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Top 10 Best Comedy Movies of All Time

We’ve curated "Top 10 Best Comedy Movies of All Time" list according to critic consensus, overall relatability.

List of 10 Best Comedy Movies of all time you need to watch right now. Laugh out loud with these timeless Classic Hollywood films.

There’s nothing like a good comedy movie to lift up your mood after a long tiring at work. And with the current political climate in the world right now, every one of us definitely needs a good laugh or two.

If you’re looking for new material to watch or just curious about how your favorite comedy film ranks on our list, you’ll definitely want to read it until the end.

A note before we start, we’ve curated this list according to critic consensus, overall relatability and, alright we’ll be honest, a bit of personal preference.

Here Are The Top 10 Best Comedy Movies of All Time

10. Borat (2006)

Best Comedy Movies of All Time Borat (2006)
Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat (2006)

If you haven’t seen Borat (2006) yet, stop reading this and go watch it first.

Sacha Baron Cohen brings his scandalous brand of humor from TV to the big screen with his critically-acclaimed and controversial mockumentary starring himself as a traveling radio host from Kazakhstan.

Filming on the go and never slipping out of his character, Cohen, sought to capture the best and worst of the United States on camera.

As expected, Borat (2006) was met with as much controversy and praise upon its initial release. But trust us, you’ll want to watch and enjoy this riot of a movie.

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9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Best Comedy Movies Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
A still from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail has cemented itself to be one of the best comedy films of all time.

Despite being a British production and starring an all-British troupe of comedians, the film is beloved and often quoted and referenced by Americans.

The film follows the mythical King Arthur and his hilarious misadventures as he sought after the coveted Holy Grail.

It features such iconic lines as:

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!


Tis but a scratch!

8. Team America: World Police (2004)

Team America: World Police (2004)
A still from the movie Team America: World Police (2004)

From the creators of the hit cartoon South Park comes this Thunderbirds-inspired puppet movie which talks about the US War on Terror and criticizes American foreign policy through the use of satire.

Team America: World Police (2004) is praised for its borderline genius and self-aware use of wooden puppets, even when filming a scandalous sex scene. And if you’re still wondering, yes the entire film is acted out by wooden marionettes.

More than a decade after its making, this film’s commentary still applies to today’s world and its current political state.

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7. Withnail and I (1987)

Withnail & I (1987)
Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant in Withnail & I (1987)

Withnail and I (1987) is a black comedy produced in Great Britain which story centers around the life of two jobless actors (Withnail and ‘I’) who live together in an apartment in 1960s Camden Town. But the plot really kicks in when the unlucky pair decides to spend the weekend at a country cottage belonging to Withnail’s uncle.

The film makes you laugh at first. Some critics even say that the opening scenes are the funniest part of it. But (spoiler alert) as with black comedies, expect a sudden change in mood as the film progresses on. Without giving away anything, the end is said to be one of the most heartbreaking moments in cinema.

6. The Jerk (1979)

Best Comedy Movies of All Time The Jerk (1979)
Steve Martin and Dick Anthony Williams in The Jerk (1979

The Jerk (1979) stars Steve Martin in the peak of his comedic career.

The main gag of the film is in its premise. Its main character Navin, played by Martin, believe that he is a poor black child in Mississippi. The catch is that, of course, Navin is actually a white man.

Discovering he is white, he decides to live home to ‘find himself’. His soul searching is pushed on overdrive after he sees his name printed on a newspaper while working at a gas station.

Now, we won’t tell you the entire story as this film is better watched than reading about.

5. Groundhog Day (1983)

Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray and Scooter in Groundhog Day (1993)

It’s hard to find anybody who hasn’t seen Groundhog Day (1983) yet as it’s one of the most popular and quoted comedy movies of all time.

The film is about a cynical weather reporter, played by Bill Murray, who seems to be trapped to repeat the same day over and over again. It’s funny to think that there are fans who emulate the film by their repetitive watching of it.

More than 30 years after its release, Groundhog Day still endures as a very watchable film probably because it hits one of life’s truths spot on life can be boring and repetitive but its love and kindness that would make it worth living.

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4. Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall (1977)
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall (1977) is probably Woody Allen’s most popular comedy film. Every art and film student has probably watched it countless times. Not surprising since its hilarious and neurotic takes on the romantic comedy genre are one of the best comedy movie ever made.

In case you haven’t watched it yet, the film follows a couple played by Diane Keaton (the titular Annie) and Woody Allen himself and their relationship. A fair warning: the film is said to be autobiographical as Keaton and Allen were real life ex-lovers.

3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Life of Brian (1979)
John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Michael Palin in Life of Brian (1979)

Life of Brian is perhaps Monty Python’s magnum opus.

It tackles the controversial topic of religion and faith in their signature satiric but intelligent comedy. The plot follows, Brian, who was ‘almost the Messiah’ being born in a nearby manager on the same day as Jesus Christ.

We see him grow up on the sidelines of Jesus’ life in Roman-occupied Jerusalem and eventually become a prophet himself (although accidentally).

While it surely ruffled a few Catholic feathers with its ‘sacrilegious’ portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ as it related to Brian’s, it’s a must watch for every person looking for a laugh or two Catholic or not.

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2. Airplane! (1980)

Airplane! (1980)
Lloyd Bridges and Robert Stack in Airplane! (1980)

Airplane! (1980) is a satirical comedy film that parodies the disaster film genre that gained popularity in the 1970s. It was created by the same people who made other comedy greats such as Naked Gun and Hot Shots.

As its title implies, the film is set inside an airplane in flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. The film follows various plot lines but is primarily about a former fighter pilot with a drinking problem trying to win back his girlfriend who is an attendant on the flight they’re on. It is one of the most popular and best comedy movies of all time.

1. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

Best Comedy Movies of All Time This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Christopher Guest and Michael McKean in This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

The mockumentary of ‘rockumentaries’, This is Spinal Tap (1984) is a movie parodying the behavior of pretentious rockstars embodied by the members of the fictional band, Spinal Tap.

The film follows the British heavy metal band as they go on tour in the United States and documents their antics as inspired by actual rockumentaries like Gimme Shelter and The Last Waltz.

Proof of this film’s comedic greatness is its selection for preservation for the United States National Film Registry due to it being dubbed as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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Found new comedy films to watch on our list of the top 10 best comedy movies of all time? Check out our other movie listicles to find more films for your next movie marathon.

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