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The Best Satire Movies

Updated April 14, 2021 7.1k votes 797 voters 228.8k views145 items

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

A list of the best satire movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest satires are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

Satirical movies take a familiar story or genre and make fun of it by imitating it. Satire films are a staple of comedy and can also provide powerful social commentary when done well. The best satire movies use this technique subtly and don't hit you over the head with it, but still make their point (although some comedies, like MacGruber, are funny because they are so over-the-top.)

If you are looking for satire examples in movies, you've found a great starting point with this list, as these are the most famous satirical movies of all time, many of which are streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the genre.

Which of these movies belongs at the top of the list? Kung Fu Hustle? Cry-Baby? Or perhaps you're more of a fan of Leprechaun and Pizza Man. Whichever it is, this list answers the questions, "What are the best satire movies?" and "What is the greatest satirical movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular satire movies, such as who directed them, when they were released, and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good satirical movies to enjoy.

And if you're into these, try also taking a look at the Best Comedy Films on Amazon Prime and the Best Comedy Moves on Netflix

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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto
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    Idiocracy

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews
    Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and...  more

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    Hot Fuzz

    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman
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    Lolita

    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers
    Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same...  more

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    Lost in America

    Albert Brooks, Garry Marshall
    Lost in America is a 1985 comedy film directed by Albert Brooks and co-written by Brooks with...  more

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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman
    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar...  more

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    Jawbreaker

    Rose McGowan, Julie Benz
    Jawbreaker is a 1999 American black comedy film written and directed by Darren Stein. The film...  more

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    Happiness

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon
    Happiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film directed by Todd Solondz. The lives of three...  more

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    Modern Times

    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard
    Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic...  more

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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards
    Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul...  more

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    Help!

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon
    Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul...  more

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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland
    Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII...  more

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    Bob Roberts

    Susan Sarandon, Jack Black
    Bob Roberts is a 1992 satirical mockumentary film written, directed by and starring Tim...  more

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    Rubber

    Haley Ramm, Jack Plotnick
    Rubber is a 2010 film written and directed by Quentin Dupieux. His latest feature is Rubber, a...  more

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    Private Benjamin

    Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks
    Private Benjamin is a 1980 American comedy film starring Goldie Hawn. The film was one of the...  more

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    My Fellow Americans

    Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd
    My Fellow Americans is a 1996 American comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and James Garner as...  more
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    I Love You, Alice B. Toklas

    Peter Sellers, Leigh Taylor-Young
    I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is a 1968 romantic comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by...  more
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    Serial Mom

    Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner
    Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring...  more

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    Horse Feathers

    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx
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    The Return of the Living Dead

    Clu Gulager, James Karen
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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney
    From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez...  more

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    Tyrel

    Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott
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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway
    Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney...  more

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    Isn't It Romantic

    Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine
    Isn't It Romantic is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson....  more