Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LIST: The Funniest Films

So, over at The Film Experience, Nathaniel posed the question to readers of what movies make us giggle the most. And honestly, I sort of randomly picked the first one that came into my head, but I could feel the floodgates opening, and then I had the kind of day at work today that made me need a really good laugh, so I decided to just do the damn thing and make a list! So here it is: My totally arbitrary, not at all thought through, probably missing a ton of titles, not in any particular order (but maybe it is...) list of....


 1. The Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1934)

2. The Producers (Brooks, 1967)

3. Airplane! (Zucker/Abrams/Zucker, 1980)

4. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, 1938)

5. Clue (Lynn, 1985)

6. A Shot in the Dark (Edwards, 1964)

7. Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959)

8. Waiting For Guffman (Guest, 1996)

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Gilliam/Jones, 1975)

10. Young Frankenstein (Brooks, 1974)

...and more! After the break!

11. The Birdcage (Nichols, 1996)

12. Noises Off... (Bogdanovich, 1992)

13. A Fish Called Wanda (Crichton, 1988)

14. In The Loop (Iannucci, 2009)

15. Mean Girls (Waters, 2004)

16. His Girl Friday (Hawks, 1940)

17. A Night at the Opera (Wood, 1935)

 18. The Women (Cukor, 1939)

19. South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut (Parker/Stone, 1999)

 20. Seven Chances (Keaton, 1929)

21. Duck Soup (McCarey, 1933)

22. Adam's Rib (Cukor, 1949)

23. Unfaithfully Yours (Sturges, 1948)

 24. Tootsie (Pollack, 1982)

 25. Bridesmaids (Feig, 2011)

26. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Roach, 1997)

27. Born Yesterday (Cukor, 1950)

28. Father of the Bride (Minnelli, 1950)

29. Enchanted (Lima, 2007)

30. Victor/Victoria (Edwards, 1982)


  1. OMG!!! SO much yes here. Clue! Bringing Up Baby! The Thin Man! The greater Father of the Bride! F***ing South Park! Love this so much.

    1. YAY! So glad you love. :)

      I really like the Steve Martin Father of the Bride, too, but it really can't hold a candle to the original.

  2. The Kyle's mom song! I lost it when they started singing it in different languages. God, I love South Park so much.

    1. It's SO HARD to choose a favorite song from the South Park movie, between that one, Up There, Uncle Fucka, Blame Canada... The first time I saw it, that's where I lost it, too.

  3. OK--LOVE it! I am so happy that I have seen almost all of these movies. I had spoken about Young Frankenstein in April and found out Marty Feldman, for a lark, kept changing the hump from one side to the other and no one picked up on it for a while. When they did...they kept it in the film:) I have to say to add Arsenic and Old Lace, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World and What's Up Doc.

    1. I LOVE that anecdote about Igor's hump! That movie is so genius. I also love Arsenic & Old Lace AND Mad Mad Mad Mad World, but sadly haven't seen What's Up Doc. It is on my list!

  4. Haven't seen them all, but I do enjoy all the ones I have...well, except Duck Soup. Sorry, I'm just not a Marx Bros. guy. They annoy me more than anything. Give me the Stooges or Abbott & Costello, any day. Really glad to see Waiting for Guffman and In the Loop, her since I just wasn't expecting them. And as long as you have Young Frankenstein on your list, you're okay with me.

    1. Enh, I get it - I'm not a Stooges guy myself. They annoy me more than anything ;-P

      Oh you should NOT be surprised to see Waiting for Guffman or In the Loop, as I am an unabashed theater person and avowed lover of British humor. When I saw the latter in the theater, the people sitting near me actually got up and MOVED about five minutes in due to my complete inability to hold in my giant laughter.