100 Essential Comedy Movies


Office Space (1999)

Adjusted Score: 83.049%
Critics Consensus: Mike Judge lampoons the office grind with its inspired mix of sharp dialogue and witty one-liners.
Synopsis: Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a computer programmer working for Initech in Houston. Every day, he and his friends Samir... [More]
Directed By: Mike Judge

Adjusted Score: 82.586%
Critics Consensus: While Fast Times at Ridgemont High features Sean Penn's legendary performance, the film endures because it accurately captured the small details of school, work, and teenage life.
Synopsis: Based on 22-year-old Cameron Crowe's undercover exposé on life in a Southern California public high school, this groundbreaking effort presents... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

Adjusted Score: 81.131%
Critics Consensus: Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are just charming, goofy, and silly enough to make this fluffy time-travel Adventure work.
Synopsis: When a couple air-headed rock-star wannabes are faced with the break-up of their band as a result of poor grades,... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Herek


Bad Santa (2003)

Adjusted Score: 84.016%
Critics Consensus: A gloriously rude and gleefully offensive black comedy, Bad Santa isn't for everyone, but grinches will find it uproariously funny.
Synopsis: The Christmas season just got a lot less joyous in this very dark comedy. Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton)... [More]
Directed By: Terry Zwigoff

Adjusted Score: 82.188%
Critics Consensus: Team America will either offend you or leave you in stitches. It'll probably do both.
Synopsis: Team America, an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability, learns that a power hungry dictator is brokering weapons... [More]
Directed By: Trey Parker


Idiocracy (2006)

Adjusted Score: 76.69%
Critics Consensus: Idiocracy delivers the hilarity and biting satire that could only come from Mike Judge.
Synopsis: In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military... [More]
Directed By: Mike Judge


Caddyshack (1980)

Adjusted Score: 79.805%
Critics Consensus: Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.
Synopsis: An elite country club has to deal with a brash new member and a gopher intent on destroying their beloved... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis

Adjusted Score: 77.665%
Critics Consensus: The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.
Synopsis: Directed by Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean-American investment... [More]
Directed By: Danny Leiner


Friday (1995)

Adjusted Score: 74.855%
Critics Consensus: What Friday might lack in taut construction or directorial flair, it more than makes up with its vibrant (albeit consistently crass) humor and the charming, energetic performances of its leads.
Synopsis: Hard-core rapper Ice Cube, after appearing in such hard-hitting films as Boyz 'N the Hood and Higher Learning, played his... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

Adjusted Score: 75.395%
Critics Consensus: A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.
Synopsis: The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set... [More]
Directed By: Jared Hess


Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Adjusted Score: 74.58%
Critics Consensus: On paper, Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.
Synopsis: After out-of-work actor Daniel Hilliard (Robin Williams) loses custody of his three children to his ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field), he... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

Adjusted Score: 73.416%
Critics Consensus: A light and goofy comedy which provides laughs, largely due to performances and screenwriting by Myers.
Synopsis: Less a parody of the early James Bond film than a parody of the films that parodied the early James... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

Adjusted Score: 70.724%
Critics Consensus: Eddie Murphy was in full control at this point, starkly evident in Coming to America's John Landis' coasting direction.
Synopsis: Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads... [More]
Directed By: John Landis


Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Adjusted Score: 70.07%
Critics Consensus: A relentlessly stupid comedy elevated by its main actors: Jim Carrey goes bonkers and Jeff Daniels carries himself admirably in an against-type performance.
Synopsis: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels play the title roles (though viewers may find themselves debating which is which) in this... [More]
Directed By: Peter Farrelly


Stir Crazy (1980)

Adjusted Score: 67.707%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After the excellent audience response to their teaming in Silver Streak, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor reunited for this zany... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Poitier

Adjusted Score: 71.284%
Critics Consensus: Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails.
Synopsis: Marking the directorial debut of Adam McKay, former head writer for Saturday Night Live and founder of the Upright Citizen's... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay


Zoolander (2001)

Adjusted Score: 68.059%
Critics Consensus: A wacky satire on the fashion industry, Zoolander is one of those deliberately dumb comedies that can deliver genuine laughs.
Synopsis: Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short... [More]
Directed By: Ben Stiller


UHF (1989)

Adjusted Score: 64.203%
Critics Consensus: UHF is bizarre, freewheeling, and spotty, though its anarchic spirit cannot be denied.
Synopsis: When a desperate UHF station gives the seriously odd George the job of manager, he proves to be a programming... [More]
Directed By: Jay Levey


Happy Gilmore (1996)

Adjusted Score: 62.668%
Critics Consensus: Those who enjoy Adam Sandler's schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don't, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable.
Synopsis: Adam Sandler's second popular starring vehicle after Billy Madison is a goofy lowbrow paean to golf, hockey, and the comic... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dugan


Rush Hour (1998)

Adjusted Score: 63.587%
Critics Consensus: A kick-ass addition to the cop-buddy film genre.
Synopsis: Brett Ratner directed this action-comedy that found box-office success by teaming Chris Tucker with Jackie Chan -- performing his own... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

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