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20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy

Updated October 13, 2018 696 votes 81 voters 3.5k views20 items

List RulesVote 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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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more on Wikipedia

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    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy... more on Wikipedia
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    Click is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Click

    Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken

    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    Click is a 2006 American science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Frank Coraci, written... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan... more on Wikipedia

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    Bedtime Stories is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Bedtime Stories

    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox

    Released2008

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    Bedtime Stories is a 2008 American family-fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman that... more on Wikipedia

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    Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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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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    My Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice... more on Wikipedia

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    Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Big is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Time Bandits

    Sean Connery, John Cleese

    Released1981

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the... more on Wikipedia
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    School of Rock

    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy
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    Bad News Bears

    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2005

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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