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The Best Military Comedies Of All Time 

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Updated August 7, 2020 4k votes 749 voters 71.3k views 50 items

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

Sometimes a serious subject needs a little comedy...
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Stripes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ivan 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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Major Payne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Damon Wayans, Michael Ironside, William Hickey

Released: 1995

Directed by: Nick Castle

Major Payne is a 1995 comedy film, starring Damon Wayans.
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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Tim Stroud added Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Down Periscope is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Kelsey Grammer, William H. Macy, Lauren Holly

Released: 1996

Directed by: David 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 ...more
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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

Released: 1987

Directed by: Barry 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 ...more
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MASH is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

Released: 1970

Directed by: Brian 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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Tim Stroud added Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Matthew McConaughey

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ben 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 ...more
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Operation Petticoat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Marion Ross

Released: 1959

Directed by: Blake 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 ...more
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Hot Shots! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Cary Elwes

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jim 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 ...more
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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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 ...more
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Sgt. Bilko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jonathan 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 ...more
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Mister Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney

Released: 1955

Directed by: Mervyn 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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Father Goose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ralph 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 ...more
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In the Army Now is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Brendan Fraser, Andy Dick, Pauly Shore

Released: 1994

Directed by: Daniel 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 ...more
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Hot Shots! Part Deux is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Miguel Ferrer

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jim 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 ...more
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Biloxi Blues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Biloxi Blues Matthew Broderick, David Schwimmer, Penelope Ann Miller

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mike 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 ...more
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Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

Released: 1999

Directed by: David 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 ...more
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Buck Privates is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Jane Frazee

Released: 1941

Directed by: Arthur 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 ...more
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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Jon Voight

Released: 1970

Directed by: Mike 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 ...more
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1941 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1979

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more
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Renaissance Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Danny DeVito, Ed Begley, Jr.

Released: 1994

Directed by: Penny 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, ...more
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Private Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks, Craig T. Nelson

Released: 1980

Directed by: Howard 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 ...more
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Raghav Gupta added Simon Callow, Rene Bitorajac, Katrin Cartlidge

Released: 2001

Directed by: Danis 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 ...more
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Operation Dumbo Drop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Military Comedies Of All Time
Ray Liotta, Danny Glover, Denis Leary

Released: 1995

Directed by: Simon 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 ...more