Top 10 Comedy Movies

In 2016, cinemagoers spent an estimated $1,444,760,349 on tickets to see comedies.

In a year that saw plenty of upsets, it seems movie lovers were keen to find something to bring the laughs on the big screen. Luckily, at Cinema Paradiso, we have a number of comedy favourites available to enjoy at home, too. Here in no particular order are ten films to watch when you’re in the mood for something light…

  • Hot Fuzz (2007)

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    116 minutes

    This police parody is one of three movies in the Cornetto Trilogy, with the screenplay written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Pegg plays P.C. Nicholas Angel, a celebrated copper who begins to suspect something suspicious when his sleepy village experiences a spike in mysterious deaths. Having already gained a following with previous works such as “Spaced”, Pegg and co-star Nick Frost starred in the film to widespread critical acclaim and a strong theatrical run.

    Director:
    Edgar Wright
    Cast:
    Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
    Genre:
    Comedy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Hangover (2009)

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    1h 36min

    This buddy comedy has gone on to become a firm fan favourite in the eight years since it’s release. Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, the film chronicles the morning after a Las Vegas bachelor party gone horribly wrong. An instant hit with audiences and critics, the film garnered a worldwide gross of more than $467 million, and was awarded a Golden Globe among other awards.

    Director:
    Todd Phillips
    Cast:
    Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha
    Genre:
    Comedy, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Animal House (1978) National Lampoon's Animal House

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    104 minutes

    Starring John Belushi, Animal House received mixed critical reviews upon release. However, the tale of life inside a raucous fraternity was a hit with viewers, generating a total gross in excess of $141 million (including home video) against a budget of just $2.8 million. It has since ranked #36 on AFI’s “100 Years...100 Laughs” list, and has inspired countless college and university students to enjoy the delights of a toga party!

    Director:
    John Landis
    Cast:
    John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce
    Genre:
    Comedy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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    1h 26min

    The Pythons were on fine form in this slapstick caper, widely regarded by cinema lovers and critics as being one of the best comedies ever produced. The film parodies King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on their mission to find the Holy Grail, and upon release became almost an instant classic. It has since spawned the stage production of Spamalot, with the original film enjoying several re-releases as well as rankings on the top comedy listings of all time by several publications.

    Director:
    Terry Gilliam
    Cast:
    Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese
    Genre:
    Comedy, Classics, Action & Adventure, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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    1h 30min

    Set in 1974, the movie follows the life of fictional local news anchor Ron Burgundy, and the disruption caused to him and his team with the arrival of a female anchor. The film was an instant hit with critics and audiences alike, with the dialogue in particular winning praise and spawning many a famous quotable line. Bravo and TimeOut placed the film on lists of the funniest movies ever made, while Empire named ranked it 113 of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.

    Director:
    Adam McKay
    Cast:
    Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell
    Genre:
    Comedy, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • There's Something About Mary (1998)

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    1h 54min

    The now-infamous hair scene featuring Cameron Diaz is just one of many memorable moments from this beloved comedy. Following the plight of a lovestruck Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller), the film sees numerous familiar faces fight for the affections of Mary (Cameron Diaz). The film won numerous awards at the time of release, and has since been ranked 27th out of the 100 funniest movies of the 20th century by the AFI. Total Film magazine has also singled out the film’s comedic value, naming it the fourth-greatest comedy of all time.

    Director:
    Bobby Farrelly
    Cast:
    Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon
    Genre:
    Comedy, Collections, Romance
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Airplane! (1980)

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    84 minutes

    Airplane! takes many a satirical shot at disaster movies that gained popularity in the 1970s. Starring Leslie Nielsen, the parody is often hailed as one of the greatest comedies of all time. The film was an instant critical and commercial success, and the whip smart dialogue and outrageous goings-on in-flight make this a must-see for any comedy lover.

    Director:
    Jim Abrahams
    Cast:
    Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen
    Genre:
    Comedy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)

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    112 minutes

    Featuring an all-star cast, The Big Lebowski is a surrealist caper about a case of mistaken identity. Kidnapping and chaos ensues, with Jeff Bridges taking a career-defining turn in his role as “The Dude”. Since it’s release, the film has garnered a cult following, and even spawned a religion in honour of Bridge’s character! When not following “Dudeism”, die-hard fans can also be found at the annual Lebowski Fest in Kentucky.

    Director:
    Joel Coen
    Cast:
    Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
    Genre:
    Comedy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Superbad (2007)

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    1h 48min

    Seth Rogen co-wrote the screenplay alongside Evan Goldberg when he was just 15 years old. The film was made several years later and starred Michael Cera alongside then-unknown actors Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. Produced on a budget of just $20 million, the film took a total of $169 million at the box office, making the teenage buddy comedy a financial and critical success.

    Director:
    Greg Mottola
    Cast:
    Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
    Genre:
    Comedy, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)

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    1h 20min

    With a stellar 95% per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (and not to mention a legion of fans worldwide), the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap is has become nothing short of a cult classic. The film follows (and satirizes) the lives of four musicians on tour in a rock band, and the havoc they wreak along the way. Several bands identified with the film at the time and praised it for it’s accuracy, and publications such as Empire magazine and the New York Times have hailed the film as being one of the best ever made.

    Director:
    Rob Reiner
    Cast:
    Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest
    Genre:
    Comedy, Music & Musicals, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
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