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The Funniest Smart Movies About Dumb People

Updated December 31, 2019 828 votes 103 voters 5.4k views26 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Airplane!
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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  • 2
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    50
    24

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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  • 3
    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
    31
    14

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

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  • 4
    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
    27
    10

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Released1988

    Directed byDavid Zucker

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  • 5
    Dumb and Dumber
    31
    15

    Dumb and Dumber

    Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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  • 6
    Best in Show
    29
    12

    Best in Show

    Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Guest

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  • 7
    Clueless
    30
    14

    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Idiocracy
    30
    16

    Idiocracy

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews

    Released2006

    Directed byMike Judge

    Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    The Jerk
    22
    10

    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

    Released1979

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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  • 10
    Tropic Thunder
    22
    11

    Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller, Jack Black

    Released2008

    Directed byBen Stiller

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  • 11
    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
    19
    9

    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    O. J. Simpson, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid Zucker

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  • 12
    Hot Shots!
    18
    9

    Hot Shots!

    Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes
    Hot Shots is a 1956 comedy film starring The Bowery Boys. The film was released on December... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Mean Girls
    23
    16

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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  • 14
    The Death of Dick Long
    2
    4

    The Death of Dick Long

    Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb

    Released2019

    Directed byDaniel Scheinert

    The Death of Dick Long is a 2019 black comedy-drama film directed and produced by Daniel... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Team America: World Police
    14
    7

    Team America: World Police

    Matt Stone, Trey Parker

    Released2004

    Directed byTrey Parker

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  • 16
    Waiting for Guffman
    15
    9

    Waiting for Guffman

    David Cross, Parker Posey

    Released1997

    Directed byChristopher Guest

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  • 17
    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
    15
    12

    Released2004

    Directed byDanny Leiner

    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is a 2004 American stoner comedy film directed by Danny... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
    16
    13

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1991

    Directed byPeter Hewitt

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  • 19
    Wet Hot American Summer
    15
    13

    Wet Hot American Summer

    Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Wain

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  • 20
    Big Business
    13
    13

    Big Business

    Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin

    Released1988

    Directed byJim Abrahams

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  • 21
    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
    10
    16

    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Mirkin

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  • 22
    Stuck on You
    9
    14

    Stuck on You

    Tom Brady, Eva Mendes

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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  • 23
    Fatal Instinct
    2
    5

    Fatal Instinct

    Rosie O'Donnell, Jane Lynch

    Released1993

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    This film is a 1993 thriller comedy film directed by Carl Reiner. It parodies the erotic... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Bowfinger
    8
    15

    Bowfinger

    Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Oz

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  • 25
    Beavis and Butt-head Do America
    9
    19

    Beavis and Butt-head Do America

    Demi Moore, Bruce Willis

    Released1996

    Directed byMike deSeve, Mike Judge, Brian Mulroney, Yvette Kaplan

    Beavis and Butt-head Do America is a 1996 American animated road comedy film, based on the TV... more on Wikipedia