What makes Will Ferrell’s characters so enjoyable? They’re all ridiculous and they all believe their own hype. Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) is no different. As the head newsman for a local television station, Burgundy is thrown a curve ball when he finds out that he will be getting some competition. The lineup change was made to increase ratings, but a certain individual doesn’t quite see it that way. Here we go the top 10 comedy movies.
9There’s Something About Mary (1998)
This romantic comedy is one the funniest you’ll come across. Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller), Pat Healy (Matt Dillon), Dom (Chris Elliott), and Tucker aka Norman (Lee Evans) all vie for the affection of Mary (Cameron Diaz). These chaps will do whatever is necessary to win her heart. Ted confesses to his good friend Dom that he had one major regret in life: not hooking up with Mary when he had a chance to. Dom convinces Ted to hire a private investigator friend of his to see if Mary can be found and a love connection rekindled.
An ensemble comedy about five young guys that are coping with the mysteries of life and women. Set in a cool and laid-back Hollywood environment, Swingers just feels right. One of fellas, Mike (Jon Favreau), is having a hard time dealing with a recent breakup. All the guys go all out to get Mike back into the swing of things. Watching a young Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau in action is great.
7Office Space (1999)
We’re surprised a spoof about the sometimes wacky world of nine-to-five life wasn’t done earlier. Mike Judge’s 1999 satire has become a cult favorite. When a bunch of programmers learn that they will be downsized out of a job, they decide to rob their employer first. By creating a virus and uploading it to the company’s servers they will improve their financial futures significantly. Of course nothing goes as planned as the computer virus withdrawals too much money. In the end, Peter (Ron Livingston) gets a new job in construction, Peter’s boss Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) gets canned, and office dork Milton (Stephen Root) retires to an exotic island.
6The Naked Gun (1988)
#6 on our top 10 comedy movies list will make you split your side in laughter. Slapstick comedy and one-liners at their best. Seeking vengeance for the murder of his partner Nordberg (O.J. Simpson), Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) searches for the man responsible. Mister Big – a heavy weight drug dealer. Drebin has a hunch however that the real culprit – and financier is shipping tycoon Vincent Ludwig. But Drebin can’t come close to proving a thing with the everyone working against him from the mayor, his own partner Ed Hocken (George Kennedy), and even Reggie Jackson who has been hypnotized to kill the Queen of England.
5National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Halfway there on our top 10 comedy movies list with National Lampoon’s Vacation. Before the Will Ferrell’s of the comedy world there was Chevy Chase. His role as Clark Griswold, an ad exec who becomes consumed with taking his family cross-country to Wally World, a California amusement park. Less a vacation than a descent into a peculiarly American kind of hell, the Griswolds suffer through an endless series of catastrophes, culminating in a run-in with the law.
Robert Altman gives us non-stop laughs with this Korean War satire. Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Robert Duvall, and a host of others provide the goods. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Mash’s real message: anti-war, anti-religion, anti-establishment. The theme resonated with movie goers as they swallowed whole the film’s vulgar yet suggestive humor. The spun off TV series was just as popular and filled with laughs.
3Trading Places (1983)
#3 on our top 10 comedy movies list helped to make Eddie Murphy a movie star. Eddie Murphy was at the top of his comedic game during the 80’s, and one of his funniest movies was Trading Places which also starred Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jim Belushi, Don Ameche, and Ralph Bellamy. We watch the fun unfold as The incredibly wealthy but low principled Duke brothers (Bellamy and Ameche) make a miniscule wager: role reversal of the rich and the poor for sport. Their curiosity gets the best of them, as their distinguished positions in life change for the worse.
2This is Spinal Tap (1984)
A hilarious backstage pass in to the world of rock and roll. Rob Reiner wrote, directed, and starred in this this 1984 rock music mockumentary. Others responsible for straight faced laughs are Christopher Guest, Anjelica Huston, Billy Crystal, and Paul Shaffer. Audiences think they’re experiencing a documentary of Brit rock group “Spinal Tap” during U.S. concert tour. Obnoxious band member behavior as well as album and band naming – Smell the Glove and The New Originals respectively – are hysterical.
1Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The #1 spot on our top 10 comedy movies list belongs to Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick pushed the envelope by making this 1964 classic picture about how far things could potentially go if the wrong person push a button that set off nuclear war. Written from a position of laughs, the satire comes to life with outstanding performances from Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, James Earl Jones, and Sterling Hayden. The movie is black and white and more than fifty years old, but the scenes are hilarious and the lines unforgettable. Major Kong (Slim Pickens) says it best: “Nuclear combat! Toe to toe with the Russkies!”