Austin Kennedy’s Top 100 Comedies of All Time (#70-61)

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.

  1. 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.
  2.  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!)

Okie Dokie, here we go!!!!!!!

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70. BACHELOR PARTY (1984) – Tom Hanks has never been funnier.  I wish he would’ve made another movie like this, but no.  He never did.  And that’s too bad.  Not only is this movie hilarious, but it has a strong sense of fun and camaraderie through the core group of characters that’s hard to beat.  I mean, how many other movies have hindu pimps, cocaine snorting donkeys, and a guy’s head superimposed on a beautiful naked chick’s body?

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69. THE GOLD RUSH (1925) – This is a fantastic movie!  The reason why it’s not as high is because it’s more serious than funny.  Though, that’s not to say that it’s not funny at all.  There are a few genius comic set pieces.  Like when the house is hanging off the side of the cliff, or when Charlie Chaplin is fantasized as a giant chicken.  It’s a beautiful, heartfelt film that features some well-earned laughs.  And of course, the famous dancing with dinner rolls sequence.  Nuff said.

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68. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) – When people think of Marilyn Monroe, they usually think of her famous image from THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH when her dress gets blown up by the vent.  They think of her as a sex symbol.  But what people tend to forget is that she was actually a great comedienne.  And it’s never been more evident than in this classic musical.  She plays her character so dumb.  A classic airhead, but with a little bit of wit to it, if that makes any sense.  And Jane Russell as her best friend has several great one liners.  Even though this movie is made in the 50’s, they definitely found a way to sneak in some suggestive sexual humor in here.  Great screwball comedy, filled with great music!

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67. ZOMBIELAND (2009) – This movie is ultra violent and gory……. and also very, very funny.  It’s self-awareness gives the film a certain edge missing from most horror/comedies.  Jesse Eisenberg is fantastically neurotic.  Imagine a young Woody Allen in a zombie film.  And then you have Woody Harrelson (clearly having a blast).  Not to mention a hilarious cameo to end all cameos from Bill Murray.  It’s not just a horror film with some laughs.  This is a flat-out comedy in my opinion, and a very funny and satisfying one.

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66. MOUSE HUNT (1997) – When I sat down to watch this movie with my dad in the theater when I was 21 years old (I was dragged to it), I had no idea that I would be listing it on a Top 100 comedy list.  But…. this movie is HILARIOUS!  Nathan Lane and Lee Evans are just perfect together as two brothers trying to get rid of a mischievous mouse from their multimillion dollar mansion.  This is a straight throwback to classic slapstick comedies of the 30’s and it’s surprisingly successful.  Lane and Evans possess a great gift of comic timing and director Gore Verbinski’s direction keeps the film slightly macabre (the opening has a corpse fall through a manhole).  Oh yeah…. and Christopher Walken as a nutty exterminator.  Need I say more?

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65. DEATH TO SMOOCHY (2002) – This movie is dark, dark, dark.  If you don’t like your humor to be even a little bit black, you’re gonna hate this.  This is a bold comedy from director Danny DeVito about the seedy underworld known as children’s programming.  It features great comic performances from Robin Williams and Edward Norton.  Michael Rispoli steals the show as a former fighter who loves Smoochy, the beloved rhino from a children’s show.  The songs in this movie are hilariously sick.  Like the song, “My stepdad is not mean, he’s just adjusting”.  Love it!

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64. THE ODD COUPLE (1968) – Easily the best pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  Watching these two polar opposite characters play off of each other is a real treat.  It also features one of my favorite lines: “Now it’s garbage!”

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63. THE FRESHMAN (1925) – Harold Lloyd’s most popular film (box office-wise) is this feel good movie about a young college schmuck who just wants to fit in and be a football hero.  It features some great comic timing as usual, but the way it integrates humor into a great story makes this arguably Lloyd’s most special film.  You’ll be cheering for the protagonist just as much as you are laughing.

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62. A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) – It’s a classic.  “You’ll shoot your eye out!”  There are so many iconic things in this movie about one kid’s memory of an iconic Christmas in the 1940’s.  The tongue stuck to the flag pole.  “Oh Fudge”.  The Leg Lamp.  And how the dad swears in gibberish.

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61. THE WORLD’S END (2013) – This is the newest film on my list, but it definitely earns it spot.  It’s super funny.  They do a great job establishing these characters as they go on the ultimate pub crawl.  And then….. ATTACKING ROBOTS!  It’s crazy!  And seeing how these characters react to this outlandish situation as they are constantly thrown into hilarious action sequences is a hoot!

Numbers 60-51 will be coming soon!

You can check out my previous lists below:

100-91

90-81

80-71



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