10 Great Comedy Movies

Saturday, March 5 by Travis Petersen

Listing the 10 greatest comedy movies is nearly impossible. These movies, old and new, will make nearly any willing audience laugh, but they aren't just silly movies; they are great movies that are also comedies. So here it is, the ten great comedy movies, for your enjoyment.

  1. "Sullivan's Travels" – Preston Sturges' epic satire of a pretentious filmmaker who tries to ride the rails with the homeless to make his own films more authentic is both funny and incisive. It teaches the important lesson of all great comedy movies; making people laugh truly is important.
  2. "Some Like it Hot" - Billy Wilder's cross-dressing comedy is one of the best films of all time, no matter the genre. It easily earns a spot on any list of great comedy movies.
  3. "The Thin Man" – This smirking murder-mystery is also a romance, a glamorization of a certain type of drunken lifestyle, and one of cinema's great comedy movies. William Powell and Myrna Loy make up film's most loving, and drunkest, couple.
  4. "Bad Santa" - This mean-spirited Christmas comedy is one of the most foul-mouthed films ever. That alone earns it a spot on the list of great comedy movies.
  5. "Election" - Another satire, this one about overachieving students and the teachers who hate them, Alexander Payne's film is trenchant and funny. Few films about high school are as funny as this great comedy movie.
  6. "Ghost World" - A coming-of-age story wrapped in comedic details, "Ghost World" is for any kid who doesn't belong. It is also for adults who grow up and still don't belong.
  7. "The Apartment" – Billy Wilder's best movie features one of Jack Lemmon's greatest roles, as an office shlub whose apartment is used by his bosses for illicit trysts. When he falls for one of the ladies involved, it sets in motion one of the great comedy movies.
  8. "Office Space" – This workplace comedy is for anyone who's ever hated punching the clock. It is also one of the first great comedy movies to satirically use hip-hop music to illustrate the struggles of white-collar white people: "Damn it feels good to be a gangsta," for sure.
  9. "A Shot in the Dark" – The first film to truly focus on Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau gives wide berth to one of the best comic characters in film history. The slapstick scene in the nudist colony alone makes this an easy choice for the list of great comedy movies.
  10. "Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" – This Cold War satire closes out the list of great comedy movies. It remains Stanley Kubrick's greatest achievement.
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