21 Movies That Are Undoubtedly the Funniest People Have Ever Witnessed

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The visual medium of storytelling grants many liberties. We jump, we cry, and we laugh. Films have the power to not only mirror our emotions in a cathartic way, but to help us change our emotions, like when you watch a comedy after a sad day, and end up feeling better.

In fact, almost all of us have needed the emotional boost of a funny movie, so in this post we’ve pulled together a whole list of them. We’ve got everything here, from irrational westerns to video-game-meets-real-life, and even some films that are so bad they’re good.

Buckle up, and get a note ready to write down some of these titles. Who knows when you’re going to need a good comedy next? 

1. Blazing Saddles (1974)

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Filmmaking in the 70s favored two genres, westerns and satires. Mel Brooks directed Blazing Saddles, a western satirical about a black sheriff assigned to protect the town of Rock Ridge. Several Blazing Saddles fans claimed this movie is the funniest film they’ve ever seen. It’s true that due to evolving language use of the stress of politically correct discourse, today’s audience might not find Blazing Saddles amusing. But with that warning, we’ll also say that Blazing Saddles is full of hilarious anachronisms and breaks the fourth wall in side-splitting ways. So it’s up to you whether you add this one to your list or not!

2. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

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Drawing inspiration from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels, Scott Pilgrim places its focal point on the main character, a nerdy individual in his twenties who is head over heels for a colorful, roller-skating beauty. Nevertheless, the woman of his dreams is encumbered by the baggage of seven troublesome ex-partners. With its deadpan humor and unconventional storytelling, Scott Pilgrim offers an entertaining story.

3. Airplane! (1980)

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Comedians love parodies. Airplane! is a 1980 film that parodied disaster films of the previous decades. Airplane! centers around a flight struck with food poisoning, and the crew and cabin turn to their last resources to save the flight from going down. Among their attempts to save the plane are auto-pilot, an inflatable pilot named “Otto”, a drunk pilot experiencing WW II flashbacks, and the stewardess. To complicate the matter, the stewardess has just broken up with Ted, the WW II veteran now asked to land the plane. Will they be able to save the relationship even if they can save the flight?

4. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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The classic class president satire places Napoleon Dynamite, a friendless high-schooler, in a challenging situation when his caretaker becomes injured and he has to live near his football-obsessed uncle.

Before long, Napoleon forms a friendship with Pedro, a recent arrival at the school who has limited English-speaking skills. Together, they launch a campaign to make Pedro the class president. Napoleon works hard to build a connection with Deb, who is socially awkward and fond of side ponytails.

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5. Mean Girls (2004)

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Upon her arrival in the United States from Africa, Cady Heron discovers the significance of social groups and the essence of genuine friendship. Her experience is bound to be eye-opening. Featuring a renowned ensemble including Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, and Rachel McAdams, they deliver memorable performances in what was hailed as the top film of 2004.

6. Bridesmaids (2011)

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When the 2011 film debuted, it flew to the top of comedian lists. With hilarious talent encompassing Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids offers a foil between an engaged, well-off bride-to-be (Maya Rudolph) and her needy, single best friend Annie, (Kristen Wiig), who happens to be the maid of honor. This film highlights Annie’s self-conciousness about the failures in her life, and puts a comedic spin on the fact that once you’re under scrutiny, everything seems to go wrong. 

7. A Dirty Shame (2004)

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A Dirty Shame is one of our favorite John Waters film due to its hyperbolic humor. The premise is so bizarre it borders on bad. When a highly strung individual named Sylvia Stickles suffers a blow to the head, she undergoes a dramatic change, becoming an amorous woman with a singular mission: to track down her newfound admirer, Ray Ray. This movie revels in exaggeration, from its set design to the names of its characters, and the dialogue, though crude and shocking, is bound to elicit laughter.

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8. Harold and Kumar (2004)

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Ever heard of White Castle? When Harold and Kumar get their hands into some devil’s lettuce, they become entranced by a White Castle commercial and chase their munchies all over New Jersey to find the fast food haven known for its sliders. Along their excursion, the two run into Neal Patrick Harris, drive-thru mishaps, and unexplainable encounters with other New Jersey residents. 

9. Blockers (2018)

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When three high-school best friends pledge to lose their virginity on prom night, their parents learn of their agendas and try to infiltrate their plans. With a fantastic script and an excellent cast, Blockers delivers a unique coming-of-age tale beaming with humor.

10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the perfect dad movie. The slapstick film follows the Griswolds, a family that hopes to have a fabulous Christmas, but when a rowdy cousin shows up, the plans shift. An entire comedy of errors unfolds, misunderstandings are piled on unforeseen consequences until the whole movie is one string of comedic scenes.

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11. Secondhand Lions (2003)

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This movie begins when Walter, a 14 year old, is left with his two great uncles for the summer in the 60s. The two men are secretly very, very wealthy but they live in a rundown house on a farm they don’t plant or harvest. They get their fun from scaring off the terrified salesmen that show up, having heard of the legendary riches. Eventually, Walter convinces them to stop and listen to one of the salesmen for a second and their spending habits are as hilarious as their saving was before.

12. Night at the Museum (2006)

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It’s like Toy Story for adults; this film narrates the events that happen when al the displays and waxworks at a museum come to life at night, under the supervision of a single night watchman (played by Ben Stiller.) The exhibits at the museum come to life night after night, with only Larry to corral them back into their places by dawn; any that are still outside of the building at sunrise will disintegrate into ash. But the artifact that brings the people and animals to life is valuable, and somebody’s after it, which puts means that Larry (Ben Stiller) may face unemployment again, unless he can prove what he’s worth to the museum.

13. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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When Daniel Hillard and his wife divorce, she’s granted full custody. But Daniel (Robin Williams) is desperate to spend time with his children. So in answer to his ex-wife’s ad for a nanny, Daniel disguises himself as Mrs. Doubtfire. On top of a hilarious performance, Mrs. Doubtfire unleashes all the fun and chaos of a doting father on his delighted children while Mrs. Hillard is working. But how long can he keep up the deception?

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14. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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Life of Brian is a British comedy based on the idea of a baby born in the stable next to Jesus; a baby named Brian. All his life, he gets mixed up with the famed messiah. People are hanging off of his words and quoting his phrases as wisdom, rather than living by any of them. Eventually, Brian is even captured. The whole movie is full of comedic moments and situations, presented with the dry humor that British humor and especially Monty Python films and sketches are known for.

15. Office Space (1999)

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Office Space is a dark comedy, full of raunchy humor about a young man named Peter Gibbons, who’s fed up with work and decides he wants to get fired. He starts acting lazy, not finishing his work, ignoring his boss’s calls and just spending his days however he wants … and he gets away with it all. Meanwhile, his two friends and coworkers work fastidiously, but they end up on the list of people who are about to be let go. So the three hatch a plan to take a parting shot at the company. The one-liners, friendships, jokes and office angst in this movie make it a comedy you shouldn’t miss!

16. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

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Mortimer (Cary Grant) gets married to Elaine ( Priscilla Brewster), and they both run home quickly to collect their things before they leave for the honeymoon. But during that brief interval, Mortimer discovers that his aunts are serial killers who’ve disposed of several elderly, lonely gentlemen in their basement. Elaine is anxious to get going, but then Mortimer’s brother appears, needing to hide a body and hide himself from the police. Mortimer tries to manage the situation, attempting to alert the police about his brother and convince his aunts to stop, all while he’s looking for the notes for his next book so that he can depart with Elaine.

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17. Hot Fuzz (2007)

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Hot Fuzz is a crime-comedy about a police constable, Nicholas Angel, in London who’s promoted to sergeant. But only shortly afterward, his jealous coworkers get him transferred to a small town named Sandford. Angel is irritated with the tameness and low crime rate in the sleepy little town … until suddenly mysterious “accidents” begin to happen. Angel connects the accidents by the perpetrator’s attempt to disguise each death as an accident, but it doesn’t take long before Angel learns the real reason behind the town’s peaceful and sleepy reputation.

18. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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In this comedic film about out-of-towners trying to defend themselves in a murder trial in the deep south, one hilarious situation rises out of another. First, two young people are are accused of murder, despite situational evidence. Since they can’t afford a real lawyer, they hire their cousin Vinny, from New York, since he’s recently passed the bar exam. Vinny has no real trial experience, but he convinces the judge that he does, and the results are duly hilarious. We’re giving this one a ten out of ten!

19. Love and Friendship (2016)

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The movie Love and Friendship is so full of love triangles that it could be a geometry textbook. There’s every type of suitor, from the romantic but already-married ones to one who’s twenty years younger than the ever-flirtatious Lady Susan. There’s a ridiculous Sir James, who’s cheerfully gullible in almost every conceivable situation, and a t last, even the suited-to-each-other pair of young people, Reginald and Frederica.

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20. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

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This comedy has a bit of the nature and humor of the TV show Friends. The movie opens at a wedding, where several single friends are enduring the festivities, rather than actually enjoying them. Each of them wishes he or she had a partner too. The rest of the film details their triumphs and sorrows in grand comedic fashion as they meet people, form connections, and through long and circuitous routes, each of them end up happily partnered off themselves.

21. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

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This film is a comedic modern take on Homer’s epic, The Odyssey. Three convicts have escaped their sentences and are seeking hidden treasure as they try to make their way home, pursued by a sheriff. The movie hilariously combines elements from rural Mississippi, an escapade escaping the authorities again and again, and wry humor, not to mention the “Soggy Bottom Boys,” and their hit single. All in all, this is a great movie!

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