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The Best Satire Movies  

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List Rules Vote 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

Woody Allen and Charlie Chaplin are among the directors who have worked on Satire movies in the past.

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Satire Movies
AccusedJ added James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
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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Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter
Fight 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
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Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface
Idiocracy 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 ...more
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willpowersjr86 added Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden
Network 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 ...more
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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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Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy
WALL-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 ...more
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Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Edward LeSaint
Modern 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 ...more
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Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo
Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward, starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Haysbert, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Bob Uecker and ...more
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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Satire Movies
Roberto Ortuso added Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart
Starship 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
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Sunset Blvd. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Satire Movies
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John Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich
The 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 ...more
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Jojo Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Satire Movies
Roman Griffin, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi
Jojo Rabbit is a 2019 dark comedy drama film directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. A young boy (Roman Griffin) living during World War II who has Adolf ...more
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Luke Albright added Haley Ramm, Jack Plotnick, David Bowe
Rubber 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.
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Isn't It Romantic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Satire Movies
Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Liam Hemsworth
Isn't It Romantic is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Natalie (Rebel Wilson) wakes up one day to discover that she is self aware of her existence in a ...more
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willpowersjr86 added Susan Sarandon, Jack Black, Helen Hunt
Bob 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 ...more
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The Player is a 1992 American satirical film directed by Robert Altman from a screenplay by Michael Tolkin based on his own 1988 novel of the same name. It is the story of Hollywood studio ...more
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Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Huang Shengyi
Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 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 ...more
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Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman
This 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. ...more
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The Day Shall Come is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Satire Movies
Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks
The Day Shall Come is a 2019 British-American satirical black comedy thriller film directed by Chris Morris. Moses (Marchánt Davis), the impoverished leader of a small Hebrew Israelite ...more
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willpowersjr86 added Philip Seymour Hoffman, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz
Happiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, that portrays the lives of three sisters, their families and those around them. The film was awarded the ...more
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Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott, Michael Cera
Tyrel 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 ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles
Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don ...more
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Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino
From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more
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willpowersjr86 added Halle Berry, Sarah Silverman, Warren Beatty
Bulworth is a 1998 American political comedy film co-written, co-produced, directed by, and starring Warren Beatty. It co-stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, ...more
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Rose McGowan, Julie Benz, Pam Grier
Jawbreaker 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