Austin Kennedy’s Top 100 Comedies of All Time! (# 50-41)

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 now 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 with numbers 50-41!!!!

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50. SLAP SHOT (1977) – I’m not into sports at all, but this foul-mouthed Hockey movie starring Paul Newman as an aging Captain who has pretty much given up all hope is full of raw humor.  This movie is brutally, and violently funny.  A punch in the face is hysterical here!  And of course, the Hanson Brothers steal the show as a bunch of nerd glass wearing goons who play with toy cars and tear other players to pieces on the rink.  This one is a hoot!

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49. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) – I hesitated to put this one on the list because it’s not a traditional comedy.  But when I give it some serious thought, I probably laugh at this movie more than half the other comedies on this list.  The real reason for that is Kurt Russell’s unforgettable, and hilarious performance as Jack Burton, the loud-mouth trucker who thinks he knows everything.  Putting this John Wayne-wannabe in this ridiculous, but played completely straight plot with sorcerers, monsters, and kung fu is where the comedy comes from.  He’s completely useless, but his ego won’t let him realize it.  Every line Russell says in this movie is pure comedy gold.  This character just makes me laugh all the time.

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48. MODERN TIMES (1936) – Funnier than THE GOLD RUSH, Charlie Chaplin’s MODERN TIMES is a wonderful satire on technology, and is actually more relevant today than it was back 80 years ago.  Several classic bits of comedy here, and some are quite provocative even today (there’s a hilarious cocaine joke).  It was to be Chaplin’s last silent film, though there is some talking.  Chaplin’s comic timing is on full display and the story has a lot of heart.

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47. STEP BROTHERS (2008) – There’s just something about Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly acting like moronic 12 year olds that just hits the comedic spot.  I love how raunchy and unleashed the humor is here.  Lots of hilarious uses of curse words,  we get to see Ferrell and Reilly geek out to Steven Segal movies, and Kathryn Hahn steals the show as a lonely, horny housewife who has the hots for Reilly (their sex scene is outrageous).  I wish these 2 would team up again, they’re great together!

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46. BLAZING SADDLES (1974) – Mel Brooks’ much beloved western parody.  What I love about this movie is how you have people of all races coming together to make fun of each other.   The world is so tightly wound right now that I don’t think this movie could be made today, but I think a movie like this is EXACTLY what the world needs right now.  Not only is this movie hilarious, it does so by showing how ridiculous racism is by making fun of everyone.  These jokes go for the throat as there is no limit to what can be made fun of here: race, sex, drugs, politics, and the movies themselves.  It’s a wonderful celebration of off-color humor.

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45. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975) – What can I really say about this one that no one else hasn’t.  It’s a classic.  It’s British zaniness at its finest.  The horseless nights with their coconuts, the limbless knight, the shrubberies, the killer rabbits…. I could go on.  There’s just one iconically funny thing after another in this flick.

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44. KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY (1996) – I wasn’t a fan of Kids in the Hall when I first saw this film, but I loved it anyway.  This plot about making the world a happier place by making a drug called Gleemonex is just an excuse to string a bunch of ludicrous skits together by this talented comedy troupe.  It’s a specific type of humor, but one that I’m on board with.  It’s pure R-Rated nonsense full of memorable and hilarious characters.

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43. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004) – Edgar Wright’s first theatrical teaming with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is their best.  This terrific parody of zombie movies delivers just as much laughs as it does gore.  Well acted, well directed and full of the blackest British humor you’re likely to find.

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42. SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984) – It might not be John Hughes’ best film, but it’s certainly his funniest, which is about a young girl’s bizarre sixteenth birthday filled with beau hunks, molesting grandparents, panty seizing nerds, and wacky foreign exchange students.  An 80’s comedy classic!

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41. GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) – One of the most iconic comedies of the 80’s (if not THE most).  Bill Murray nearly steals the entire film as the slacker scientist Peter Venkman who decides to start up a ghost hunting business with Dan Aykroyd.  Harold Ramis delivers some wonderful dry lines, Rick Moranis is nuts, and putting these goofy characters into these fantastical situations makes it all the more hilarious.  A beloved comedy that deserves to be so.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned for numbers 40-31…. coming soon!



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