50 insanely funny movies with previews and trailers (caution, do NOT view while driving)

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So, following on the massive success of my recent “108 songs that’ll stop you from biting your cubicle-mate” post, I now bring you the funny-movie master list.

Fifty movies, painstakingly picked, hand-washed and professionally-framed to inspire hours of smiles, with links to the trailers for every single one (the trailers, alone, are worth the effort).

Please note–I have made absolutely no attempt to keep this list remotely clean, PC or otherwise remove offensive, idiotic, outright dopey, infantile, adolescent, goofy, suggestive, dry, sarcastic, satiristic or offbeat material.

Nor are these general, feel-good date movies, but rather guilty-pleasure, LMAO funny, line-memorizingly timeless ditties, so proceed at your own risk.

Click on the movie-name to view the trailer/clip (the trailers, alone, are worth the time. Please note, these are in random order, NOT in order of maximal-funniness):

  1. Superbad
  2. American Pie
  3. There’s Something About Mary
  4. Blazing Saddles
  5. Napoleon Dynamite
  6. Stripes
  7. A Fish Called Wanda
  8. The 40 Year Old Virgin
  9. Clerks
  10. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
  11. 16 Candles
  12. The Princess Bride
  13. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut
  14. This Is Spinal Tap
  15. Revenge Of The Nerds
  16. Office Space
  17. My Cousin Vinny
  18. Airplane
  19. Four Weddings And A Funeral
  20. Naked Gun
  21. Young Frankenstein
  22. Dumb & Dumber
  23. Meet The Fockers
  24. Bad Santa
  25. Mony Python’s The Meaning Of Life
  26. The Birdcage
  27. Duck Soup
  28. Beverly Hills Cop
  29. Back To School
  30. Wayne’s World
  31. Kentucky Fried Movie
  32. Animal House
  33. Old School
  34. Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle
  35. Pink Panther (original 1963 version)
  36. Space Balls
  37. Slapshot
  38. Dr. Strangelove
  39. The Blues Brothers
  40. Zoolander
  41. Dodgeball or alternate version
  42. Borat
  43. Big Momma’s House 2

Ooooh, I got so close to 50, before exhausting my funny-movie repertoire!

Please, please, please…help me complete the list. We only need 7 more to get to 50.

Share your choice for funniest movie not on the list in the comments below (include a link to the trailer if you like)…

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100 responses to “50 insanely funny movies with previews and trailers (caution, do NOT view while driving)”

  1. Great list…I am always up for a good laugh and good movie! How about Ground Hog Day, GhostBusters, Big and most anything with Richard Pryor?

    ( Perhaps my age is showing, but Young Frankenstein is one of the most popular movies in this household and my 7yo can quote most of the movie). 😉

  2. Stephanie says:

    What about Johnny Dangerously?

    • johnny blaze says:

      waiting, still waiting, undercover brother, blue streak,
      friday,next friday, the friday after next, bad santa/2
      😛

  3. Mike says:

    I´m with soultraveler3 on Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters (which has one of the funniest commentary tracks ever). I´d also nominate Bill and Ted´s Excellent Adventure, It´s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Never Give a Sucker and Even Break..

  4. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ everyone – nice adds, those are all great! I’ll update the list and include links to trailers later. Plus, Anita over at SmallBizTrends added Caddyshack.

    Keep’em coming, people!

  5. Kelly says:

    Jonathan,

    You hit most of my faves, especially Clerks, A Fish Called Wanda, and all things Monty Python. If you speak French or are not bothered by subtitles, La Cage Aux Folles (1978) is actually funnier than The Birdcage, IMHO.

    I might add: Enchanted (whole family can laugh); Johnny English; Waiting for Guffman; Postcards From the Edge; It Happened One Night; and The Gold Rush (Chaplin).

    Neat list. I’m going to check out your songs right now.

    Regards,

    Kelly

  6. Michelle says:

    Hi 🙂

    I’d nominate Rat Race (Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese and Whoopi Goldberg) as every time I watch it, I just die laughing! Sheer outright lunacy and a lot of fun!

    Wild Hogs isn’t too bad either for a few really good belly laughs.

  7. Jim W says:

    Great post, Get the reader involved and excited to participate. Great Idea.

  8. Stephanie says:

    We watched Tootsie the other day, which reminds me of Mrs. Doubtfire.
    Oh and I was surprised how funny Over the Hedge was.

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  10. Cara says:

    Great list, lots of my favorites on here, but missed “Raising Arizona.”

    Once broke up with a boyfriend because he didn’t like it. I also second “Big” and “Young Frankenstein.”

  11. Tim Brownson says:

    Where’s Life of Brian and Live at the Hollywood Bowl??? LOB is my favorite Python film.

    The Man With Two Brains
    The Jerk
    This Is Spinal Tap
    The Odd Couple
    Happy Gilmore if only for this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aR86lxHG74
    Caddyshack

  12. Carol says:

    What about Bob??? Super silly!

  13. Linda says:

    Great adds, Stephanie — love Robin Williams!

    An oldie — the original “Yours, Mine & Ours” with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, made in 1968. I never saw the re-release.

    “Father of the Bride” with Steve Martin was funny, too.
    8 G
    Cheers,
    Linda

  14. Monique says:

    A couple of others come to mind…

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    and

    Throw Mama From the Train.

  15. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ everyone – man, I am soooo happy you guys are here! I forgot some awesome ones, will add to the list!

  16. Michelle says:

    OH

    I forgot “The Big Lebowski”

    Oh my!!! How can one forget THAT???

  17. Matin says:

    How about:
    1. Big Lebowski
    2. Van Wilder
    3. Happy Gilmore
    4. Waterboy
    5. Snatch
    6. Orange County
    7. Raising Arizona
    8. Tommy Boy
    9. Black Sheep (Chris Farley)
    10. Clerks
    11. Dogma
    12. Jay and silent bob strike back
    13. Clerks II

  18. Lena says:

    Knocked Up
    Best in Show
    A Mighty Wind
    So I Married an Axe Murderer
    Shaun of The Dead
    Any comedies with Chris Farley or Bill Murray

  19. Cherany says:

    You must list Bowfinger!

  20. Matt says:

    Not one Woody Allen movie – wow. How about “What’s up, Tiger Lily?” to start. Also:

    – “Take the Money and Run”
    – “Bananas”
    – “Sleeper”
    – “Love and Death”
    – “Broadway Danny Rose”
    – “Zelig”

    Also love “Repo Man” and “Buckaroo Banzai” from the wacky 80s.

    Great blog!

  21. Matt says:

    [slap forehead!]

    I forgot about the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton!

    – “It’s a Gift” – Fields
    – “Duck Soup,” “A Night at the Opera,” “The Big Store,” “Animal Crackers,” “The Cocanuts,” “Monkey Businese” – Marx Bros.
    – “The Gold Rush,” “City Lights,” “Modern Times, “The Great Dictator” – Chaplin
    – “The General,” “The Cameraman,” “Steamboat Bill Jr.” – Keaton

    I’m not an old film expert, so I’m sure I’m leaving out a lot…

  22. kate says:

    Super Troopers – you will thank me later.

  23. Ingrid says:

    50 First Dates
    heck most anything with Adam Sandler

  24. Noah says:

    I never really liked the South Park movie. The show is good but the movie was just awful.

  25. max says:

    HOT SHOT rule!
    or put EVIL DEAD!

  26. Cody says:

    Another vote for super troopers. I literally almost died laughing.

    I don’t think anyone mentioned Gradma’s Boy. Its very funny, plus it has Linda Cardellini in it, as the love interest. I’ve had a thinkg for her for a while now. 🙂

  27. Lisa says:

    I haven’t seen The ‘burbs with Tom Hanks mentioned anywhere. I’m a big Hanks fan, and I still love this movie. Another one that’s really funny, but most people don’t see to know about it is High Spirits. The cast is great too: Peter O’Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Daryll Hannah, Liam Neeson, and Beverly D’Angelou.

  28. Ted says:

    hwo about son Tom hanks movie about the OC and him going to college with Jack Black messing up his chances..evbry funny flick

  29. Nick Alverio says:

    Anchorman, Eurotrip, cable guy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Robin Hood: Men in tights, Half Baked, Ace Ventura pet detective, Anger management, Friday, Coming to America, black night, rush hour, Snatch, all must see movies

  30. Rayne says:

    How about Simon Pegg movies, such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Big Nothing?

    Those were probably my three favorites. :]

  31. stanley says:

    A real classic:
    “Some Like it Hot” with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag.
    Marilyn Monroe was great too.

  32. juan says:

    anything with chris farly or bill murray. i really liked stripes.

  33. Samantha says:

    super troopers for sure.

  34. Kristy says:

    What about Bird on a Wire…with Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson? Not to mention Overboard! These movies are good for a laugh also!

  35. ChrisDye says:

    Great list, but what about Momma’s boy?

  36. Waybitten says:

    Strange Wilderness is insanely funny. It got bad reviews but you need to give it a chance, its awesome.

  37. erin says:

    hey… so like i was lookin for fnny movies for a speech and drama act. and i came across this. im lookin for a humorous duet one. in needs to bee H.S. aproved too :P… help?

  38. kassidy says:

    little miss sunshine!!!
    that is one funny movie!

  39. nehseul says:

    the hottie and the nottie. try this movie its

  40. Mad World says:

    This is a great list of movies – I’m surprised you have Clerks on there but you don’t have Mallrats! BTW Clerks 2 was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time.

  41. funny says:

    History of the world part 1! Totally hilar!!!

  42. jack says:

    tropic thunder
    jackass 1 and 2
    ali g in da house
    borat

  43. mercblogger says:

    tropic thunder rock’s. It’s so funny that i even forgot the rice that i cooked, because i don’t want to stand up anymore…

  44. jessica says:

    Saving Grace is hillarious! and I second Rat Race, was very funny. how about porky’s or idiocracy. that was good too.

  45. uto says:

    The Return of the Living Dead
    Wayne’s World
    Dumb and dumber
    National Lampoon’s Vacation series
    Kingpin
    Billy Madison
    Mrs. Doubtfire

  46. specialK says:

    I went through all and finally Uto put Kingpin…you forgot FLETCH!! A classic.

  47. Nicole says:

    Wedding Crashers
    Old School
    Superbad

    Enough said.

  48. Steve Norquist says:

    Me Myself and Irene, High Anxiety, Midnight Run, Strange Brew, Ruthless People, Let It Ride, Crazy People, Get Crazy, Bachelor Party, Little Big Man, CB4, Mr. Saturday Night, Seems Like Old Times, Freddy Got Fingered.

  49. Amber Raines says:

    Encino Man, Bio Dome, Airheads, Son in Law, Dogma, etc.

  50. Steve Norquist says:

    The American Film Institute, in 2000, listed their 100 (allegedly) funniest films of all time; google that for further suggestions, even tho none of the 15 I listed above was on that list. I would also add a couple of hilarious movies from around a quarter-century ago; Wise Guys (with Joe Piscopo) and Back to School (with Rodney Dangerfield, and worth it for Sam Kinison’s appearance alone). Bobcat Goldthwait also had a hilarious bit in Whoopi’s “Burglar.” If you want more older & foreign stuff included, check out chlotrudis.org (here’s the intro to their top 100 funniest films list):

    100 Funniest Films of All Time!

    As has become an annual tradition, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has compiled its list of the top 100 funniest films of all time. Members weighed in with their individual picks of the 20 funniest films of all time, then the lists were merged to create this list of laughs. The list is overwhelmingly American, with only fourteen of the 100 films originating without U.S. involvement. Not surprisingly, the UK had the second most representation on the list, including the list’s #1 film, MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL!

    The films skewed fairly modern, with the 1980’s representing the funniest decade with a total of 28 films. The 1990’s followed with 16. The new millennium fared well too, considering there have only been eight years of it so far, with 15 films on the list the same number as films from the 1970’s. From there we jump to the 1930’s with 8 films, 1940’s with 6, the ’50s and ’60s each with 5, and the 20’s with two Charlie Chaplin films. Interestingly enough, the Top 10 spreads things out pretty well with six decades represented, and the first film from this millennium doesn’t show up until #15 with Christopher Guest’s BEST IN SHOW.

    Several filmmakers appear more than once on this list. A host of expected (and some not-so expected) names showed up twice: Tim Burton, Christopher Guest, Albert Brooks, John Waters, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton (both times uncredited and working with other men), George Cukor, Peter Bogdanovich, Nick Park (as half of an animation team), Carl Reiner, Kevin Smith, and Preston Sturges. Mel Brooks, Howard Hawks, Woody Allen, and Rob Reiner were all represented on the Top 100 three times, with the latter being the only filmmaker to score two in the Top 10! But there was one filmmaking team who managed a surprising four films in the list of Top 100 films, although considering the group making the list, it shouldn’t be too shocking. Joel & Ethan Coen are the funny guys whose films show up more than anyone else’s on the list. Starting with the quirky, cult-fave THE BIG LEBOWSKI at #13, they squeeze two more into the Top 25 with FARGO at #22 and O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU at #25. Finally, RAISING ARIZONA comes in at #57 giving them their total.

    Sadly, but not surprisingly, there are only two women’s names among the directors of these funny films. Valerie Faris, who co-directed LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE pops up at #20, and Nicole Holofcener squeezes on at #99 with her debut feature, WALKING & TALKING.

  51. Maximus says:

    the hangover

  52. THRILLHOUSE says:

    FUBAR

    NIGHT AT THE ROXBERRY

    REFER MADNESS

    FIDO

    BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD DO AMERICA

    BILL AND TEDS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

    BILL AND TEDS BOGUS JOURNEY

    hope none of those were repeats.

  53. rajeev says:

    babys day out
    stuart little series
    mousehunt
    airbudies

  54. Braydon Harmamama says:

    dude pineapple express, grandmas boy, how high hhaa all funny movies 🙂

  55. Lolly says:

    The Hangover is hilarious. Random one I watched the other day- Drop Dead Gorgeous…it’s actually a very funny movie. Anything Mel Brooks does is hilarious…..all the ones I’ve read, both in the list and in comments are pretty much ones I’d agree with too.

  56. TheCritic says:

    Heres my list, in order of comedic appreciation:

    1.) Anchor Man
    2.) Blades of Glory
    3.) Me Myself and Irene
    4.) Bruce Almighty
    5.) Bongwater -(that was f***in hilarious)
    6.) In the Army Now
    7.) Welcome home Rosco Jenkins
    8.) Police Academy 4
    9.) Hot Shots
    10.) Cheech & Chong (every one of them)
    11.) Rain Man
    12.) Life (eddie murphy & martin lawrence…..really good movie)
    13.) Orgasmo
    14.) Dogma
    15.) Scary Movie 1 & 2
    16.) Don’t be a menace in south central while drinking your juice in the hood
    17.) Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    18.) Just Friends
    19.) Bebe’s Kids
    20.) Airplane
    21.) Harlem Nights
    22.) Tommy Boy
    23.) Billy Madison (all the sandler movies)
    24.) Superstar (Supa-STAHHHH)
    25.) Taxi
    26.) Father of the Bride 1& 2
    27.) Bio Dome
    28.) Encino Man
    29.) Problem Child
    30.) Home Alone
    31.) Zack & Miri Make a Porno
    32.) Knocked Up
    33.) Coming to America
    34.) Ferris Buelers Day Off
    35.) Dirty Love
    36.) Big
    37.) Cable Guy
    38.) The Ladies Man
    39.) Undercover Brother
    40.) The Break Up
    41.) Along Came Polly
    42.) Talladega Nights
    43.) You Me And Dupree
    44.) Blue Streak
    45.) Queens of Comedy & Kings of Comedy
    46.) The Mask
    47.) Deuce Bigalow Male Jigalow
    48.) Beverly Hills Ninja
    49.) Half Baked
    50.) Nothing to Lose

    • dynoweaf says:

      eh…….napoleon dynamite bud!!!!

      most definetly number 1

      • jacob says:

        zoolander, blast from the past, dazed and confused, taking woodstock, family guys something something something darkside, fired up, sexdrive, the hangover, liar liar,national lampoons, shaun of the dead, step-brothers, the wedding singer, waiting, the 40 year old virgin, baby mama…..

  57. Rich Battistini says:

    King Pin with Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray surpised me as a funny movie!

  58. Steve A Norquist says:

    One good one that probably wouldn’t show up on most people’s top 50, is 1987’s “Tin Men,” starring Richard Dreyfuss & Danny DeVito. Mr. Fields, I challenge you now to complete your list of 50!

  59. kelly says:

    FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL DEFINATELY NEEDS TO BE THERE

  60. Nate says:

    overall good list but how about the Big Lebowski or Oh Brother Where Art Thou. the coen brothers are great directors and the movies are great.

  61. guy1 says:

    hangover!!!!!!!!!!!best movie ever

  62. gernum says:

    blades of glory should definitely be included an that list and also happy gilmore is essential.

  63. gernum says:

    and I almost forgot…… THE HANGOVER!

  64. Dorothy says:

    A Dirty Shame… funniest movie ever although the last 10-15 minutes isn’t really worth watching.

  65. eddie murphy says:

    Coming to America eddie murphy

  66. bob says:

    I’d go with most things Jim Carrey (mainly Ace Ventura 1 or 2). Also Pineapple Express and The Hangover. But who could forget Billy
    Madison?

  67. zippi says:

    school of rock… i could not stop laughing.

  68. hannah says:

    HELLO?! ANIMAL HOUSE! Dodgeball, Bridget Jones 1&2, Fanboys, Shrek 1,2&3, The Ref (Dennis Leary, Kevin Spacy), Starsky&Hutch (Ben Stiller), Van Wilder, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Wallace and Gromit (all of them), Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, Evil Dead 1&2, Army of Darkness, Pulp Fiction,Office Space,Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke,Fast Times at Ridgemont High,Gross Pointe Blank,… I know there are more, but I’m having a brain fart.

  69. Alleigha says:

    Dude… none of you said Fear and ‘Loathing in Las vegas’!!

    Best fucking movie

  70. Alleigha says:

    Oh and Taxi is hilarious too

  71. IB-3-4-S-T says:

    what about weekend at bernie’s its old but really funny

  72. Timor says:

    Similar to this also good list: http://www.flixster.com/best/funny-movies

  73. […] 50 insanely funny movies with previews and trailers (caution, do NOT view while driving): Fifty movies, painstakingly picked, hand-washed and professionally-framed to inspire hours of smiles, with links to the trailers for every single one (the trailers, alone, are worth the effort). […]

  74. krish says:

    Dont forget about “gods must be crazy”. “mr bones”,
    “george of the jungle”, ” bringing up baby”(hepburn , grant),

  75. Stephanie says:

    The Hangover and 50 First Dates!

  76. James Owen says:

    Stir Crzy with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor is a classic and always makes me laugh no matter how many times I watch it. I also love Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler. I know it isn’t a comedy, but a film that makes me laugh because of the one-liners is Goodfellas! There are a lot of British films that should make the list as well. Monty Python isn’t the only funny thing to come out of England. Try ‘The Parole Officer’, ‘Run Fat Boy Run’ and ‘Ali G In Da House’ is hilarious…to name but a few.

  77. John Willis says:

    ROLE MODELS
    Ali G in da house
    Step Brothers

    Pick of the lot. full of comedy.
    funniest films I hav eva seen

  78. EDEN says:

    mean girls, dinner for shmucks, legally blonde, couples retreat, grown ups, 4 christmases

  79. kwe says:

    Consider these:

    Silver Streak, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Little Big Man, Major Leabue, Bingo Long’s Traveling All Stars, Wholly Moses, Kindergarden Cop, Caddyshack, Ruthless People.

  80. Philip Brain says:

    Hey, I came across the site looking for a funny movie and i remembered one i saw awhile back, FUNNIEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME:
    Death At A Funeral (originial british version, not the american one from 2010) It is my FAVORITE MOVE OF ALL TIME!
    PLEASE ADD IT 2 THE LIST!

  81. Georgie. says:

    white chicks is so funny! you should have it.

  82. Doc Marshall says:

    Of course Hot Shots would be there, and also Naked Gun.

  83. Doc Marshall says:

    Just seconds later I thought of Space Balls. “Evil will always triumph because good is dumb”.

  84. Tracey says:

    Morning Glory has some overwhelming funny moments. It is a must see. Let me know what you think.

  85. ManTaboo says:

    I have yet to see a list with ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’ in it. I used to laugh so hard at that movie. And how about ‘Neighbors’ with John Belushi and Dan Akyroyd. Another great movie.

  86. zaffer says:

    Seargent Bilko

  87. zaffer says:

    Add these to the lists above:

    Fierce creatures
    Fish called wanda
    Dracula dead and lovin it – starring leslie neilsen
    death becomes her
    See no evil hear no evil
    History of the world – spoof by melbrooks
    The party – peter sellers
    Scary movie series
    Dumb and Dumberer prequel to dumb and dummer

  88. Abby says:

    Liar liar, I really have yo watch this one again!!!!!!!!

  89. jamie says:

    Demolition man is funny as shit 🙂

  90. Nikki v says:

    Gr8 list! How about Paul, get him 2 the Greek, clueless, mad money, John tucker must die, easy a, ghost town, hot tub time machine, joe dirt, the ringer, Juno, scott pillgram, major pain, euro trip, see no evil hear no evil, Stan helsing, waiting, drop dead Fred…

  91. Sarah H. says:

    For great laughs all the way through: Waking Ned Devine

  92. danymate says:

    scott pilgrim vs the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. Eva says:

    THE LONELY GUY

  94. peter says:

    nice list but you forgot!!!!!!! STEP BROTHERS!!!!! step brothers has to be top 10!