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The Best Military Comedies Of All Time

Updated August 7, 2020 4.7k votes 851 voters 80.2k views50 items

List RulesAny film from any genre which could be classified as a military comedy.

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    McHale's Navy

    Tim Curry, Debra Messing

    Released1997

    Directed byBryan Spicer

    McHale's Navy is a 1997 military comedy film starring Tom Arnold. The movie is based on the 1962-1966 television series of the same name. Ernest Borgnine was the only member of the original...  more
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    Biloxi Blues

    Matthew Broderick, David Schwimmer

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Biloxi Blues is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, written by Neil Simon, and starring Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken. Simon adapted his semi-autobiographical 1985 play...  more
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    Cadence

    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Sheen

    Cadence is a 1990 film directed by Martin Sheen, in which Charlie Sheen plays an inmate in a United States Army military prison in West Germany during the 1960s. Sheen plays alongside his father...  more
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    Tank

    James Garner, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byMarvin J. Chomsky

    Tank is a 1984 comedy, drama, and action movie starring James Garner, Jenilee Harrison, and C. Thomas Howell. The film was written by Dan Gordon and directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. It was produced by...  more
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    The Last Detail

    Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid

    Released1973

    Directed byHal Ashby

    The Last Detail is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson, with a screenplay adapted by Robert Towne from a 1970 novel of the same name by Darryl...  more
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    What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?

    James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor

    Released1966

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? is a 1966 comedy film written by William Peter Blatty and directed by Blake Edwards for the Mirisch Company. It stars James Coburn and Dick Shawn....  more
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    Buffalo Soldiers

    Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris

    Released2001

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    Buffalo Soldiers is a 2001 satire film, based on the 1993 novel by Robert O'Connor, which follows the rogue activities of a group of US soldiers based in West Germany during 1989 when the fall of the...  more
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    Shoulder Arms

    Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

    Released1918

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

    Charlie is in boot camp in the "awkward squad." Once in France he gets no letters from home. He finally gets a package containing limburger cheese which requires a gas mask and which he throws over...  more
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    I Was a Male War Bride

    Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan

    Released1949

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    I Was a Male War Bride is a 1949 comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan. This film was based on I Was an Alien Spouse of Female Military Personnel Enroute to...  more
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    Delta Farce

    Larry the Cable Guy, Danny Trejo

    Released2007

    Directed byC. B. Harding

    Delta Farce is a 2007 spoof/comedy released by Lions Gate Entertainment on May 11, 2007. It is directed by C. B. Harding and stars Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, DJ Qualls and Danny Trejo. It is...  more
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    Chasers

    Tom Berenger, Erika Eleniak

    Released1994

    Directed byDennis Hopper

    Chasers is a 1994 comedy film directed by Dennis Hopper, his last directorial effort before his death in 2010. It is about a pair of United States Navy shore patrollers who must escort a beautiful...  more
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    The Men Who Stare at Goats

    George Clooney, Kevin Spacey

    Released2009

    Directed byGrant Heslov

    The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 American parody comedy film directed by Grant Heslov and based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name, an account of the investigation by Ronson and John Sergeant...  more
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    Blitz Wolf

    Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

    Released1942

    Directed byTex Avery

    Blitz Wolf is an early anti-German World War II Hitler-parodying cartoon produced and distributed in 1942 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Tex Avery and produced by Fred Quimby. It was...  more
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    How I Won the War

    John Lennon, Michael Crawford

    Released1967

    Directed byRichard Lester

    How I Won the War is a black comedy film directed and produced by Richard Lester, released in 1967, based on a novel of the same name by Patrick Ryan. The film stars Michael Crawford as bungling...  more
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    Released1950

    Directed byCharles Lamont

    Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion is a 1950 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello....  more
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    Best Defense

    Eddie Murphy, Dudley Moore

    Released1984

    Directed byWillard Huyck

    Best Defense is a comedy film starring Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy. The original music score was composed by Patrick Williams. It was released in 1984 by Paramount Pictures....  more
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    Up the Academy

    Robert Downey Jr., Barbara Bach

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Downey Sr.

    Up the Academy is an American teen comedy film released in 1980, with a plot about the outrageous antics of a group of misfits at a military school....  more
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    Deal of the Century

    Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1983

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    Deal of the Century is a 1983 American comedy film directed by William Friedkin and starring Chevy Chase, Gregory Hines, and Sigourney Weaver. The film follows the adventures of several arms dealers...  more
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    Forward March Hare

    Mel Blanc, John T. Smith

    Released1953

    Directed byChuck Jones

    Forward March Hare is a 1952-animated Looney Tunes cartoon released in 1953 featuring Bugs Bunny. Bugs, accidentally drafted into the Army, causes havoc with his sergeant at basic training. The title...  more
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    Soldier in the Rain

    Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld

    Released1963

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Soldier in the Rain is a 1963 American comedy-drama film starring Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen. Produced and co-written by Blake Edwards, the screenplay is based on a 1960 novel by William...  more
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    Carry On Sergeant

    Kenneth Williams, William Hartnell

    Released1958

    Directed byGerald Thomas

    Carry On Sergeant is a 1958 comedy film starring William Hartnell, Bob Monkhouse and Eric Barker; it is the first in the series of Carry On films, with 31 entries. The film was based on a play The...  more
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    The Secret War of Harry Frigg

    Paul Newman, Sylva Koscina

    Released1968

    Directed byJack Smight

    The Secret War of Harry Frigg is a 1968 comedy film set in World War II. It was directed by Jack Smight and starred Paul Newman....  more
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    Great Guns

    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

    Released1941

    Directed byMonty Banks

    Great Guns is a 1941 film directed by Monty Banks, and produced by Sol M. Wurtzel for 20th Century Fox starring Laurel and Hardy. It is also known as Forward March....  more
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    The Mighty Navy

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    Block-Heads

    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

    Released1938

    Directed byJames W. Horne, John G. Blystone

    Block-Heads is a 1938 comedy film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, produced by Hal Roach Studios for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film, a reworking of elements from the Laurel and Hardy shorts We...  more