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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 3.4k 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

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

Released: 1993

Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

Released: 1993

Directed by: David M. Evans

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John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Carmen Electra

Released: 2008

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove

Released: 2003

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Released: 1989

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Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis

Released: 1985

Directed by: Walter Hill

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Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear

Released: 2005

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Released: 2009

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Released: 1991

Directed by: Howard Zieff

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