10 Classic Funny Movies

Wednesday, January 19 by Nicki Porter

These 10 classic funny movies take old comedy to new heights. Nothing says a feel-good movie like a classic funny movie. It's impossible to watch comic geniuses like Cary Grant, Peter Sellers, or Jack Lemmon without smiling.

  1. "The Philadelphia Story." It's a classic funny movie trifecta: the charming Cary Grant, the hilarious James Stewart, and the feisty Katharine Hepburn. The film was nominated for six Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In the end, Stewart took home a well-deserved Best Actor award for his hilarious performance. Really, has any other actor played "drunk" as well as Jimmy Stewart in "The Philadelphia Story?"  
  2. "Bringing up Baby." Another winning Grant-Hepburn comedy duo. The movie features Hepburn as a scatterbrained heiress, Grant as an unsuspecting professor, and a tame leopard named "Baby" in hijinks and mayhem that makes "Bringing Up Baby" one of the most famous classic funny movies of all time.  
  3. "Singin' in the Rain." Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor dazzle in one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. The movie is perhaps best known for Kelly's showstopping rain dance number or Donald O'Connor's spectacular (and oft-imitated) performance in "Make 'Em Laugh," but the unsung comedy hero of this movie is Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont.  
  4. "Some Like it Hot." Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis team up to set the bar for cross-dressing comedy. Add in a sexy bombshell performance by Marilyn Monroe and you've got comedy gold.  
  5. "Arsenic and Old Lace." The premise alone of this film is hilariously absurd: Cary Grant discovers his two elderly aunts have decided to forgo knitting and take up murder. Classic director Frank Capra does wonders with this adaptation of the hit play.  
  6. "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Spencer Tracy. Ethel Merman. Mickey Rooney. A team of fantastic actors join forces to portray zany characters competing in a manic race for $350,000.  
  7. "The Great Race." The comic dream team of Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis meet up again in this classic slapstick movie about an early 20th century intercontinental car race. Natalie Wood also stars as fierce suffragette Maggie Dubois.  
  8. "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb." "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" Continuously listed as one of the best movies of all time, Stanley Kubrick directed this madcap Cold War satire. Peter Sellers helms three roles in this dark comedy, including that of Dr. Strangelove.  
  9. "The Producers." Long before Mel Brooks conquered Broadway with the successful musical by the same name, Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel were hilarious as two wannabe producers who decide to put on a certified flop: a sympathetic musical about Adolf Hitler. Wilder is in rare form as the hysterical accountant-turned-producer Leo Bloom.  
  10. "The Mouse That Roared." This absurdist British comedy is worth watching just to see Peter Sellers in one of his best movies. The talented character actor plays three comic roles in this classic funny movie, including the Grand Duchess Gloriana XII.