When talking about the best comedy movie directors, plenty of people can draw a complete blank because unless you are a huge movie buff, the director isn't going to get a ton of notice.  That is of course you are among the best in the business like the following list.  

  1. Woody Allen. There simply may not be a better comedy director in the history of film. Sure he's had some stinkers and his personal life has been unseemly, but Allen has churned out some of the best movies of all time.

  2. Joel Cohen. One half of what is becoming a team that is simply known as the best in the biz, Joel Cohen has been at the helm of some truly great comedies. Cohen loves making the unlikely underdog the big hero and nowhere is this demonstrated better than in the classic "Big Lebowski."

  3. Rob Reiner. If there was a comedy that could make you laugh despite the schmaltz in the 1980's and 1990's then Rob Reiner was probably behind it. Reiner is perhaps best known for doing romantic comedies, but "This is Spinal Tap" certainly wasn't romantic. That picture certainly was one of the best comedies ever.

  4. James L. Brooks. Brooks has been around for quite a while and has turned out some true classics like "As Good as it Gets." Brooks gets bonus points for also being one of the brains behind "The Simpsons" back when that show was still funny.

  5. Terry Gilliam. Nobody, but nobody does humor the way Terry Gilliam does it. Whether talking about "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" or "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", Gilliam has a take others simply can't convey on a story.

  6. Tim Burton. Perhaps best known for his sideways approach to subject matter he has still put out some of the better comedies of this generation.  Burton is the genius behind "Beetlejuice" as well as cult classics like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride."

  7. John Landis. The only reason Landis is this low on the list is because its been a while since he had a real hit. Still, the man responsible for "Animal House," "Blue Brothers" and "Trading Places" belongs in this group.

  8. John Hughes. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Weird Science" alone would have gotten him on this list. The fact that there are plenty other great comedies under his name is why he's firmly in this group.

  9. Frank Oz. Frank Oz has quite the collection of hilarious comedies covering all sorts of subjects. Oz is interesting because he's almost as well known for his work with puppets as with real actors. 

  10. Kevin Smith. We imagine we'll get some backlash from having this name on the list but the fact of the matter is, Smith has churned out some incredibly good comedies.  "Clerks" and "Mallrats" are two of the best slacker comedies ever made.

-Oliver VanDervoort