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The Best Mel Brooks Movies, Ranked 

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List of the best Mel Brooks movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Throughout the 1970s and '80s, Mel Brooks was the King of Comedy, with hit standalones and parodies like Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and the Star Wars-mocking Spaceballs. Mel Brooks's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. His 1993 movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights grossed over $35 million in the U.S. The order of these top Mel Brooks movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Mel Brooks movies will be at the top of the list. Mel Brooks has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Mel Brooks movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Mel Brooks films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Mel Brooks role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Mel Brooks performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list is made up of films like Silent Movie and History of the World, Pt. I

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Mel Brooks movies?" and "What are the greatest Mel Brooks films of all time?"

If Mel Brooks movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by George Lucas and Rob Reiner too.

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Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...more

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#1 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #103 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #1 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more

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#312 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #93 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #10 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more

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Feel The Schwartz With The Funniest 'Spaceballs' Quotes #49 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #59 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner

Released: 1981

Directed by: Mel Brooks

History of the World, Part I is a 1981 comedy film written, produced, and directed by Mel Brooks. Brooks also stars in the film, playing five roles: Moses, Comicus the stand-up philosopher, ...more

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#192 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #220 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #76 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks, Dave Chappelle

Released: 1993

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a 1993 French-American musical adventure comedy film and a parody of the Robin Hood story. Produced and directed by Mel Brooks, the film stars Cary Elwes, Richard ...more

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Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Dick Van Patten

Released: 1977

Directed by: Mel Brooks

High Anxiety is a 1977 comedy film produced and directed by Mel Brooks, who also plays the lead. This is Brooks' first film as a producer and first speaking lead role. Veteran Brooks ensemble ...more

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#186 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #881 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #290 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Matthew Broderick

Released: 2005

Directed by: Susan Stroman

The Producers is a 2005 American musical-comedy film directed by Susan Stroman. The film stars Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart and Jon Lovitz. ...more

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#971 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #38 of 47 The Best Will Ferrell Movies #17 of 52 The Best Uma Thurman Movies

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Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Mel Brooks

Released: 1976

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Silent Movie is a 1976 satirical comedy film co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks, and released by 20th Century Fox on June 17, 1976. The ensemble cast includes Dom DeLuise, Marty ...more

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#882 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #365 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #239 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1983

Directed by: Alan Johnson

To Be or Not to Be is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Alan Johnson and produced by Mel Brooks. The screenplay was written by Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan, based on the original story ...more

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#543 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #304 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #81 of 104 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time

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Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Frawley

The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more

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#148 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #210 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #283 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Mel Brooks, Leslie Nielsen, Amy Yasbeck

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mel Brooks

This film is a 1995 satirical comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Leslie Nielsen. It is a spoof of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, and of some of the films it inspired. As of ...more

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#394 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #782 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #550 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mel Brooks

The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an ...more

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Mel Brooks, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise

Released: 1970

Directed by: Mel Brooks

The Twelve Chairs is a 1970 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks, starring Frank Langella, Ron Moody and Dom DeLuise. The screenplay was written by Brooks. The film was one of at least 18 ...more
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Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2005

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Robots is a 2005 American computer animated science fiction comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios for Twentieth Century Fox, and was released theatrically on March 11, 2005. The story was ...more

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#155 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #35 of 99 The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies #169 of 321 The Best Movies for Kids

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Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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#77 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #25 of 601 The Best Animated Films Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Mel Brooks, Lesley Ann Warren, Jeffrey Tambor

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Life Stinks is a 1991 comedy-drama directed by and starring Mel Brooks. It is one of the few Mel Brooks comedies that is not a parody, nor at any time does the film break the fourth wall. It ...more

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#490 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #992 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner

Released: 1975

Directed by: Leo Salkin

The 2000 Year Old Man is a persona in a comedy skit, originally created by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner in 1961. Mel Brooks played the oldest man in the world, interviewed by Carl Reiner in a ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Mel Brooks

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kirk R. Thatcher

It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is a 2002 NBC television film, directed by Kirk Thatcher and written by Tom Martin and Jim Lewis and stars Whoopi Goldberg, David Arquette, Joan Cusack, ...more
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Donald Trump, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks

Released: 1994

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

The Little Rascals is a 1994 American comedy film produced by Amblin Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures on August 5, 1994. The film is an adaptation of Hal Roach's Our Gang, a ...more

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#57 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #92 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #319 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Kirstie Alley

Released: 1990

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Look Who's Talking Too is the 1990 sequel to director Amy Heckerling's 1989 comedy Look Who's Talking. The film stars the original cast members John Travolta and Kirstie Alley as James and ...more

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#102 of 233 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #143 of 181 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #57 of 101 The Worst Part II Movie Sequels

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Mel Brooks, Shelley Winters, Phyllis Diller

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ezio Greggio

The Silence of the Hams is a 1994 parody film directed and written by Italian comedian Ezio Greggio. It is a parody of many popular thriller and horror films, notably The Silence of the Lambs ...more
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Mel Brooks, Sofia Milos, Randi Ingerman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Ezio Greggio

Svitati is a 1999 Italian comedy film produced by Atmosphere Film S.r.l and Wolf Pictures, directed by and starring Ezio Greggio, written by Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman, and also starring ...more
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Bill Cosby, David Letterman, Jay Leno

Released: 1961

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John Travolta, Liza Minnelli, Mel Brooks

Released: 2008

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Mel Brooks, Patricia Arquette, David Lynch

Released: 1997

Directed by: Toby Keeler

Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch is a documentary biographical TV movie directed by Toby Keeler.