150 Essential Comedy Movies To Watch Now
What makes a comedy a classic? Something that floats on the changing tides of time and taste, remaining relevant – and hilarious? It probably takes more than a football to the groin or a juiced-up fart on the audio track. (Though we’re not not saying those can sometimes be the pinnacle of professional-grade jokes.) We don’t have the answer, but with our Essential list assembling 150 of the best comedies ever made, we’re getting closer to laugh-out-loud enlightenment than humanly thought possible. We’re melting minds, splitting sides, and slapping knees here.
To that end, we’ve included all forms of the comedy movie. From slapstick (Dumb & Dumber, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) to silent (The General, Modern Times). Rom-coms (Moonstruck, Annie Hall) to screwball (It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby). Parody (Airplane!, Scary Movie) to postmodern (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Galaxy Quest). These 150 movies will take you to college (Animal House), past some fan favorites (Step Brothers, Super Troopers), and all around the globe (Kung Fu Hustle, Amelie).
There’s no minimum review count for this list. We opened it up to movies of yesteryear, which typically don’t get as many reviews as their modern comedy rivals. Many of these inducted films have high Tomatometer scores and are Certified Fresh, but the Tomatometer was not our only guide. Some comedies that stand the test of time did not necessarily pass the critical test on release, and we’re honoring those here. These are not the best-reviewed comedy films ever released, but they are the essential comedies, movies that broke the Laugh-O-Meter – we’ll totally trademark that soon, so dibs – shaped the genre, molded generations, and which audiences return to time and again, to lift the spirits.
And with our most recent updates, we’ve added the latest and greatest in new funny movies (Booksmart, Blockers, Game Night), and some more comedy classics that have definitely earned their place in the pantheon of guffaws (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harold & Maude).
Ready to whip out your funny bone and bash it violently on the nearest flat surface? Then you’re ready for our list of the best comedy movies ever: Rotten Tomatoes’ 150 Essential Comedies!
Adjusted Score: 42097%
Critics Consensus: Hot Rod has brazen silliness and a few humorous set pieces on its side, but it's far too inconsistent to satisfy all but the least demanding slapstick lovers.
An accident-prone daredevil (Andy Samberg) plans an outrageous stunt to raise money for lifesaving surgery for his abusive stepfather.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97505%
Critics Consensus: With a talented cast turned loose on a loaded premise -- and a sharp script loaded with dark comedy and unexpected twists -- Game Night might be more fun than the real thing.
A couple's weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when their friends agree to participate in a murder mystery... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54722%
Critics Consensus: First Wives Club is headlined by a trio of comedic dynamos, but the script lets them down with tepid plotting and a fatal lack of satirical bite.
Three 50-ish college friends (Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton) plot revenge after their husbands dump them for younger women.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56768%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Scary Movie overloads on crudity and grossness to get its laughs.
Keenen Ivory Wayans directed this sendup of slasher films in which a vengeful killer stalks a group of nubile teens.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94925%
Critics Consensus: Blockers puts a gender-swapped spin on the teen sex comedy -- one elevated by strong performances, a smartly funny script, and a surprisingly enlightened perspective.
Lisa, Hunter and Mitchell learn that their teenage daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night. The worried parents... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102386%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A man inadvertently foils a robbery and is awarded the job of bank guard, forcing him to face a real... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75947%
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.
Estranged from his wife (Sally Field), an out-of-work actor (Robin Williams) masquerades as a nanny to be with his children.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86715%
Critics Consensus: Pitch Perfect's plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.
When a new student (Anna Kendrick) joins her college's female a cappella group, she takes the women out of their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86549%
Critics Consensus: Its premise suggests brazenly tasteless humor, but Four Lions is actually a smart, pitch-black comedy that carries the unmistakable ring of truth.
The inept members (Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay) of a jihadist cell in England try but fail to carry... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102596%
Critics Consensus: Persuasive enough to give audiences acrophobia when they aren't laughing at Harold Lloyd's antics, Safety Last! is a marvel of visual effects and slapstick comedy.
A country boy (Harold Lloyd) comes to the city and ends up hanging from a big clock on a tall... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103857%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.
A wishing machine turns a boy into a 35-year-old man (Tom Hanks) with a fun job and a girlfriend (Elizabeth... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40419%
Critics Consensus: Wet Hot American Summer's incredibly talented cast is too often outmatched by a deeply silly script that misses its targets at least as often as it skewers them.
After their charges have left, staff members of a children's camp pursue romances that have been brewing all season.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85943%
Critics Consensus: Besides bringing on the laughs, Barbershop displays a big heart and demonstrates the value of community.
The owner of a popular barbershop considers selling the place to a loan shark who wants to convert it into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96974%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Assorted teens waste another day of school before getting down to wasting summer in 1976 Austin, Texas.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54895%
Critics Consensus: Jim Carrey's twitchy antics and gross-out humor are on full, bombastic display in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which is great news for fans of his particular brand of comedy but likely unsatisfying for anyone else.
A bungling gumshoe uncovers more than just a simple kidnapping when he searches for the Miami Dolphins' missing mascot.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75197%
Critics Consensus: Frustratingly uneven yet enjoyable overall, Idiocracy skewers society's devolution with an amiably goofy yet deceptively barbed wit.
Selected for a human hibernation project, an average soldier (Luke Wilson) awakens 500 years in the future, where society is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82261%
Critics Consensus: Team America will either offend you or leave you in stitches. It'll probably do both.
Puppet commandos protect the planet from fiendish terrorists and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il (Trey Parker).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86742%
Critics Consensus: A trite but refreshing and comical spin on nature of love.
Unable to find Mr. Right, a woman (Jennifer Westfeldt) becomes intimate with another woman (Heather Juergensen) after answering her personal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96714%
Critics Consensus: Trainwreck drags commitment out of all but the most rom-com-phobic filmgoers with sharp humor, relatable characters, and hilarious work from Amy Schumer.
A promiscuous magazine writer (Amy Schumer) considers monogamy for the first time when she starts to fall in love with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90071%
Critics Consensus: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure brings Paul Reubens' famous character to the big screen intact, along with enough inspired silliness to dazzle children of all ages.
Childlike Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) loses his vintage bicycle and embarks on a cross-country adventure to get it back.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43749%
Critics Consensus: Though it benefits from the comic charms of its two leads, Tommy Boy too often feels like a familiar sketch stretched thin.
A ne'er-do-well auto-parts heir (Chris Farley) must stop his father's (Brian Dennehy) widow from selling the business.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 52109%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining if not over-the-top humor from a solid comic duo provides plenty of laughs.
Wrongly convicted of murder, two men (Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence) become close friends during decades in a Mississippi penitentiary.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68240%
Critics Consensus: A wacky satire on the fashion industry, Zoolander is one of those deliberately dumb comedies that can deliver genuine laughs.
A supermodel (Ben Stiller) befriends a rival (Owen Wilson) while becoming mixed-up in a brainwashing and assassination plot.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36498%
Critics Consensus: A more-miss -than-hit affair, Super Troopers will most likely appeal to those looking for something silly.
Five state troopers (Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme) try to stop a group of drug dealers in order to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64284%
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.
A powerful swing convinces a hockey player (Adam Sandler) he can join the PGA tour and win back his grandmother's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94322%
Critics Consensus: A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.
Two cops (Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum) must confront their teenage angst all over again when they go under cover as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85681%
Critics Consensus: Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are just charming, goofy, and silly enough to make this fluffy time-travel Adventure work.
Two dopey dudes (Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter) go back in time to fetch Beethoven, Napoleon and other biggies for a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102745%
Critics Consensus: Blockbuster dramatist James L. Brooks delivers with Broadcast News, fully entertaining with deft, deep characterization.
A reporter (Albert Brooks), a producer (Holly Hunter) and an anchorman (William Hurt) form a triangle in a TV-network news... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99968%
Critics Consensus: A satire of the American fantasy of leaving it all behind, Lost in America features some of Albert Brooks' best, most consistent writing and cultural jabs.
Two West Coast yuppies (Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty) sell everything, buy a huge motor home and set out to do... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99317%
Critics Consensus: In the Loop is an uncommonly funny political satire that blends Dr. Strangelove with Spinal Tap for the Iraq war era.
British and American officials on both sides of the issue of going to war scramble to take advantage of opportunities... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109714%
Critics Consensus: With a terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle, Crazy Rich Asians takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic -- and still effective -- rom-com formula.
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92414%
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.
A soccer coach persuades a kung-fu master (Stephen Chow) and his former classmates to form a team and play for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93912%
Critics Consensus: As smart, funny, and trenchant as writer-director-star Chris Rock's best standup work, Top Five is a career highlight for its creator -- and one of the comedy standouts of 2014.
A successful actor (Chris Rock) is forced to confront his comedic past during a day with a journalist (Rosario Dawson)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93280%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Two shipwrecked stowaways (Bing Crosby, Bob Hope) ride a camel and meet a princess (Dorothy Lamour), whom they rescue from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48599%
Critics Consensus: Oft-quoted but undeniably flawed, Up In Smoke is a seminal piece of stoner cinema thanks to the likability of its two counterculture icons.
A narcotics detective (Stacy Keach) pursues a pair of Los Angeles potheads (Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong) driving from Tijuana in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91965%
Critics Consensus: Steve Carell's first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.
Three dysfunctional co-workers embark on a mission to help their newfound friend (Steve Carell) lose his sexual innocence.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106432%
Critics Consensus: Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.
A concierge (Ralph Fiennes) at a posh European hotel is framed for murdering an elderly dowager with whom he had... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91557%
Critics Consensus: Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements.
Two hit men (Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson) have strange and life-changing experiences while hiding out in the medieval city.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67422%
Critics Consensus: So embarrassing it's believable, American Pie succeeds in bringing back the teen movie genre.
Four teenagers nearing graduation make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101234%
Critics Consensus: Almodovar weaves together a magnificent tapestry of femininity with an affectionate wink to classics of theater and cinema in this poignant story of love, loss and compassion.
New friends help a woman (Cecilia Roth) struggling to get her life in order after her son's (Eloy AzorÃn) death.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88946%
Critics Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
Chaos reigns when a gym employee (Frances McDormand) and her colleague try to benefit from a disc that they think... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75615%
Critics Consensus: Though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon's funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise.
A sorority queen (Reese Witherspoon) enrolls in Harvard to prove to her former boyfriend that she has more than good... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99110%
Critics Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.
Realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gays and lesbians lend... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74485%
Critics Consensus: It's long, frantic, and stuffed to the gills with comic actors and set pieces -- and that's exactly its charm.
A motley assortment of characters embarks on a chaotic and slapstick-filled race to find $350,000 in buried loot.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89181%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly bizarre and overflowing with ideas, Beetlejuice offers some of Michael Keaton's most deliciously manic work - and creepy, funny fun for the whole family.
A ghoul (Michael Keaton) helps a newly dead couple (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) haunt the tasteless new owners of their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94842%
Critics Consensus: House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.
Kid is grounded by his dad for fighting, but he is determined to sneak out to go to a huge... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83162%
Critics Consensus: Mike Nichols wrangles agreeably amusing performances from Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in this fun, if not quite essential, remake of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles.
In Miami Beach a gay couple (Robin Williams, Nathan Lane) pretend to be man and wife when a son's future... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93292%
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.
On vacation, three men (Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby) get to play cowboy on a dude-ranch cattle drive, but... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90635%
Critics Consensus: A raucous military comedy that features Bill Murray and his merry cohorts approaching the peak of their talents.
A lazy New York cabby (Bill Murray) quits his job and convinces his bored buddy (Harold Ramis) they should join... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93494%
Critics Consensus: A zany horror spoof that plays up and then plays into the best of Universal horror cliches.
The Wolf Man tries to warn a dimwitted porter (Lou Costello) that Dracula (Bela Lugosi) wants his brain for a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67525%
Critics Consensus: A robust ensemble of game actors elevate Clue above its schematic source material, but this farce's reliance on novelty over organic wit makes its entertainment value a roll of the dice.
Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan) and company solve a mansion murder based... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106141%
Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, a desk-bound CIA... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79543%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Misunderstandings and money problems divide a couple (Lauren VÃ©lez, Jon Seda) struggling to raise children in the Bronx.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85275%
Critics Consensus: Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger's Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm.
An outrageous British woman (RenÃ©e Zellweger) decides to take control of her life, but instead falls for two very different... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97719%
Critics Consensus: Black's exuberant, gleeful performance turns School of Rock into a hilarious, rocking good time.
Fired from his group and desperate for money, a guitarist (Jack Black) poses as a teacher for students who play... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99181%
Critics Consensus: Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade's most appealing comedies.
An Italian-American widow (Cher), engaged to a reticent suitor, falls in love with his brother (Nicolas Cage).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88911%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A New York dentist (Alan Arkin) lands in a Central American hot spot with a shady guy who soon will... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103253%
Critics Consensus: The Ladykillers is a macabre slow-burn with quirky performances of even quirkier characters.
A toothy British crook (Alec Guinness) and his gang involve their daffy landlady (Katie Johnson) in a bank caper.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85783%
Critics Consensus: Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League begins in 1943 with a major-league has-been as a manager (Tom Hanks).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91414%
Critics Consensus: A buoyant, clever update of the conman flick Bedtime Story, with plenty of comedic jousting resulting from a winning chemistry between Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
An American con man (Steve Martin) and his British rival (Michael Caine) target a soap heiress (Glenne Headly) from Cleveland... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93640%
Critics Consensus: A well-calibrated blend of manic comedy and poignant drama, Good Morning, Vietnam offers a captivating look at a wide range of Robin Williams' cinematic gifts.
In 1965 Saigon, disc jockey Adrian Cronauer turns Armed Forces Radio on its ear with his irreverent brand of humor.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91163%
Critics Consensus: Bold, timely, subversive, and above all funny, M*A*S*H remains a high point in Robert Altman's distinguished filmography.
Hip Army surgeons Hawkeye (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John (Elliott Gould) make their own rules in the chaos of Korea.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96978%
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.
Two Manhattan careerists (Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan) first hate, then like and eventually love each other over the course of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77472%
Critics Consensus: The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.
After smoking marijuana, two roommates (John Cho, Kal Penn) scour New Jersey to satisfy their hunger for hamburgers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77425%
Critics Consensus: A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.
A gawky teenager (Jon Heder) from an odd family (Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell) helps his new friend run for class... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90939%
Critics Consensus: Dudley Moore brings a boozy charm to Arthur, a coming of age tale for a wayward millionaire that deploys energetic cast chemistry and spiffy humor to jovial effect.
A dry British butler (John Gielgud) helps his tippling master (Dudley Moore) choose love with a waitress (Liza Minnelli) or... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95508%
Critics Consensus: Tootsie doesn't squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.
The Oscar-winning tale of a temperamental actor who becomes a sensation while posing as a woman on a hit TV... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97658%
Critics Consensus: A fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest's gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast.
Pampered pooches and their quirky owners (Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy) converge on Philadelphia to compete in a prestigious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98033%
Critics Consensus: While its premise is ripe for comedy -- and it certainly delivers its fair share of laughs -- Priscilla is also a surprisingly tender and thoughtful road movie with some outstanding performances.
Three drag queens (Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce) head for a gig at a central Australia casino in a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89963%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a brilliant screenplay and outstanding ensemble cast, Mean Girls finds fresh, female-fronted humor in the high school experience.
Attending high school for the first time, a teenager (Lindsay Lohan) becomes friends with three popular but manipulative students.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58828%
Critics Consensus: There's fine spoofery and amusing characters in Spaceballs, though it's a far cry from Mel Brooks' peak era.
President Skroob (Mel Brooks) pits evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) against Lone Starr and the half-man, half-dog Barf (John Candy).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75937%
Critics Consensus: Looking for a sweet musical comedy about a witness to a crime hiding out from killers in a convent? There's nun better than Sister Act.
A Reno lounge singer (Whoopi Goldberg) on the run plays nun and shows a San Francisco convent's chorus how to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63794%
Critics Consensus: Step Brothers indulges in a cheerfully relentless immaturity that will quickly turn off viewers unamused by Ferrell and Reilly -- and delight those who find their antics hilarious.
Two lazy, immature men (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly) become rivals when the marriage of one's mother and the other's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61465%
Critics Consensus: UHF is bizarre, freewheeling, and spotty, though its anarchic spirit cannot be denied.
The new manager (Weird Al Yankovic) of a lowly TV station beats a big-budget rival (Kevin McCarthy) with off-the-wall shows.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97546%
Critics Consensus: Blessed by a brilliantly befuddled star turn from Chevy Chase, National Lampoon's Vacation is one of the more consistent -- and thoroughly quotable -- screwball comedies of the 1980s.
The Griswolds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo) and family head by station wagon for the California fun park Walley World.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95249%
Critics Consensus: Intelligent and humorous satire with an excellent cast -- no previous Trekkie knowledge needed to enjoy this one.
Aliens, believing actors to be real heroes, enlist cast members (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman) of a sci-fi TV... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89682%
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.
A 20-year-old heir (Bud Cort) with a death wish meets a 79-year-old free spirit (Ruth Gordon) who knows how to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89282%
Critics Consensus: Despite sometimes sitcom-like execution, Meet the Parents is a hilarious look at familial relationships that works mostly because the chemistry between its two leads is so effective.
When a woman brings her boyfriend (Ben Stiller) home for her sister's wedding, her father (Robert De Niro), a former... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99307%
Critics Consensus: Girls Trip is the rare R-rated comedy that pushes boundaries to truly comedic effect -- and anchors its laughs in compelling characters brought to life by a brilliantly assembled cast.
Four best friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99827%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and refreshingly subtle, Being There soars behind sensitive direction from Hal Ashby and a stellar Peter Sellers performance.
The president (Jack Warden) and a power broker heed the utterings of a simple gardener (Peter Sellers) who likes to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86581%
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.
Metal-head friends Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) sell their basement cable-access TV show to a city slicker (Rob... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82578%
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.
The teen scene includes a party-animal surfer (Sean Penn), a pregnant girl (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a fast-food worker (Judge... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84791%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A theater critic (Cary Grant) learns his two elderly aunts serve poisoned elderberry wine to lonely gentlemen callers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97013%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.
An aspiring hoodlum (Stephen Chow) gets a chance to prove his abilities when gang members hire him to spring a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 116682%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Two high school overachievers decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night -- a chaotic adventure... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96879%
Critics Consensus: Dark, cynical, and subversive, Heathers gently applies a chainsaw to the conventions of the high school movie -- changing the game for teen comedies to follow.
Cool Veronica (Winona Ryder) and her quirky new boyfriend (Christian Slater) topple a high-school trio of too-cool Heathers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103672%
Critics Consensus: A remarkable achievement, Playtime's packs every scene with sight gags and characters that both celebrates and satirizes the urbanization of modern life.
Bachelor M. Hulot (Jacques Tati) once again blunders his way through Paris, this time with a group of American tourists.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87900%
Critics Consensus: The buddy cop movie continues its evolution unabated with this Eddie Murphy vehicle that's fast, furious, and funny.
A hip Detroit detective (Eddie Murphy) drives out to Los Angeles and shows local police (Judge Reinhold, John Ashton) how... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84868%
Critics Consensus: Mike Judge lampoons the office grind with its inspired mix of sharp dialogue and witty one-liners.
A computer programmer's (Ron Livingston) hypnosis-induced, lackadaisical attitude about work puts him on the corporate fast-track.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100187%
Critics Consensus: While frothy to a fault, Four Weddings and a Funeral features irresistibly breezy humor, and winsome performances from Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.
An English charmer (Hugh Grant) and a lusty American (Andie MacDowell) make love over a course of surprising events.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97129%
Critics Consensus: The music, the performances, the precision in capturing the post-college malaise -- The Graduate's coming-of-age story is indeed one for the ages.
An aimless college man (Dustin Hoffman) lets an older woman (Anne Bancroft) seduce him, then finds himself falling for her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87870%
Critics Consensus: Matthew Broderick charms in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a light and irrepressibly fun movie about being young and having fun.
A cool teen (Matthew Broderick) plays hooky in Chicago with his girlfriend (Mia Sara), his buddy (Alan Ruck) and the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88256%
Critics Consensus: There's Something About Mary proves that unrelentingly, unabashedly peurile humor doesn't necessarily come at the expense of a film's heart.
A geek (Ben Stiller) hires a sleazy private eye (Matt Dillon) to report on a woman (Cameron Diaz) he has... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98753%
Critics Consensus: Part satire, part shockumentary,Borat gets high-fives almost all-around for being offensive in the funniest possible way. Jagshemash!
Outrageous situations occur when a popular reporter (Sacha Baron Cohen) from Kazakhstan comes to the United States to film a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94813%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
After a day of playing amateur sleuth, a movie projectionist "projects" himself into a film to solve a case.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78354%
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.
A South Central Los Angeles resident (Ice Cube) hangs out on his front porch with a pal (Chris Tucker) who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94952%
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.
Separation anxiety poses a problem for two co-dependent high-school seniors (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera) who hope to score booze and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98738%
Critics Consensus: The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.
A British constable (Simon Pegg) feels certain foul play is afoot when a series of grisly accidents rocks his quiet... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86852%
Critics Consensus: With a clever script and hilarious interplay among the cast, The Hangover nails just the right tone of raunchy humor, and the non-stop laughs overshadow any flaw.
After a wild stag party in Las Vegas, three hazy groomsmen (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) must find their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90462%
Critics Consensus: A movie full of Yuletide cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell's funny and charming performance as one of Santa's biggest helpers.
Adopted as a baby by one of Santa's elves (Bob Newhart), a man (Will Ferrell) leaves the workshop to search... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96629%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the impeccable chemistry between Steve Martin and John Candy, as well as a deft mix of humor and heart, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a hilarious, heartfelt holiday classic.
An ad exec (Steve Martin) and a shower-curtain-ring salesman (John Candy) become co-travelers on the way to Thanksgiving in Chicago.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100914%
Critics Consensus: Smartly written, smoothly directed, and solidly cast, A Fish Called Wanda offers a classic example of a brainy comedy with widespread appeal.
An American (Jamie Lee Curtis) flirts with a crook, a barrister (John Cleese) and a mercenary (Kevin Kline) to find... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72419%
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.
A 1970s San Diego newscaster (Will Ferrell) feels threatened by the arrival of an ambitious woman (Christina Applegate) looking to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104121%
Critics Consensus: An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.
Armed with proton packs, four paranormal investigators (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) battle mischievous ghouls in New York.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76402%
Critics Consensus: A light and goofy comedy which provides laughs, largely due to performances and screenwriting by Myers.
Two cryogenically preserved foes (Mike Myers), a hip British agent and his '60s nemesis, face off in the '90s.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70750%
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.
An inept dog groomer (Jeff Daniels) and a limousine driver (Jim Carrey) chase the latter's dream girl (Lauren Holly) cross... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101421%
Critics Consensus: Enlivening Neil Simon's crackerjack script with their harmonious rapport, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are a perfect pairing as The Odd Couple.
Fussy Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) moves in with his divorced poker buddy, sloppy Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99757%
Critics Consensus: A hilarious satire of the business side of Hollywood, The Producers is one of Mel Brooks' finest, as well as funniest films, featuring standout performances by Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel.
A Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) and his accountant (Gene Wilder) back a sure-fire flop: "Springtime for Hitler."... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93109%
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?
A 22-year-old clerk (Brian O'Halloran) takes in a day's worth of customers at a convenience store in New Jersey.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104488%
Critics Consensus: Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun.
Vampire housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107502%
Critics Consensus: A career highlight for Preston Sturges, The Lady Eve benefits from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda's sparkling chemistry -- and a script that inspired countless battle-of-the-sexes comedies.
Father-daughter cardsharps (Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn) fleece a rich man's son (Henry Fonda) on a cruise ship.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94165%
Critics Consensus: Barbra Streisand was never more likable than in this energetic, often hilarious screwball farce from director Peter Bogdanovich.
A music professor (Ryan O'Neal) visits San Francisco with his fiancee (Madeline Kahn) and meets a kooky woman (Barbra Streisand).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111627%
Critics Consensus: Watermelons may go out of season, but in A Night at the Opera, the Marx Brothers' daffy laughs are never anything less than uproariously fresh.
Groucho (Groucho Marx), Chico and Harpo go to Italy and bring opera and its patrons down to their level.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100224%
Critics Consensus: Matched by Garson Kanin's witty, sophisticated screenplay, George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, and Katherine Hepburn are all in top form in the classic comedy Adam's Rib.
Married lawyers (Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn) clash in and out of court over a woman's (Judy Holliday) right to shoot... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105331%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A Hollywood director's desire to produce a film about real people and human suffering leads him on an odyssey as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78701%
Critics Consensus: Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.
Oddballs (Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray) and gophers undermine a country-club caddy out to win a college scholarship.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99391%
Critics Consensus: Charlie Chaplin demonstrates that his comedic voice is undiminished by dialogue in this rousing satire of tyranny, which may be more distinguished by its uplifting humanism than its gags.
A Jewish barber looks like Adenoid Hynkel (Charles Chaplin), dictator of Tomania, who meets Benzino Napaloni (Jack Oakie), dictator of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114544%
Critics Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic.
A snooty socialite (Katharine Hepburn) fights with her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and flirts with a reporter (James Stewart).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96583%
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.
A loser (Nicolas Cage) and his wife (Holly Hunter) kidnap a quintuplet from an unfinished-furniture store magnate.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90108%
Critics Consensus: A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.
A Beverly Hills teen (Alicia Silverstone) plays matchmaker for teachers, transforms a bad dresser (Brittany Murphy) and examines her own... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105942%
Critics Consensus: Filled with poignant performances and devastating humor, Annie Hall represents a quantum leap for Woody Allen and remains an American classic.
A New York comedian (Woody Allen) recalls his lost love, a kooky singer (Diane Keaton) with a style all her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107298%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy.
An ace reporter's editor tries to stop her from remarrying in this remake of director Lewis Milestone's "The Front Page."... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97042%
Critics Consensus: Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann prove irresistibly hilarious as two misanthropic slackers in Withnail and I, a biting examination of artists living on the fringes of prosperity and good taste.
Two sloppy actors (Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann) in 1969 London drive their beat-up Jaguar to a rough cottage owned... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92179%
Critics Consensus: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.
Sporting billionaire brothers reverse the roles of a Wall Street commodities broker (Dan Aykroyd) and a street hustler (Eddie Murphy).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100502%
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.
Though broke and lovelorn, a woman (Kristen Wiig) takes on the strange and expensive rituals associated with being her best... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102197%
Critics Consensus: Made with obvious affection for the original, Young Frankenstein is a riotously silly spoof featuring a fantastic performance by Gene Wilder.
Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97820%
Critics Consensus: Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.
An aimless TV salesman (Simon Pegg) and his best pal must save their friends and family from the zombies that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91885%
Critics Consensus: The Naked Gun is loaded chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.
A blundering Los Angeles detective (Leslie Nielsen) and his boss (George Kennedy) foil a plan to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83614%
Critics Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.
Joliet Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd), brothers on a mission from God, bomb around Chicago in an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76669%
Critics Consensus: Eddie Murphy was in full control at this point, starkly evident in Coming to America's John Landis' coasting direction.
Pampered Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of Zamunda comes to New York with his royal sidekick (Arsenio Hall) to find a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101906%
Critics Consensus: One of the more cutting-edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.
In biblical times a man, mistakenly proclaimed a messiah, finds himself leader of a new religious movement.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85911%
Critics Consensus: Crude, crass, and oh so quotable, The Jerk is nothing short of an all-out comedic showcase for Steve Martin.
A simpleton (Steve Martin) leaves his foster family, acquires a girlfriend (Bernadette Peters) and invents slip-proof eyeglasses.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98418%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.
Union spies pursue an engineer (Buster Keaton) who chased them to recover his stolen train.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105961%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an involving mystery and sparkling repartee between William Powell and Myrna Loy, The Thin Man is an endlessly charming romp.
The recently divorced Gilbert discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on with other men. Not... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101342%
Critics Consensus: Smartly directed, brilliantly acted, and packed with endlessly quotable moments, This Is Spinal Tap is an all-time comedy classic.
An American filmmaker (Rob Reiner) records the demise of a fictitious band of aging British metalheads (Michael McKean, Christopher Guest)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96262%
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.
Bluto (John Belushi), Otter and the rowdy Deltas make fools of the dean and the square Omegas at 1962 Faber... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95047%
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.
A black railroad worker is appointed sheriff of a town marked for destruction by a scheming politician.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104935%
Critics Consensus: With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant at their effervescent best, Bringing Up Baby is a seamlessly assembled comedy with enduring appeal.
A paleontologist (Cary Grant) loses a dinosaur bone to a dog whose heiress owner (Katharine Hepburn) also has a pet... [More]
Adjusted Score: 119682%
Critics Consensus: A slapstick skewering of industrialized America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
In Chaplin's classic comedy of the Machine Age, a bolt tightener (Charlie Chaplin) fails at everything but falling in love.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102975%
Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.
A corporate climber (Jack Lemmon), whose boss (Fred MacMurray) and others use his apartment for hanky-panky, aids a young woman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104371%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.
February 2nd keeps repeating for a cynical TV weatherman (Bill Murray) sent to watch the groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pa.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104617%
Critics Consensus: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.
A storybook stableboy turns pirate (Cary Elwes) and rescues his beloved (Robin Wright), who is about to marry a dreadful... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106962%
Critics Consensus: Stanley Kubrick's brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.
President Muffley (Peter Sellers) and his advisers (George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn) man the Pentagon war room, as planes with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99659%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies.
Spies (Harpo Marx, Chico Marx) intervene when Freedonia's prime minister (Groucho Marx) declares war on nearby Sylvania.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90122%
Critics Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.
Bowling buddies (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman) become involved with a multimillionaire and his family wanted by mobsters in 1990s Los... [More]
Adjusted Score: 119469%
Critics Consensus: Capturing its stars and director at their finest, It Happened One Night remains unsurpassed by the countless romantic comedies it has inspired.
A newsman (Clark Gable) rides a bus and shares a cabin with a tycoon's (Walter Connolly) runaway daughter (Claudette Colbert).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101067%
Critics Consensus: Some Like It Hot: A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags.
To evade gangsters, two men (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon) don skirts and makeup and join an all-girl band with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107132%
Critics Consensus: A cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous, Monty Python and the Holy Grail has lost none of its exceedingly silly charm.
King Arthur (Graham Chapman) goes questing on a pretend horse, followed by his lackey clacking coconut shells.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104878%
Critics Consensus: Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.
A pilot (Robert Hays) afraid to fly follows his stewardess ex-girlfriend (Julie Hagerty) and must take over for the poisoned... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105627%
Critics Consensus: One of the best underdog romance movies ever, with an ending that will light up any heart.
A little tramp (Charlie Chaplin) gets money from a drunken millionaire (Harry Myers) for an operation to restore a flower... [More]