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Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke 

Ann Casano
Updated July 29, 2019 9.1k votes 824 voters 16.9k views 43 items

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

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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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

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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

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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Monty Python and the Hol... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penelope Spheeris

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Austin Powers: Internati... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jay Roach

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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O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

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 Lego Movie 2: The Se... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

Released: 2019

Directed by: Mike Mitchell

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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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

Released: 2004

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. In a small flat on the outskirts of London, Shaun (Simon Pegg), a 30-something dull loser, must protect his ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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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O Brother, Where Art Tho... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Dogma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kevin Smith

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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

Released: 1985

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

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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

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Silverman

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Dean Parisot

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks

Released: 2014

Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

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South Park: Bigger, Long... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Isaac Hayes

Released: 1999

Directed by: Trey Parker

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Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies You Have to Watch Twice to Get Every Joke
Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

Released: 2007

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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