The best thing about comedy movies is that they are perfect relaxing treatment. They don’t make you think, aren’t too complicated and are there for your pure entertainment and to make you laugh. And we all sometimes need exactly that. This is why we brought you the list of best comedy movies of all time that deliver tons of laughter and plenty of great moments. Whether you are a fan of romantic comedies, or maybe British dark humor and sarcasm, this list will not disappoint you. Let’s get it started.
30. The Hangover (2009)
What happens when you invite your buddies to a bachelor party for few drinks? Of course, a hangover. The Hangover follows three friends who wake up from one bachelor party in Las Vegas with no memory whatsoever of the previous night. On top of all that, the bachelor is missing. They slowly try to retrace their steps, using guidelines in order to find their friend before his wedding.
29. The Breakfast Club (1985)
Is there a better way to spend Saturday than in detention? Well, we say yes. But watch this movie and find out how detention can be interesting and entertaining, as you follow five high school students who seemingly have nothing in common, only to discover they are not so different after all. A great movie directed by John Hughes.
28. Annie Hall (1977)
One of Woody Allen’s classics, it follows Alvy Singer, a divorced, neurotic stand-up comedian, as he meets an aspiring young nightclub singer, Annie Hall. The two click off and soon Alvy starts to reflect on the demise of his latest relationship, trying to prove to himself that 15 years of therapy worked. Annie is insecure and flighty, which brings a new dimension to the dating table. A funny flick that you can watch with your loved one.
27. Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray is one of the pioneers of Hollywood comedy. In this movie, he finds himself in the role of Phil, a weatherman who lives the same day over and over again. At first, he thought this can be used as an advantage, but soon realizes he is doomed to spend eternity in the same place, doing same things over and over again.
26. Manhattan (1979)
Isaac Davis, played by Woody Allen, is a 42-year-old writer who just quit his job as a hack writer. Realizing it was a rushed decision since he has two alimonies, Davis enters a period of chaos. One positive aspect of his life is that he is dating a 17-year-old, which rejuvenates his energy, but offers no substance as he sees no future with her. His life gets all the more dramatic and tragicomical when he meets Mary, who happens to be mistress of his best friend. Manhattan is a romantic comedy only Woody Allen can pull off.
25. Ratatouille (2007)
Ratatouille is surely one of the best-animated comedy movies and is a must-see. It follows a story of an unusual alliance and friendship between a rat who can cook, and a young kitchen worker of a famous restaurant. This premise itself is a guarantee for lots of funny moments.
24. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Shaun isn’t living the best of lives. He is lazy, his girlfriend left him, he’s stuck at a dead end job and his neighbors think he is a failure. And his day isn’t getting any better when he realizes he woke up amidst a zombie apocalypse. But one’s man apocalypse, another’s man… chance? Shaun will use this apocalypse to turn his life around, win back his ex-girlfriend and show everyone in the community how useful he is. A British style comedy with lots of good humor and action.
23. The Graduate (1967)
Dustin Hoffman plays Ben, a recent graduate who just came home from college to find out that his parents are expecting great things of him now. Of course, this doesn’t turn out to be that kind of movie. Instead, he begins an affair with Mrs. Robinson, wife of his father’s business partner. Things get a new twist when he meets her daughter, Elaine, and falls for her. Torn between an elder affair and a young love, Ben has to carefully decide his future and plan his next move.
22. The King’s Speech (2010)
Young Prince Albert is about to ascend the throne of Great Britain and Ireland as King George VI. Having a problem with stammering, his wife hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist to help him overcome his problems. Two men become great friends and Logue will have to use all of his knowledge in order to help newly crowned King to speak with confidence.
21. Young Frankenstein (1974)
American grandson of the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein inherits the castle in Transylvania. There he meets some unusual figures such as hunchback Igor, lab assistant Inga and old housekeeper, Frau Blucher. Young Frankenstein is skeptic of his grandfather’s work, but when he finds his book with step by step instructions of reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind. A great comedy from the 1970s with Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, and Mary Feldman.
20. Deadpool (2016)
We all love superheroes. They are good, brave, strong and ready to save your day. But Deadpool is more than this, much more. He is, in fact, a bit bad. This superhero will save your day, but complain about it all day long, make many sarcastic jokes and curse a lot. He is played by witty Ryan Reynolds who said that this was the role he has been preparing all his life. Deadpool follows a man named Wade Wilson who is left with super healing abilities after a failed experiment that supposed to cure him from cancer. He uses his new superpowers to become a superhero and find the man who ruined his life.
19. Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dead Poets Society follows a group of friends who attend a strict all-boys preparatory school that isn’t the most fun place in the world to be. This all changes when they get a new English teacher, who inspires them to look at life from a new perspective with his unorthodox teaching methods.
18. La La Land (2016)
La La Land tells the story about Mia, an aspiring actress who serves coffee to celebrities during her break from auditions, and Sebastian, a jazz musician who makes money by playing at cocktail parties in bars. The two fall in love, but as success begins to mount, it threatens to tear their love story apart. The two have to carefully balance their personal and professional lives, through a series of comic events that will make you regret you haven’t seen this movie before.
17. Life Of Brian (1979)
This awesome comedy from Terry Jones follows Brian of Nazareth, a man who gets mistaken for a messiah. Brian decides to play along and joins a resistance movement which aims to get Romans out of Judea. The movement was not very effective, leading to comical situations but Brian somehow manages to become a prophet and gather his own following.
16. The Big Lebowski (1998)
Man named Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski gets mistaken for a millionaire which results in thugs break into his home and urinate on his rug, trying to coerce him to pay a debt he knows nothing about. When The Dude tries to get compensation for his ruined rug, he is offered a one-time highly paid job. He enlists his bowling friends to help him, which leads to all sorts of problems and funny scenes. A great movie starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi.
15. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
After Gustave H, the concierge of the elite Grand Budapest Hotel gets accused of murder, he seeks help from lobby boy Zero Mustafa trying to prove his innocence. This triggers series of dangerous but comical events that will make you roll on the ground from laughter.
14. The Truman Show (1998)
Truman (Jim Carrey) is a man who lives a fake life. The place he calls his home is actually a big studio and the friends, family, and people around him are actors in most popular TV series in the world, The Truman Show. But what will happen when he discovers this ugly truth? How will he react to it?
13. Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
A marvelous piece by Guy Ritchie, it follows a botched card game in London that triggers a series of misfortunate, yet funny events. It involves four friends, thugs, weed-growers, gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors who are in it for cash, weed and two antique shotguns. A memorable movie with loads of action and funny moments that will keep you entertained.
12. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
This movie has Leonardo DiCaprio starring as Jordan Belfort, entry-level stock-broker who manages to fraud wealthy investors and earn a fortune. Belfort and his partners use the wealth they obtain to finance their hedonistic lifestyle, but it might not last long since the government is already on their tail. Keep in mind that this movie is based on a true story.
11. Amélie (2001)
Amélie is a young girl living in Paris and working as a waitress. When she finds some things from the previous owner in her apartment, she decides to bring those back and this completely changes her life. The reaction of the owner simply amazes her and she decided to devote her life to helping others around her. Along the way, she discovers love while realizing that she hardly had any time for herself.
10. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
The movie follows comedic struggles of one film production company and its crew as they go through the difficult transition from being a silent movie studio to making features with sound.
9. Snatch (2000)
This one has the recipe of Guy Ritchie written all over it. Armed with a great cast of Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones and Benicio Del Toro, the movie follows a group of boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, Russian gangsters and incompetent amateur robbers in their quest to track down a stolen, priceless diamond. Action packed movie that will keep you entertained, with comical, dark scenes that will leave you laughing.
8. Some Like It Hot (1959)
This movie by Billy Wilder follows two male musicians that witness a mob hit. Fearing for their lives, they flee the state and join an all-female band disguised as women. Mayhem and further complications ensue as the two men try to hide their identity when mobsters and crime lords meet at their club.
7. The Sting (1973)
The Sting follows a small-time street con man Johnny Hooker, who steals from a big-time crime boss Doyle Lonnegan, in what seems to be a standard street con. Demanding satisfaction for this insult, Lonnegan kills Hooker’s friend Luther. Sad and in grief, Hooker proceeds to devise a perfect con in order to ruin Lonnegan.
6. 3 Idiots (2009)
Bollywood may not be as popular as Hollywood, but India has produced great movies with 3 Idiots definitely being one of them. The movie follows a group of friends as they trace back their steps to college days, trying to find a long-lost companion who taught and inspired them to think differently in a world that was generic and boring.
5. Back To The Future (1985)
An all-time classic from the 1980s Back to the Future follows a 17-year-old high school student Marty (Michael J. Fox) who travels back in time when an experiment by his friend, the crazy scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), gets awfully wrong. Now Marty has to find his way back to the future.
4. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
Stanley Kubrick is one of those old-school maestros that everyone respects. The story of this insanely long-titled movie follows a War Room full of politicians whose sole quest is to stop an insane general from triggering a nuclear holocaust. Filled with plenty of action and comedy, it will surely keep you entertained even if you have already watched it.
3. Modern Times (1936)
A comedy list would not be complete without a Charlie Chaplin movie. His silent films marked a generation and this one follows a factory worker as he struggles to compete with the ever-evolving modern society. In this endeavor, he is helped by a young homeless woman. This one is Chaplin’s last silent film and portrays the new stage world is about to enter through his satirical and comical ways.
2. The Intouchables (2011)
Philippe is an aristocratic millionaire who becomes strapped to a wheelchair after a paragliding accident. When he hires a young man named Driss to be his caregiver, Philippe discovers that his disability doesn’t mean he has to stop enjoying life.
1. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Hardly any movie will leave you in tears, but this is one of them. Guido is a Jewish bookkeeper in Italy who, after the German occupation, is sent to Concentration Camp along with his wife and son. In order to make it more manageable for his son, Guido uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect him from the horrors of the Holocaust. A movie that will leave you laughing in tears at one minute and just in tears the other. A definite must watch.
Final thoughts on Best Comedy Movies of All Time
After you watched the all the trailers for the movies on our list and had a good laugh, now it is time to pick one of them and laugh some more. But before you do that, tell us if we have missed some movie that should definitely be on this list, or let us know your favorite comedies so we can recommend them to others.