At JustComedies, we have reviewed 100s of comedies to find the cream of the crop. Don’t waste time with mediocre comedies. Choose from the best. This list includes all comedies that have the 90%+ JustComedies Top Rated Comedy distinction. If you are looking for a comedy to watch, this list will help you find the best comedies ever made. Currently, we have the top ten comedies, top twenty comedies, and as we review and add more movies, we will expand the list to the top 50 and top 100 comedies of all time!

If you’re looking for a movie to watch, this list will provide you will hours and hours of comedic gold. Thanks so much for giving it a read!

Top 10 comedy movies of all time

The top 10 comedy movies are the highest rated movies of all on JustComedies. These top ten comedy movies will have you on the edge of your seat! The top ten comedies have the top romantic comedies, the best action comedies, and the most hilarious college drinking comedies ever to grace the silver screen. Enjoy!

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JustComedies Rating: 98% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Forrest Gump
Subgenre: Drama
PG13 comedy film
Runtime: 2h22m (but it doesn’t drag out! This is an epic.)
Comedy Movie From: 1994
Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Forrest Gump is a breathtaking epic. It is a crash course in US history from the 1950’s to 1980’s, following a slow witted but incredibly big hearted man through the defining moments of his own childhood and adulthood. This comedy drama is not just one of the best comedies of all time. It is one of the best movies of all time. It is hard to find a better crafted and more fully fleshed out character than Forrest Gump.

Most of the movies on this top comedies list are rated R. If you want more incredible PG13 comedies, check out the JustComedies list of the best PG13 comedies.

monty-python-and-the-holy-grailJustComedies Rating: 97% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Subgenre: Adventure, Classic Comedy, Fantasy, British Comedy
PG Comedy
Runtime: 1h31m
Comedy Movie From: 1975
Cast:  Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle

Timeless. Absolutely timeless. Many call this the funniest movie ever made. Arthur, King of the Britons, is questing for the Holy Grail along with his out of this world compatriots. Satire, lots of laughs, and dry wit along with slapstick blended together perfectly. What a great flick!

best-r-rated-romantic-comedies-amelieJustComedies Rating: 96% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Amélie
Subgenre: Romantic Comedy
R Comedy Film
Runtime: 2h10m
Comedy Movie From: 2002
Cast:  Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz

This romantic comedy is sure to pull at your heartstrings. One of the sweetest, most touching films ever created, it is no surprise that Amélie is near the top spot on our list of top comedies (The fact that the film starts with an A does help!)

The story follows a young woman full of love but burdened by a shyness. She works as a waitress, but instead of being involved in life seems to always interact as a watcher, distant and detached but longing for a true contact.

This R rated film will make you shiver with emotion. Please note that it is a french comedy, and so viewers should either be able to read and understand French or not have a problem with subtitles! If romantic comedy isn’t your thing, keep on reading our list!

dazed-and-confused-r-rated-stoner-comedyJustComedies Rating: 96% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Dazed and Confused
Runtime: 1h42m
Subgenres: Teen Comedy, High School Comedy, Drinking Comedy, Stoner Comedy, Party Comedy, Classic Comedy
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 2004
Cast: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey

Dazed and Confused is an absolute masterpiece. No other comedy captures an era like Dazed and Confused portrays the 1970’s. Mathew McConaughey has one of the most incredible performances of his life as a sleazeball with a lust for highschool women, and has some of the most quotable lines of any character. There are few movies that can hold a candle to one of the greatest top comedy movies of all time, Dazed and Confused.

This movie is absolute comedic gold. It’s hilarious, emotional, and captures the feelings of transitions and beginnings perfectly as it follows the lives of freshmen and grads on the very last day of highschool.

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JustComedies Rating: 96% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Fargo
Runtime: 1h38m
Subgenres: Comedy Drama, Crime Comedy, Comedy Thriller
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 1996
Cast: William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare, Steeve Reevis

Fargo is easily in the top 10 comedies of all time. This dark comedy grabs you in a death grip and won’t let go. It’s a tale of good people, bad people, and then the true monsters – the uncaring, unforgiving brutal machines that pose as humans but when you gaze into their eyes the abyss stares right back.

This is one of the Coen brothers’ greatest films of all times. The cold remoteness of North Dakota feels like another world. After you watch this brutally black comedy, do yourself a favour and witness the beauty that is the TV show by the same name.

From my description, you are probably wondering how this is a comedy. Somehow, the Coen brothers manage to make us laugh as we watch in horror the seemingly random but methodical brutality of this movie. An incredible R rated film.

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JustComedies Rating: 96% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: In Bruges
Runtime: 1h46m
Subgenres: Crime Comedy, Comedy Drama
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 2008
Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson

Looking for easy, light-hearted laughs? Browse on! In Bruges is another top rated black comedy (See the full list of the best black comedies). The movie follows a troubled hitman and his coworker to the fairytale land of Bruges in Belgium. The quiet locale seems surreal and distant, but the events which take place are all too real.

In Bruges slowly and steadily works its way with increasing tension and violence, drawing you forward as if you are on train tracks with no idea where it will end. The characters are what make this film one of the top ten comedies of all time. Colin Farrell is brooding and troubled, contrasted by the fiery, angry violence of the villain. In Bruges in one of the top comedy movies of all times, and also succeeds as a crime drama with a romantic subplot.

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JustComedies Rating: 95% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Dr. Strangelove
Runtime: 1h35m
Black Comedy, War Comedy
PG Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 1964
Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

This is a PG comedy for adults. This deliciously dark war comedy follows a crazed general who is on the path to nuclear destruction and the war room of high ranking officials doing everything they can to stop the ensuing retaliatory strike by the Russians.

hot-fuzz-r-rated-action-comedyJustComedies Rating: 95% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Hot Fuzz
Runtime: 2h2m
Subgenres: Action Comedy, Mystery Comedy, Buddy Cop Comedy, Crime Comedy, British Comedy
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 2007
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

Do not let the cover fool you. This is not your average brain dead action movie. It is a masterfully done whodunit and crime comedy that will keep you guessing. This is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s best film of all time, and the duo is known for producing excellent comedies.

This top R rated comedy is over two hours, and it switches gears repeatedly. Every time you think you know this movie, it throws a curveball at you. The plot follows a hotshot city cop forced to relocate to a small, quiet town. Only… this town isn’t as quiet as it seems at first glance. Under the clean, perfect surface lies secrets and deceit.

shaun-of-the-dead-r-rated-horror-comedyJustComedies Rating: 95% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Shaun of the Dead (I apologize, this review was lost to malicious activity)
Runtime: 1h39m
Subgenres: Comedy Horror, Parody of Zombie Movies, British Comedy
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 2004
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield

Did I say Hot Fuzz was the best Simon Pegg and Nick Frost comedy of all time? Thank goodness for alphabetical ranking, because it is impossible to play favourites. Shaun of the Dead is an amazing comedy horror. It’s a massive success for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to have not one, but two films added to the top comedies list. These guys are on fire.

We’ve all watched zombie apocalypse shows and movies where the main characters feel like super heroes. What happens when the zombie apocalypse happens to a few average blokes? Shaun of the Dead is witty, dry, and outrageously funny. The plot follows the rather mediocre protagonist Shaun (Simon Pegg) who lives with his loser of a best friend Ed (Nick Frost). When he hits rock bottom, he vows to turn things around – unfortunately for him, the zombie apocalypse waits for no man!
Shaun of the Dead would make my list of top comedy movies on wit alone. The fact that there is also hilarious slapstick, clever references and perfectly shot camerawork takes it to the next level.

Top 20 comedy movies of all time

The next ten movies were almost, so close to being in the top ten comedies movies list. In fact, some of these are rated equally well as the top ten comedies but only missed out because the list is ordered alphabetically! These following flicks that take the 11th-20th places in my list of the top comedies of all time are all incredible watches. These are some of the best comedies ever created. All are worth a watch, and most are worth multiple watches. Comedies in the top 20 spot will have you laughing to tears.

The top twenty comedy movies list is mostly comprised of R rated comedies with the 90%+ Top Rated Standard. However, there are also some comedies that did not quite reach the 90%+ status but are still absolute must watch for comedy movie fans. If you’re looking for a comedy to watch tonight, this is the list for you! We at JustComedies really hope you enjoy our efforts in providing you with a complete list of top comedy movies.

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JustComedies Rating: 94% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Animal House
Runtime: 1h50m
Subgenres: Drinking Comedy, College Comedy, Party Comedy, Classic Comedy
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 1978
Cast: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst

Animal House is a god damn classic. It is the quintessential outcasts vs jocks, losers vs preppy rich kids. This is the classic college comedy that influenced the genre.  Some say it is the father of all other college comedies.

If you want a pure, comedic goldmine of an underdog story, you need to watch National Lampoon’s Animal House. This movie is to college comedies what Mozart is to music. My top ten comedy movies list has been dominated by dark comedies, romantic comedies, and more serious comedy dramas. Animal House takes things down to another level. It’s not hard to see why Animal House is one of the top ten comedies.

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JustComedies Rating: 94% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Subgenre: High School Comedy
PG13 Comedy Film
Runtime: 1h45m
Comedy Movie From: 1986
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

Finally a top ten PG13 comedy! There is no flaw in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It is simply one of the best films in the world from start to finish. This story follows a one of a kind juvenile truant who has a knack for cutting classes. Bueller is always one step ahead of his exasperated high-school principal!

This is wonderful, happy comedy that is full of laughs. If you like slapstick, you’re going to love this PG13 comedy. The cast is endearing, the hijinks aplenty, and Ferris Bueller’s day off is just an all around top rated comedy film. Not all top comedy movies need to be filled with drugs, booze, and nudity. Some of the best comedy movies of all time can be sweet, funny, heartfelt coming of age flicks.

What makes a great comedy?

When you watch an awesome funny movie, you know it. The entire experience is a blast. Watching a truly exceptional movie makes you feel something. The most superb comedies may even change who you are and how you look at the world. Movies have an incredible power to them, and if you’ve ever walked out of a theatre feelings a frisson of excitement, you know the truth of a strong movie.

And when you’re finished, you feel different. With a great action comedy, you feel pumped up. Energetic. Ready to rock and roll. An awesome romantic comedy  will make you yearn for the touch of a loved one, or for those in a relationship, feel happy that you have love. On the contrary, if you are in an unhappy relationship, well made rom coms will make you feel as though something is missing from your life. While Hollywood puts out big budget movies that showcase a highlight reel of emotion and passion, we too need to have those moments in our lives, moments that are surrounded by comfortable security.

Black comedies buck the trend. Good black comedies are the top of the genre, and yet they are not for everyone. The feelings that an excellent black comedy will instill in you is sometimes no feeling at all, but a detachment with the world. Others will have you shaking your head as you chuckle ruefully. Some black comedies toe the line, making you wonder if what you just watched was in fact a comedy, or a depressing, bleak portrayal of the human condition.

What makes a great comedy? The ability to make you feel. Even mediocre comedies will have their high points, giving you laughs. But a truly perfect comedy will have you changed by the experience of watching.

To be perfectly honest with you, the top twenty comedies on our list are all wonderful films. However, some of them are simply lighter. They do not pretend to be anything they are not. This includes raucus drinking and party comedies, or chilled out stoner flicks. These comedies can still be great if they are viewed as a different form of movie. Some would call them less art and more entertainment.

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JustComedies Rating: 94% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Office Space
Runtime: 1h29m
Subgenres: Workplace comedy, bit of a stretch but could almost be considered a romantic comedy
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 1999
Cast: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman,  Ajay Naidu, Stephen Root

This comedy is the best workplace comedy in existence. If you have ever worked a corporate job, you need to watch Office Space. It showcases the perversion of the American Dream that we are trapped in, the meaningless jobs, endless levels of upper management, and constricting corporate culture that stifles all creativity.

This top rated comedy follows three office drones who have had enough. This is a must watch for anyone who hates their boss but cannot do anything about it. Live vicariously through the characters and get a glimpse of what could be!

This is one of the top comedy movies ever made, and it’s one of those films that often comes up as the answer when you ask someone: “Hey, what’s your favourite movie?”

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JustComedies Rating: 92%  – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Caddyshack
Runtime: 1h38m
Subgenres: Sports Comedy
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 1980
Cast: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

This is an absolute classic comedy. Bill Murray is a god damn legend of comedy. While he does not have a starring role in this flick, he provides the hilarious backdrop to this wacky sports comedy. The plot follows a hoity toity gold club that gets a new arrival, a loudmouth, arrogant man who talks a big game and riles up the regulars. 

It’s a film about outcasts and the status quo, the ridiculous discrepancies between the teen staff of an upscale golf club and the old money patrons, and has plenty of the funniest slapstick comedy you have ever seen. This movie is absolute comedic gold. It absolutely has its place in my list of the top comedies.

rushmore-classic-comedyJustComedies Rating: 92% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Rushmore
Runtime: 1h33m
Subgenres: Comedy Drama, Coming of Age comedy, high school scomedy
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 1998
Cast:  Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams

Some of the best comedy movies are raucus and wild, with plenty of drinking and nudity. These party movies can be great in their own rights, but they are far from beautiful. Rushmore is a comedy drama that is absolutely beautiful. The characters are so perfectly flawed, and you are drawn in by the protagonist, a 15 year old king of extracurriculars who learns his academic standing is in jeopardy. While he deals with that, his teenage heart throbs for a woman who may be too far out of his reach…

super-troopers-r-rated-police-comedyJustComedies Rating: 92% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Super Troopers
Runtime: 1h40m
Subgenre: Police Comedy, Crime Comedy, Mystery Comedy
R Comedy Film
Comedy Movie From: 2008
Cast:  Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, André Vippolis, Brian Cox

This has to be one of the greatest movies of all time. Super Troopers is insanely fun to watch. It doesn’t make you think too hard, it won’t make you cry or contemplate life too deeply. It’s just an all around, great classic of a comedy. This R rated comedy movie follows a band of cops who’s policing skills are far outclassed by their skills at pranks.

Their quiet countryside life is in jeopardy when they have to band together to solve a real crime…

This is simply one of the top comedy movies of all time. It is such a classic! You will remember the scenes and jokes for years and years – they are simply unforgettable.

airplane-movie-posterJustComedies Rating: 91% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Airplane!
Subgenre: Slapstick Comedy, Parody
PG Comedy Film
Runtime: 1h28m
Comedy Movie From: 1980
Cast:  Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty

Finally, a PG comedy! Well, to be perfectly fair, Airplane! was released before the MPAA invested the PG13 rating. That means that either a movie was for adults (R) or it wasn’t too racy and would get the PG rating. This would probably be a PG13 comedy in todays rating system.

Enough about the rating. Airplane! is a parody of the disaster genre. It is filled with puns, slapstick, and wit as a man must confront his terrible fear of flying to get back his life. Unfortunately, things aren’t so easy…

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JustComedies Rating: 91% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: The Wedding Singer
Subgenre: Romantic Comedy
Runtime: 1hr35m
Comedy Movie From: 1998
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

This is Adam Sandler’s best comedy. It’s also a kick ass romantic comedy. This is not your standard immature Sandler flick relying on gross out gags and toilet humour. It’s sweet, funny, and a great romantic comedy. Some critics like Roger Ebert absolutely skewered this comedy with scathing reviews, writing it off as formulaic Hollywood drivel. JustComedies has it in our top 20 comedies. If you’re a Sandler fan, you will love The Wedding Singer.

Is Adam Sandler a great actor or a creator of mindless drivel?

Why can’t it be both?

It may be controversial to have Adam Sandler films featured so prominently in this list. While it is true that many of Adam Sandler’s less intelligent comedies were skewered by critics, they are incredibly entertaining films. Judging a comedy should be done on what the comedy is trying to achieve. It is not useful to rank comedies by their “historical significance” or because they “changed the world” if the comedy movie was simply trying to make people laugh.

Sandler has an enormous body of work. With so many movies, it is not a surprise that some of them are great. Sandler himself is a very talented actor. You might not realize this because you have been focusing on his performances in comedies such as “The Water Boy” or “Jack and Jill”. That’s because Sandler is a businessman. He has come up with a formula to sell movies, entertain people, and net his friends in the business fat paychecks. But despite his willingness to star in films that he knows the critics are going to absolutely have a field day with, he still stays true to his brand of humour and to his fans. Occasionally, he decides to be a part of something great, such as Punch Drunk Love where he shows off his acting chops. Other times, like in the case of The Wedding Singer, it seems as though he was trying to create a funny, enjoyable comedy film and ended up creating a great, side-splitting romantic comedy.

best-pg13-comedies-listJustComedies Rating: 90% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Anchorman
Subgenre: Just plain comedy!
Runtime: 1h38m
Comedy Movie From: 2004
Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd

This is simply one of Will Ferrell’s best movies, period. I cannot count how many times I have rewatched this movie. It is silly, quotable, and Ferrell shines in one of his best comedic performances ever. One of the top comedy movies by the great Will Ferrell, who has one of the largest resumes of hilarious comedies of any Hollywood star.

This R rated comedy follows the career of the top news anchorman in San Diego. His lifestyle, career, and very manhood is put to the test when a beautiful young woman joins the formerly male dominated workplace. Like Will Ferrell? You will love this movie. It’s perfect.

this-is-spinal-tap-parodyJustComedies rating: 90% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: This Is Spinal Tap
Runtime: 1h22m
Subgenre: Parody of Rock Bands, Mockumentary
Comedy Movie From: 1984
Cast: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest

Spinal Tap is truly unlike any other comedy on this top 20 comedies list. This mocumentary style comedy follows a hair metal band in the 80’s living the life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll through the highs and lows of a musical career. This is one of the top comedy movies of the 1980’s.

If you’re a fan of faux journalism style movies, Spinal Tap will absolutely appeal to you. It’s fun, energetic, and full of over the top rock and rollers. This one quickly became a cult classic.

swingers-r-rated-comedyJustComedies rating: 90% – Top Rated Comedy!
Full Review: Swingers
Runtime: 1h36m
Subgenre: Comedy Drama
Comedy Movie From: 1996
Cast:  Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau

This R rated comedy is just plain cool. The lines flow, the plot is hilarious, and it feels effortless through and through. It’s a comedy about a bunch of dudes in their 20s, all with varying degrees of success in their careers and with women.

The plot follows a down and out young man who’s love life is a depressing affair. His buddies have had enough. They are going to find him a woman, at least for a night.

This is one of the best comedies of all time in terms of being such a pleasure to watch. The nightclubs, the parties and the lifestyle are all silky smooth, and Vince Vaughn shines in his role as a womanizing dog of a man.

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Full Review: Old School
Runtime: 1h28m
Subgenres: College Comedy, Drinking Comedy, Party Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 2003
Cast:  Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell

If you are looking for an absolute classic of a raunchy, booze filled drinking comedy, then Old School is the college comedy for you. The plot is simple but a goldmine of laughs. A group of friends who are long out of their college days reminisce back to their glory days, of booze filled nights with women they don’t even know the names of. How do they relive the days? By purchasing a frat house near the college!

This is one of the best college drinking comedies of all times. There are both R rated and unrated versions of this classic.

sideways-movie-poster-r-rated-black-comedy-drama-2004JustComedies Rating: 89%
Full Review: Sideways
Runtime: 2h6m
Subgenres: Black Comedy, Comedy Drama
Comedy Movie From: 2004
Cast: Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen,  Paul Giamatti

Sideways is not an easy watch. It tugs at your heart and mind. This black comedy is not afraid to deal with very tough subjects. Nothing is off limits, from depression to adultery and the emotional tolls of middle age.

This top 20 comedy follows two old friends who have entered middle age with not much to show for it except a long string of regrets and missed opportunities. One of the two is getting married, and the protagonist takes his old friend on a wine tour. While this dark comedy is slow paced, it is also captivating and will have you glued to the screen from start to finish. This is a beautiful movie. This is one of the top comedies that is also a serious drama while offering many heartfelt laughs.

JustComedies sincerely thanks you for reading our top comedy movies list!

At JustComedies, we have worked long and hard to provide you with a complete list of the top comedies. This list is ever growing, and soon will include the top 50 comedies and top 100 comedies of all time.

We all know the struggle of wanting to find that perfect comedy movie to watch. But every time we try to find a good comedy, all the lists seem to showcase the same films! We did our best to provide you with some comedies you might not have heard about before.

If you would be so kind, please do leave a recommendation for a comedy movie in a comment or share this list with anyone you think would enjoy it! Thanks again for reading this list of the top comedy movies and have a great day!