100 Essential Comedy Movies

#60

High Fidelity (2000)
91%

#60
Adjusted Score: 96.826%
Critics Consensus: The deft hand of director Stephen Frears and strong performances by the ensemble cast combine to tell an entertaining story with a rock-solid soundtrack.
Synopsis: In a biting romantic comedy, Rob Gordon is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago, where he sells... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#59
Adjusted Score: 95.716%
Critics Consensus: The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.
Synopsis: Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#58

Raising Arizona (1987)
91%

#58
Adjusted Score: 95.245%
Critics Consensus: A terrifically original, eccentric screwball comedy, Raising Arizona may not be the Coens' most disciplined movie, but it's one of their most purely entertaining.
Synopsis: Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#57

Shaolin Soccer (2004)
90%

#57
Adjusted Score: 91.962%
Critics Consensus: The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.
Synopsis: One of Hong Kong's top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chow

#56

Bridesmaids (2011)
90%

#56
Adjusted Score: 98.414%
Critics Consensus: A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.
Synopsis: This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#55

Blazing Saddles (1974)
90%

#55
Adjusted Score: 95.59%
Critics Consensus: Daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny, Blazing Saddles is a gleefully vulgar spoof of Westerns that marks a high point in Mel Brooks' storied career.
Synopsis: Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features... [More]
Directed By: Mel Brooks

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 94.617%
Critics Consensus: Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure -- plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.
Synopsis: It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz

#53

City Slickers (1991)
88%

#53
Adjusted Score: 89.965%
Critics Consensus: With a supremely talented cast and just enough midlife drama to add weight to its wildly silly overtones, City Slickers uses universal themes to earn big laughs.
Synopsis: City Slickers blends sight gags, one-liners, and sincerity, with both humor and drama arising from the characters and their situations.... [More]
Directed By: Ron Underwood

#52

Rushmore (1998)
89%

#52
Adjusted Score: 94.673%
Critics Consensus: This cult favorite is a quirky coming of age story, with fine, off-kilter performances from Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.
Synopsis: "Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 95.175%
Critics Consensus: Rob Reiner's touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
Synopsis: Does sex make it impossible for men and women to be true friends? This romantic comedy chronicles this dilemma through... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#50

Tootsie (1982)
89%

#50
Adjusted Score: 93.235%
Critics Consensus: Tootsie doesn't squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.
Synopsis: Michael Dorsey is a talented actor, but his demanding nature and stubborn temperament have antagonized every producer in New York.... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#49

Clerks (1994)
88%

#49
Adjusted Score: 90.872%
Critics Consensus: With its quirky characters and clever, quotable dialogue, Clerks is the ultimate clarion call for slackers everywhere to unite and, uh, do something we guess?
Synopsis: When Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day off, he... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#48

Superbad (2007)
87%

#48
Adjusted Score: 93.565%
Critics Consensus: Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.
Synopsis: Operating under the assumption that by procuring alcohol for an upcoming party they will finally be able to break their... [More]
Directed By: Greg Mottola

#47

M*A*S*H (1970)
85%

#47
Adjusted Score: 90.973%
Critics Consensus: Bold, timely, subversive, and above all funny, M*A*S*H remains a high point in Robert Altman's distinguished filmography.
Synopsis: Although he was not the first choice to direct it, the hit black comedy MASH established Robert Altman as one... [More]
Directed By: Robert Altman

#46
Adjusted Score: 90.785%
Critics Consensus: The Naked Gun is chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.
Synopsis: Seeking vengeance when his partner (Simpson) is shot full of holes by drug dealers, Lt. Frank Drebin searches for the... [More]
Directed By: David Zucker

#45

Swingers (1996)
87%

#45
Adjusted Score: 89.626%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and effortlessly cool, Swingers made stars out of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, established Doug Liman as a director to watch.
Synopsis: An ensemble comedy about five guys, all in their 20s, all coping with the mysteries of life and women, set... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 89.715%
Critics Consensus: James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre.
Synopsis: Jack Nicholson is hilariously funny as a compulsive-obsessive, homophobic romance novelist who is compelled by circumstances to get to know... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#43

Harold and Maude (1971)
84%

#43
Adjusted Score: 88.759%
Critics Consensus: Hal Ashby's comedy is too dark and twisted for some, and occasionally oversteps its bounds, but there's no denying the film's warm humor and big heart.
Synopsis: Harold, the 20-year-old son of a wealthy, neglectful woman, tries to gain attention for himself with various hilariously staged "suicides."... [More]
Directed By: Hal Ashby

#42

Trading Places (1983)
86%

#42
Adjusted Score: 89.796%
Critics Consensus: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.
Synopsis: The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit comedy. The fabulously... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#41

Wayne's World (1992)
84%

#41
Adjusted Score: 87.519%
Critics Consensus: An oddball comedy that revels in its silliness and memorable catch phrases, Wayne's World is also fondly regarded because of its endearing characters.
Synopsis: Originally a skit on "Saturday Night Live" during the late '80s and early '90s, "Wayne's World" is about two teenage... [More]
Directed By: Penelope Spheeris

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