Comedy is a genre of movie in which the main focus is on humor. These movies are produced to make the audience laugh. Such films depict funny characters and situations to amuse the audience. Comedy movies traditionally have a happy ending. Many of very first silent films were comedies. The sub genre of comedy movies include slapstick film, black comedy, parody or spoof film, romantic comedy, screwball comedy, comedy horror, comedy thriller, action comedy, military comedy and comic science fiction etc. Actors Charles Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, Leslie Nielson, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell gained international fame for their comic roles. In this article, we shall have a look on 25 best comedy movies of all time.
25 Best Comedy Movies of All Times
1 – The Pink Panther (1963)
Inspector Jacques Clouseau travels to Italy to catch The Phantom, a notorious jewel thief. He must arrest the thief before steals a precious diamond known as The Pink Panther. This hilarious movie stars Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner, Capucine and Claudia Cardinale.
2 – Airplane! (1980)
A retired fighter pilot Ted Striker with a fear of flying follows her ex-girlfriend Elaine onto a flight. When the passengers and the crew fall ill from food poisoning, Striker is forced to fly and safely land the plane. The film features Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Leslie Nielsen.
3 – 9 to 5 (1980)
Three female employees Judy, Violet and Doralee turn the tables on their sexist, lying and bigot boss Franklin. Directed by Colin Higgins, the movie stars Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman and Sterling Hayden.
4 – The Great Dictator (1940)
Adenoid Hynkel, the dictator of fictional country Tomania tries to expand his empire. The character of Hynkel was based on German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. The movie features Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Reginald Gardiner and Jack Oakie.
5 – Police Academy (1984)
A group of honest but inept recruits enter the police academy run by Commandant Lassard. Academy instructors headed by Lt. Haris give the recruits a hard time. Directed by Hugh Wilson, the film stars Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, G.W. Bailey and Bubba Smith.
6 – Horrible Bosses (2011)
Three friends Nick, Dale and Kurt conspire to murder their domineering and manipulative bosses. The movie features Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Collin Farrell and Jamie Fox.
7 – Who’s Minding the Store? (1963)
A rich girl Barbara Tuttle falls for a poor guy Norman Phiffier. Barbara’s mother despises Norman. She hires Norman at her superstore and gives him the most challenging and awkward jobs to humiliate him. The movie stars Jerry Lewis, Jill St. John, John McGiver and Agnes Moorehead.
8 – Modern Times (1936)
The tramp tries to coup up with modern society, the machine age. After various mishaps, he is sent to mental institution. This is the last silent film of Charles Chaplin. Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman and Tiny Sandford also played significant roles in the movie.
9 – Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Harry and Lloyd are two stupid friends. They set out on a trip to return a briefcase full of money to its owner, a gorgeous woman Mary Swanson. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the movie stars Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly and Mike Starr.
10 – The Seven Year Itch (1955)
When his wife and son go away for the summer holidays, a faithful husband Richard Sherman decides to live a bachelor’s life temporarily. Taking advantage of his family’s absence, Sherman makes acquaintance with a beautiful and flirtatious neighbor ‘The Girl’. The film cast include Tom Ewell, Marilyn Monroe, Evelyn Keyes and sonny Tufts.
11 – A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Four criminals Georges, Wanda, Otto and Ken commit an armed robbery. After the heist, they double cross each other over the loot. Georges is arrested by the police. He hires a successful lawyer Archie Leach to defend his case. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Tom Georgeson and Michael Palin.
12 – Home Alone (1990)
An eight year old boy Kevin McCallister is accidently left home when his family goes to Christmas vacation. He learns that two burglars are planning to steal from his house. Kevin must protect his home from the burglars on his own. The movie features Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard and Catherine O’Hara.
13 – The Apartment (1960)
A man named C.C. Baxter tries to rise in his company by providing his apartment to his superiors for their extramarital affairs. Things get complicated when company’s personnel director is added to the list of people who want to lend Baxter’s apartment. This hilarious movie stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Ray Walston and Fred MacMurray.
14 – The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Andy is a 40 years old virgin. He accidently reveals his secret at a poker game with his friends from work. His friends try to help him get laid. Andy meets a single mother Trish and they fall in love. The film features Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Romany Malco, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Elizabeth Banks.
15 – Dr. Strangelove (1964)
A paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper launches a nuclear attack on Soveit Union without the knowledge of his superiors and commits suicide. Only Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Ripper’s executive officer) knows the recall code to stop the attack. The movie stars Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott and Keenan Wynn.
16 – Tootsie (1982)
An unsuccessful actor Michael Dorsey disguises himself as a woman Dorothy Micheal to get a role in a TV drama series. His character became an instant hit among women around the city. However, this new identity creates a number of complications in Dorsey’s life. This funny movie features Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, Bill Murray and Geena Davis.
17 – Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)
Dick Harper and his wife Jane Harper are living a luxurious life. Dick gets fired from his job, leaving him with USD 70,000 debt on the house. The couple remains unable to find decent jobs to support their lifestyle. To make ends meet, Dick and Jane turn to armed robbery. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, the movie stars George Segal, Jane Fonda and Ed McMahon.
18 – Problem Child (1990)
A seven year old mischievous orphan boy Junior is adopted by Ben Healy and his obnoxious wife Flo Healy. Junior pushes his adopted parents to their limits. This comic movie features John Ritter, Micheal Oliver, Jack Warden, Amy Yasbeck and Gilbert Gottfried.
19 – Liar Liar (1994)
Fletcher Reede is an attorney who has built his career by lying. He often emotionally hurt his young son Max by breaking promises. When Reede misses Max’s birthday, Max wishes for one day his dad could not tell a lie. Things get funny when the Max’s wish comes true. The film stars Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Justin Cooper and Cary Elwes.
20 – Some Like It Hot (1959)
Two Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry witness a mob hit. In order to get away from the mobsters, they disguise themselves as Josephine and Daphne and flee the city with an all-female band. This classic comedy film stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and George Raft.
21 – Soul Plane (2004)
Following a humiliating experience on a flight, Nashawn successfully sues the airline. He starts his own airline with the amount he receives in settlement. Things get extremely funny abroad the maiden flight of Nashawn’s airline. The film features Kevin Hart, Snoop Dog, Tom Arnold, Sofia Vargara and Missi Pyle.
22 – Date Night (2010)
Phil and Claire have been married for several years. In order to spice up their busy and bored married life, they often find time to have a date night. Things get dangerous and funny when the couple takes the dinner reservation of a couple who doesn’t show up at a popular restaurant. The movie stars Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, William Fichtner, James Franco and Mila Kunis.
23 – The Mask (1994)
Stanley Ipkiss is an incredibly nice man. His soft nature often creates problems for him. One day, he Stanley finds a mysterious mask. When he puts it on, he becomes a cartoon romantic wild man. This hilarious film features Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Greene and Peter Riegert.
24 – Office Space (1999)
Peter Gibbons hates his job and his abusive boss Bill Lumbergh. He is a close friend with his co-workers Michael and Samir. Following a hypnotic treatment, Peter changes his attitude at the job. The three friend decide to rebel against Bill. The movie features Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu and Gary Cole.
25 – Johnny English (2003)
A number of British secret agents die in a sudden attack on the MI5. Following the attack, a confident yet unintelligent spy Johnny English attempts to single handedly save the country from a greedy Frenchman Pascal Sauvage. The film stars Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich and Natalie Imbruglia.