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The Best Satire Movies 

Updated March 16, 2020 4.6k votes 762 voters 226.2k views 118 items

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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Released: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Mike Judge

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Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Released: 1976

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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Released: 2007

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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Released: 1936

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

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Released: 1989

Directed by: David S. Ward

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Released: 1950

Directed by: Billy Wilder

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Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Released: 2018

Directed by: Orson Welles

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Released: 1990

Directed by: Tom Savini

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Chow

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Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Altman

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Released: 1970

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

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Directed by: Tim Robbins

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Released: 1980

Directed by: Howard Zieff

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