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Greatest Movie Comedies of All Time

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On January 25, 2013 @ 7:30 pm In Film,Humor | Comments Disabled

Flying home today, I recalled something someone sent me — a list of the funniest comedies of all time, with the number 1 flick . . . Caddyshack.

Now, for those of you not of a certain age, who may not have seen Caddyshack, it is an amusing little film filmed with memorable quotes and an insane, hilarious performance by Bill Murray. But funniest movie comedy of all time? It’s not even in the top 10.

Which raises an interesting question: What are the all time funniest films?

No rules (like last time [1]) — the only requirements: 1) Funny and 2) Movie.

I’ll get you started with a list that I am sure I rearrange easily into other orders:

50. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
49. Rat Race
48. Life of Brian
47. When Harry Met Sally
46. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
45. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
44. Clueless
43. Airplane!
42. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
41. Naked Gun

40. There’s Something About Mary
39. The Jerk
38. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
37. This is Spinal Tap
36. Horse Feathers
35. The 40 Year Old Virgin
34. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
33. The Big Lebowski
32. M*A*S*H
31. Animal House

30. Ghostbusters
29. A Fish Called Wanda
28. Bridesmaids
27. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
26. Wedding Crashers
25. The Nutty Professor
24. The General
23. Beverly Hills Cop
22. Liar Liar
21. The Hangover

20. My Cousin Vinny
19. Raising Arizona
18. Sullivan’s Travels
17. Arthur
16. Bringing Up Baby
15. What’s Up, Doc?
14. The Producers
13. Groundhog Day
12. Trading Places
11. Young Frankenstein

10. Duck Soup
9. South Park:  Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Freed
8. Tootsie
7. The Princess Bride
6. Blazing Saddles
5. Some Like It Hot
4. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
3. The Lady Eve
2. Annie Hall
1. Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Note that most of these, especially the top 20, have lots of heart.

What did I miss?


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