The 10 Best Comedy Movies of All Time

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There is nothing better than a funny movie. The memorable one-liners and side-splitting moments of hilarity get viewers hooked. The funniest movies will grab onto an audience and won’t let go, taking them on a crazy adventure.

Whoever said, “Laughter is the best medicine” obviously knew what they were talking about. The funniest movies have the ability to improve our mood when we’re having a bad day and make us forget about whatever worries we might have.

Audrey Hepburn once said, “I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”

A funny movie takes the viewer out of the realm of reality as they watch an improbable scenario unfold, then bare witness as the characters make things worse before they get better. 

Below is a list of 10 of the funniest movies of all time:

10. Mrs. Doubtfire

Released: 1993

This family comedy stars Robin Williams and Sally Field as a bitterly divorced couple fighting over their kids’ custody arrangement. Williams’ character refuses to be separated from his children, and with the help of his make-up artist brother, transforms himself into an elderly British woman, becoming the family housekeeper.

Famous Quote: Mrs. Doubtfire (after throwing fruit at his ex’s boyfriend): “Oh sir, I saw it! Some angry member of the kitchen staff, did you not tip them? Oh, the terrorists! They ran that way. It was a run-by fruiting.”



9. Robin Hood Men in Tights  

Released: 1993

Mel Brooks gathers together a cast of misfit characters for his version of the classic heroic tale. Carey Elwes stars as Robin of Loxley, and sets off on a series of ridiculous adventures to win the heart of Maid Marian.

A few musical numbers, a group of knights that fall like dominoes, and a dyslexic Sheriff of “Rottingham” all add to the comedic value of this Mel Brooks classic.

Famous Quote: Scarlet: "Blinkin! Fix your boobs, you look like a bleedin’ Picasso."


8. The Big Lebowski

Released: 1998

This Coen Brothers’ comedy starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman follows the exploits of Jeff, or “The Dude,” Lebowski, a burnout who wants nothing more than to bowl with his friends.  

A case of mistaken identity sends him and his bowling buddies on a mission to rescue the kidnapped wife of a millionaire, who also happens to be named Jeff Lebowski.

Famous Quote: The Dude: “That rug really tied the room together.”



7. The 40-Year Old Virgin

Released: 2005

One of Steve Carell’s most famous roles was that of Andy, a frustrated 40-year-old nerd looking to finally lose his virginity. Encounter after encounter of crazy, drunk, and vomiting women all result in a lack of virginity lost.

Despite the best efforts of his buddies, Andy has a hard time losing it, and the pressure starts to mount when Andy meets a beautiful single mother but doesn’t tell her his little secret.

Famous Quote: Andy: “I hope you have a big trunk, because I’m putting my bike in it.”



6. The Blues Brothers

Released: 1980

The Blues Brothers stars John Belushi as Jake Blues, a man fresh out of prison and on a mission to reunite his old band in an attempt to save the Catholic orphanage where he and his brother Elwood, played by Dan Aykroyd, grew up.

The Blues Brothers began as a skit on Saturday Night Live and evolved into a film featuring music legends James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles.

Famous Quote: Elwood: "It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses."


5. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Released: 2004

Will Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, the highest rated news anchor in 1970’s San Diego, a man who loves scotch and his dog Baxter.

High jinks ensue after a female news anchor is hired and messes with Ron’s teleprompter, causing the reporter to accidentally tell all of San Diego to "go f*** yourself,” costing him his job and the love of his city.

Other acts of random insanity occur including Baxter getting kicked off a bridge, somehow surviving, and coming to the rescue when his owner is face-to-face with a bear.

Famous Quote: Ron Burgundy: “I’m in a glass case of emotion!”



4. Caddyshack

Released: 1980

Caddyshack stars a plethora of comedy’s most legendary faces including Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield.

Set on the green of an elite and snobbish country club, the film follows the wealthy, but boorish Al Czervik (Dangerfield), a man only interested in using his immense wealth to have a good time, and who doesn’t care what anybody thinks.

The golfers are plagued by the antics of a wacky, destructive, but dance-loving gopher, who’s waging a war of his own when attempts are made to remove him from the course.

Famous Quote: Al Czervik: “Oh, this is your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey baby, you must’ve been something before electricity.”



3. National Lampoon’s Animal House

Released: 1978

The young men of Delta House are just trying to enjoy the freedom of college life. Girls, drinks, and parties are all these boys want.

But the stuffy dean of their college enlists the help of a stuck-up fraternity to remove the residents of Delta House from campus.

John Belushi stars as John “Bluto” Blutarsky, a trouble-making student with an abysmal academic record that has no intention of growing up and wants nothing more than to stick it to the dean and the members of the college’s other fraternities.

Famous Quote: Bluto: “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”



2. Young Frankenstein

Released: 1974

Another Mel Brooks twist on a classic story, this films takes place after the events of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, an M.D. looking to remove himself from his grandfather’s monstrous shadow. A series of events leads the young doctor to pick up where his grandfather left off and he is able to bring a dead body to life. The only issue is the brain the doctor used was abnormal.

Chaos ensues when the monster escapes and the town’s people, still reeling from the elder Frankenstein debacle, attempt to subdue the creature.

Famous Quote: Dr. Frankenstein: “Igor, help me with the bags.”

Igor: “Certainly. You take the blonde, I’ll take the one in the turban.”



1. Blazing Saddles

Released: 1974

This less than historically accurate portrayal of life in the old west is one of Mel Brooks’ most famous comedies.

Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder the classic film takes place in the 1870’s in a small town whose inhabitants are about to be run out by a corrupt businessman. The appointment of a black sheriff is meant to get the town’s people to move out so the businessman can purchase the land at a low cost and set up a railroad. But the sheriff wants to win the hearts of the people and ends up becoming the businessman's biggest enemy. 

Famous Quote: Jim: "That little bastard shot me right in the a**." 

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