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Here is Time Out London's Complete List of 100 Best Comedy Movies

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September 15, 2011
Source: Time Out London

100 Best Comedy Movies

Are you ready to laugh? (Get it?) Time for another list of best movies to discuss and argue for weeks. Time Out London has created and revealed their list of the 100 Best Comedy Movies, as chosen by "more than 200 people whose job it is to make you laugh." In reality, what that means is they actually asked "dozens of comedy writers, comedy directors, comic actors and stand-up comedians" to choose their own favorites, including picks from Dan Aykroyd, Richard Curtis, Edgar Wright, Kim Noble, Stephen Merchant, Jo Brand and many more. We've pulled the full list (via SlashFilm) of all 100 for you below for discussion purposes.

Over on the Time Out site, they have a full rundown and write-ups, details and more info for all 100 of the comedies. If you consider yourself an expert on comedies, I highly suggest reading through that full list, but for discussion/debate reasons specifically, here's simply their ranked list of the "100 Best Comedy Movies":

100. Sister Act (1992)
99. Carry on Screaming (1966)
98. Brazil (1985)
97. Swingers (1996)
96. BASEketball (1998)
95. The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
94. Midnight Run (1988)
93. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
92. Nuts in May (1976)
91. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
90. Mean Girls (2004)
89. The Great Dictator (1940)
88. Arthur (1981)
87. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
86. Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953)
85. Caddyshack (1980)
84. Galaxy Quest (1999)
83. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
82. The Pink Panther (1963)
81. Raising Arizona (1987)
80. Clockwise (1986)
79. Bridesmaids (2011)
78. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
77. Stir Crazy (1980)
76. Old School (2003)
75. Bananas (1971)
74. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
73. The Party (1968)
72. Bedazzled (1967)
71. Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
70. The General (1926)
69. Clerks (1994)
68. The Kings of Comedy (1982)
67. His Girl Friday (1940)
66. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
65. Elf (2003)
64. Coming to America (1988)
63. Kingpin (1966)
62. Hot Fuzz (2007)
61. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
60. Sleeper (1973)
59. Happy Gilmore (1996)
58. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)
57. The Hangover (2009)
56. A Night at the Opera (1935)
55. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
54. The Blues Brothers (1980)
53. Way Out West (1937)
52. Young Frankenstein (1974)
51. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
50. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
49. Love and Death (1975)
48. Play It Again Sam (1972)
47. The Apartment (1960)
46. Harold and Maude (1971)
45. Office Space (1999)
44. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
43. Tootsie (1982)
42. The Ladykillers (1955)
41. The Odd Couple (1968)
40. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
39. Waiting for Guffman (1997)
38. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
37. Top Secret! (1984)
36. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
35. Zoolander (2001)
34. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
33. In the Loop (2009)
32. The Man with Two Brains (1983)
31. The Princess Bride (1987)
30. The Producers (1968)
29. Rushmore (1998)
28. Wayne's World (1992)
27. There's Something About Mary (1998)
26. Best in Show (2000)
25. The Castle (1997)
24. Four Lions (2010)
23. Ghostbusters (1984)
22. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
21. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
20. Trading Places (1983)
19. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
18. The Naked Gun (1988)
17. Duck Soup (1933)
16. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
15. Blazing Saddles (1974)
14. Dr Strangelove (1964)
13. The Big Lebowski (1998)
12. Borat (2006)
11. Team America: World Police (2004)
10. The Jerk (1979)
9. Some Like it Hot (1959)
8. Groundhog Day (1993)
7. Withnail & I (1987)
6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
4. Annie Hall (1977)
3. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
2. Airplane! (1980)
1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

This is such a comprehensive and complete list (since it has 100 of the greatest titles), that there's really not any comedies that I love that aren't on here (except for maybe Frank Oz's Death at a Funeral, to name one). But that's the thing, comedy is so subjective, that everyone has their own comedic tastes and favorites and there might be one or two that didn't make the cut. That said, these 100 I think definitely embody a line-up of movies that I might even call objectively very funny, to most people, as a lot of these on here are my favorites as well. Glad to see them put together a list like this with so many great comedic contributors, too.

For those who may not be entirely satisfied, the Time Out London site also includes a fantastic section that has favorite lists of comedies from ALL of the contributors, organized by their name (most are UK based). For example, Edgar Wright has some of the top choices like This Is Spinal Tap, Airplane!, Blazing Saddles and Life of Brian as his favorites as well, but also listed Raising Arizona as his actual #1 best comedy. Dan Aykroyd also has favorites on his list that include the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup, The Great Dictator, Dr. Strangelove and Goodfellas. There's just such a wide range of fantastic, hilarious comedies to choose from!

Are there any truly great comedies that are missing? What do you think of this "all time" list?

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  • thebitterlady
    I couldnt agree more I own both dvds of Death at a Funeral and the british original is the best.I was suprised it wasnt up there.Its my number 1.
  • Armeetapus16
    No "Fired Up"? Would've at expected to see that in a 70's or 80's slot
  • Armeetapus16
    And Brazil needs to be higher, at least in the 60's
  • jC
    agree with the movies (mostly) but not the order
  • Lebowski
    Annie Hall and Withnail & I are fine films indeed, but to say they are funnier than The Jerk or The Big Lebowski is a straight fucking lie. 
  • Anonymous
    Time Out London's Complete List of 100 Best Comedy Movies is really a list of 99 films in english and only one in french. If they don´t know anything about others country's cinema, they shouldn´t call it that way. These "list" things are always bullshit to fill magazines.
    • Groov
      If this was a list of 100 best movies or 100 best dramas, I might let this slide. However, in a list about comedies, where a large percentage of what makes them funny is comedic timing, subtitles are going to be a hinderance to enjoyment most of the time. Take your film snobbery elsewhere and attempt to get some enjoyment out of something in the world.
      • Anonymous
        You are a little misunderstandig. 1.-The problem is the title of the list, as most over all other lists made in the USA or the UK. Is not the same the english spoken world than the world. 2.- I'm not really that snob. I'm european, you know (perhaps both concepts are the same to you). 3- I'm really sorry if you are a slow reader. Try to practice a little and you will see.
      • Pointing out a lack of foreign films is hardly film snobbery; the fact that you think it is only goes to show just how marginalised foreign film is in the UK, despite the fact that we are a European country and have populations that consist of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Subtitles are only a hindrance when you're not used to them; and if you're so bothered by them, why not watch a dubbed version?
  • My favorite comedy is Fired Up :) sadly though not many people like that movie.. Mean Girls is my #2 glad at least that one made the list.
  • Rhythmdave
    'Shrek' was hilarious at the time... also.. 'coming to America', 'The Nutty Professor', 'SUPER', superbad, American Pie, I love you man, The other Guys, TOY STORY, the 40 year old virgin, MRS DOUBTFIRE ... But maybe that's just me.
    • Anonymous
      I kinda thought Super was pretty awful myself, and a lot of the others on there are not exactly good quality or memorable. Toy Story is pretty great though, but I don't see any other animated movies in here, so I'm not really surprised by it not being there.
  • Posthuman
    Fired Up is pretty good.  Raising Arizona is in my top 5. Caddyshack should be aleast in the top 10. Everybody's order would be different, but it's a decent list. Dont be a Menace and Superbad is missing?  
  • I agree, Caddyshack is a top 10 comedy for sure!
  • Dawhoore
    No In Bruges ? Intermission ? Burn After Reading ? Crna macka, beli macor was also effin hillarious as far as i remember(saw it ages ago). Anyways the list is pretty weak, with titles like Bridesmaids etc, also a lot of other films that were pretty enjoyable but not very funny, at least to me. Glad to see In The Loop on the list, that's prob my fav comedy of all times.
    • Anonymous
      In Bruges is a comedy? I mean... it's got funny stuff, but it's about a guy who accidentally kills a kid and is suicidally depressed. That would be like calling Pulp Fiction a comedy.
      • I'd say In Bruges is a comedy; its humour is the main draw for the film, and I think it was definitely marketed as a comedy. Although you're right, it's a lot darker than comedies tend to be. Then again, Dr. Strangelove was about a nuclear holocaust, so I guess it's all relative.
  • Brazil is a comedy?
    • Anonymous
      I was surprised to see it on there too! It's funny in a lot of ways but certainly not a comedy. I mean, the ending, sheesh. 
  • happy camper
    The Dude will not stand for this, man!
  • Anonymous
    Where the hell is Hot Shots? It rivals Naked Gun and Airplane! so far as I'm concerned.
  • SamuraiV
    Where's Step Brothers...? top ten hands down with the blooper reel making it #1.
  • Cnewiu
    Wet Hot American Summer????
  • Shige
    As a rule of thumb. When a professional comedian thinks something is funny, in 9 out of 10 cases it is not. It is comedy for comedians. I also despise *This is Spinal Tap* with a passion.
  • Jules
    Super Troopers and a few of the other Broken Lizard Company movies should be up there.....Sister Act?  Zoolander?  Happy Gilmore?  Ick.  Also, the Grumpy Old Men movies should be on there, too.  Is Date Night up there?  That movie made me nearly wet myself.  Otherwise, pretty good list.
  • El Hoopso
    No Dude Where's My Car?!! No Scary Movie?!! No Meet the Spartans???!!! This list is bullsh*t! Nice to see the Castle made the top 25
  • Cowche
    A Fish Called Wanda is there, but no Fierce Creatures. That seems weird to me.
  • No Pink Flamingos? What da fuuuu? Evil Dead 2? He he, different strokes for different folks.
  • Anonymous
    Caddyshack is WAY too low! Also, Clerks should be higher, maybe ranked 37? Hmmmm...
  • Anonymous
    No "Black Dynamite". They are wrong.
  • horgin
    This list is...interesting. A lot of the entries are fantastic comedies, and then are some that are questionable picks. Then you get to the order. Maybe it's just different strokes for different folks...but damn I would reorder a bunch of the list.
  • Avi
    I like 91!
  • JBrotsis
    I'm surprised "Wedding Crashers" wasn't on the list????
  • Farely Fan
    No Tommy Boy!?!? This list is worthless. 

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