Some funny movie scenes from comedies are hysterical, but still don't pass the test of time to be enduring classics. Other funny movie scenes work as classics due to the physical nature of the comedy. The funniest movie scenes are found in comedies that combine physical comedy and language that can be appreciated by filmgoers in any decade. The quality of the acting and the nature of the script combine to crack up decades of viewers. 

  1. “Beverly Hills Cop.” Eddie Murphy’s character Axel Foley turns to the driver as the car they are riding in flies through an intersection chasing the bad guys and asks, “Are your eyes open or are you driving by The Force?” The reference to “Star Wars” and the calm in his voice during a wild scene is a funny moment.

  2. “Big.” Tom Hanks character, a 30-year old man, changes bodies with a 13-year old boy and the fun happens. Susan, played by Elizabeth Perkins, flirts with the adult and asks if he wants to sleep with her. The boy answers the invitation as if to a slumber party and responds,” I get to be on top!

  3. “The Big Lebowski.” The dream sequence in this film about pot smoking and bowling features a hysterical scene with a bevy of dancing beauties, Saddam Hussein and Jesus, all in a bowling alley. The dream is drug induced, but the characters are real.

  4. “Blazing Saddles.” As the migration moves to the West, the cattle, cowboys and the wagon train lines up in the middle of the great unknown to pay their toll at a turnstile. Of course, nothing can be seen for miles in every direction.

  5. “Blazing Saddles.” The farting scene in this comedy movie may be lowbrow, but nobody can deny it’s funny. After eating beans on the trail, the gas starts. The sounds and comments make a rude scene turn hysterical, even for viewers who don’t normally enjoy bathroom humor.

  6. “Bringing Up Baby.” Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant play an unlikely romantic couple in this film about love and locating two escaped wild big cats. When Hepburn’s heel falls off while exploring in a forest, she says, “Look. I was born on a side of a mountain!” and continues with the heeled shoe on one foot and the shoe without a heel on the higher part of the hill. Grant looks at her so strangely; it appears to be a spontaneous event and not part of the script.

  7. “Modern Times.” Charlie Chaplin works on an assembly line all day and lunch must be eaten quickly at long cafeteria tables. Two co-workers hide cocaine in the table sugar shaker and Charlie adds some of the powder to his drink. Chaplin’s character becomes so out of control he has to be restrained. This is pure physical comedy, no words are necessary.

  8. “City Slickers.” The line from this film created a slang term used for many situations. Billy Crystal and two buds go to a dude ranch under the supervision of Curly, played by the late, great Jack Palance. When the dudes discover a hill covered with trees, one character replied, “It’s tree city here.” The expression “city” was used to describe other situations.

  9. “Diner.” Mickey Rourke and Colette Blonigan play older teen characters in this film about betting, marriage and relationships. Rourke’s character hustles Carrol by hiding something more than popcorn in the box on his lap. She’s shocked and the audience finds the comedy situation funny.

  10. “The 40 Year-Old Virgin.” A man waxing excess hair is an interesting concept for Steve Carell’s character in this comedy film, but his reaction to the waxing procedure is even funnier. Andy, the main character, ends up with only a portion of his chest hair removed and that adds to his reluctance to get naked during his romantic date.

    - Lee Grayson