Check our picks for the best cinematic comedies. Having trouble picking just one? Tell us in the comments what you think is the funniest movie ever. The Funniest Movies of Present: The high-stakes world of competitive dog shows. Director Jay Roach keeps this a winner from opening frame to fade-out. SHREK Once upon a time there was an Ogre Mike Myers whose swamp got overrun by intruders from fairy tales and Disney movies, including Pinocchio, three little pigs and a big bad wolf.
All are refugees from the kingdom of the wicked Lord Farquaad John Lithgow. With the help of an articulate donkey Eddie Murphy , Shrek sets things right and, along the way, wins the love of Princess Fiona Cameron Diaz , who has a secret but endearing flaw.
Computer animation with great humor and, even rarer, heart. Also check out these fun movies that the whole family can enjoy. Moronic, star-studded Bowie and Trump both show up and easily one of the most quoted movies of the early decade. Instead she chooses Ian John Corbett. The collision of cultures is inevitable. An alternately sweet and sour script takes exuberant life from a perfect cast: JUNO A teenage girl is thrust into adult decisions following an unplanned pregnancy.
Simmons, Allison Janney , plus a sweet and quick-witted script by first-time scribe Diablo Cody, and one of the more memorable animated title sequences in decades. Having lost her apartment and moved back home to live with her mom, what more could go wrong? A whole lot, it seems. When her best friend Lillian Maya Rudolph gets engaged, Annie is determined to be the best maid of honor ever, and there the comedy ensues. These are the 12 greatest spy movies ever made. The Funniest Movies of The complications are unfailingly merry, and Jack Palance—as the rough-hewn, straight-faced head drover—makes John Wayne look like Shirley Temple.
Whoopi Goldberg, Garry Marshall. Terrific performances by Geena Davis, Madonna! Trouble is, Murray gets caught in a time trap, and keeps repeating the day, minute by minute, day after day. Scrooge becomes saint, but not before some funny and wise interludes, supervised by director Harold Ramis.
As kindred morons cut from the same whoopee cushion, Carrey and Daniels embark cross-country for love, become social elites for a weekend, accidentally thwart a kidnapping, and frustrate the bejeesus out of everyone they meet along the way. Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world? Beyond the menagerie of quips and physical comedy set pieces, this outlandish caper transformed character actor James Carrey into the limb-flailing Jim of legend, beginning an era where Carrey could do no wrong—even while, literally, talking out of his behind.
BABE That rarity of rarities, an authentic family comedy, about an orphaned piglet growing up on a farm in the company of dogs, sheep and people, all of whom can talk—except that only the animals can understand one another. The first of many excellent Disney-Pixar feature film collaborations, Toy Story set a new standard for computer animation, and family-friendly comedy strong enough to crack the hardest polyurethane hearts.
Surprisingly sensitive and unfailingly witty presentation of underclass Britain by director Peter Cattaneo. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are the titular men sent to save us from space invaders. Great cast, great lines, and Nicholson meets his match in a tiny little dog, who is as crazy as he is.
Non-believers, we have one word for you: Part Western folk legend, part Buddhism-via-bowling parable, part hard-boiled trip down the rabbit hole to L. The Dude abides—and the world abides with him. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan shine under the direction of Nora Ephron, who single-handedly revived the spirit of classic cinema comedy-romance.
Anachronistic yet effective situations abound, along with some tasty cross-dressing by Gwyneth Paltrow. Distressed, his bodyguard Joe Viterelli seeks out a shrink Billy Crystal. The doctor is a family psychiatrist, but this is definitely not the kind of family he had in mind. Even so, Viterelli practically steals this surprisingly well-made picture.
Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Richly detailed direction by Mike Leigh, with persuasive performances by Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner and supporting players. These are the 10 best football movies you need to watch this fall. Chevy Chase smiles through disaster, Ted Knight sneers at joy, Bill Murray hunts a ridiculous gopher puppet, and Rodney Dangerfield pretty much just plays an upbeat clone of himself. In the old days, men would drown their sorrows by joining the French Foreign Legion.
She enlists in the U. Her rude awakening comes when a tough drill sergeant Eileen Brennan introduces Private Benjamin to the rigors of military life. Director Colin Higgins never lets up, and the sexist boss finally gets his well-plotted verbal and visual comeuppance. Richard Benjamin, an actor who knows from timing, directed capably. He suggests a career move. Why not tour as Victor, a man posing as a woman?
Tastefully directed by Blake Edwards, who might have been vulgar but never goes over the edge. Smart direction by Sydney Pollack who also plays an agent stresses credibility and gets laughs. A great pairing, done before the two got stale.
All the hormones are in overdrive, with expected but pleasing results. Sean Penn leads the cast. What he sees is the city of his youth—Baltimore—and the friends who hung out together in an eatery.
First feature-film appearances for Ellen Barkin and Paul Reiser. Eddie Murphy, a streetwise African American hustler, exchanges jobs with Dan Aykroyd, a very proper Philadelphia stockbroker. Hire Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, who know how to dispel ghosts and dispense jokes.
It follows a British heavy metal group, short on talent and money, as they tour third-rate venues across the United States on their way to oblivion. He falls in love with Kathleen Turner, who turns out to be a hit woman for another mob, with a very uncomfortable agenda. Black comedy—or rather Black Hand comedy—at its best. Anjelica Huston is as fine as the leads, and her father, John, did a classy job of direction. En route, they find nothing but trouble—funny trouble—especially in Las Vegas, where they lose the better part of their savings and vainly try to recoup.
Garry Marshall is unforgettable as a casino owner. Brooks directed, wrote, starred and sparkled. As in the original, a gifted suitor, C.
Martin is smitten by the gorgeous Roxanne Daryl Hannah. Alas, she has fallen for a handsome dimwit, Chris Rick Rossovich. Martin is alternately droll and poignant in this mini-masterpiece. This one-time disc jockey was the voice of Armed Forces Radio until he was forced out in Robin Williams takes the bio and runs with it. Uneven but inventive humor with a moral. Forest Whitaker offers strong backup; Barry Levinson directed with heart as well as funnybone.
William Hurt is the anchorman with good looks and no brain; Albert Brooks is the reporter with smarts and no style. Holly Hunter is their obnoxious boss. Nobody listens, except a lumpish, insensitive passer-by John Candy. The cast plays it for reality as well as laughs, thanks to director John Hughes. BIG An unhappy kid wishes he were a grownup. Tom Hanks is just as magical as the premise. Penny Marshall directs a glowing cast. Alas, the place is occupied by live interlopers.
Fine ensemble work, and director Tim Burton supplies so many sight gags and special effects that you might want to view it twice. Smashing special effects, and delicious performances by Rick Moranis and a quartet of talented minors.
This is the most iconic movie set in every state. With overlapping dialogue, odd camera angles and provocative performances by Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman et. Director Hal Ashby stresses credibility as well as oddball comedy. Ace score by Cat Stevens. Hilarious and prescient scenes parodying politics, lifestyle, and sex abound. In a prototypical scene, a moviegoer bombinates about the meaning of Marshall McLuhan—whereupon Allen brings on the Professor himself to refute the loudmouth.
College life in America changed overnight when this film debuted. Like Forrest Gump in a later era, Martin succeeds in spite of himself, and we laugh all the way to the bank. Director Carl Reiner may not be much on nuance, but he knows how to tell a joke. All that changes when the father of his future son-in-law, Peter Falk, turns out to be CIA and drags him into international espionage. Some of the very best shorts were created by Chuck Jones, as this compilation demonstrates in overplus.