A list of my favorite comedies.
I based this list off of these factors:
- Consistent laughs
- The amount of "belly laughs"
- Desert Island factor
- If I find myself quoting lines from the movie throughout my daily life
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Now for the list...
25. Billy Madison
24. Joe Dirt
23. The Hangover
22. Hot Rod
23. Happy Gilmore
20. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
19. The Goods
18. Role Models
17. School of Rock
16. Super Troopers
15. Dumb and Dumber
13. The Big Lebowski
11. Hot Tube Time Machine
Now for the top 10...
10. Beerfest (2006)
- There are a few of those movies out there that are very similar to one another. Like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, and Beerfest and Super Troopers. These combinations come down to personal preference on what we think is funnier than the other. I love both movies (Super Troopers is ranked at 16), but I find myself laughing a little more consistently and quoting Beerfest a little more. It iz ze greatest movie to drink beer to in all ze world!
9. Tommy Boy (1995)
- Chris Farley's comedic genius is what keeps this movie showing up time after time on top 10 lists, even 25 years after it's release. Sure, David Spade and Rob Lowe are hard to watch on screen, but Chris Farley saves them with his hilarious antics and one-liners. Go ahead, try to put on a tight fitting jacket without swaying back and forth reciting "fat guy in a little coat".
8. Old School (2003)
- The speed and timing at which Vince Vaughn delivers jokes is unparalleled. I don't know how he says that many words so fast and clear, but it gets me every time. His demeanor matched with Frank the Tank and Luke Wilson makes for a pretty awesome trio. Also, can any of us hear the song Dust in the Wind without yelling, "You're my boy, Blue!"?
7. 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
-Judd Apatow (directorial debut) put this movie on a pedestal with the hilarious cast of Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Jane Lynch and Paul Rudd. This is when Steve Carell (first starring role) was at his all time high. He was a supporting role in Bruce Almighty in 2003, Anchorman in 2004, and the lead role in The Office when it started in 2005. Side note: the waxing scene was 100% real, which makes it just that much better.
6. Superbad (2007)
- I was in high school when this came out, so obviously we all thought it was the greatest thing ever created at the time. This is the same reason that someone who is 10 years older than me might put American Pie or Billy Madison high on their list. Or if you're 20 years older, you might have Weekend at Bernie's or Dazed and Confused high on your list. When we're in high school and college, it's these type of movies that we can relate to the most. Also, it's impossible not to like Michael Cera!
5. I Love You, Man (2009)
- With all of the movies that John Hamburg has been involved in, this is his greatest movie of all time... Yeah, no, how about all of time?! This movie has so many one-liners that I quote on a weekly basis. As well as thinking about scenes from this movie every time that I hear a Rush song (the band, not just fast pace rock), or when I play air bass, or watch HBO on Sunday nights, or when I see a pet owner that resembles their pet's face. Definitely worthy of making the top 5... Totes Magotes!
4. Office Space (1999)
- I can resonate with so many scenes from this classic. Every time that I've had more than one boss tell me to do the same thing, or when someone definitely has a case of the Mondays, or when someone asks me what I would do if I had a million dollars, or when a copier or printer isn't working right, or whenever I hear a Michael Bolton song. Also, at every single BBQ, picnic, group lunch/dinner, etc. and I'm passing food to someone, it's inevitable that you're going to hear me mumble, "But last time I didn't receive a piece".
3. Wanderlust (2012)
- Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star in the most underrated comedy in my lifetime. There is never a dull moment while this movie is full of consistent laughs the entire time. Kathryn Hahn and Joe Lo Truglio are hilarious in every movie they appear in, and they definitely do not disappoint in this movie either. We also get amazing supporting roles from Ken Marino, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman and Jordan Peele. To top it off, the mirror scene with Paul Rudd might be the funniest scene ever created.
2. Step Brothers (2008)
-Ever since making his transition to comedies, John C. Reilly has been remarkable. As for Will Ferrell, in my opinion, this rivals Everything Must Go, Elf and Anchorman as his best performance. Kathryn Hahn is once again amazing as is Adam Scott. Also, I can never get enough of Rob Riggle. His small parts in all of these comedies are always hilarious (The Goods, The Internship, The Other Guys, 21 Jump Street, The Hangover). This movie is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.
1. Wedding Crashers (2005)
- One of three movies that I've realistically watched over 50 times (Step Brothers and The Departed) and it still never gets old. This is a movie that I'll put on during any time of day-from having it on while cleaning the house, to starting my weekend with a cup of coffee, to having friends over and enjoying a few beers. I'll always laugh out loud during all of the ridiculous scenes as well as the very subtle humor that you may not notice right away. This duo is absolutely hilarious, and I wish that they made more movies together! Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson compliment each other so well as lead roles, yet The Internship is the only other movie that they both star in together, which is unreal.
What are your favorite comedies?
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