Monday, April 13, 2009

AFI's Top 100 Comedy Movies Of All Time

From the American Film Institute. I don't agree with all their choices, nor will you, but I think we can all agree that they know movies a little bit more than the knuckleheads at EW. That said, I almost crapped myself when I read #67. It's not still April Fool's, is it? Good god.

This list came out in 2000, so there's nothing from this decade -- if anything from this decade is worthy.


1. SOME LIKE IT HOT. 1959
2. TOOTSIE. 1982
3. DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. 1964
4. ANNIE HALL. 1977
5. DUCK SOUP. 1933
6. BLAZING SADDLES. 1974
7. M*A*S*H. 1970
8. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. 1934
9. THE GRADUATE. 1967
10. AIRPLANE!. 1980
11. THE PRODUCERS. 1968
12. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. 1935
13. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. 1974
14. BRINGING UP BABY. 1938
15. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. 1940
16. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. 1952
17. THE ODD COUPLE. 1968
18. THE GENERAL. 1927
19. HIS GIRL FRIDAY. 1940
20. THE APARTMENT. 1960
21. A FISH CALLED WANDA. 1988
22. ADAM'S RIB. 1949
23. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…. 1989
24. BORN YESTERDAY. 1950
25. THE GOLD RUSH. 1925
26. BEING THERE. 1979
27. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. 1998
28. GHOSTBUSTERS. 1984
29. THIS IS SPINAL TAP. 1984
30. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. 1944
31. RAISING ARIZONA. 1987
32. THE THIN MAN. 1934
33. MODERN TIMES. 1936
34. GROUNDHOG DAY. 1993
35. HARVEY. 1950
36. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE. 1978
37. THE GREAT DICTATOR. 1940
38. CITY LIGHTS. 1931
39. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS. 1941
40. IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD. 1963
41. MOONSTRUCK. 1987
42. BIG. 1988
43. AMERICAN GRAFFITI. 1973
44. MY MAN GODFREY. 1936
45. HAROLD AND MAUDE. 1972
46. MANHATTAN. 1979
47. SHAMPOO. 1975
48. A SHOT IN THE DARK. 1964
49. TO BE OR NOT TO BE. 1942
50. CAT BALLOU. 1965
51. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. 1955
52. NINOTCHKA. 1939
53. ARTHUR. 1981
54. THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK. 1944
55. THE LADY EVE. 1941
56. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. 1948
57. DINER. 1982
58. IT'S A GIFT. 1934
59. A DAY AT THE RACES. 1937
60. TOPPER. 1937
61. WHAT'S UP, DOC?. 1972
62. SHERLOCK, JR. . 1924
63. BEVERLY HILLS COP. 1984
64. BROADCAST NEWS. 1987
65. HORSE FEATHERS. 1932
66. TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN. 1969
67. MRS. DOUBTFIRE. 1993
68. THE AWFUL TRUTH. 1937
69. BANANAS. 1971
70. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN. 1936
71. CADDYSHACK. 1980
72. MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE. 1948
73. MONKEY BUSINESS. 1931
74. 9 TO 5. 1980
75. SHE DONE HIM WRONG. 1933
76. VICTOR/VICTORIA. 1982
77. THE PALM BEACH STORY. 1942
78. ROAD TO MOROCCO. 1942
79. THE FRESHMAN. 1925
80. SLEEPER. 1973
81. THE NAVIGATOR. 1924
82. PRIVATE BENJAMIN. 1980
83. FATHER OF THE BRIDE. 1950
84. LOST IN AMERICA. 1985
85. DINNER AT EIGHT. 1933
86. CITY SLICKERS. 1991
87. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH. 1982
88. BEETLEJUICE. 1988
89. THE JERK. 1979
90. WOMAN OF THE YEAR. 1942
91. THE HEARTBREAK KID. 1972
92. BALL OF FIRE. 1941
93. FARGO. 1996
94. AUNTIE MAME. 1958
95. SILVER STREAK. 1976
96. SONS OF THE DESERT. 1933
97. BULL DURHAM. 1988
98. THE COURT JESTER. 1956
99. THE NUTTY PROFESSOR. 1963
100. GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM. 1987

28 comments:

  1. glad to see a strong showing by the Marx Brothers. Some funny-ass mo-fos.

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  2. Mmmmm, this list is like fresh milk compared to that "25 Funniest" list.

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  3. The Big Lebowski! Come on!

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  4. "Diner" was a comedy?

    Man, was I too young to watch that film.

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  5. i loved mrs. doubtfire!

    oooh, harold and maude - good times! also? blazing saddles AND airplane? yes, this list is mucho betterness.

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  6. I stopped reading at #2. I just couldn't get past it.

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  7. MOFM - you know I love ya but Mrs. Doubtfire is shit. Fresh, ripe, steaming shit. I remember her hair catching on fire, no? That shit wasn't funny 40 years ago when they did it on Gilligan's Island.

    TRo - I'm a Marx Bros. fan too. Love Duck Soup. I'm also glad to see some Buster Keaton on there.

    Kushibo - yeah, Diner was a comedy, mostly.

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  8. LV - yeah, Tootsie was pretty funny, but not #2 all-time funny. Maybe 42.

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  9. Missing: Midnight Run and Slapshot. I'd trade out Moonstruck and Big for those.

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  10. Both great flicks, D.

    Hard to believe Midnight Run was directed by the same guy who did Gigli (Martin Brest).

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  11. Some Like It Hot is my all time favorite movie.

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  12. pretty good, but no excuse for Dr Strangelove not being #1. Diner is definitely a comedy and top 10. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum doesn't rate when every other 1960s flick scores?

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  13. Definitely much better!

    It Happened One Night is very deservedly included. That is a great movie and fun to watch, even 70 years later (OMFG, SEVENTY years???)

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  14. This list is the dust from a dead cat lady's ass. Who ARE the AFI? What is the criteria? The players have to be dead or have dead careers? Fuck the AFI.

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  15. No Dumb and Dumber or Tommy Boy? Dumb and Dumber is toilet humor done so well and effortlessly that it is art.

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  16. What a boring list.

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  17. I'm glad they got Auntie mame, but they missed Barefoot in the Park. That movie is laugh out loud funny!
    -Confusia

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  18. Some Like it Hot is also one of my favorite movies ever, so I'm pleased to see it on there... though #1? Not sure about that.

    I actually like Tootsie. (shrug)

    Is The Graduate really a comedy? Really? Huh. Yeah, it's got some funny stuff, but I think there's a lot more to it that funny ha-ha. Although, the same could be said for Fargo.

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  19. Mary - yep, IHON is a great flick.

    Jessica O-Face - the dust from a dead cat lady's ass. Very nice.

    Confusia - agreed, Barefoot was funny and should be here. Tommy Boy, though I liked it, should not (sorry, Joseph).

    Bev - yeah, The Graduate is dark but it's still a comedy. Ditto Fargo.

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  20. I'm glad they included older flicks like Arsenic and Old Lace - that is such a funny movie - especially for its time. Also His Girl Friday - no movie has had banter like that since. And of course - The Thin Man - that whole series was pure comedic genius, a drunk detective. Awesomeness.

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  21. Oh, man - Mrs Doubtfire was baaaaaad.

    I do love Tootsie. I wouldn't have put it at number two, but I still laugh every time I watch it. Bill Murray is hilarious in it.

    I do think at least one movie from this decade - The 40-Year-Old Virgin - is worthy...

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  22. How does Father of the Bride rate higher than The Jerk? The Jerk is FAR superior.

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  23. Is the Apartment really a comedy. Even though Billy Wilder directed, it is much more than just funny.

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  24. Big Lebowski? Better Off Dead? Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke? No Monty Python? In The Army Now (the army movie with andy griffith & don knotts)? Never Give A Sucker An Even Break? Polyester? Being There? The Princess Bride? The Emperor's New Groove? Evil Dead 2? Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-in-Law? Mr T's Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool?

    It looks like the guys making the list were barely overcame the urge to include Ishtar on their list. So many not funny movies.

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  25. I forgot to add A Shot In The Dark (2nd pink panther movie).

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