Comedies sometimes get a bad rap for being low-brow entertainment, but some of the funniest films are actually smart ensemble comedies. The best intelligent comedies feature big casts with big-name stars, portraying unique characters dealing with often over-the-top situations. This is a list of the best smart ensemble comedies including everything from The Big Lebowski to Tropic Thunder to Burn After Reading.
What films will you find on this list of the top intelligent comedy movies? Maybe you'd vote Best in Show up to number one. With a hilarious cast of comedians – including Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, and many more – it's hard to pick out a favorite character from this smart comedy. Director Christopher Guest's other films, including Waiting for Guffman and Mascots, are also acclaimed ensemble films. One of the smartest modern comedies is Wes Anderson's cult classic The Royal Tenenbaums. Other good movies featured in this roundup of the best ensemble comedy films include Bridesmaids, Wet Hot American Summer, and Friends with Kids.Which smart comedy is your favorite? Give the best ensemble films a thumbs up and add any movies that are missing.