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.
Directed by: David FincherFight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton... more
Directed by: Stephen ChowKung Fu Hustle is a Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed, co-written and co-produced by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. The other producers were Chui... more
Directed by: Mike JudgeIdiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two people... more
Directed by: Sidney LumetNetwork is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film stars Faye... more
Directed by: Tim RobbinsBob Roberts is a 1992 satirical mockumentary film written, directed by and starring Tim Robbins. It tells the rise of Bob Roberts, a right-wing politician who is a candidate for an upcoming United... more
Directed by: Edgar WrightHot 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 to... more
Directed by: Charlie ChaplinModern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickLolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The film... more
Directed by: Andrew StantonWALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a robot... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickDr. 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 conflict... more
Directed by: Albert BrooksLost in America is a 1985 comedy film directed by Albert Brooks and co-written by Brooks with Monica Johnson. The film stars Brooks alongside Julie Hagerty as a married couple who decide to quit... more
Directed by: Darren SteinJawbreaker is a 1999 American black comedy film written and directed by Darren Stein. The film stars Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer as girls in an exclusive clique in... more
Directed by: Todd SolondzHappiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film directed by Todd Solondz. The lives of three siblings, their families and those around them intersect in strange and inspiring ways.... more
Directed by: Sebastián SilvaTyrel is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sebastián Silva. Tyler (Jason Mitchell), a sole black man, attends an otherwise all-white weekend of drunken bro debauchery on a birthday trip to a... more
Directed by: Quentin DupieuxRubber is a 2010 film written and directed by Quentin Dupieux. His latest feature is Rubber, a wonderfully weird movie about among other things a tire that comes to life. ... more
Directed by: Richard LesterHelp! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John... more
Directed by: Paul VerhoevenStarship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his... more
Directed by: Billy WilderSunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the... more
Directed by: Hart BochnerPCU is a 1994 American comedy film written by Adam Leff and Zak Penn and directed by Hart Bochner about college life at the fictional Port Chester University, and represents "an exaggerated view of... more
Directed by: John WatersSerial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard... more
Directed by: Tom SaviniThis film is a 1990 American horror film directed by Tom Savini and starring Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman and Tom Towles. It is a remake of George A. Romero's 1968 horror film of the same name. Romero... more
Directed by: Hy AverbackI Love You, Alice B. Toklas is a 1968 romantic comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by Hy Averback with music by Harpers Bizarre. The film is set in the counterculture of the 1960s. The cast... more
Directed by: Orson WellesThe Other Side of the Wind is a 2018 film directed by Orson Welles, shot between 1970 and 1976. The story of a legendary director named J.J. "Jake" Hannaford (John Huston), who returns to Hollywood... more
Directed by: Lindsay Andersonif.... is a 1968 British drama film produced and directed by Lindsay Anderson satirising English public school life. Famous for its depiction of a savage insurrection at a fictitious boys boarding... more
Directed by: Ernst LubitschNinotchka is a 1939 American film made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by producer and director Ernst Lubitsch that stars Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. It was written by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and... more