Best Comedy Movies – Iconic Best Comedies

When it comes to Best Comedy Movies, it’s difficult to make a choice. Humour doesn't have a standard set in stone: what makes one person laugh, might make another one cry. We've selected these best comedies carefully.

The best comedy films on this list have entertained us for generations. We love them all: screwball comedy film, slapstick comedy, romantic comedy film, old comedy, contemporary comedy and classic comedy movies.

This is a selection of American comedy films, British comedy films, Italian and French best comedy movies that have become iconic, cult and classic.


Best Comedy Movies - Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin – The King of Comedies

When talking about best comedies, we have to start with the king of comedy. Everybody knows the Tramp character, but not many of us know that Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, starred in, produced and even wrote music for the majority of his best comedy films. Talking about talent!

His best comedy movies are The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940).


Woody Allen - King of Contemporary Best Comedy Movies

Woody Allen could be considered the king of contemporary humour and best comedy films of the new generation. He wrote and directed over 40 films and acted in most of them.

Great comedy films Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979) and The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) epitomize the contemporary New York humour.

Best Comedy Movies - Woody Allen

Best Comedy Movies - Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini - The Magician

Movies of Federico Fellini transcend any genre. They could be fantasies, dramas, tragedies, surrealistic expressions, and so on. But maestro Fellini himself thought he was making comedies.

To be true to one of the greatest movie directors of all time, we’ll include Lo Sceicco Blanco (1952, The White Sheik), La Strada (1954, The Road), La Dolce Vita (1960), 8 ½ (1963, Eight and a half), and Ginger e Fred (1986, Ginger and Fred) in the best comedy movies list.


Billy Wilder - Some Like it Wilder!

Before making some of the best comedy films of all times, Billy Wilder made some of the best dramas – Double Indemnity (1944) and Sunset Boulevard (1950) among them. Some Like It Hot (1959) is one of the best comedy movies and the best films ever created. The movie is #1 on AFI’s top 100 funny movies list.

Other comedy classics directed by Willy Wilder are Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955) and The Apartment (1960).

Best Comedy Movies - Billy Wilder

Best Comedy Movies - British Invasion

British Invasion - Fancy That!

Classic British comedies are quite different from classic American comedy films. British humour is so sarcastic, unapologetic, and at times raw and…unfunny that we can’t help but laugh. It is different, and that’s why we love it!

Some of the best British comedy movies are Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964), The Ladykillers (1955), The Pink Panther (1963) and a comparatively recent Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).


Monty Python - Pythonesque!

Talking about iconic British comedies, one simply must mention Monty Python. Apparently George Harrison of the Beatles said that the spirit of the Beatles had passed to Monty Python. Don’t know about the spirit, but Monty Python’s impact on the world of comedy was as big as the Beatles’ impact on music.

The Monty Python group made some of the best comedy movies of all times – Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and a controversial comedy film Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979).

Best Comedy Movies - Monty Python

Best Comedy Movies - Italian Style

Best Comedy Films, Italian Style

Between 1960 and 1980, Italian film industry produced some of the best comedies in the world. That period was called Commedia all’Italiana (Comedy Italian Style).

Divorzio all’Italiana (1961, Divorce, Italian Style), Matrimonio all’Italiana (1964, Marriage, Italian Style) and Leri, Oggi, Domani (1963, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) were some of the best of the Italian comedy film movement. These comedy movies surely make you laugh, but they might also make you cry.


Best Comedies, French Style

Oftentimes, an American comedy movie turns out to be a remake of a French comedy film. Somehow the French have figured out how to touch our hearts and make us laugh with comedy movies on small budgets.

Some of the greatest French comedy movies are Le Grand Blond Avec une chaussure noir (1972, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe) and Le Retour du Grand Blond (1974, The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe). Hollywood released a now forgotten remake of the comedy with Tom Hanks in the lead.

Best Comedy Movies - French Style


Best Comedy Movies - American Classics

Best Comedy Movies, American Classic Style

Here come the big guns! The Marx Brothers starred in Duck Soup (1933) and A Night at the Opera (1935) – favourite comedies for generations. The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, king of romantic comedies, is one of the most beloved comedy movies.

Cary Grant also starred in Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn and To Catch a Thief (1955), Alfred Hitchcock’s romantic comedy film. The Producers (1968) constantly ranks in the top 100 funny movies in the world. And many-many more…


Best Comedy Films, American Contemporary Style

In the 1980's and early 1990's, Hollywood treated us to some of the best comedies ever created. Tootsie (1982), Moonstruck (1987), When Harry Met Sally (1989), My Cousin Vinny (1992) and Groundhog Day (1993) to name a few.

One thing you can count on in Hollywood best comedy movies - there is always a Happy End!

Best Comedy Movies - American Contemporary Films

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