It’s always great to sit at home and watch some funny movies with friends, family, or even by yourself.
However, there are some that have to be watched at least once in a lifetime. From the days of Charlie Chaplain’s silent comedies to the political satire of the 1990s, there’s something for everyone when it comes to the best of all time.
10: The Odd Couple (1968)
Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, this movie is about two best friends Felix (Lemmon) and Oscar (Matthau). After being kicked out and divorced, Felix (a compulsive cleaner) is forced to move in with Oscar who happens to be an outright slob. This is one of those funny movies that stand the test of time so well that it even spawned a couple of sequels in the 90s.
9: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
If you’re a fan of funny movies and Marilyn Monroe, this musical is for you. Monroe plays Lorelei Lee, a showgirl dreaming of marrying a millionaire. After taking a cruise to Paris, she finds herself in a dilemma with Sir Francis Beekman (played by Charles Coburn), the wealthy owner of a diamond mine. The rest of the movie deals with Lorelei and her friend Dorothy getting back to the states to continue their search for the men of their dreams.
8: Before Sunrise (1995)
Starring Ethane Hawke, this romantic comedy takes place in Vienna where Jesse (Hawke) meets Celine (played by Julie Delpy) on a train and the two decide to spend a day with each other. However, what started as a one-night stand turns into something more. This is one of those funny movies that is heavy on the romance, but is written well enough to keep you watching and laughing until the end.
7: Bob Roberts (1992)
In this political mockumentary, Tim Robbins stars as Bob Roberts: a right-wing folksinger that is running for Senator of Pennsylvania. Even though Bob has a clean record and good looks, he’s got a few secrets that may blow the election and his campaign wide open. However, he does what other deceiving politicians do: manipulate the media. With guest appearances from numerous actors, this is one of those funny movies that will make you think twice about the people you vote for (regardless of party affiliation)
6: Husbands and Wives (1992)
From the famous director (and star of the movie) Woody Allen, this movie tells a story about a couple who are having a rough time keeping their relationship intact. Gabe and Judy Roth (played by Allen and Mia Farrow) spend most of the movie arguing over the years they’ve been together and what they wish would’ve happened. All of this and more happens after they hear their friends Jack and Sally decide to get a divorce.
5: City Lights (1931)
If you wanted a good silent comedy with a side of romance in the 1930s, Charlie Chaplain was the man to look for. The movie tells a story about a blind girl, who regains her sight thanks to a misfit named “The Tramp” (Chaplain). The two of them fall in love and the rest of the movie is filled with all of the slapstick humor Chaplain was made famous for.
4: Life of Reilly (2007)
This documentary/stand-up performance feature stars the late and great Charles Neilson Reilly as he performs a one-man show. In between, he also reveals stories about his childhood and the good & bad times he had being a gay actor in Hollywood.
3: The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Based on the play by Phillip Barry, this romantic comedy starred Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant as a bride-to-be and a magazine reporter. Tracy Lord (Hepburn) is getting married to a coal executive and the wedding is becoming the talk of the town. So much so that Spy Magazine sends out one of their reporters and Tracy’s ex, Dexter Haven (Grant), to cover the event.
2: Modern Times (1936)
Charlie Chaplain plays a disgruntled factory worker who hates his job and his boss (who watches their every move from the comfort of his office). He meets a girl, falls in love, and the two have dreams of living in the suburbs happily ever after. This was not only one of the best funny movies of all time, but it was also Chaplain’s last silent film.
1: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this comedy, set during the Cold War, is about a B-52 Bomber that’s lost communications with the U.S. and is ready to attack a Russian base containing the Doomsday Machine. Meanwhile, wacky generals and drunken politicians go berserk over the outcome if the bomber completes its mission. The best scene: one of the bomber pilots rides an atomic bomb like a bull while it falls to the ground.
This is a list of 10 funny movies for you to check out. There a number of classics to check out and some modern gems to enjoy. Have fun and laugh your heads off.