Comedy Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke  

Ann Casano
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The most rewatchable comedy movies are just as smart as they are funny. They're epic comedies packed with so many great bits that you have to watch them at least twice to catch all of the jokes. From the films of Kevin Smith to Wes Anderson to Mel Brooks, these are the best movies whose jokes you can't possibly get the first time around.

The films on this list may be totally different from each other, but one thing is true of them all: these are movies that beg to be rewatched. In fact, they need to be seen multiple times for a viewer to truly appreciate their magic. Maybe you're laughing over some funny moments or maybe their are just too many to process, but the jokes, visual gags, and hilarious moments are simply too abundant to catch them all in a single viewing.

Maybe the most popular type of comedy on this list is probably the parody film. Movies like Blazing Saddles and Airplane! are packed with meta jokes and references that cannot possibly be absorbed with a single viewing. Then there are animated movies like The Lego Movie and Shrek, which throw out so many winks to mom and dad that it’s almost like they were written more for the adults in the theater than for the kids.

If you’ve only seen the great comedies on this list once, it’s time to give them another chance to make you laugh. Be sure to vote up your favorite movies you have to watch twice to catch all of the jokes. If we missed any rewatchable comedies, add them! And if you've seen all  these movies multiple times, rerank the list to create your own version!
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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Joan Rivers, John Hurt, 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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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft 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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Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Austin Powers: International M... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the first installment of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers, ...more

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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of the Aurora, Illinois-based ...more

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O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first in The Naked Gun series of films starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O. ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get ...more

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more

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Dogma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock Dogma is a 1999 American comedy film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also stars along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, ...more

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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It was written by the Farrelly brothers and Bennett Yellin, and is the Farrelly Brothers ...more

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Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn Clue is a 1985 American mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film is a murder mystery set in a Gothic Revival mansion, and is styled after The Rocky Horror Picture ...more

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more

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The Simpsons Movie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Tom Hanks, Hank Azaria, Minnie Driver The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 American animated comedy film based on the Fox television series The Simpsons. The film was directed by David Silverman, and stars the regular television cast of Dan ...more

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. An ordinary Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) who finds himself being the only one ...more

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & U... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a 1999 American adult animated satirical musical comedy film based on the animated television series South Park, and produced, co-written by and ...more

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Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid Kingpin is a 1996 American sport comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, and Bill Murray. It was filmed in and around Pittsburgh, ...more

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Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British action comedy parody film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The film follows two police officers attempting ...more

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more

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BigD added Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder 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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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Tom Islava added Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more

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Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Arthur Williams added Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, ...more

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Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python, and directed by Jones. It tells the story of Brian ...more

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Paul Collins added Buster Keaton, Jon Pertwee, Michael Crawford A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a 1966 farce musical comedy film, based on the stage musical of the same name. It was inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright ...more

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It stars Michael Cera ...more

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Bill Murray, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy film directed by Wes Anderson. The screenplay by Anderson is from a story by Anderson and Hugo Guinness, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. It ...more

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This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional ...more

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Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
RobLein added Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace. The script adaptation was by ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more

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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich ...more

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RobLein added Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, 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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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, ...more

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Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
RobLein added Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Kathleen Turner as a woman on the verge of a divorce, who finds herself transported back to ...more

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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous ...more