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The Best Military Comedies Of All Time

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

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    Stripes

    Bill Murray, John Candy

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first...  more
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    Good Morning, Vietnam

    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

    Released1987

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during Vietnam, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ on...  more
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    Down Periscope

    Kelsey Grammer, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed by David S. Ward, starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly and Rob Schneider and co-starring Bruce Dern,...  more
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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

    Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don...  more
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    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

    MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The picture is...  more
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    Major Payne

    Damon Wayans, Michael Ironside

    Released1995

    Directed byNick Castle

    Major Payne is a 1995 American comedy film directed by Nick Castle. A recently discharged Major finds himself commanding a group of mismatched Cadets....  more
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright,...  more
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    Mister Roberts

    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon

    Released1955

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

    Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy and features an all-star cast including Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James...  more
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    Tropic Thunder

    Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2008

    Directed byBen Stiller

    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 the...  more
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    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear conflict...  more
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    Hot Shots!

    Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson

    Released1991

    Directed byJim Abrahams

    Hot Shots! is a 1991 comedy spoof film starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Kevin Dunn, Jon Cryer and Ryan Stiles. It was directed by Jim Abrahams, and was written by...  more
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    Father Goose

    Cary Grant, Leslie Caron

    Released1964

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Father Goose is a 1964 romantic comedy film set in WWII, starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard. The title derives from "Mother Goose", the codename assigned to Grant's character. The...  more
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    Sgt. Bilko

    Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

    Sgt. Bilko is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn and written by Andy Breckman. It is an adaptation of the iconic 1950s television series The Phil Silvers Show, often informally...  more
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    Renaissance Man

    Danny DeVito, Ed Begley

    Released1994

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Renaissance Man is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, Cliff Robertson and Mark Wahlberg in his film debut. In Australia, the...  more
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    Hot Shots! Part Deux

    Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges

    Released1993

    Directed byJim Abrahams

    Hot Shots! Part Deux is a 1993 comedy/parody film, and a sequel to the 1991 comedy Hot Shots!. The sequel primarily spoofs the 1988 action film Rambo III. Directed again by Jim Abrahams, the film...  more
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    Catch-22

    Martin Sheen, Orson Welles

    Released1970

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Catch-22 is a 1970 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. In creating a black comedy revolving around the "lunatic characters" of Heller's satirical novel set at a fictional...  more
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    Three Kings

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Three Kings is a 1999 satirical comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a men taking gold that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against Saddam...  more
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    The Great Dictator

    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

    Released1940

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

    The Great Dictator is a 1940 American satirical political comedy-drama film starring, written, produced, scored, and directed by Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other films....  more
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    Operation Petticoat

    Cary Grant, Tony Curtis

    Released1959

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. It was the basis for a television series in 1977 starring John Astin in Grant's role....  more
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    In the Army Now

    Brendan Fraser, Andy Dick

    Released1994

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    In the Army Now is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Daniel Petrie, Jr. and starring Pauly Shore, Andy Dick, David Alan Grier, Esai Morales, and Lori Petty. The film earned $28,881,266 USD at...  more
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    Buck Privates

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1941

    Directed byArthur Lubin

    Buck Privates is the 1941 comedy/World War II film that turned Bud Abbott and Lou Costello into bona fide movie stars. It was the first service comedy based on the peacetime draft of 1940. The comedy...  more
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    Private Benjamin

    Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks

    Released1980

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    Private Benjamin is a 1980 American comedy film starring Goldie Hawn. The film was one of the biggest box office hits of 1980, and also spawned a short-lived television series. The film is ranked 82...  more
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    Operation Dumbo Drop

    Ray Liotta, Danny Glover

    Released1995

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Operation Dumbo Drop is a 1995 American comedy film directed by Simon Wincer that explores politics, and animal welfare. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Gene Quintano and Jim...  more
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    53
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    1941

    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee

    Released1979

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John Candy,...  more
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    No Man's Land

    Simon Callow, Rene Bitorajac

    Released2001

    Directed byDanis Tanović

    No Man's Land is a 2001 war drama that is set in the midst of the Bosnian war. The film is a parable and marked the debut of Bosnian writer and director Danis Tanović. It is a co-production among...  more
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List Rules: Any film from any genre which could be classified as a military comedy.