21 Movies That Will Make You Laugh Until Your Stomach Hurts!

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The bad news: It’s a Friday night; you’re home from work. All week, you’ve been solving problems and putting out fires, covering for coworkers, and picking up slack. Now you just want to order a pizza and laugh about something finally.

The good news: we’ve got a whole list of movies here to take you from tight and tense to rolling on the floor. Or at least, laughing until you cough some Diet Coke up your nose. Lots of movies are kind of funny, but only a few are genuinely hilarious. But the longer you watch these films, the funnier they get.

And fear not, we’ve got a variety too. This list includes situational comedy (think New York lawyer  trying to win a murder trial in the deep south), animated films made just for laughs (“Pull the lever, Kronk!”), and even parody (like Star Wars but just dirty humor from beginning to end …)

These 21 movies will keep you in a good mood, but beware! You must be prepared for a bellyache from all the laughter.

1. Top Secret! (1984)

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Top Secret is a 1984 American comedy film starring Val Kilmer. While it might be a bit old, the movie will still have you laughing until you’re sick. Some people on Reddit have even claimed to have seen it countless times, and it still makes them laugh every time. If you’ve never laughed all the way through a movie in your entire life, Top Secret is the way to go.

2. Galaxy Quest (1999)

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Next on the list is Galaxy Quest, a 1999 sci-fi film that reached $90.7 million at the box office on a budget of $45 million. It’s a good mixture of sci-fi and comedy, with brilliant actors. Sam Rockwell will always be the person who can deliver the line, “Is there air? You don’t know!” as if it’s his trademark. There’s a lot of both subtle and loud humor that launches this movie straight into the center of the comedy galexy.

3. Naked Gun (1988-1994)

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If you’re still unsure about watching Naked Gun with your friends, this 1988 movie just garnered 2.4 million at the box office on a million-dollar budget. There’s no wonder many Redditors can still remember some of the hilarious scenes, particularly the dialogue. One of those lines includes, “We’re sorry to bother you at a time like this, Mrs. Twice. We would have come earlier, but your husband wasn’t dead then.” If you’re not sold on this movie now, then you probably have no sense of humor (we’re sorry.)

4. Best in Show (2000)

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Best in Show is a 2000 mockumentary and comedy film that will make you laugh until your stomach hurts. Many Reddit users couldn’t wait to share their favorite moments from the movie. Some of them highlighted the ridiculous scene where the pet shop owner is trying to find a bee-like toy. It gets many upvotes, so that definitely tells us something

5. Super Troopers (2001)

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Super Troopers is a film about a group of dysfunctional state highway patrol officers. With plenty of time on their hands, they engage in constant pranks with each other while on their job. Pushing the limits of what they can get away with.

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6. Hot Fuzz (2007)

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This action comedy is packed full of one-liners and impractical action scenes. Hot Fuzz is hilarious because it does not take itself too seriously and plays satire to the traditional police chase movie. Packed so full of inside jokes, and punny humor, this is the type of movie that gets better with each rewatch.

7. Young Frankenstein (1974)

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If you love comedy and horror movies, then add Young Frankenstein to your list. Young Frankenstein is a riot because it takes those old monster movies and turns them into a laugh riot with slapstick and smart jokes. Mel Brooks knows how to tickle your funny bone, and Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein is just gold. You can’t forget the Monster doing the “Puttin’ on the Ritz” dance or the mix-up with the “Abby Normal” brain—classic comedy that never gets old!

This movie was released in 1974, and it will still get you laughing.

8. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

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This 1987 comedy-adventure film has a lot of subtle humor that will get you laughing until your stomach hurts. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is one of those films that is unforgettable and an ultimate humor reference to any situation. John Candy and Steve Martin’s chemistry is pure gold, and their misadventures on the road are downright sidesplitting. The scene where they end up sharing a bed, the rental car fiasco, and the unforgettable “those aren’t pillows” moment make this comedy a classic.

Somebody on Reddit also confessed that it’s their all-time favorite and one that they can quote endlessly. Well, if you’re not quite convinced, this 1987 movie garnered $49.5 million on a $15 million budget.

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9. The Birdcage (1996)

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The Birdcage is incredibly funny due to its clever take on a comedy of errors, featuring a gay couple navigating through a chaotic situation with conservative in-laws. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane deliver uproarious performances that keep the laughs coming. One of the memorable scenes this film has includes the chaotic dinner party where Albert attempts to play it straight and the hilarious dance sequence that reveals everyone’s true colors. And if you know Robin Williams at all, you know his comedic acting is second to none. 

This comedy movie was released in 1996, was nominated for many awards, became a box office hit, and remains a must-watch!

10. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

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The Emperor’s New Groove is a blast because it turns the typical royal storyline upside down with humor that appeals to all ages. David Spade as the sarcastic Emperor Kuzco and John Goodman as the lovable Pacha create a dynamic duo that keeps the laughs rolling. Also, Kuzco’s transformation into a llama is a must-watch that will keep you laughing every time! The banter between the characters, and the overall wacky adventure make this animated comedy a masterpiece.

The movie was released in 2001, set in the Incan kingdom, and influenced by ancient Peruvian culture. It won many fans with its brilliance.

11. Tropic Thunder (2008)

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Tropic Thunder is a riot because it hilariously satirizes the film industry and its eccentric personalities. The ensemble cast, including Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Black, delivers extraordinary performances that play on Hollywood stereotypes. One of the funniest scenes includes the absurdity of Robert Downey Jr. playing a method actor who undergoes “pigmentation alteration” to portray an African-American and the over-the-top action sequences that mock blockbuster films, making Tropic Thunder a laugh-out-loud comedy. Tropic Thunder is one of those movies where you need to pause some scenes to recover from laughing too hard, and we highly recommend it. 

12. Spaceballs (1987)

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Spaceballs is a 1987 American space opera parody film that Mel Brooks co-wrote, produced, and directed. Like all the other hilarious movies listed, Spaceballs will also keep you and your friends entertained. Mel Brooks’ comedic genius shines through with a stellar cast, including Bill Pullman and John Candy, delivering memorable performances. One of the unmissable scenes includes the “Ludicrous Speed” sequence, the Schwartz lightsaber battle parody, and the iconic “May the Schwartz be with you” catchphrase, making Spaceballs a timeless and side-splitting comedy.

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13. My Cousin Vinny (1982)

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My Cousin Vinny is definitely a must-watch because it takes a fish-out-of-water scenario with Joe Pesci’s Vinny, a New York lawyer, trying to navigate the Southern legal system. The courtroom comedy, paired with Marisa Tomei’s scene-stealing performance, adds layers of humor. And if you decide to watch this film, don’t miss the scenes of Vinny’s hilarious attempts to fit into the small-town environment, the courtroom banter, and Marisa Tomei’s memorable explanation of car mechanics! This comedic film is a classic and uproarious comedy perfect for any day.

14. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

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Here is another laugh-out-loud comedy because it flips the horror movie trope on its head, portraying two well-meaning hillbillies mistaken for psychopathic killers by a group of clueless college students! The humor arises from the misunderstandings and mishaps that ensue, with Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk delivering comedic gold in their roles. Notable scenes include the cabin-in-the-woods chaos, the woodchipper mishap, and the unexpected but hilarious twists that make this film a clever and entertaining genre-bender.

Somebody on Reddit says that Alan Tudyk is definitely incapable of delivering a bad performance, and if he ever did, it’s comedic. That means this film has the right cast!

15. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

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Do you want a blend of jaw-dropping martial arts with slapstick humor? This 2004 comedy-action film is a must-watch, as it creates a unique and entertaining cinematic experience. Stephen Chow, who also stars in the film, injects a perfect mix of action and comedy, making it accessible to both kung fu enthusiasts and casual moviegoers. Some say it’s stupidly funny for its over-the-top martial arts battles, the hilarious use of exaggerated kung fu techniques, and other memorable characters that you can never forget!

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16. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

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This 1984 film brilliantly mocks the rock and roll industry with its mockumentary style, showcasing the absurdity of the music world. The humor is on point as the fictional band, played by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer, encounters comically disastrous situations on their tour. And don’t ever miss the amp that goes “up to 11,” the Stonehenge stage mishap, and the hilarious interviews capturing the band’s clueless yet endearing personalities!

17. What We Do in the Shadows (2019)

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Here’s a mockumentary approach to showcasing the absurd and hilarious lives of vampire roommates living in the modern world. The clever humor comes from their struggles with mundane tasks, like doing dishes or going out to a nightclub. The humor of this film is definitely ten out of ten. Some of the memorable scenes include the deadpan delivery of jokes, the vampire council meeting, and the introduction of new supernatural characters.

18. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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This 1988 comedy-crime film fantastically put together an ensemble cast, including John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis, in a heist comedy filled with clever wordplay and slapstick humor. The humor revolves around the absurdity of the characters’ interactions, especially Kevin Kline’s over-the-top performance as the eccentric Otto. For many millennials, A Fish Called Wanda is a timeless and side-splitting classic.

19. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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Johnny Depp’s eccentric and hilarious portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow is a blast and takes on the swashbuckling adventure genre. The humor arises from Sparrow’s unconventional antics and witty one-liners, providing a refreshing and entertaining twist to the pirate tale. Some of the unmissable iconic moments in the film include the introduction of Jack Sparrow, the absurdities of the undead crew, and the cleverly choreographed action sequences that blend humor with high-seas adventure. If you’re looking for something rollicking and memorable, this one is a must-watch.

20. Dodgeball: A True Underdog’s Story (2004)

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This film is hilariously made, as it takes the absurd world of competitive dodgeball and injects it with over-the-top characters and slapstick humor. Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller lead a comedic ensemble that delivers laughs with their contrasting styles of humor. Some of the notable scenes that you shouldn’t miss include the outrageous dodgeball matches, the Globo Gym vs. Average Joe’s rivalry, and the unexpected cameos, creating a sports comedy that’s both sidesplitting and unexpectedly heartwarming.

21. The Nice Guys (2016)

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The incredible pairing of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a buddy-cop comedy perfectly blends sharp wit with slapstick humor. The film’s 1970s Los Angeles setting adds a groovy backdrop to the absurd and entertaining crime-solving antics. Some unmissable scenes for this film include the comically mismatched duo navigating bizarre crime scenes, the hilarious bathroom stall confrontation, and the film’s overall clever blend of humor and action, making The Nice Guys a standout in the buddy-cop comedy genre.

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