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The Best Screwball Comedies

Updated December 28, 2019 8.8k votes 663 voters 48.7k views113 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite screwball comedy films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best screwball comedy movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. OK well maybe this isn't every screwball comedy film - it's not like there is an exact definition that you can perfectly put a movie into here - but we have tried to start this list with "classic" Cary Grant-style screwball comedies, and continue it to films of the present day. This screwball comedy movie list is ranked by user votes but can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more, and it also contains screwball comedy movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film.

This list contains the best screwball comedy movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films and is currently ordered from best to worst. Downvote your least favorite movies, and upvote the best ones to see your favorites rise to the top.

If you like Inbred Rednecks or Chain of Fools, then make your voice heard. If we missed any screwball comedy movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous screwball comedy movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about screwball comedy movie lists.

Items here include everything from Phffft! to My Best Friend's Wedding.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these screwball comedy movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good screwball comedy movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest screwball comedy movies, here is the full screwball comedy movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Also, be sure to take a peek at the All-Time Best Comedy Movies, The Best Romantic Comedies, and the Best Stand-Up Comedies on Netflix Instant

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  • 1
    Bringing Up Baby
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    Bringing Up Baby

    Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

    Released1938

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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  • 2
    Some Like It Hot
    146
    65

    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    It Happened One Night
    140
    64

    It Happened One Night

    Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

    Released1934

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It Happened One Night is a 1934 American romantic comedy film with elements of screwball... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    145
    69

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre

    Released1944

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Philadelphia Story
    132
    59

    The Philadelphia Story

    Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

    Released1940

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    His Girl Friday
    144
    69

    His Girl Friday

    Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell

    Released1940

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    His Girl Friday is a 1940 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, from an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    My Man Godfrey
    113
    56

    My Man Godfrey

    Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman

    Released1936

    Directed byGregory La Cava

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  • 8
    Airplane!
    69
    19

    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    116
    59

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    129
    71

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 11
    The Big Lebowski
    124
    67

    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    The Awful Truth
    99
    47

    The Awful Truth

    Cary Grant, Irene Dunne

    Released1937

    Directed byLeo McCarey

    The Awful Truth is a 1937 screwball comedy film starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. The plot... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Blues Brothers
    126
    71

    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • 14
    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
    93
    48

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Released1988

    Directed byDavid Zucker

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  • 15
    A Fish Called Wanda
    101
    57

    A Fish Called Wanda

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Cleese, Charles Crichton

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  • 16
    9 to 5
    80
    39

    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton

    Released1980

    Directed byColin Higgins

    9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Overboard
    89
    54

    Overboard

    Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

    Released1987

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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  • 18
    The Jerk
    88
    54

    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

    Released1979

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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  • 19
    Animal Crackers
    73
    40

    Animal Crackers

    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

    Released1930

    Directed byVictor Heerman

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  • 20
    What's Up, Doc?
    94
    60

    What's Up, Doc?

    Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid

    Released1972

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 screwball comedy film released by Warner Bros., directed by Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    The Odd Couple
    78
    47

    The Odd Couple

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

    Released1968

    Directed byGene Saks

    The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Grumpy Old Men
    71
    43

    Grumpy Old Men

    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah

    Released1993

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    A Night at the Opera
    73
    48

    A Night at the Opera

    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

    Released1935

    Directed bySam Wood, Edmund Goulding

    A Night at the Opera is a 1935 American comedy film starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Harvey
    70
    50

    Harvey

    James Stewart, Fess Parker

    Released1950

    Directed byHenry Koster

    Harvey is a 1950 film based on Mary Chase's play of the same name, directed by Henry Koster,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
    58
    39

    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

    Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi

    Released1948

    Directed byCharles Barton

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