The top 10 best comedy movies are classic laugh fests released by Hollywood. Whether your preference is black-and-white flicks of guys in drag, that British spy with bad teeth and catch phrases, or funny biopics, there’s something on our list that will make you smile.
- “Some Like It Hot”–Screen legends Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis team up to follow the sultry Marilyn Monroe (at her most do-able) across the country, but they have to dress up in drag to travel with her all-girl musical troupe. The duo also has to avoid mobsters from Chicago! Hilarity ensues. The film was nominated for six Oscars.
- “Good Morning, Vietnam”–Robin Williams (nominated for an Oscar for his role) brings his improv chops to this film about a real-life DJ broadcasting to troops during the Vietnam War. Williams’ unscripted riffs while on air are hysterical as are the character’s pokes and jabs at the powers that be.
- “Caddyshack"–Many men will agree that this is one of the top ten best comedy movies and can recite Bill Murray’s character's lines verbatim. Though Spackler’s efforts to capture the gopher failed to impress critics at the time, the movie has gained cult status.
- “Bad Santa"–Billy Bob Thornton plays a drunk, depressed, thieving Santa in this Christmas flick, which can be your antidote to “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The hilarious cursing and vulgarity spewing forth from this darkest of dark Christmas classic will have you spewing egg nog out of your nose and across the room.
- “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”–Before Sean Penn became Mr. Serious, he was Jeff Spicoli, tormenting Mr. Hand and being the ultimate surfer dude. This coming-of-age flick—one of the top 10 best comedy movies ever—still makes those now approaching their 40’s laugh.
- “Young Frankenstein”–This Mel Brooks throwback black-and-white movie stars Gene Wilder and Terri Garr in a slightly raunchy, double entendre-filled laugher about a descendent of Dr. Frankenstein bringing his own monster to life. The scene where Wilder dances with the monster (Peter Boyle) while singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” will have you rolling in the aisles.
- “Big”–Tom Hanks made this 80’s movie a classic. "Big" is about a boy who fulfills a wish to become an adult. The fish-out-of-water scenario could turn corny as it has in other films, but Hanks’ everyman quality allows him to pull it off fabulously.
- “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”–Mike Myers brings this spy creation to life in a hysterical film that spawned two sequels and created a number of memorable—and quotable—characters, many played by Myers himself. Yes, it’s annoying when people still say, “Groovy, baby!” but the movie itself will bring laughs for ages.
- “Beverly Hills Cop"–Eddie Murphy, fresh from "Saturday Night Live," was on the ascent when he made this flick in the early 80’s. His character, Axel Foley, brought the audience to tears in a film that won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture. Along with two sequels, the franchise has made over $700 million.
- “Groundhog Day"–The premise of this Bill Murray movie is of a man who keeps reliving the same day. This allows his character to set up all kinds of hilarious situations, not ending his misery until he becomes a better person. But don’t worry, it’s not as sappy as it sounds!
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