The Top 20 Funniest Movies Of All Time (As of 2017)
Funny movies are box office gold regardless of genre. From romantic comedies to sci-fi spoofs, audiences gravitate to films that spark laughter. While there is an abundance of movies to choose, this list is sure to provide something for everyone. List criteria includes audience popularity and the opinion of film experts and writers. We have posted our favorite funniest movies of all time as of 2016 below.
The Top 20 Funniest Movies Of All Time
The Thin Man
William Powell and Myrna Loy star in this 1934 movie as Nick and Nora Charles. Nick Charles is a retired detective who gets pulled backed into a murder investigation to the delight of his wife. The martini drinking Charles solves the case with a cast of quirky characters in tow.
Arsenic And Old Lace
Who can resist the charm of Cary Grant in this 1944 classic? Grant’s character is convinced his family in bonkers and tries to keep it a secret. His aunts lovingly snuff out selective widowers and a cousin thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt. Add in an escaped murderer and a few other creepy characters and you get a funny, good time.
Some Like It Hot
After witnessing a mob hit, two musicians hide in plain sight as cross-dressing members of an all-female band. Comedy ensues as they pursue and avoid relationships while in disguise. This 1959 comedy features Marilyn Monroe.
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
This film presents a satirical look at the hydrogen bomb, taking a humorous poke at what happens when control falls in the wrong hand. The heavy issues of this 1964 film are made funny with a strong comedic writing and good acting.
This 1974 western comedy was ahead of its time, weaving racism and political corruption into the story line about building a railroad. A politician seeks to destroy a town to get his way, so he appoints a black sheriff. The film presents social issues with humor turned up. Cleavon Little stars as the sheriff.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Imagine the obstacles that keep King Arthur from finding the Holy Grail in this 1975 funny farce. With circus-like barriers popping up during the quest, the film provides numerous laugh-out-loud moments.
A star-packed cast with plenty of parodies and hijinks in the air. Yep, someone other than the pilot, must land the plane in this 1980 flick. The only choice is a discombobulated ex-pilot, portrayed by actor Robert Hayes. But don’t call him Shirley.
The Blues Brothers
Getting the band back together is a mission from God for ex-con brothers Jake and Elwood, played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Out of jail for a split second, they soon become wanted men with the law in full pursuit. This won’t keep them from rounding up former band members in this 1980 classic.
Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield provide serious comic relief in this 1980 movie. When a swanky golf country club gets a less-than-desirable new member, plenty of humor follows. Add in an elusive gopher that Bill Murray’s character is bent on capturing and the side-splitting laughter begins.
This 1984 sci-fi comedy brings ghost hunting front and center. Busting ghosts from a haunted house is funny, especially when Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis lead the cast. This trio turns up the comedic dial in this funny flick.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
A surprising 1986 hit with a teenage hero at the helm. Matthew Broderick stars as the teen who plays hooky from school on his own terms. With this atypical teen movie, the laughs are classic.
Bill Murray stars as a self-loving local television weatherman who longs for the national stage. But there’s a problem. When sent on an assignment to cover annual Groundhog Day festivities, a freak event keeps him stuck in time in this 1993 film.
There’s Something About Mary
A hilarious 1998 movie focusing on the pursuit of Mary (Cameron Diaz) by Ben Stiller’s character. She’s been his ideal love interest since high school. The trouble is, every guy out there seems to want her, too. Lots of laughs as the pursuit is on.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
What happens when a Greek marries a non-Greek? This 2002 romantic comedy explores the family chaos that ensues. Of course, in the end, love trumps family traditions, but not without a ton of hilarious ups and downs.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Competitive news gets parodied quite humorously in this 2004 film about narrow-minded news anchor Ron Burgundy. Will Ferrell portrays the anchorman with strong comedic chops.
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
Borat is sent to report on this great country, but his focus soon turns to a pursuit of Pamela Anderson. This 2006 film takes political incorrectness to a new level.
How do you lose a groom? That’s not a problem when memories are sketchy after bachelor party activities from the previous night. Finding the groom before his wedding is the quest presented in this 2009 film, filled with laughable moments
Rivalry gone crazy is the theme of this 2011 hit featuring Kristen Wiig. The movie portrays the hilarious antics that develop when two members of the bride’s wedding party try to outdo each other to show who really is the bride’s best friend.
The Lego Movie
This film debuted in 2014, covering the journey of a special Lego construction worker’s attempt to stop the Lego universe from becoming a glued state for all eternity. Full of humorous references to other films, the hero, has his hands full with this quest.
In this 2015 animated box office blockbuster, Minions are recruited by a villainous character to help take over the world. Goodness prevails, but getting there is half the fun. There you have it our funniest movies of all time list. This list of all time funny movies rates well with viewers, writers, and film makers. While favorites are personal, these are worth a look.