Top 10 Funniest Movies Of All Time

Sunday, April 3 by Andrew Jett

Don’t underestimate the top 10 funniest movies of all time. Making a truly funny movie isn’t as easy as it looks. It requires a well-written script coupled with exceptional delivery. These movies possess that rare combination of timeless gags and stellar acting quality.

  1. “Groundhog Day” Accomplished comedy director Harold Ramis produced his masterpiece in 1993 with this funny movie. Bill Murray stars as a cynical TV weatherman who’s doomed to repeat the same day over and over until he gets it right. Murray’s dry delivery is perfect here, making this one of the funniest movies of his career.
  2. “The Nutty Professor” We’re referring to the 1963 original here, and not Eddie Murphy’s 1996 fat-suit debauchery in the remake. In this funny movie, Jerry Lewis plays a nerdy university professor who creates a serum that turns him into a handsome sophisticate. Lewis is perfect in this role, resulting in slapstick visual comedy that has since been unequaled.
  3. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” As the most quotable of the top ten funniest movies of all time, this film has been a film nerd favorite since its release in 1975. Graham Chapman and John Clease lead the comedy troop on an epic quest that lampoons the legend of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Offbeat and unpredictable, this funny movie is a real classic.
  4. “The Jerk” Putting Steve Martin in a movie is a sure-fire recipe for fun. He’s at his best in this 1979 movie, a rags-to-riches story of a loveable simpleton. Featuring strong supporting performances from Bernadette Peters and Jackie Mason, this funny movie is a  laugh riot that also manages to be sentimental and cute.
  5. “Meet The Parents” Although he’s usually known for his tough-guy roles, Robert De Niro delivers the laughs as an overprotective father in this funny movie from 2000. When De Niro’s daughter brings home boyfriend Ben Stiller, the two match wits in a series of hilarious scenes littered with sharp dialogue and screwball circumstances.
  6. “Airplane!” The late, great Leslie Nielsen is the best thing about this funny 1980 movie. Nielsen’s deadpan delivery stands in stark contrast to the slapstick nature of the film, providing the perfect set-up for a disaster movie parody. Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges and the immortal Robert Stack also provide iconic moments, making this movie the best satire of all time.
  7. “Trading Places” Dan Aykroyd plays the straight man to Eddie Murphy’s off-the-wall behavior in this funny movie from 1983. On a bet between two rich men, Aykroyd’s upper-class broker character is replaced by the homeless and offbeat Murphy. The two eventually become friends, leading to a creative and funny climax that gets their revenge.
  8. “This Is Spinal Tap” A groundbreaking entry on the list of the top ten funniest movies of all time, this 1984 gem is creative and original. Classified as a “mockumentary,” the movie chronicles the exploits of an air-headed band and their hilariously futile attempts at rock stardom.
  9. “City Slickers” Billy Crystal manages to make a midlife crisis funny in this 1991 comedy movie. Crystal plays a middle-aged man out for one more adventure. He and his friends play cowboys when they sign up for a cattl drive. True to form, Crystal’s biting wit and quick one-liners are the funniest thing about this movie.
  10. “There’s Something About Mary” Gross-out masters the Farrell brothers created an epic when they released this funny movie in 1998. Starring Ben Stiller, the film tells the story of a man out to relocate the woman of his dreams. When he finds her, he discovers he’s not the only one out to win her affections. It’s hands-down the funniest movie of the 1990’s.