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List Rules Vote 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 screwball comedy films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best screwball comedy movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films. It  can be sorted alphabetically, by director, by year, and more, but 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.

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These are the top films in the screwball comedy genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the screwball comedy genre in it, be it the motifs of the screwball comedy genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

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.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the screwball comedy movies. List includes photos and screwball comedy movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

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

Screwball comedy movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Woody Allen and Jodie Foster.

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Bringing Up Baby Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald

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It Happened One Night Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond

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His Girl Friday Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

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The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart

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Arsenic and Old Lace Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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Some Like It Hot Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

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Jeffrey A. Beard added The Awful Truth Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy

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Jeffrey A. Beard added My Man Godfrey Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman, William Powell

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A Night at the Opera Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Leonard Marx

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Animal Crackers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Screwball Comedies
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

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A Day at the Races Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Maureen O'Sullivan

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Sullivan's Travels Veronica Lake, Preston Sturges, Elsa Lanchester

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Jeffrey A. Beard added Topper Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young

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What's Up, Doc? Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn

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The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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The Odd Couple Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Screwball Comedies
CraigAlarm added Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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Harvey James Stewart, Fess Parker, Cecil Kellaway

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Overboard Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall

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Horse Feathers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd

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The Jerk Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

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A Fish Called Wanda Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

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Easy Living Ray Milland, Jean Arthur, William Demarest

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The Cocoanuts Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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One, Two, Three James Cagney, Red Buttons, Pamela Tiffin

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CraigAlarm added Soapdish Robert Downey Jr., Teri Hatcher, Whoopi Goldberg

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CraigAlarm added The End Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Carl Reiner

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Midnight Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore

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Weekend at Bernie's Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich

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9 to 5 Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lou Costello

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Hot Shots! Part Deux Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Rowan Atkinson

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Trouble in Paradise Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins

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Richard777 added Top Secret! Val Kilmer, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing

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CraigAlarm added Foul Play Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore

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Top Hat Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

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Richard777 added Grumpy Old Men Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon

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The Hudsucker Proxy Paul Newman, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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Help! Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

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Road to Utopia Bob Hope, Jim Thorpe, Bing Crosby

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Drop Dead Fred Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates

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CraigAlarm added Love at First Bite Susan Saint James, Sherman Hemsley, George Hamilton

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Good Burger Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra, Linda Cardellini

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Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino

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Flirting with Disaster Ben Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, Téa Leoni

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All of Me Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Madolyn Smith