With so many good choices at hand, coming up with a review of the top 10 funniest movies is not a simple task. Nevertheless, we have put together a list of funny movies, which ran wild among the masses.
For some people, the humor element in a comedy movie either takes them by surprise, or it slowly creeps upon them, leaving them intrigued. Good comedy films are usually driven by a good script and clever gags, which make it a point to hit the mark spot every single time, leaving the audience in splits.
Come to think of the best comedy movies, I have always faced a dilemma. I don’t know about others, but for me it is to choose between Hangover and Superbad — two of my most favorite comedy flicks of all time. These two movies are the best in their own style of direction, storyline, and uniqueness. You see the point? Out of so many gut-cracking comedy movies, squeezing it down to just the top 10 is but a situation of sheer dilemma. But then, you got to do what you got to do. So, here are the top 10 funniest movies, which became a comical rage with the masses.
Top 10 Comedy Movies
Let’s take it from the bottom …
#10. Life of Brian (1979)
Director: Terry Jones
Reg: If you want to join the People’s Front of Judea, you have to really hate the Romans.
Brian: I do!
Reg: Oh yeah, how much?
Brian: A lot!
Reg: Right, you’re in.
This flick is unarguably the best example of British comedy. The plot revolves around Brian (Graham Chapman). Our man shares his birthday with baby Jesus. So, what happened when Jesus was born? He was visited by the three wise men. But in this story, the three wise men visit Brian and shower him with gifts. Soon they realize that they have made a booboo, and snatching away all the gifts, they move on. This is how Brian’s life begins. As he grows up, he becomes idealistic, falls in love, starts hating the Romans, is mistaken for a messiah, and is scheduled for crucifixion. Phew! There’s more, which I am sure, you would like to watch on TV.
#9. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright
Shaun: David, kill the Queen!
Shaun: The jukebox!
Shaun’s (Simon Pegg) life is going all haywire. His junior colleagues hate him, he hates his step dad, he and Liz (his girlfriend) never do things alone, and he lives with his chum Ed (Nick Frost), who is a pot dealer. Then things start getting better. … Or, do they? Of course they don’t! The story just began. Liz breaks up with Shaun, and that is when he resolves to put his life back on track. But, it looks like Shaun picked up the wrong day to do so. You ask why? Well, because it’s zombie time! The dead have risen from the grave to bite off every part of the living. While the whole world trembles with fear, our man pulls up his socks and rises to save the day; his mother and girlfriend, particularly.
#8. Bridesmaids (2011)
Director: Paul Feig
Annie: It’s a good tub. I slept there for my 30th birthday.
Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig), aged 30 something, used to run a bakery, presently working as a clerk, earns just enough to share an apartment with two hideous roommates, and is putting up with a no-strings-attached relationship with Ted. But, this messed-up life of Annie’s has a happy side too — her “best friend forever”, Lillian Donovan (Maya Rudolph). Lilian is getting married to her boyfriend, and Annie gets to be the maid of honor for the solemn occasion. But, you see there’s always a “but” that pops out every time things start getting better. There are four more bridesmaids for the occasion, and one of them, Helen (she is wealthy, by the way!), takes on the role of organizing Lillian’s wedding and coaxes the bride to make her, her new BFF. Oh, we almost forgot Annie. She is not giving her only true happiness just like that, is she? So, it is here where the war begins!
#7. American Pie (1999)
Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
Jim: She’s gone! Oh my God, she used me. I was used. I was used! Cool!
Easily, one of the best teen comedy movies ever, American Pie literally takes the cake when it comes to all that defines adolescence. So, how does the movie begin? It begins with a pact which four friends (Kevin, Finch, Oz, and Jim) make. The pact is to lose their virginity before they complete their graduation. They eye the senior prom as their last best chance to do so. Will the four friends complete their mission of “doing the deed”, or does fate have something else in store for them. Watch this flick to find out!
#6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Director: Adam McKay
Bartender: You know, times are changing. Ladies can do stuff now and you’re going to learn how to deal with it.
Ron Burgundy: What? Were you saying something? Look, I don’t speak Spanish.
This funny movie is easily one of Will Ferrell’s epic performances ever. Ferrell plays the central role of a famous and successful anchorman Ron Burgundy of KVWN-TV Channel 4 Evening News. Owing to the huge success of the station, Ron’s boss throws a party. At the party, our anchorman tries to work his mojo around a pretty blonde, but it ends up with her leaving the place. The next day, Ron learns that the same blonde (Veronica Corningstone) is joining the news team as a news reporter. Now, as tolerant as Ron may seem about women and their role in the workplace, he certainly gets on high alert, if he finds any one of them to be a threat to his position in the organization. And guess what? He smells the threat smoking right out of the new addition to the team — Veronica. No prize for guessing if or not the movie builds up into a silly, energetic, and comical battle of the sexes!
#5. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Director: Larry Charles
Borat: I arrived in America’s airport with clothings, US dollars, and a jar of gypsy tears to protect me from AIDS.
Even the name of the movie sounds funny. Borat is about a TV journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen), who blames Jews for his country’s deteriorating economy, does not like homosexuals, and is a sexist. Also, he is the sixth most famous man in Kazakhstan. Life throws him an opportunity in the form of making a documentary on the culture and society of the United States of America. Our journalist decides to spend some time in New York, learning and understanding the humor of the Americans. In his quest, he comes across an episode of Baywatch on television. And when someone’s watching Baywatch, how could that someone miss Pamela Anderson? Guess what thought strikes Borat right on his head, the moment he sees the bikini-clad diva? “I must make her my wife …” He then takes on a new mission of meeting and marrying Anderson and taking her back to Kazakhstan. For his quest, Borat takes a dilapidated ice cream truck filled with assorted animals.
#4. Superbad (2007)
Director: Greg Mottola
Good Shopper Security: Don’t do it, kid.
Seth: I never had a choice…
Another teenage super comedy bomb, Superbad will make you laugh a little, a little more, and then laugh again. The mix of abusive language and vulgar punches in the movie does not overshadow the beauty of friendship, and the pains of high school life. Best buddies for life, Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are high school seniors — both virgins and socially avoided by other kids in the school. The duo resolve to lose their virginity before they attend the college orientation. Luck strikes, and Seth gets invited by his classmate Jules (Emma Stone) to a party at her house. Now, Seth and Evan have another friend (they don’t like him very much) Fogell, who gets a fake ID with a name, “McLovin.” Now, Seth uses this opportunity to get some alcohol for Jules’ party, with the hope that he might get “lucky” and fulfill his ultimate goal. There are two police officers too, who join them later. Watch this comic flick to know how the story unfolds.
#3. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Director: David Zucker
Mayor: Drebin, I don’t want anymore trouble like you had last year on the South Side. Understand? That’s my policy.
Frank: Yes. Well, when I see 5 weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of 100 people, I shoot the bastards. That’s my policy.
Mayor: That was a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of “Julius Caesar”, you moron! You killed 5 actors! Good ones.
Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) is an undercover agent, who begins to investigate the attempted murder of his friend, Officer Nordberg. During his investigation, he learns about a Mr. Vincent Ludwig, who intends to assassinate Queen Elizabeth during a baseball match. And for this, Ludwig plans to use a mind control device to turn one of the players into an assassin. As suspenseful and thrilling as the movie may sound, it is but a flick choked with gags and perfectly-timed humor, that is sure to hit you and leave you aching with laughter.
#2. The Hangover (2009)
Director: Todd Phillips
Woman in Elevator: [looks at the baby] Oh, how cute. What’s his name?
Phil Wenneck: Ben.
Alan Garner: Carlos.
A movie that features a wild Las Vegas bachelor party, a baby, a tiger, a lost groom, and Mike Tyson himself, is guaranteed to leave you laughing your lungs out, and just when you think the movie is getting less funnier, it reveals before you its farcical side. Four friends (Doug – the groom, Phil, Stu, and Alan) have a wild stag party in the Sin City. The next morning, the groomsmen find themselves in a hotel room, each with the worst hangover; none of them have any recollection of what happened the previous night. The groom is missing, there’s a baby in the closet, a tiger in the bathroom, Stu is missing a tooth, and he somehow got married to a prostitute — chaos personified! The messed-up trio try to get things in order by retracing their steps to the previous night and find Doug. Oh, and guess who the tiger belongs to? Mike Tyson!
#1. Airplane! (1980)
Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
Rumack: I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.
Easily the best spoof disaster movie made till date, “Airplane!” is an uproarious comic flick, which with its slapstick, silly, and juvenile comedy, spawned a genre of its own. The movie is known for delivering an amazing “three laughs a minute.” Ted Striker (Robert Hays), an ex-navy pilot has developed a phobia of flying since a war incident, which keeps flashing in his mind. Because of his pessimistic attitude in life, his wartime girlfriend Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty) dumps him. In his will to win her back, he boards the plane where Elaine is currently serving. Passengers begin to fall ill one by one after having a fish meal served in dinner. Even the crew in the cockpit go down with food poisoning, leaving the plane entirely at the hands of an inflatable autopilot, which somehow seems to wear a subtle grin on its puffed face. Ted is the only person who can safely land the flight, but then his fear of flying is reducing him to a cry baby. Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) delivers a pep talk to awaken the pilot inside Ted, and Rex Kramer (Ted’s former commanding officer) desperately tries to help Ted to save the passengers. Watch the flick to know what happens in the end!
Surely there are other flicks, which could have made it to the above list of the top 10 funniest movies. But, since the limit is 10, we tried giving you the best of them. Cheers!