A list of comedy films that you should definitely aim to own or see…

 

1920s

 

The Circus (1928) US

The Cocoanuts (1929) US

College (1927) US

The General (1926) US

The Gold Rush (1925) US

Our Hospitality (1923) US

Running Wild (1927) US

Safety Last! (1923) US

Sherlock Jr. (1924) US

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) US

 

 

1930s

 

Animal Crackers (1930) US

Ask A Policeman (1938) UK

Block-Heads (1938) US

Boudu Saved From Drowning (1932) FR

Boys Will Be Boys (1935) UK 

City Lights (1931) US

A Day A The Races (1937) US

Design For Living (1933) US

Duck Soup (1933) US

The Ghost Goes West (1935) UK

Grand Illusion (1937) FR

Good Morning, Boys (1936) UK

Horse Feathers (1932) US

It Happened One Night (1934) US

It’s A Gift (1932) US

Keep Fit (1937) UK

L’atalante (1934) FR

Monkey Business (1931) US

My Man Godfrey (1936) US

A Night At The Opera (1935) US

Oh, Mr. Porter!  (1937) UK

Pygmalion (1938) UK

Sons of the Desert (1933) US

Trouble Brewing (1939) UK

Trouble In Paradise (1932) US

Way Out West (1937) US

Where's That Fire? (1939) UK

You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man (1939) US

You Can’t Take It With You (1938) US

Zero for Conduct (1933) FR

 

1940s

 

Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) US

Arsenic And Old Lace (1944) US

The Bank Dick (1940) US

Blithe Spirit (1941) UK

Cabin In The Sky (1943) US

A Chump at Oxford (1940) US

Gasbags (1940) UK

The Ghost Of St Michaels (1941) UK

The Goose Steps Out (1942) UK

The Great Dictator (1940) US

Hail The Conquering Hero (1944) US

Heaven Can Wait (1943) US

His Girl Friday (1940) US

Hue and Cry (1946) UK

ITMA (1943) UK

Jour De Fete (1949) FR

Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949) UK

The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943) UK

Major Barbara (1941) UK

A Matter Of Life And Death (1946) UK

My Learned Friend (1943) UK

Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941) US

The Palm Beach Story (1942) US

On Approval (1943) UK

Passport To Pimlico (1949) UK

The Shop Around The Corner (1940) US

Sullivan’s Travels (1941) US

To Be Or Not To Be (1942) US

Whisky Galore! (1948) UK

 

1950s

 

Ace In The Hole (1951) US

An American In Paris (1951) US

The Band Wagon (1953) US

The Belles Of St. Trinians (1957) UK

Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958) US

Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1954) UK

Born Yesterday (1950) US

Carry On Nurse (1959) UK

Carry On Sergeant (1958) UK

Carry On Teacher (1959) UK

The Court Jester (1956) US

Doctor At Large (1957) UK

Doctor At Sea (1955) UK

Genevieve (1953) UK

Good Morning (1959) JPN

The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) UK

Hobson's Choice (1953) UK

I Vitelloni (1953) IT

I'm All Right Jack (1959) UK

The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) UK

The Ladykillers (1955) UK

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) UK

Lucky Jim (1957) UK

The Man in the White Suit (1951) UK

The Mouse That Roared (1959) UK

Mon Oncle (1958) FR

Mr Hulot’s Holiday (1953) FR

Our Man in Havana (1959) UK

Private's Progress (1956) UK

The Smallest Show on Earth (1957) UK

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) UK

Too Many Crooks (1958) UK

Trouble in Store (1953) UK

Up the Creek (1958) UK

The White Sheik (1952) IT

 

1960s

 

Alfie (1966) UK

The Appartment (1960) US

The Assassination Bureau (1969) UK

Battle of the Sexes (1960) UK

Bedazzled (1967) UK

Billy Liar (1963) UK

Carry On Cleo (1965) UK

Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) UK

Casino Royale (1967) UK

Closely Watched Trains (1966) CZCH

Dr. Strangelove (1964) UK

The Graduaute (1967) US

The Great Race (1965) US

The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966) UK

The Italian Job (1969) UK

Jules et Jim (1962) FR

Lolita (1962) UK

Loves Of A Blonde (1965) CZCH

The Millionairess (1960) UK

One. Two. Three (1961) US

The Plank (1967) UK

Playtime (1967) US

The Producers (1968) US

The Punch and Judy Man (1962) UK

The Pure Hell of St Trinian's (1960) UK

The Rebel (1961) UK

School for Scoundrels (1960) UK

Shoot The Piano Player (1960) US

Take The Money And Run  (1969) US

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) UK

Two-Way Stretch (1960) UK

The Wrong Arm of the Law (1962) UK

What’s Up Tiger Lily (1966) US

You Must Be Joking! (1965) UK

 

1970s

 

1941 (1979) US

Amarcord (1971) IT/FR

American Graffiti (1973) US

And Now For Something Completely Different (1971) UK

Annie Hall (1977) US

The Bad News Bears (1976) US

Bananas (1971) US

Being There (1979) US

Blazing Saddles (1974) US

Catch-22 (1970) US

Confessions from a Holiday Camp (1977) UK

High Anxiety (1977) US

Jabberwocky (1977) UK

The Jerk (1979) US

The Last Detail  (1973) US

Love & Death (1975) US

Manhattan (1979) US

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) UK

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) UK

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) US

On the Buses (1972) UK

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) UK

The Plank (1979) UK

Porridge (1979) UK

Real Life (1979) US

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) UK

Steptoe and Son (1972) UK

Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973) UK

Traffic (1971) FR

Up Pompeii! (1971) UK

What’s Up Doc? (1972) US

Young Frankenstein (1974) US

 

1980s

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48 Hours (1982) US

9 to 5 (1980) US

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) UK

Airplane!! (1980) US

Back To The Future (1985) US

Beetlejuice (1988) US

The Blues Brothers (1980) US

Brazil (1985) UK

Broadcast News (1987) US

Broadway Danny Rose (1984) US

Caddyshack (1980) US

Comfort and Joy (1984) UK

Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989) US

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) US

Down By Law (1986) US

Educating Rita (1983) UK

Erik the Viking (1989) UK

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) US

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) UK

Ghostbusters (1984) US

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) SA

Gregory's Girl (1980) UK

High Hopes (1988) UK

Local Hero (1983) UK

The Missionary (1983) UK

Midnight Run (1988) US

Modern Romance (1981) US

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) UK

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) US

Personal Services (1987) UK

The Princess Bride (1987) US

A Private Function (1984) UK

Privates on Parade (1982) UK

The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985) US

Radio Days (1987) US

Raising Arizona (1987) US

Restless Natives (1985) UK

Rising Damp (1980) UK

Shirley Valentine (1989) UK

Stranger Than Paradise (1984) US

Stripes (1981) US

Tanpopo (1985) JPN

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) US

Time Bandits (1981) UK

Tootsie (1982) US

Trading Places (1983) US

Victor/Victoria (1982) UK

Withnail and I (1987) UK

Zelig (1983) US

 

1990s

 

Alice (1990) US

Being John Malkovich (1999) US

The Big Lebowski (1998) US

Boogie Nights (1997) US

Bottle Rocket (1998) US

Brassed Off (1996) UK

Bullets Over Broadway (1998) US

Clerks. (1994) US

The Commitments (1991) UK

Dogma (1999) US

Ed Wood (1994) US

Election (1999) US

Fargo (1996) US

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) UK

The Full Monty (1997) UK

Funny Bones (1995) UK

Life Is Beautiful (1997) US/ITL

Happiness (1998) US

Hear My Song (1991) UK

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) UK

Man Bites Dog (1992) US/BLGM

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) US

Mighty Aphrodite (1995) US

Notting Hill (1999) UK

Out Of Sight (1998) US

Peter's Friends (1992) UK

The Player (1992) US

Rushmore (1998) US

Shakespeare in Love (1998) UK

Short Cuts (1993) US

Still Crazy (1998) UK

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) US

Swingers (1996) US

Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991) UK

Twin Town (1997) UK

Waiting For Guffman (1999) US

 

2000s

 

Best In Show (2000) US

Bend It Like Beckham (2002) UK

Billy Elliot (2000) UK

Birdman (2014) US

Bridesmaids (2011) US

Confetti (2006) UK

Deadpool (2016) US

The Death of Stalin (2017) UK

Django Unchained (2012) UK

The Guard  (2011)  IE

The Hangover (2009) US

Hot Fuzz (2007) UK

Hunt for the Wilder People  (2016) NZ

In Bruges  (2008) UK

In the Loop (2009) UK

It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004) UK

Kinky Boots (2005) UK

King Fu Hustle (2004) CHN

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) US

The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005) UK

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) US

Monsters, Inc (2001) US

Napoleon Dynamite  (2004) US

Pitch Perfect (2012) US

Royal Tenenbaums (2001) US

Saving Grace (2000) UK

Shaolin Soccer School (2001) CHN

Shaun of the Dead (2004) UK

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) US

Snatch (2000) UK

Son of Rambow (2007) UK

Songs from the Second Floor (2000) UK/SWD

The Station Agent (2003) US

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri  (2017) US

Superbad (2007) US

Team America (2004) US

Vacation (2015) US

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) US

World's Greatest Dad (2009) US

What We Do In The Shadows (2014) NZ

You, the Living (2007) SWDN