Help me make an all time greatest comedy film list!

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A few that haven't been mentioned: City Lights (1931), Clue (1985), Dr Strangelove (1963) and Death of Stalin (2018).

I also really liked Shane Black's The Nice Guys (2016) when I watched it recently.

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Dr. Strangelove, brilliant film.

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Austin Powers gets a bad rap due to being totally overexposed and quoted to hell and back (and the sequels are 'patchy' to put it charitably), but I still maintain the original Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a genuinely great spy movie sendup that still holds up really well.

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Thanks all - loads of good recommendations here. Some I've seen (South Park for instance, the only film ever to make me literally cry with laughter in the cinema, aged about 20), but loads I've not. Thanks!

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Taking the mention of Charlie Chaplin, I'm also going to add Buster Keaton to the list, particularly the earlier silent movie stuff

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Speaking of Bill Murray (and perfect movies), how could I forget Groundhog Day?

There seems to be a real trend right now for movies and TV shows using a similar 'time loop' premise, but in all honesty I don't know why you'd bother when the original nailed the concept so perfectly.

I also recently watched the 1991 Andie McDowell film Green Card for the first time. It's probably a stretch to call it a comedy, it's more of a light romantic comedy drama, but it's a really lovely, understated little film. It's sad how Hollywood seems incapable of making rom coms that aren't obnoxious, formulaic pap any more.

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Spinal Tap.

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Ooh, good shout.

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In the vein of Spinal Tap, I would also suggest Best in Show and A Mighty Wind which are directed by Christopher Guest. Really funny mockumentaries looking at dog competitions and folk music.

As for funny Coen Brothers stuff, the one i always recommend is O Brother where art Thou? Just a fun little romp with great characters and dialogue. Another one of theirs I remember liking which is much earlier is Raising Arizona. The Coen Brothers have done a fair bit of comedy during their career, usually of the darker variety but it still gets a laugh out of me.

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Jobobonobo wrote: April 15th, 2021, 9:40 pm In the vein of Spinal Tap, I would also suggest Best in Show and A Mighty Wind which are directed by Christopher Guest. Really funny mockumentaries looking at dog competitions and folk music.

As for funny Coen Brothers stuff, the one i always recommend is O Brother where art Thou? Just a fun little romp with great characters and dialogue. Another one of theirs I remember liking which is much earlier is Raising Arizona. The Coen Brothers have done a fair bit of comedy during their career, usually of the darker variety but it still gets a laugh out of me.

There's a short scene towards the end of Fargo that is just a cop responding to a tip off from an old bloke shovelling snow off his driveway. It's hard to say what it is specifically about the scene, but it absolutely cracks me up every single time.

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Been a while since I seen Fargo, but a lot of the small talk from the locals really drove a lot of the humour in that film. Steve Buscemi's character constantly being referred to as that "funny looking fella" was always a running gag I liked.

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KissMammal wrote: April 4th, 2021, 11:53 pm

Humour is very subjective - I've met people who take The Sopranos or Breaking Bad completely on face value and don't see the humour layered into them, which always surprises me as I think they are both frequently laugh out loud funny.
"He killed 16 Czechoslovakians. Guy was an interior decorator!"

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Currently re-watching The Sopranos with the other half and we have the odd laugh practically every episode, usually because of Paulie.

Pine Barrens is a masterclass in dark comedy.

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Speaking of Steve Buscemi, he directed the Pine Barrens episode!

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Maybe I can't see it, but nobody has mentioned Life of Brian. It's the best thing the Monty Python team ever did and everytime I revisit it, it never fails to make me laugh.

In the Loop is also very good as a film version of the excellent Thick of It. In a fair world Peter Capaldi would have won all the awards for his stint as Malcolm Tucker.

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