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The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People 

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Updated December 31, 2019 683 votes 96 voters 5.1k views 26 items

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 Hol... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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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

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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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

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Guest

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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Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface

Released: 2006

Directed by: Mike Judge

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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Dumb and Dumber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

Released: 1989

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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Released: 1995

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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The Naked Gun: From the ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

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The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

Released: 1979

Directed by: Carl Reiner

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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.

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ben Stiller

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The Naked Gun 2½:... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen, Zsa Zsa Gábor

Released: 1991

Directed by: David Zucker

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Waiting for Guffman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
carlybobarly added David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara

Released: 1997

Directed by: Christopher Guest

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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
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The Death of Dick Long ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland

Released: 2019

Directed by: Daniel Scheinert

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Team America: World Poli... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Maurice LaMarche

Released: 2004

Directed by: Trey Parker

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Harold & Kumar Go to... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
John Cho, Kal Penn, Fred Willard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Danny Leiner

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Bill & Ted's Bogus J... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Pam Grier

Released: 1991

Directed by: Peter Hewitt

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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

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Wain

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Big Business is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Seth Green

Released: 1988

Directed by: Jim Abrahams

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Romy and Michele's High ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Mirkin

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Bowfinger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham

Released: 1999

Directed by: Frank Oz

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Harvey M added Rosie O'Donnell, Jane Lynch, Sean Young

Released: 1993

Directed by: Carl Reiner

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Beavis and Butt-head Do ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People
Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Letterman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mike deSeve, Mike Judge, Brian Mulroney, Yvette Kaplan

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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

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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