11 Truly Funny Comedies You Should Watch
With the spread of film throughout the world in the twentieth century, the talent of comedians reached the general public and Charlie Chaplin, through silent film, became the first global comedic icon. Since Chaplin’s times, however, there have been numerous other comedians who starred in some of the most hilarious films. From Peter Sellers and Gene Wilder to Chevy Chase and Jim Carrey, these funny and talented actors have made generations of people laugh from their hearts while enjoying a good comedy. So, are you one of those people who love a good comedy and if so, which ones are your favorites? Hopefully you find some of them in the list that follows. Written by Theodoros II
Airplane! is the master of all spoofs. A satire of the disaster movies of the 1970s, particularly the Airport series, nothing makes sense and it doesn’t need to. There’s no real plot; just a man afraid to fly who must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Peter Graves, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (yep, the basketball star) will make you cry from laughing so hard.
When it comes to this crazy comedy you either love it or hate it, which is one of the reasons why the man behind Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) has nearly as many haters as fans. As for what to expect in this movie? A Kazakh TV talking head (Borat) goes to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world and during the process falls in love with Pamela Anderson. I don’t know about you guys but I am still laughing over this film.
THE NAKED GUN (1988)
The real question that The Naked Gun poses is not why it's one of the funniest spoofs ever made, but why virtually no subsequent movie in this genre has been any good at all. Leslie Nielsen is undoubtedly a comedic genius and this, ladies and gentlemen, is another masterpiece from the creators of the hysterical Airplane!
DUMB AND DUMBER (1994)
In my humble opinion this is the greatest comedy of the ’90s. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels give two of the greatest comedic performances ever and probably the stupidest duo to ever appear in film. Every scene, every sentence they speak, and every body movement is pure genius. If you truly want to laugh from the heart, check out the adventures of these two good-hearted but incredibly clueless friends.
DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
What makes this film so powerful is the message that it made at the time of its release. This film came out during the height of Cold War paranoia, around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This film depicts a horrible, tragic incident in which a breach in the government and a few diplomatic mistakes result in nuclear holocaust. So, why didn’t this film inspire panic? Because of the brilliant way the great Stanley Kubrick presents it . . . as a satire.
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
Billy Wilder’s screwball masterpiece starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and the immortal Marilyn Monroe gave them the best comedy roles of their careers. One of the all-time great big-screen comedies, Some Like It Hot is Monroe’s best film hands down.
BLAZING SADDLES (1974)
In Blazing Saddles a corrupt political boss wants to ruin a western town and to do so he appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. Blazing Saddles is without doubt one of the greatest comedies in history and takes us all back to a more innocent era. An era where PC was just a couple of letters stuck together. Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks at their best . . . again.
THE PINK PANTHER (1963)
This classic is arguably the greatest comedy of the sixties. If you watch this film today you will probably find out that the jokes are underplayed, quiet, and perfectly paced that people accustomed to seeing let’s say American Pie (which we still love) may not even laugh at the humor of the film. Peter Sellers, considered by many film critics as the greatest comedic actor ever, as Inspector Jacques Clouseau is one of the funniest characters in cinematic history.
STIR CRAZY (1980)
Most film fanatics like a prison movie, and pretty much everyone likes a Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor comedy, so combine the two and you’ve got a formidable piece of cinematic history. The two comedians play Skip Donahue and Harry Monroe, a pair of New Yorkers whose lives are going nowhere. After witnessing the scene where they enter the jail cell, you know you’ve witnessed one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) comic scenes in film.
MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN (1979)
This is not the kind of comedy that will make you laugh every minute, but its satirical edge and wit is as clever as the film’s technical side. To get an idea what the plot is about, Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah and there are so many hilarious misunderstandings.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)
“The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire with the same surname, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. I personally didn’t love this film, but I know tons of people who consider it one of the greatest comedies ever. I am still trying to figure out what the point of the story is and where the humor is. Sorry guys!