What is happiness? In cinematographic terms, it is what we feel when we see a good comedy movie. But what endows a film with such a label?

On the one hand, the inclusion of archetypal characters and, on the other hand, a good dose of gags and absurd jokes framed in unlikely situations.

There are funny movies for all tastes, from romantic comedy, through family comedy to action. However, all of them share a single purpose: to get the audience to laugh.

If you are looking for funny movies, loaded with good humor and you don’t know which one to choose, here is a list of 50 of the best comedy movies of all time.

1. Modern Times (1936)

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Directed by: Charlie Chaplin.

Modern Times ( Modern Times ) reaffirms that Chaplin is the master of gag and comedy. In it, Charlot faces the great problems of the 20th century, such as unemployment, inequality or strikes.

It places special emphasis on the idea of ​​”man vs. machine”, given the imminent replacement of the worker by industry technology. It deals with one of the main concerns of the human being while adding a touch of humor.

This film teaches us something that Chaplin always wanted to achieve with his cinema: put a good face on bad weather.

2. The Apartment (1960)

Apartment

Directed by: Billy Wilder

The Apartment or Single Apartment ( The Apartment ) is a satire on the capitalist system, corruption and influence peddling in American society of the time.

Starring Jack Lemmon, its plot revolves around CC Baxter, an employee of an insurance company who lives in a small apartment, which he sometimes rents to his superiors so that they can have their love dates there with their respective lovers.

3. To be or not to be (1942)

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Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

To Be or Not to Be was shot during World War II and is one of the biggest anti-Nazi satires in cinema and one of Lubitsch’s funniest films.

It stars Jack Benny and Carole Lombard, who play a married couple who run a theater company in Warsaw in the 1930s.

4. The engineer of the General (1926)

The General's Machinist

Directed by: Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton

The driver of the general ( The General ) is another jewel of Keaton’s cinema. It is set during the Civil War in 1861.

In it, Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a train engineer, who is rejected from the army rolls and finds himself involved in a series of absurd situations with his locomotive.

The train ride becomes the true protagonist of the film, a journey full of humor, suspense and gags that make this film a timeless comedy.

5. With skirts and crazy (1959)

Whit skirts and being crazy

Directed by: Billy Wilder

With skirts and crazy ( Some Like it Hot ) has it all. It is a fresh, agile comedy full of gags.

It tells the story of two musicians who witness a fight. Soon they will find themselves persecuted by the mafia and, in their escape, they end up being part of a female music group, in which they are dressed in skirts. There they meet Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) for whom both are interested.

6. Annie Hall (1977)

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Directed by: Woody Allen

Annie Hall or Two Strange Lovers stars Alvy, a neurotic comedian who, after separating from Annie, narrates his love life in retrospect.

It’s a wacky comedy in which Alvy reflects on his behavior in relationships and his obsessions.

7. Arsenic Out of Pity (1944)

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Directed by: Frank Capra

After a film career marked by the dramatic genre, Frank Capra turns to black comedy. Arsenic for compassion ( Arsenic and Old Lace ) is an adaptation of the homonymous play.

Cary Grant plays Samuel Brewster, a theater critic who hates marriage but ultimately marries young Elanie. Before the honeymoon he decides to visit his three maiden aunts to break the news to them. Once at his house, he discovers that women are dedicated to killing old people by introducing poison into wine, supposedly out of compassion.

8. Philadelphia Stories (1940)

Philadelphia Stories

Directed by: George Cukor

Based on a play of the same name, Philadelphia Stories or Wrong Sinner ( The Philadelphia Story ) is a romantic comedy set in refined American society.

Interpreters of the stature of Katherine Herpburn and Cary Grant are in charge of giving life to Trancy Lord and Drexter Heaven, respectively. Both are divorced and Trancy plans to remarry another man. Dexter then returns to change the course of events.

9. Goose Soup (1933)

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Direction: Leo McCarey

Goose soup or occasional heroes ( Duck Soup ) is one of the most absurd comedies of the inimitable and incomparable Marx Brothers. This tape is necessary to understand the humor of one of the best comedy groups that has left in talkies.

It’s worth it because it’s loaded with visual and verbal gags, based on verbal outrage, in which you can see the Marx brothers in their purest form.

10. Brian’s Life (1979)

Long live Brian

Directed by: Terry Jones

Brian’s life ( Life of Brian ) is full of surreal and humorous situations. Directed by Monty Python, the film tells the story of Brian, a man who is born on the same day as Jesus Christ and is often mistaken for the Messiah. It’s a fun movie, made with clever humor that plays with New Testament characters.

11. The Big Lebowski (1998)

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Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen

What would happen if because of your last name they mistake you for a tycoon and you are chased by some thugs?

This is what happens to “el Nota”, the protagonist of The Big Lebowski ( The Big Lebowski ), who is persecuted for sharing a last name with the powerful Jeff Lebowski.

From that moment on, the Note begins a chase on his own to find the man with whom he has been confused in exchange for a financial reward.

12. My Girl’s Beast (1938)

The beast of my girl

Directed by: Howard Hawks

My girl’s beast( Bringing Up Baby ) is a representation in its purest form of extravagant comedy, in which everyday situations become something crazy.

Cary Grant plays David Huxley, a paleontologist who is engaged to his secretary and who is about to finish assembling the bones of a brotonosaurus.

Soon, Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) crosses his path, a young millionaire who will change the course of his life and events.

13. Wild Tales (2014)

Still from the film Wild Tales

Directed by: Damian Szifron

This black comedy is intended to be a critique of an unfair and corrupt society.

It is raised through six stories, divided into episodes, whose characters are seen in situations that make them lose control. From a strange connection between all the passengers on a plane, to a young woman who discovers at her own wedding that her husband has been unfaithful with one of the members of the party.

14. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

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Directed by : Preston Struges

Sullivan ‘s Travels is one of the most representative works of Struges’ filmography. The film, shot during World War II, is a clear example of how to “put a good face on bad weather.”

Sullivan is a comedy film director who wants to change the genre and make a film to show the big problems that affect society. To do this, he decides to travel the country pretending to be a homeless person to experience misery in his own skin and thus capture it in his work. Finally, he comes to the conclusion that his thing is to make people laugh.

This comedy offers a very beautiful teaching, since it shows how cinema, especially humor, can be a medium capable of healing the soul.

15. It Happened One Night (1934)

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Director: Frank Capra

If you’re talking about 1930s comedy, It Happened One Night is a must.

Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable are in charge of starring in this film. Ellie is a young woman who has run away from home and Peter is a reporter looking for a big story to tell. Fate makes them both meet on a bus and, throughout the film, they go from enmity to love.

16. The Guateque (1968)

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Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Guateque( The party ) is one of those films that exalted the comedy genre of the 60s.

Peter Selles, British comedy genius, played Hrudi V. Bakshi, an actor who, after doing extra work for a long time, lands a leading role. Due to his behavior he is fired from the film.

Later, he is mistakenly invited to a party organized by the film’s producer, who had banned him from the film world. During the party, a series of funniest events take place.

17. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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Directed by: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Can a film make people laugh while criticizing a superficial society based on “labels”? Little Miss Sunshine ( Little Miss Sunshine ) is one of these comedies to watch as a family that captures the unique life of the Hoobers, a family made up of the most stereotyped members.

But, without a doubt, the secret of this little (great) story stems from a simple idea: young Olive wants to enter a child beauty contest and her whole family will embark on a trip in a van so that she can achieve her dream.

This premise embodied in a brilliant script envelops the viewer in a journey full of crazy and funny situations.

18. Knights of the Square Table (1977)

The Knights of the Square Table movie

Directed by: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones

From the 70s we can highlight some good comedy titles by the legendary Monthy Python.

The Knights of the Square Table ( Monty Python and the Holy Grail ) is a parody about King Arthur and his knights, immersed in the search for the Holy Grail.

19. Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein movie

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Young Frankenstein or Frankenstein Junior ( Young Frankenstein ) is a good choice for lovers of horror and comedy.

It is a parody of Mary Shelly’s book and stars Gene Wilder, who plays the grandson of Victor Frankenstein, a neurosurgeon who returns to Transylvania and begins to carry out his grandfather’s work.

20. Playtime (1967)

Playtime the movie

Directed by: Jacques Tati.

It is a film that is as funny as it is thoughtful in which Tati plays Hulot with the intention of criticizing the modern world and big cities, where society is increasingly individualistic.

The film plays smart and subtle humor. At the same time, it stands out for having such beautiful photography that it is perfectly comparable to expressionist films.

21. The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie (1972)

The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie

Direction: Luis Bunuel

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie ( Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie ) is a surreal film that is halfway between comedy and the absurd.

The action revolves around six couples, belonging to the bourgeoisie who, due to different circumstances, every time they meet for dinner there is something that prevents them from doing so.

22. Monsieur Hulot’s Vacation (1953)

Monsieur Hulot's vacation

Directed by: Jacques Tati

It is one of the best comedies by the French director and actor Jacques Tati. This is a film capable of extracting humor from everyday life, full of gags and unforgettable situations.

The action takes place in a seaside hotel, where French families are going to spend the summer period.

Despite the luxuries and comforts, guests are unable to break away from routine. Suddenly, Hulot arrives to change the course of events and alter the “tranquility” of the vacationers.

23. The Princess Bride (1987)

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Directed by: Rob Reiner

Based on William Goldman’s novel, The Princess Bride is a comedy-fantasy film that pays homage to medieval stories.

This film plays with fiction within fiction: a grandfather reads an old book to his sick grandson, who at first seems bored. The tale tells of a beautiful princess named Buttercup, who is betrothed to an evil prince and separated from the man she truly loves.

The story is full of adventures and is a parody of traditional tales. Under a script with a perfect structure, which hides a great sense of humor, the film is simply fun and entertaining.

24. Stuck in Time (1993)

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Address: Groundhog Day

Also known as Groundhog Day , this film starring Bill Murray is one of the most representative comedies of the 90s.

In it Phil Connors is a television meteorologist who travels to a small town to cover Groundhog Day. A storm interrupts his return and he has to stay overnight.

The next day, Phil discovers that he is stuck in Groundhog Day, from then on, he relives it on a loop over and over again.

25. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Photogram from the film The Grand Hotel of Budapest

Address: West Anderson

This incredibly visual film stands out for its brilliant aesthetics, thanks to the use of color and symmetry in the shots.

The story takes place in a mountain hotel, run by a concierge named Gustave, who becomes a friend and confidant of a new employee named Zero Moustafa, and with whom he experiences different adventures related to his clients. Among them the disappearance of a Renaissance painting.

It is a dynamic tape, loaded with good humor and comedy.

26. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Frame from the movie Jojo Rabbit

Address: Taika Waititi

This New Zealand film, which is based on the book The Caged Sky by Christine Leunens, was made with different nominations at the 2020 Oscars.

The tape, which can be seen with the family, makes a mockery of the Hitler regime through a 10-year-old boy, a follower of the youth. His world changes when he discovers that his mother is hiding a young Jewish woman in her house. Jojo will have to face the situation with the help of his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler.

27. Tootsie (1982)

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Directed by: Sydney Pollack

What is the price to pay to become a successful star?

Dustin Hoffman stars as Michael Dorsey, a frustrated actor who isn’t going through his prime. One day he decides to go to a casting dressed as a woman and gets a role for a female character in a television series.

Tootsie is a fresh and fun film whose background contains a critical message about machismo in society that can be perfectly extrapolated to today.

28. Birdman (2014)

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Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

This tape is a must for lovers of black comedy. Starring Michael Keaton who plays Riggan Thomson, an actor famous for giving life to the superhero Birdman, who intends to rise from his ashes. For this, he prepares a play on Broadway.

Birdman is a sublime film in terms of cinematographic technique since it is made with a brilliant false sequence shot.

29. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Frame from the movie Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by: Wes Anderson

This dramatic comedy stands out for the perfect balance between rhythm and fun.

In it, the staging and its ingenious dialogues stand out. It is a film that delves into first love from the point of view of two preteens.

It is set in the 60s, when two young people fall in love and decide to run away from the town where they live. Soon his family and friends begin a search that brings up old stories among adults.

30. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

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Directed by: Rob Reiner

When Harry Met Sally ( When Harry Met Sally… ) is one of the most relevant comedies of the 80s.

Billy Cristal and Meg Ryan were in charge of giving life to two young people, Harry and Sally, respectively, whose destinies coincide by chance.

Harry does not believe in friendship between men and women, while Sally does not share his opinion. Over the years, the young person will change his way of thinking about it.

31. Zombies Party (2004)

Frame from the movie Zombies Party

Directed by: Edgar Wright

The film stands out especially for the hybridization of genres such as comedy, horror and romance. In it, the doses of black humor are guaranteed and, in addition, it is a parody of zombie movies.

Shaun’s life is marked by a tedious routine, now his girlfriend also wants to leave the relationship. When the protagonist is willing to direct his life and win back Liz, the dead begin to wake up and inhabit the world of the living to end them.

So Shaun is on a mission to rescue his loved ones to bring them to his favorite pub, the safest place. To defend himself, he is armed only with a cricket stick.

32. 500 days together (2009)

Still from the film 500 days together

Directed by: Marc Webb

This tape is essential if you like romantic comedies. The fundamental axis of this story is heartbreak and it stands out for its light rhythm and for making use of non-linear narrative.

The film centers on Tom, a passionate man who believes in love, and Summer, a woman who doesn’t have the same perspective. They soon meet and begin a relationship. Throughout the film, her story is captured from falling in love to falling out of love.

33. Hot Fuzz (2007)

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Directed by: Edgar Wright

Ideal if you are looking for a movie full of action and good humor. Hot Fuzz is a parody that doesn’t resort to a simple joke.

Hardly second to none of his peers, one of London’s best police hustlers is transferred to a seemingly peaceful town.

There he has to adjust to his new job and his new partner Danny, a clumsy but kind man. Soon, he discovers that the place is not as placid as it is painted, when a series of terrible events take place that lead him to act.

34. Arizona Baby (1987)

Arizona Baby the movie

Directed by: Joel Coen

Educated in Arizona or Arizona Baby is an original comedy that tells the story of a supermarket thief (Nicolas Cage) who falls in love with a prison officer (Holly Hunter) and marries her.

During their marriage, they both discover that they cannot be parents and decide to steal a baby from a couple who just had quintuplets.

This film stands out for the characters who, involved in unlikely situations, give away unbeatable dialogues loaded with a good sense of humor.

35. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Still from the film what we do in the shadows

Directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement

This cult film, which mixes the comedy and horror genre, is filmed in the form of a mockumentary and could also be considered a parody of vampire movies.

What We Do in the Shadows revolves around three vampires who share a flat and who try to adapt to today’s world: to new technologies, to domestic life and to live together knowing that they are immortal and that they need to feed on blood.

36. Land however you can! (1980)

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Direction: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker

Land as you can! o And, where is the pilot? ( Airplane !) is a classic for fans of the absurd comedy genre ( spoof-movies ).

Its development focuses on a flight that goes from Los Angeles to Chicago. Due to the poor state of the food, the pilots cannot make the trip, so the plane is left adrift. The comedy is a full-fledged parody of the doomsday movies that became all the rage in the 1970s.

37. The Hangover (2009)

Frame from the movie The Hangover

Directed by: Todd Phillips

This light comedy contains all sorts of embarrassing situations and centers around a wacky bachelor party that will easily make you laugh.

Several friends celebrate a bachelor party in Las Vegas. After a night of partying and riot, none of them remember what happened and the husband-to-be has disappeared.

38. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Still from the film There's Something About Mary

Directed by: Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly

This mythical comedy film from the late 90s became a box office success.

It is a depraved film full of gags that is, at times, somewhat predictable. On the other hand, it does not stop being funny and is capable of making people laugh easily.

The story revolves around the young Ted Stroehman, who is used to love failures. One day, he manages to go on a date with the most acclaimed girl in his class during his graduation. Instead, an incident with his fly boycotts all his intentions.

As the years go by, he can’t get over Mary, and wishes he had another chance. To find out about her, the boy decides to hire a private detective who helps him locate her, what he doesn’t know is that he will be the victim of a betrayal.

39. Very Important Dogs (2000)

Still from the film Very Important Dogs

Directed by: Christopher Guest

This mockumentary comedy with choral leadership actually hides a satire on aspects of North American society that is reflected in the behavior of dogs that resemble their masters.

In one of the most important dog competitions, different eccentric characters come together. There they go with their pets, which they have prepared for the great exhibition.

40. Super Nerds (2019)

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Directed by: Olivia Wilde

Super Nerds is a film about teenagers that stands out for its freshness and agility, as well as offering a feminist point of view.

Two girls realize that they have always been responsible during their high school years and, unlike other classmates, they have not attended big parties. Before going to university, they decide to do everything they haven’t done in one night.

41. Borat (2006)

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Directed by: Larry Charles

It is a comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays Borat, a Kazakh journalist who is entrusted to travel to the United States with the mission of investigating the most relevant lessons there in order to translate them into an educational documentary.

This satire on human stupidity is a groundbreaking mockery full of jokes and unforgettable situations.

42. Home Alone (1990)

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Directed by: Chris Columbus

Alone at home or My poor little angel ( Home alone ) is a classic within the family comedy of the 90s. For many who lived in those years it is a mandatory tape at Christmas.

The story revolves around Kevin McAllister, an 8-year-old boy who is left alone at home due to an oversight by his family. Meanwhile, a couple of thieves intend to break into the houses of the entire neighborhood, what they don’t know is that the young man will make their lives miserable when they enter their home.

43. My Best Friend’s Wedding (2011)

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Directed by: Paul Feig

My Best Friend’s Wedding or Bridesmaids is a must- watch for fans of unusual weddings.

This comedy about friendship revolves around Annie, a woman in her thirties with a sad love life, who is asked by one of her best friends to attend her wedding as a bridesmaid.

From the first moment, the girl shows her interest in the preparations so that everything goes well, for this, she will have to deal with the impositions of the rest of her friends, who seem not to be in favor of things going as well as expected. .

44. The Illustrious Citizen (2016)

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Directed by: Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat

This Argentine comedy-drama tells the story of Daniel Mantovani, a Nobel Prize in Literature who four decades ago left his small town in Argentina behind to move to Europe.

There he reaped different successes as a writer, which is why the mayor of his town wants to recognize him as an “Illustrious Citizen”, so he returns to his land.

The film, which crosses between the comedy and drama genre, reveals stereotypical scenes from the rural environment that are very funny.

45. Super Salidos (2007)

Still from the movie Superbad

Directed by: Greg Mottola

This comedy about teenagers is loaded with crazy and compromising situations.

It centers on Seth and Evan, two boys who are about to graduate to go to college. When one of the most popular girls invites them to her party, they will have to manage to get alcoholic drinks breaking the law, for this they will be involved in different entanglements.

46. Zoolander (2001)

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Director: Ben Stiller

This comedy film pokes fun at the world of fashion through sarcasm.

Dereck Zoolander is a consecrated model and one of the most valued in recent years. In a contest he hopes to get the crown for the fourth consecutive year and, to his surprise, the award goes to another model. He then decides to retire from the world of fashion but a designer makes him an interesting proposal that makes him change his mind.

47. Like God (2003)

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Directed by: Tom Shadyac

Can you imagine being God for a day? This is what happens to Bruce (Jim Carrey), a reporter tired of what is happening around him and who constantly reproaches him.

Soon, God challenges him to switch roles and grants him his powers. Then, he discovers that being God is not easy and he will take advantage of his power to turn his life upside down even more.

48. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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Directed by: Adam McKay

This American comedy has its strong point in absurd and surreal humor.

It is contextualized in the 70s and revolves around Ron Burgundy, a newscaster with retrograde thinking, who sees his reputation in jeopardy with the arrival of Verónica, a journalist who goes to work in the newsroom.

49. Virgin at 40 (2005)

Frame from the film Virgin at 40

Director: Judd Apatow

This is the mythical story of colleagues who are dedicated to giving disastrous advice to one of their friends, who is not doing very well in the field of relationships.

The movie can be funny and some of the situations will make you have a good time, although it is loaded with stereotypical moments.

When Andy Stitzer reaches forty, he has a modest job and a quiet life. He believes in true love and is still a virgin, although soon his companions will make this change.

50. Scary Movie (2000)

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Address: Keenen Ivory Wayans

This tape gave the starting signal to a cinematographic series of five films. All of them make horror an incentive to do comedy, for this they caricature scenes that are part of some prestigious horror film titles such as Scream (1996) or I know what you did last summer (1997), among others.