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The Best Comedy Movies of 2016

Updated June 14, 2019 4.7k votes 1.3k voters 103.1k views25 items

Hilarious action films, raunchy teen comedies, and female-led casts dominated the funniest films of 2016. The best 2016 comedy movies brought in millions at the box office while offering movie goers lots of laughs at the theater. This is a list of the best comedy movies of 2016 featuring everything from The Nice Guys to War Dogs to Sausage Party.

What films will you find on this list of the top comedy movies of 2016? Comic book fans might vote Deadpool to the top. Usually, superhero movies are serious action dramas, but the title character's foul-mouthed sense of humor made this film a laugh-out-loud success. The film's lead actors – Ryan Reynolds and T.J. Miller – both showcased their comedy roots throughout the adventure. The updated version of Ghostbusters was also one of the most popular comedy movies of the year. Richard Linklater provided fans with the funny with Everybody Wants Some!!, the spiritual successor to Dazed and Confused. Other good films featured on this roundup of the funniest 2016 movies include How to Be Single, Why Him?, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Which 2016 comedy did you like the best? Take a look at this list and give your favorites a thumbs up to make sure they land in the number one spot.

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    Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin
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    Released2016

    Directed byTim MIller

    Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being given mutant abilities with a scarred physical appearance, Wade Wilson (Ryan...  more
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    Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling
    185
    101

    Released2016

    Directed byShane Black

    The Nice Guys is a 2016 American neo-noir action comedy film directed by Shane Black. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film focuses on a private eye and a tough enforcer who team up to investigate the...  more
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    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell
    150
    89

    Released2016

    Directed byBen Falcone

    The Boss is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone, released on April 8, 2016, by Universal Pictures. The story follows Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), a titan of industry who is...  more
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    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart
    164
    109

    Released2016

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action-spy comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne...  more
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    James Franco, Bryan Cranston
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    147
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    Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn
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    126

    Released2016

    Directed byJon Lucas, Scott Moore

    Bad Moms is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. When three overworked and under-appreciated moms (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) are pushed beyond their...  more
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    Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy
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    110

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Ghostbusters (alternatively known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and marketed as such on home release) is a 2016 American supernatural action comedy horror film directed by Paul Feig. It is the...  more
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    Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks
    115
    99

    Released2016

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton, and a sequel to Finding Nemo. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres),...  more
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  • 9
    Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer
    55
    53

    Released2016

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

    Barbershop: The Next Cut is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. It is the sequel to 2004's Barbershop 2: Back in Business and the...  more
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  • 10
    Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick
    104
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    Released2016

    Directed byJake Szymanski

    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Jake Szymanski. Mike and Dave (Zac Efron and Adam DeVine) put out an ad for dates to their sister's wedding, and slacker...  more
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    Alastair Duncan, Vincent Riotta
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    100

    Released1994

    Directed byStelvio Massi

    War Dogs is a 1994 action film written by Daniel Stone and directed by Stelvio Massi....  more
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    Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone
    61
    76

    Released2016

    Directed byAkiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a 2016 American mockumentary comedy film directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and written, produced by and starring Andy Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone....  more
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  • 13
    Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key
    72
    91

    Released2016

    Directed byPeter Atencio

    Keanu is a 2016 American buddy action comedy film directed by Peter Atencio. When the adorable kitten of an L.A. crime kingpin unexpectedly enters the life of two cousins (Jordan Peele and...  more
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    Robert De Niro, Zac Efron
    97
    128

    Directed byDan Mazer

    Dirty Grandpa is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Dan Mazer and written by John Philips. The film stars Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza and Dermot Mulroney. It was...  more
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  • 15
    Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong
    72
    96
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    Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch
    39
    53

    Released2016

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Everybody Wants Some!! is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater. In 1980, a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of...  more
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    Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig
    97
    143

    Released2016

    Directed byGreg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

    Sausage Party is a 2016 American adult computer-animated comedy thriller film directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon and written by Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. A...  more
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    Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay
    33
    49

    Released2016

    Directed byMatt Ross

    Captain Fantastic is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen. The story centers on a family who are forced by circumstances to reintegrate...  more
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  • 19
    Josh Brolin, George Clooney
    26
    51

    Released2016

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Hail, Caesar! is a 2016 comedy film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. A Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line, which includes a pregnant actress (Scarlett...  more
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    Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg
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    62

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Café Society is a 2016 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The plot follows a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) who moves to 1930s Los Angeles to work for his uncle...  more
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    Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter
    20
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    Tina Fey, Margot Robbie
    30
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    Directed byGlenn Ficarra, John Requa

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a 2016 American biographical war comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Robert Carlock, based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange...  more
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  • 23
    Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson
    55
    138

    Released2016

    Directed byChristian Ditter

    How to Be Single is a 2016 American romantic comedy film directed by Christian Ditter and written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, based on the novel of the same name by Liz Tuccillo. Alice (Dakota...  more
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    Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley
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    Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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