Comedies 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.

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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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Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 3 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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The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Harold & Kumar Go to White Cas... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr. Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film written, produced and directed by Ben Stiller.

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Waiting for Guffman is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Wet Hot American Summer is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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Bowfinger is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Team America: World Police is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Stuck on You is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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Beavis and Butt-head Do Americ... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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They Came Together is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Cobie Smulders, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd They Came Together is a 2014 American comedy film directed by David Wain and written by Wain and Michael Showalter. It is a parody of romantic comedies infused with Showalter and Wain's absurd ...more