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The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People  

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List Rules Vote up the best comedies in which everyone seems stupid, but the script is full of clever wordplay and smart jokes.

 

It sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true: some of the smartest comedies ever produced star the dumbest characters reveling in their stupidity. The best smart comedies about dumb people see these bumbling fictional figures getting into jams, with hilarious results. This is a list of the top funny dumb movies including everything from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy to Airplane! to Wet Hot American Summer.

What comedy favorites will you find on this list of the smartest movies about dumb people? True to its name, Dumb and Dumber appears here. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne find themselves on the run from murderous kidnappers after making a string of stupid mistakes in this 1994 film. The Farrelly Brothers wrote and directed the project, which grossed over $200 million at the box office. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is another intelligent movie about dumb people. Mike Judge's 2006 movie Idiocracy only gets more relevant as the years go by. Other good films featured here include Best in Show, The Jerk, and They Came Together.

Do you have a favorite movie about dumb people? Take a look at this list and give your favorites a thumbs up to make sure they end up in the top spot. And if you like these movies, check out our list of good movies about smart people.

 

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Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more
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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman
Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more
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Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
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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Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey
Best in Show is a 2000 American improvisational comedy film written and directed by Christopher Guest. The film follows five entrants in a prestigious dog show and focuses on the slightly ...more
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more
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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr
Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 American road buddy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. It was written by the Farrelly brothers and Bennett Yellin, and is the Farrelly Brothers ...more
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The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first in The Naked Gun series of films starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O. ...more
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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more
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The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner
The Jerk is a 1979 American comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, and Michael Elias. This was Martin's first starring role in a feature film. The film ...more
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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried
Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more
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Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.
Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become ...more
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Waiting for Guffman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
carlybobarly added David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara
Waiting for Guffman is a comedy in the documentary style starring, co-written and directed by Christopher Guest that was released in 1997. Its cast included Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Fred ...more
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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen, Zsa Zsa Gábor
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is a 1991 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as the comically bumbling Police Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad!. Priscilla Presley plays the role of ...more
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Hot Shots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Jon Cryer
Hot Shots is a 1956 comedy film starring The Bowery Boys. The film was released on December 23, 1956 by Monogram Pictures and is the forty-third film in the series. It was directed by Jean ...more
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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Pam Grier
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is a 1991 American science fiction and fantasy comedy film, and the directing debut of Peter Hewitt. It is the second film in the Bill & Ted franchise, and a ...more
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Team America: World Police is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Maurice LaMarche
Team America: World Police is a 2004 American satirical action comedy film written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Pam Brady and directed by Parker, all of whom are also known for the popular ...more
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Harold & Kumar Go to White Cas... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
John Cho, Kal Penn, Fred Willard
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is a 2004 American stoner comedy film directed by Danny Leiner. Best friends Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) decide to go to the fast food ...more
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Big Business is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Seth Green
Big Business is a 1988 American comedy film farce starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. The movie revolves around two sets of identical female twins who were mismatched at birth, with one ...more
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Wet Hot American Summer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler
Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, ...more
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Romy and Michele's High School... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion is a 1997 comedy film starring Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, Janeane Garofalo, Camryn Manheim, and Alan Cumming directed by David Mirkin. The plot revolves ...more
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Beavis and Butt-head Do Americ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman
Beavis and Butt-head Do America is a 1996 American animated road comedy film, based on the TV series Beavis and Butt-head. It was produced by Paramount Pictures in association with Geffen ...more
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The Death of Dick Long is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland
The Death of Dick Long is a 2019 black comedy-drama film directed and produced by Daniel Scheinert. Zeke & Earl (Michael Abbott, Jr. & Andre Hyland) attempt to cover up the death of ...more
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Bowfinger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham
Bowfinger is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It depicts a down-and-out filmmaker in Hollywood attempting to make a film on a small budget with a star who does not know that he ...more
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Fatal Instinct is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Harvey M added Rosie O'Donnell, Jane Lynch, Sean Young
This film is a 1993 thriller comedy film directed by Carl Reiner. It parodies the erotic thriller movie genre, which at the time had reached its commercial peak. The film stars Armand Assante as ...more
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Stuck on You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Tom Brady, Eva Mendes, Cher
Stuck on You is a 2003 comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear as conjoined twins, whose conflicting aspirations provide both conflict and humorous ...more