Category: top 50 comedies

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10. Ghostbusters

directed by Ivan Reitman Murray. Aykroyd. Ramis. Moranis. Weaver. In 1984, you didn’t need much more than those names to guarantee an amazing film. Ghostbusters didn’t play it safe, though, with what could have been a disaster of a plot. Three...

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11. Annie Hall

directed by Woody Allen Never before or since has the totality of a relationship been defined on-screen as well as in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. And never has a film been so adept at balancing introspective, self-deprecating humor with the...

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12. Shaun of the Dead

directed by Edgar Wright The first of Edgar Wright’s “Coronetto Triology,” Shaun of the Dead introduced American audiences to three bright comedic minds — Simon Pegg and Nick Frost along with Wright. Well ahead of the zombie craze (perhaps having a...

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13. The General

directed by Buster Keaton There’s a pivotal moment near the end of Buster Keaton’s 1926 landmark film that is so incredibly gobsmacking, you can’t help but ask the same question you find yourself asking about five times in every one...

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14. The Apartment

directed by Billy Wilder Billy Wilder’s 1960 Best Picture winner succeeds as a comedy (and as a romance) because of its willingness to grapple with things that are brutally sad. Jack Lemmon stars as Baxter, a lonely corporate cog who...

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15. Sherlock Jr.

directed by Buster Keaton Packing more laughs and ingenuity into forty-five minutes than most comedies manage in 100, Sherlock, Jr. may just be director/star Buster Keaton’s crowning achievement. The film begins modestly enough. Keaton is in love with a girl,...

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16. Some Like It Hot

directed by Billy Wilder “I say, you know what’s really funny?” One distinguished English gentleman says to his companion. “A man dressed in women’s clothing.” “Yes, quite,” his friend replies. “Ripping good laugh.” The proliferation of crossdressing-as-comedy is either a...

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17. Raising Arizona

directed by Joel and Ethan Coen Joel & Ethan Coen had already established themselves as formidable neo-noir plot wranglers and ace visual stylists with dour debut Blood Simple, but it was Raising Arizona that finally announced the brothers as comic...

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18. Modern Times

directed by Charles Chaplin Charlie Chaplin made better films (City Lights and The Great Dictator, for example), but none of his films were as pure a comedy as Modern Times. Featuring the last appearance of Chaplin’s silent Tramp persona, it is...