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#1 Posted by Unilad (554 posts) -

I recently saw Ted. It got me thinking about funny films. There are so many, but only a few are actual classics.

When I was young I always loved Ace Ventura, then as I got older Anchorman, Old School (a lot of will ferrel) etc.

However, its been a while since I've seen a really funny film. I think The Other Guys was the latest film I thought was fucking excellent.

What would be your favourite comedy film ever?

#2 Posted by Zenogiasu (192 posts) -

I have a completely irrational love for Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

#3 Posted by Sackmanjones (4650 posts) -

Anchorman still makes me laugh to this day. But I also really enjoyed Hangover and would probably put Step Brothers at 3rd place. But if I had more time to think I'd probably pull some older movies up like Uncle Buck

#4 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

I very rarely like pure comedy films. I think that television is a much better outlet for comedy, as it doesn't have to worry about a 3-act structure, and character-based jokes resonate a lot more after watching a show for a couple seasons.

However, to answer the question, probably School of Rock. If Rushmore counts, then it's that, but its middle is a little too depressing to be called a comedy. Last year's Muppet Movie was pretty hilarious, too.

#5 Posted by DelroyLindo (387 posts) -

Off the top of my head I always get a laugh from Super Troopers. And I've seen it a bit too many times now, but I laughed my ass off first time I saw Borat.

#6 Posted by foggel (2763 posts) -

The Big Lebowski is probably my favourite comedy. I'm not a big fan of comedy films, but I liked 21 Jump Street if I must mention a recent one.

#7 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1197 posts) -

Blazing Saddles

#8 Posted by Twisted_Scot (1174 posts) -

Shaun of the Dead

#9 Posted by tunaburn (1879 posts) -

@Twisted_Scot said:

Shaun of the Dead

but i also really really really like clerks 2

#10 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Napolean Dynamite

#11 Posted by uniform (1832 posts) -

Hot to Trot

#12 Posted by Gargantuan (1880 posts) -

Blazing Saddles 
Space Balls 
Robin Hood: Men in Tights 
Hot Fuzz 
 
These are my favourite comedies.

#13 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1002 posts) -

Shawn of the Dead is good, Spinal Tap, Wayne's World 1 and 2, Robin Hood: Men in Tights also good, Princess Bride, and I know it seems cliche to say, but I really, really do love MP: The Holy Grail

#14 Posted by Feikken (221 posts) -

Naked Gun

Airplane!

Dumb and Dumber

Big Lebowski

Starship Troopers (for its satire)

#15 Posted by SMTDante89 (2541 posts) -

Airplane! for sure.

#16 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -
#17 Posted by OldGuy (1492 posts) -

Bringing Up Baby

Duck Soup (actually, you could really plug any Marx Brothers movie up to and including A Day At The Races here and I'd be fine with that)

Trouble in Paradise

Yes, yes. I'm old. Here, I'll pick a more recent film:

Galaxy Quest

So, there.

#18 Posted by theANCIENTgray (78 posts) -

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Always cheers me up.

#19 Posted by Zleunamme (647 posts) -

Shaun of the Dead

#20 Posted by mtcantor (947 posts) -

@theANCIENTgray said:

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Always cheers me up.

Great movie. Seriously love it.

Also:

Eurotrip

Wet Hot American Summer

#21 Posted by Kidavenger (3485 posts) -

Billy Madison

#22 Posted by Yummylee (21204 posts) -

@SMTDante89 said:

Airplane! for sure.

Undoubtedly one of the greatest comedies of all time. I'm also still somewhat fond of Scary Movie and Not Another Teen Movie, too, just on the topic of spoofs.

I've seen so many movies (especially recently, going through a complete motion-picture binge), but to list few of my favourites of the top of my head, besides Airplane!:

  • World's Greatest Dad
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • The Room... even though it wasn't its intention, it made for one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
  • Tucker & Dale vs Evil
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Blues Brothers - also one of my favourite movies of all time.
  • In Bruges
  • A Bronx Tale - primarily a drama movie, but there's a lot of solid comedy in there, too.
  • American Psycho - Dark comedy at its best.
  • Mickey Blue Eyes - sure, it's... not great, but it's just so easy for me to succumb to anything involving mafia fiction, especially the comedy aspects
  • City Slickers
  • Analyze This
  • Crank... ?
#23 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -
#24 Posted by Bigrhyno (505 posts) -

This is Spinal Tap

#25 Posted by Feikken (221 posts) -

Raising Arizona

#26 Posted by AltonBrown (948 posts) -

Best in Show, y'all. Best in Show.

#27 Posted by casper_ (901 posts) -

Dr. Strangelove

#28 Edited by stryker1121 (1323 posts) -

@foggel said:

The Big Lebowski is probably my favourite comedy. I'm not a big fan of comedy films, but I liked 21 Jump Street if I must mention a recent one.

Can't go wrong with Coen bros for dark comedy hijinks. I thought Fargo was hilarious despite the subject matter (as well as the overemphasis on funny accents). The guy upthread who said TV is a better medium for comedy is right on. There are a number of shows I can point to, but very few movies, and I don't like the Apatow-brand comedies of 2000s up to now. Hangover was rather awful IMO. Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack are all old faves. Maybe Coming to America would be my favorite if I had to think about, but the last third of the movie was pretty dull.

#29 Posted by EricFine (19 posts) -

I can't believe anyone hasn't mentioned Black Dynamite!!!

#30 Posted by mikey87144 (1648 posts) -

Me Myself and Irene has produced the biggest laughs out of me, ever. I loved that movie. So fucking funny.

Knocked Up

Shoot em up

The first 2 Scary Movies

American Pie

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: New Beginnings. It was completely unintentional on their part.

40 Year Old Virgin

Anchor Man

Hot Fuzz

#31 Posted by Bobstar (310 posts) -

Tropic Thunder was hillarious.

#32 Posted by thetrusammael (23 posts) -

Caddyshack. Best comedy ever. There are so many funny lines, scenes, etc. A classic.

#33 Posted by Coafi (1481 posts) -

Airplane! is the only comedy movie one needs to see.

#34 Posted by Cyrus_Saren (529 posts) -

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I also really like Napoleon Dynamite, The Hangover, Anchorman, Dumb and Dumber, and The Big Lebowski.

#35 Posted by pyromagnestir (4195 posts) -

South Park Bigger Longer Uncut

I memorized this song and would sing it in class during middle school.

#36 Posted by gaminghooligan (1403 posts) -

Big Lebowski man or Army of Darkness

#37 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4247 posts) -

I dunno, probably Anchorman or Horrible Bosses, but I have to say Robert Downy Jr. in Tropic Thunder probably gave my all time favorite performance in any comedy film ever.

#38 Posted by Clonedzero (4038 posts) -

princess bride.

its impossible to watch that movie and not be put into a great mood.

#39 Posted by GunstarRed (4996 posts) -

Bill & Teds Bogus Journey.

#40 Posted by morrelloman (605 posts) -

Wedding Crashers was the only comedy i saw more than once in the theaters.

#41 Posted by thevigilanteoflove (503 posts) -

Hot Rod

#42 Posted by ssj4raditz (1125 posts) -

MST3K: The Movie

#43 Posted by EVO (3850 posts) -

Pretty much anything Judd Apatow touches.

#44 Posted by Strife777 (1490 posts) -

I don't think I value straight up comedies that much. I like comedy in my movies a lot, but it needs to come with something else. Examples would be Snatch, Shaun of the Dead, Hot fuzz, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Black Dynamite, etc. I guess you could say I like funny movies instead of actual comedies.

#45 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

The Mask!

LOVE that fucking movie.

#46 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6037 posts) -

Army of Darkness, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and Big Lebowski. I can't count the number of times I've seen each of 'em, and I still adore them.

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#47 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -

The repeated calls for Airplane! almost compulsively force my hand into revealing that my great-grandmother is Barbara Billingsley, TV star as June Cleaver of Leave it to Beaver fame and also the old lady who speaks jive in Airplane!

Of course, this is the internet, and anyone could say that, but this comes up often enough that I still can't really help but mention it. I actually keep a birthday card from her in my wallet at all times to show people.

...my personal pick would probably go to Clerks, Dogma, or Pulp Fiction, if Pulp Fiction qualifies. Alternatively, Airplane!, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Big Lebowski, Shaun of the Dead, Clerks II, Scary Movie, You Don't Mess With The Zohan, A Night in Casablanca (the only Marx film I've seen,) Ghostbusters, or Bruce Almighty will suffice.

...and now I'm sitting here wondering if I prefer Bruce Almighty to Liar Liar despite them being the same damn film. Thanks, internet.

#48 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

Shaun of the Dead.

Honourable mention to Hot Fuzz and Mel Brooks' back catalogue pre Men in Tights (particularly Young Frankenstein, Space Balls, and Blazing Saddles).

#49 Edited by KrypticKiller (190 posts) -

Step Brothers.

#50 Posted by sleeping143 (66 posts) -

Bruce Almighty is a fantastic comedy.