movies

100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die

The most laugh-out-loud flicks in cinema history.

100 funniest movies to see before you die
100 funniest movies to see before you die, 40 yr old virgin
THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN (2005)
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Steve Carell and Katherine Keener
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
9 to 5 (1980)
Directed by: Colin Higgins
Starring: Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin
100 funniest movies to see before you die, Adam's Rib
ADAM'S RIB (1949)
Directed by: George Cukor
Starring: Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
AFTER HOURS (1985)
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Griffin Dunne and Rosanna Arquette

This farcical fever dream of a movie centers on Paul (Griffin Dunne), a hapless working stiff who ventures to Soho hoping to hook up with the comely yet unstable Marcy (Rosanna Arquette). When that fizzles, Paul finds himself marooned downtown with a dead-eyed bondage and domination maven named Horst, a vengeful Monkees enthusiast, and an angry mob that’s trying to kill him. Intense, dark, and frequently gut-bustingly funny, it is, in short, what you’d expect in a comedy directed by the guy who did “Taxi Driver.” --Jonathan Crow
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
AIRPLANE! (1980)
Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker
Starring: Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays
100 funniest movies to see before you die, All About Eve
ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring: Bette Davis and Anne Baxter
100 funniest movies to see before you die, Anchorman
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGANDY (2004)
Directed by: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell and Steve Carell
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
ANNIE HALL (1977)
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
100 funniest movies to see before you die, The Apartment
THE APARTMENT (1960)
Directed by: Billy Wilde
Starring: Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
THE ARISTOCRATS (2005)
Directed by: Paul Provenza
Starring: George Carlin and Don Rickles

There is only one documentary on this list, but it contains more laughs per minute than virtually any other movie you're likely to see. Director and comedian Paul Provenza interviewed more than 100 fellow standups, writers, impressionists, and even mimes about a legendary dirty joke that has been passed down since the days of vaudeville. The film contains language so filthy it would make a sailor blush, but it also is a fascinating look into the psychology of comedy and how laughter can help us cope with tragic times. --Matt McDaniel
100 funniest movies to see before you die, Arsenic and old Lace
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944)
Directed by: Frank Capra
Starring: Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
ARTHUR (1981)
Directed by: Steve Gordon
Starring: Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (1997)
Directed by: Jay Roach
Starring: Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
BAD SANTA (2003)
Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton and Bernie Mac
100 funniest movies to see before you die, Ball of Fire
BALL OF FIRE (1941)
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Starring: Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck

Howard Hawks jazzes up Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by inserting Barbara Stanwyck as wisecracking singer Sugarpuss O’Shea, a gangster’s moll hiding out among a den of seven lexicographers presided over by the prim yet handsome Professor Potts (Gary Cooper). This lesser-known screwball comedy shows Stanwyck at her friskiest, and reveals that even the often-serious Cooper can make a great romantic comic foil. --Thelma Adams
100 funniest movies to see before you die, The Bank Dick
THE BANK DICK (1940)
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Starring: W.C. Fields
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
BEST IN SHOW (2000)
Directed by: Christopher Guest
Starring: Fred Willard and Eugene Levy
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
BILLY MADISON (1995)
Directed by: Tamra Davis
Starring: Adam Sadler

This stupid movie appeals to the juvenile delinquent in all of us. Admittedly, Adam Sandler has starred in a lot of terrible movies, but this is not one of them. Before he annoyed you as both “Jack & Jill” (2011), he slayed you as the beer-swilling, penguin-chasing Billy Madison. Some people disagree with this pick, but that’s probably because the movie caught fire and became part of mainstream adolescent communication. Sure, adolescents have been more annoying ever since, but that shouldn’t diminish the fact that “Billy Madison” is a stupid, juvenile, potty-mouthed, offensive, base, and downright hilarious comedy. --Adam Pockross
100 funniest movies black dynamite
BLACK DYNAMITE (2009)
Directed by: Scott Sanders
Starring: Michael Jai White and Arseno Hall

He's not Shaft. He's not Dolemite. Baltimore Colts All-Star running back Ferrante Jones is Black Dynamite, and he's here to fight smack in the orphanage. Michael Jai White stars as a gun-toting, nunchuck-wielding ladies’ man and soul brother in this pitch-perfect parody of 1970s blaxploitation flicks. It's a hilarious, affectionate homage to a bygone genre, from the decidedly awful acting to low-budget production values. It ain't easy being this bad, but this movie hits the bull’s-eye. Dy-no-mite! --Philip Yu
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Starring: Clevon Little and Gene Wilder
100 funniest movies to see before you die, Borat
BORAT (2006)
Directed by: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
BOWFINGER (1999)
Directed by: Frank Oz
Starring: Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy

Steve Martin is Bobby Bowfinger, a hack producer who sets out to make his movie masterpiece with no budget, a ragtag crew, and a crazy plan. Eddie Murphy -- giving arguably his best comedic performance(s) of the last 20 years -- is the star who doesn't know he's in the movie. It's smart satire that skewers Hollywood, filmmaking, and the cult of celebrity (with a hilarious, thinly veiled swipe at Scientology), but at its heart, “Bowfinger” is a sweet tale of underdogs, misfits, and impossible dreams. --Philip Yu
100 funniest movies to see before you die, Bridesmaids
BRIDESMAIDS (2011)
Directed by: Paul Fieg
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy

I'm going to say this movie was the funniest thing to happen in 2011. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo's bitterly funny comedy about women, friendship, and what happens when one of them is tying the knot is something almost every woman has been through. Wiig leads the female-heavy cast through the somewhat strange and expensive ritual of being a bridesmaid. The film straddles the line between romantic and straight gross-out comedy, with jokes about masturbation, farts, and anal bleaching. It reaches its comedic height in an epic bridal boutique scene in which the entire bridal party comes down with debilitating food poisoning. --Jennifer Fox

100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY (2001)
Directed by: Sharon Maguire
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
BRING IT ON (2000 )
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Starring: Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku

“I am a choreographer. That's what I do. You are cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded. What you do is a tiny, pathetic subset of dancing. I will attempt to turn your robotic routines into poetry, written with the human body. Follow me, or perish, sweater monkeys.” ’nuff said. --Matt Whitfield
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
BULL DURHAM (1988)
Directed by: Ron Shelton
Starring: Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
CADDYSHACK (1980)
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Starring: Chevy Chase and Bill Murray
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
Directed by: Bob Clark
Starring: Peter Billingsley and Melinda Dillon
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
CLUELESS (1995)
Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd

This is the movie that launched the careers of Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, and like cheese or wine only gets better with age. Amy Heckerling's witty writing is at its best navigating Cher and Dione, "both named for great singers of the past who now do infomercials," through the trials of being teenage girls, albeit popular ones. There are trips to the mall ("Been shopping with Dr. Seuss? Well, at least I wouldn't skin a collie for my bag"), listening to music ("Do you like Billy Holiday? I love him!"), classes ("What did you do at school today? Well, I broke in my purple clogs"), and of course getting your driver's license (" Girlie, as far as you're concerned, I am the messiah of the DMV"). Sure, saying someone is "kind of a Baldwin" might be a bit dated, but to that I say, "Whatever!" --Jennifer Fox
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
COMING TO AMERICA (1988)
Directed by: John Landis
Starring: Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993)
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Starring: Jason London and Matthew McConaughey
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
DINER (1982)
Directed by: Berry Levinson
Starring: Steve Guttenberg and Mickey Rourke
100 funniest movies to see before you die, Dr. Strangelove
DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Peter Sellers and George C. Scott
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
DUCK SOUP (1933)
Directed by Leo McCarey
Starring: Groucho Marx and Harpo Marx
100 funniest movies to see before you die, dumb and Dumber
DUMB & DUMBER (1994)
Directed by: Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly Starring: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
ELECTION (1999)
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Starring: Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon
100 funniest movies to see before you die, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates and Judge Reinhold
100 Funniest Movies to See Before You Die
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986)
Directed by: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck
Reactions

What to read next