Over a year ago I took it upon myself to make a list of my favorite comedies. I only did a like 5 or so. Well, I have not compiled a revised list together, and actually ranked them this time.
Before I share the list with you, here are some things I would to make clear.
- This is JUST my opinion. Humor is very subjective. Everyone has their own tastes, so before you attack me for not including any Cheech and Chong, Kevin Smith or “Seth Rogen comedy troupe” movies on my list…. just remember, these are the movies that make ME laugh more than any of the others out there. I was raised on classic comedy and 80’s silliness, so just be aware of that.
- This list was extremely hard to rank, so take the number listings with a grain of salt. It’s hard to say if number 39 is really better than number 40, however number 39 is probably better than number 80.
I do know this: My favorite comedy of all time is definite. So my number 1, is truly what I think is the funniest film ever made.
What I hope to accomplish with this list is to make the reader remember films they may have seen, make them aware of other films they may not have seen, and start some fun movie-related conversations. (This list is not an open invite to internet trolls, however, haha!)
You can check out numbers 100-91 here: https://filmgeekcentral.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/austin-kennedys-top-100-comedies-of-all-time-100-91/
Okie Dokie, here we go!!!!!!!
90. JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY (1984) – This parody on 1920s gangster flicks if full of fast-paced “AIRPLANE-style” humor. And Michael Keaton carries the movie along with his wonderful charm. The jokes are crude (Enlarged scrotum syndrome?!?) This movie just gets bananas! And I love it. Oh yeah. I love the foreign gangster that swears with his funny accent (You stupid fargin icehole!).
89. DOCTOR JACK (1922) – This early Harold Lloyd comedy rarely stops to let you breathe. The jokes are fast, fast, fast in this one. And as usual, Lloyd makes for a very likable protagonist.
88. OUR RELATIONS (1936) – Laurel & Hardy have long-lost twin brothers, and they never told their wives! Lots of hilarious situations involving mistaken identity throughout.
87. HUDSON HAWK (1991) – This Bruce Willis vehicle was extremely misunderstood when released. It has since become somewhat of a cult classic now. I love how nuts this movie is. Its energy is endless. Willis is super goofy. Danny Aiello is the most charming foul-mouthed thief you could meet. James Coburn is having a great time mugging the camera. Oh yeah, and the film is surprisingly violent…. and played for laughs. It’s humor also seems to be influenced by Looney Tunes. So of course I love this movie!
86. HEATHERS (1989) – You can’t really get much darker than this teen comedy which has Winona Ryder and Christian Slater killing popular jerks from their school to make it a better place. There’s some great social satire here.
85. THE GENERAL (1927) – Some consider this to be Buster Keaton’s masterpiece, though I do like a couple of his others more. But, I really shouldn’t sell this short because this Civil War comedy is full of spectacle and wonderful sight gags throughout.
84. HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1 (1981) – Mel Brooks is at his crudest with this no holds barred parody of….. well… everything! The Spanish Inquisition sequence alone is enough to make this film worthy of the list, but there are so many other hilarious things happening here as well. This could arguably be Brooks’ most daring film. I mean, starting off the movie with neanderthals wacking off? That’s pretty ballsy.
83. THE BELLBOY (1960) – Jerry Lewis made his directorial debut with this episodic comedy. It’s just a series of sketches, but man, all of them work. I applaud Lewis for making his character completely silent throughout the movie.
82. GIRL SHY (1924) – Harold Lloyd does it again with this great romantic comedy about a young man who stutters around women. The chase finale is full of eye-popping visuals and even influenced the 1967 classic THE GRADUATE.
81. A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964) – Peter Sellers may have introduced the character of Inspector Clouseu to the world in THE PINK PANTHER, but it was in this movie that he made the character iconic. This Blake Edwards classic is full of perfect comic timing. Sellers absolutely shines here as the bumbling detective. He was never funnier.
Numbers 80-71: coming soon!