - the older kids get, the less they can subsist on a diet of Disney and Pixar for their comedic needs. Teens and tweens especially grow tired of being shielded from adult realities by cutesy comedies, but you don't want to get kids into comedy with inappropriate material. While a 12-year-old may beg to go see the latest Seth Rogen film, it's probably not the best film for a prepubescent audience. You need to find films with some substance - intelligent comedy films with unique premises that do not rely on explicit material for laughs. Below, you'll find some great comedy movies for beginners. These films will help your kids appreciate the genre and some may even be enriching. 

Sure, R-rated films can be excellent. Bridesmaids and There's Something About Mary are lauded as masterpieces, but aren't great for kids. What are some classic comedy movies kids can watch? There's the bittersweet Mrs. Doubtfire, which undercuts its ridiculous premise with a heartfelt message about divorce. School of Rock can help introduce your kids to both comedy and musical history. Groundhog Day speaks a lot to living a moral life. 

What are the best comedy films to show kids? Vote up your favorites below! 

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Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy
Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon
Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...more

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Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field
Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. A recently divorced actor (Robin Williams) decides to ...more

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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
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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James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen
The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more

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Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham
The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Carmen Electra
Bedtime Stories is a 2008 American family-fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman that stars Adam Sandler in his first appearance in a family-oriented film. Sandler's production company ...more

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John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau
Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more

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Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove
School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more

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Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis
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Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm
Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian ...more

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Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear
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George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
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Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd
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Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff
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