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    I figure it's time for us to figure out what the top ten film comedies of all time are. And this is just the place to sort it out.

    I've posted a long list of some potential winners up top.

    My list (in no meaningful order):

    The Big Lebowski
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Young Frankenstein
    Duck Soup
    Animal House
    Raising Arizona
    Airplane!
    This Is Spinal Tap
    Napoleon Dynamite
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    you forgot "Take the money and run"
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    You put Borat in there ?

    That film was crap!

    Im pretty sure most people I know thought so too...

    Anyway that isn't my main complaint... you found space for Borat but didn't find space for the hilarious Idiocracy or the side splitting Tropic Thunder!!

    WTF!
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    Hey, I was only allowed thirty options. I would have much rather done a top fifty. But isn't that what the thread is for? Here you can yell at me for leaving out good films.
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    It's always hard to remember comedies...

    undercover blues
    dave
    I love you to death
    love and death
    The man who knew too little
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    harold and kumar

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    Blazing Saddles but no History of the World: Part One? Heresy.

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    My personal list (in no order):

    Gran Torino
    Some Like It Hot
    The Sting
    Groundhog Day
    The Big Lebowski
    What About Bob?
    The Graduate
    Father of the Bride
    Bull Durham
    Meet the Parents
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    Gran torino? a comedy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleGrizzly View Post
    You put Borat in there ?

    That film was crap!
    Hey, three people have already voted for it. It's not a question of what's crap, 'cause comedy is notoriously subjective. It's a question of what Orgahs dig.

    I feel kinda bad for His Girl Friday and Safety Last!, both of which are classics that nobody (including me) cared to vote for.
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    You put Election up there. You are officially the man.

    -edit- Anyway, I kind of think Holy Grail has lost its charm with me. It's been over-promoted, over-quoted, and just has been getting far too much exposure. I watched it about a year and maybe got one laugh out of the entire thing. I think this xkcd strip says it best.
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    Life is beautiful a comedy?

    A great movie with some very dark humour, a comedy, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneralHankerchief View Post
    Holy Grail has lost its charm with me. It's been over-promoted, over-quoted, and just has been getting far too much exposure.
    It's the same problem with Silence of the Lambs; as groundbreaking as it was a the time, 1,500 serial killer films later, it's hard to see the original without being aware of how its themes have been pounded into dust by the Hollywood grist mill.

    You're right, of course, that Holy Grail has been over-quoted and over-referenced for thirty-odd years. But that doesn't negate the fact that the film was a landmark in surreal humor.
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    No Anchorman?

    The comedies I like are few and far between. Naked Gun trilogy anyone?
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    But that doesn't negate the fact that the film was a landmark in surreal humor.
    Oh no, I completely agree. The first time I saw it, when I was still young and innocent, I didn't stop laughing throughout the entire thing. But now, when I want my dose of that kind of humor, I stick to Flying Circus instead of the movies.

    -edit- I second Naked Gun, especially the first movie. The scene where he sang the National Anthem had me in stitches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
    I figure it's time for us to figure out what the top ten film comedies of all time are. And this is just the place to sort it out.

    I've posted a long list of some potential winners up top.

    My list (in no meaningful order):

    The Big Lebowski
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Young Frankenstein
    Duck Soup
    Animal House
    Raising Arizona
    Airplane!
    This Is Spinal Tap
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Election
    I think you nailed it, up until the last 3; I've never seen Spinal Tap, though, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. The 3 different ones I chose were Blazing Saddles, Dr. Strangelove and The Blues Brothers (kinda stupid, I know, but I love it -- plus it's the best musical ever.)

    Also, I meant to vote for Life of Brian but chose Spinal Tap instead. Yeah, I know, it's Monty Python's sellout supposedly, but it's still a marvelously-made film, and frankly it works better than the anarchism of Holy Grail. I just don't feel like the anarcho-comedy really translated to the big screen very well.

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    Also, I meant to vote for Life of Brian but chose Spinal Tap instead. Yeah, I know, it's Monty Python's sellout supposedly, but it's still a marvelously-made film, and frankly it works better than the anarchism of Holy Grail.
    I forget how young I was, must have been around twelve or so, but I bullied and whined until I convinced my mom to drive me across the state line to see Life of Brian in the theaters. It was banned in Kentucky due to blasphemy.

    I was really bummed out that it ended without Brian getting rescued. But then again, I was twelve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pevergreen View Post
    No Anchorman?

    The comedies I like are few and far between. Naked Gun trilogy anyone?
    Both good choices. I still use the phrase, "like a midget in a urinal" when concentration is required.

    The fight scene in Anchorman is fantastic;
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    Gran torino? a comedy?
    It's actually a very funny film due to the fact that Clint's one-liners are so hilariously absurd coming from an 78-year old. I found myself laughing more during it than most film's classified as comedies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneralHankerchief View Post
    Anyway, I kind of think Holy Grail has lost its charm with me. It's been over-promoted, over-quoted, and just has been getting far too much exposure. I watched it about a year and maybe got one laugh out of the entire thing. I think this xkcd strip says it best.
    Hmmm, perhaps I'm not as nerdy as I had previously thought, I have only seen the movie twice and found it bloody hilarious both times, and whilst I was in the "nerdy" group(or at least the closest thing our school had to one(aussie schools are less "group" oriented than US schools seem to be)) it was hardly ever mentioned.

    The top comedies I can think of right now are:
    Death at a Funeral
    Holy grail
    The Castle (stick in the pool room)
    Anchorman (I LIKE LOUD NOISES!)
    I love all the movies where steve carrel plays a secondary role, He seems to make any movie that he is secondary in about 10 times better, but his starring roles don't seem as good to me.
    Johnny English
    Bean Disaster Movie
    (anything Rowan Atkinson is in really)
    The Pink Panther
    Man of the Year
    Good Morning Vietnam
    (any thing robin williams is in)
    I meant to vote for Groundhog day, but i forgot.

    There are more but thats all I've got off the top of my head

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    The Acharnians
    The Knights
    The Clouds
    The Wasps
    Peace
    The Birds
    Lysistrata
    Thesmophoriazusae
    The Frogs
    Ecclesiazusae
    Wealth
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    Haha, the Holy Grail was absolutely hilarious. It wins hands down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil_Maniac From Mars View Post
    Blazing Saddles but no History of the World: Part One? Heresy.
    It definitely deserves a mention, afterall it's the movie that taught us it's good to be the king. Though when it comes to Mel brooks comedies, HotW: Part One is tied with Spaceballs: The Movie for my all time favorite. The entire scene when they break the fourth wall by getting out a copy of the movie to see what will happen next gets me every time without fail.

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    I am totally immature. Saw 'There's something about Mary' yesterday and I am still laughing.

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    I would add a couple more to the list for consideration.

    The only film I can watch time after time and still cry with laughter is "Les Visiteurs". Those of a pythonesque persuasion should really look it up.

    For pure farce I am very fond of "The Money Pit". It has some great scenes of perfect timing, which rather appeals to me.

    The Star Trek geek in me adores the gentle character based comedy of "The Voyage Home" but it's not really a top ten, just a personal favourite.

    Perhaps more in the romantic-comedy genre (and thus outside the scope of this poll, but you have included "When Harry Met Sally" and "Groundhog Day") I like "Joe versus the Volcano" and "LA Story" too.
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    Tough to pick just 10. Some honorable mentions that aren't listed.

    National Lampoon's Vacation
    The Jerk
    Up in Smoke
    My Cousin Vinny
    Home Alone
    City Slickers

    One of my favorite comedians of all time, and probably more for his stand up routines than his movie work, has to be the late Rodney "I can't get no respect" Dangerfield. His self-deprecating humor, delivery, & timing always had me in stitches.
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    Would hitch hikers guide to the galaxy be counted as a comedy?

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    Monty Python the holy grail
    Hitch Hikers guide to the galaxy
    Ground Hogs day
    Johnny English
    Borat (just because I forgot what I was going to put it here..)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosakawa Tito View Post
    Tough to pick just 10. Some honorable mentions that aren't listed.

    National Lampoon's Vacation
    The Jerk
    Home Alone
    I'd forgotten about these. I'd add Christmas Vacation to the list too. Another movie that cracks me up is Galaxy Quest. It captured the whole Star Trek phenomena so well.
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    The wifes just reminded me. Throw Momma from the train. Hilarious.
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    Man, lots of good ones I forgot about here...

    I would also add "Repo Man." Some may be turned off by the presence of Emilio Estevez, but he seems to be a natural as a loser Punk, and plus Harry Dean Stanton's presence more than makes up for Estevez's shortcomings as an actor. The movie itself is hysterical -- a wonderful combination of surrealism and slapstick. For those who haven't seen it, Miller's bizzare hippie-rappin' explanation of the world pretty much sums up the whole movie.

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    Night at the museum 2 was great.

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