Best Comedy Movies

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley ranks the best comedies of all time in the gallery below.

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30. ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ (1988) – Charles Crichton

Four London crooks (Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Michael Palin and an Oscar-winning Kevin Kline) commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

29. ‘The Pink Panther’ (1963) – Blake Edwards

David Niven may be the main character, but Peter Sellers steals the show as the clumsy Inspector Clouseau set to Henry Mancini’s iconic panther theme.

28. ‘The Nutty Professor’ (1963) – Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis went Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Professor Kelp and Buddy Love, inspiring an Eddie Murphy remake with a farting scene for the ages.

27. ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ (1984) – Martin Brest

Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley carried a comedic social commentary in a film that still remains one of the highest grossing comedies of all time.

26. ‘Happy Gilmore’ (1996) – Dennis Dugan

Love him or hate him, there’s no denying the blockbuster success of Adam Sandler, from his class clown antics in “Billy Madison” to his raunchy rivalry with Shooter McGavin in “Happy Gilmore,” together forming the production company Happy Madison.

25. ‘Bridesmaids’ (2011) – Paul Feig

Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy became overnight sensations with this laugh-out-loud take on bridesmaids gearing up for the big wedding day.

24. ‘Shaun of the Dead’ (2004) – Edgar Wright

Before “Hot Fuzz” and “Baby Driver,” Edgar Wright put himself on the map casting Simon Pegg in a zombie spoof that inspired the likes of “Zombieland.”

23. ‘Clerks’ (1994) – Kevin Smith

This gritty black-and-white comedy turned a convenience store into a Sundance sensation and made household names of Jay and Silent Bob.

22. ‘Office Space’ (1999) – Mike Judge

Ummm, yeah … I’m gonna need you to admit that “Office Space” is one of the funniest, flair-filled comedies of all time, OK?

21. ‘The Music Box’ (1932) – James Parrott 

Laurel and Hardy try like hell to push a piano up a flight of stairs in the first film ever to win the Oscar for Best Live-Action Short.

20. ‘The Odd Couple’ (1968) – Gene Saks

Long before “Grumpy Old Men,” Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon played Oscar and Felix so hilariously that they inspired a hit TV sitcom.

19. ‘This is Spinal Tap!’ (1984) – Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner and Christopher Guest amplified our funny bones all the way “up to 11” in this side-splitting rock mockumentary.

18. ‘The Naked Gun’ (1988) – Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker

After their TV spoof “Police Squad,” Leslie Nielsen reunited with Team ZAZ as the hilariously incompetent Detective Frank Drebin.

17. ‘Coming to America’ (1988) – John Landis

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall were hilarious in this tale of a pampered African Prince who travels to Queens to find a wife. Where is the spoon?

16. ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) – Ivan Reitman

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson slimed us with a pop culture phenomenon set to Ray Parker Jr.’s soundtrack.

15. ‘Young Frankenstein’ (1974) – Mel Brooks

Gene Wilder was never better than “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman and Cloris Leachman.

14. ‘The Jerk’ (1979) – Carl Reiner

Steve Martin was at his zenith as Navin, thinking he’s born a “poor black child” and misinterpreting a sniper by shouting, “He hates these cans!”

13. ‘Dumb and Dumber’ (1994) – Farrelly Brothers

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were comedy gold as Hollywood’s biggest idiots complete with snazzy tuxedos, extra gloves and a headless pet bird.

12. ‘Wedding Crashers’ (2005) – David Dobkin

Vince Vaughn fled a “stage five clinger,” while Owen Wilson wooed Rachel McAdams amid a Will Ferrell cameo: “Ma, the meatloaf!”

11. ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ (2005) – Judd Apatow

Steve Carell fell for Catherine Keener despite the peer pressure of Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Romany Malco in a deep cast of Jane Lynch, Kevin Hart, Leslie Mann, Elizabeth Banks and even Jonah Hill.

10. ‘The Hangover’ (2009) – Todd Phillips

We all wanted to join the Wolf Pack after Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis pieced together their drunken Las Vegas bachelor party.

9. ‘Animal House’ (1978) – John Landis

John Belushi hilariously called for a toga party, then botched Pearl Harbor trivia to rally the troops of the Delta fraternity.

8. ‘The Big Lebowski’ (1998) – Coen Brothers

Some viewers may feel “out of their element” watching this cult comedy classic, but diehard fans insist that the Dude abides.

7. ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’ (1997) – Jay Roach

Mike Myers’ dual role as Austin Powers and Dr. Evil delivered a Bond spoof filled with pop culture staples, from “Mojo” to “Yeah, baby,” that we’ll quote for “millions” of years.

6. ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ (1975) – Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

“Holy Grail” edges out “Life of Brian” as Monty Python’s best thanks to The Black Knight, Holy Hand Grenade and galloping coconuts.

5. ‘Caddyshack’ (1980) – Harold Ramis

Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield dominate this romp about golf caddies, pesky gophers and Baby Ruths in swimming pools.

4. ‘Airplane!’ (1980) – Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker

Surely, this sky-high spoof is one of the funniest movies ever made. We are serious — and don’t call us Shirley.

3. ‘Duck Soup’ (1933) – Leo McCarey

The Marx Brothers were on full zany display in this anarchist tale of Freedonia with Groucho’s zingers, Chico’s creativity and Harpo’s antics.

2. ‘Some Like it Hot’ (1959) – Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder pioneered the “dressing in drag” concept, as Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis flee ruthless gangsters by joining an all-female traveling band led by Marilyn Monroe (“Boop boop be do”) before ultimately revealing, “I’m a man!” “Well, nobody’s perfect.”


1. ‘Blazing Saddles’ (1974) – Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor deserve badges for penning this western spoof with countless comedic gold from the all-star team of Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn.

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Jason Fraley

Hailed by The Washington Post for “his savantlike ability to name every Best Picture winner in history," Jason Fraley began at WTOP as Morning Drive Writer in 2008, film critic in 2011 and Entertainment Editor in 2014, providing daily arts coverage on-air and online.

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