Get your LOL on with these comedy classics.
Is there anything worse than looking for a laugh and scrolling indecisively through dozens if not hundreds of movies?
We will not let you endure such suffering again with our go-to guide to some of the top comedy movies of all time.
1. Ace Ventura
Jim Carrey is arguably one of the kings of comedy, with films like Liar and Liar and Bruce Almighty standing the test of time for huge laughs.
But neither have a character that has gone down in history like Ace Ventura. This eccentric “pet detective” is so weird that Carrey is given the scope to go all out with his over-the-top facial expressions and voices.
It’s like a stand up show slotted into a 90s comedy and it’s a hard one to beat.
Also Related: Ace Ventura 3: Everything We Know So Far
2. Johnny English
A British hit from the early 2000s, this film is another classic that brings a uniquely whacky character to life.
Aside from Mr Bean, this film is one of Atkinson’s funniest roles where he plays an overconfident but incompetent spy who is all MI7 has left.
Add in John Malkovich as the villain and you’ve got yourself an action-packed comedy full of gags and hilarious stuff ups by one well meaning spy: English, Johnny English.
3. 50 First Dates
Another main name in Hollywoood comedy, Adam Sandler had to go up on the list. But his Waterboy and Happy Gilmore style of comedy isn’t everyone’s taste.
For some, it’s a bit too silly.
But you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t like 50 First Dates.
The movie still has some weird gags, most of them coming from Rob Schneider, who plays Henry Roth’s (Sandler) best friend.
Despite its gags and silliness though, this movie is one that also has an interesting premise and tugs at all the right heartstrings.
A hit movie that proves all the idiots who say women can’t be funny wrong, Bridesmaids sets the bar for R-rated comedy.
The movie follows Annie (Kristin Wiig) who’s life is quite simply a mess. In the middle of her downhill descent, she is asked to be her friend’s maid of honour.
No big deal right?
With names like Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne, this hilarious movie about friendship, failing and food poisoning is everything you need for a laugh.
5. Meet the Parents
Another movie about a life milestone its important not to stuff up – meeting the parents.
Gaylord ‘Greg’ Focker is a nurse who wants to propose to his girlfriend Pam, but then learns her sister’s fiancé asked the girls’ father before he popped the question.
Not wanting to lose face with the family, Greg travels with Pam to meet her parents.
To be fair we can’t think of a more intimidating father than the one who plays Jack (Robert De Niro) but things go downhill pretty much immediately.
The film is of course one of three, so if you are a fan of the cringe-worthy failures of the Focker family, you’ve got a lot to look forward to.
6. Pitch Perfect
Another fantastic film about another group of girls who, at the start, are just no good at what they do.
And what they do is sing a cappella – competitively.
Why would people compete in a cappella? And why are our main characters so bad at it?
If you haven’t watched the movie and don’t know the answer – well we’re not going to tell you – time to turn on the telly!
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
What do you want to watch after a break up? A comedy film that’s all gags and laughs? Not really.
A sad film that’s just gloom and doom? Definitively not.
How about a movie that pins what it means to be broken up with by someone you love, but can (maybe) make you laugh about it?
Enter Forgetting Sarah Marshall starring Jason Segel as the heart-broken Peter who is – you guessed it – just trying to get over and forget his ex Sarah Marshall (Kristin Bell).
Upon taking a trip to Hawaii he meets his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend, the pretentious singer Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), a way-too-chill surf coach (Paul Rudd) and an intriguing and beautiful hotel worker Rachel (Mila Kunis).
Oh and he also fulfills his dream of making a puppet musical about Dracula and his lost love. Because why not.
8. Groundhog Day
Let’s throw it back a few decades shall we? Groundhog Day is a classic that you find yourself able to watch again and again and again – much like how the one day in this movie is repeated over and over.
And poor Bill Murray just doesn’t understand why.
Watch as he learns literally how every second of the day plays out, attempts to escape it and of course falls in love.
Before you watch Palm Springs (Adam Sandler’s latest comedy movie about a day lived over and over again) make sure you’ve watched the OG comedy that captures the meaning of deja vu.
9. Mrs Doubtfire
Before we spring back from the past, let’s stay there for just a second longer to enjoy one of Robin Williams’ stand out movies.
Yeah Jumanji is pretty great, and Flubber sure is a throwback, but Mrs Doubtfire has gone down as a pop culture hit that you need to ensure you’ve watched and rewatched.
Because what better movie is there than one about a father’s love? And how that love drives him to dress up as a Scottish nanny in her 60s who happens to be available to look after those children.
I love lamp.
Almost as much as I love Anchorman.
If you don’t get the reference, you must immediately turn on this movie – no questions asked.
This film is about a male-dominated news team in Santiago that starts falling apart when a new anchor is brought onboard – Veronica Corningstone.
The movie is so iconic it’s been parodied again and again by real newsteams around the world – including in Australia – who have recreated the famous fight scene. If you still don’t get the reference: FOR GOODNESS SAKE WATCH THIS MOVIE.
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