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The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 28 Aug 2017, 15:00
by Dr Markus
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170821-the-100-greatest-comedies-of-all-time

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1982)
100. The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis, 1961)
99. The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979)
98. The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)
97. The Music Box (James Parrott, 1932)
96. Born Yesterday (George Cukor, 1950)
95. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
94. Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
93. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999)
92. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, 1962)
91. What's Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)
90. A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)
89. Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)
88. Zoolander (Ben Stiller, 2001)
87. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)
86. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
85. Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1973)
84. Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest, 1996)
83. Safety Last! (Fred C Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923)
82. Top Secret! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1984)
81. There's Something About Mary (Bobby and Peter Farrelly, 1998)
80. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
79. The Dinner Game (Francis Veber, 1998)
78. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
77. Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)
76. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933)
75. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)
74. Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)
73. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
72. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988)
71. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
70. In the Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2009)
69. Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975)
68. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
67. Sons of the Desert (William A Seiter, 1933)
66. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
65. Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)
64. Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008)
63. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)
62. What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, 2014)
61. Team America: World Police (Trey Parker, 2004)
60. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
59. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
58. Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)
57. Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)
56. Broadcast News (James L Brooks, 1987)
55. Best in Show (Christopher Guest, 2000)
54. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
53. The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)
52. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1936)
51. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925)
50. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)
49. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972)
48. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)
47. Animal House (John Landis, 1978)
46. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
45. Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli, 1958)
44. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)
43. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970)
42. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)
41. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles, 2006)
40. The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1967)
39. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood and Edmund Goulding, 1935)
38. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
37. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)
36. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton and John Cleese, 1988)
35. Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
34. Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
33. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004)
32. Raising Arizona (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987)
31. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
30. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)
29. When Harry Met Sally... (Rob Reiner, 1989)
28. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)
27. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
26. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, 1958)
25. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
24. Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
23. The Party (Blake Edwards, 1968)
22. Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974)
21. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
20. Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974)
19. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
18. Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)
17. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
16. The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940)
15. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975)
14. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
13. To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)
12. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
11. The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)
10. The General (Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, 1926)
9. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
8. Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)
7. Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1980)
6. Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
5. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
4. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
3. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
2. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
1. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 02:57
by pcqgod
Points for including 'Best in Show' and 'Top Secret!'

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 03:02
by Matt Wilson
I would argue that some of those films aren't necessarily comedies.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 03:46
by Dayodead
No Mel Brooks in the Top 10 = Fail....Plenty of the films which are actually comedies (Some are not...) are worthy of being in a Top 100, but the order seems way off...

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 07:04
by algroth
I like the list a lot. Glad to see Tati ranking so highly. Amidst the list there is really only one film I dislike, and that is The Hangover, while I also think they chose the wrong Anderson films to place in the list even though I can kinda understand their inclusion at the same time. Overall pretty damn good!

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 11:15
by Flowere
Matt Wilson wrote:I would argue that some of those films aren't necessarily comedies.


The first thing that came to mind.



Dayodead wrote:No Mel Brooks in the Top 10 = Fail...


Indeed.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 13:50
by Samoan
pcqgod wrote:Points for including 'Best in Show' ....... !'

Yes!

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 17:25
by borofan
2 Laurel & Hardy films, at 67 and 97? Don't be so fucking ridiculous. Totally nullifies any credibility the list might have.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 19:01
by Snarfyguy
borofan wrote:2 Laurel & Hardy films, at 67 and 97? Don't be so fucking ridiculous. Totally nullifies any credibility the list might have.

But they make up for it with the inclusion of Bridesmaids.


:roll:

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 19:15
by toomanyhatz
Not bad - the Pythons and Groundhog Day are way too high, the remarkably unfunny "There's Something About Mary" doesn't belong at all, and there should be more variety of early comedy stars other than Chaplin and Keaton, but on the whole the top ones deserve their place. And their #1 might also be mine, so I can't complain too much.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 19:22
by Rayge
It is completely wrong as any correct list would have a top 50 including Bringing up Baby, Hellzapoppin, 40 shorts and a couple of features by Laurel & Hardy, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Airplane!, Naked Gun and a couple of Woody Allen's earlier, funny films. Bananas and Love and Death maybe.

And Matt's right than some of those are not only not comedies per se, but aren't actually funny

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 30 Aug 2017, 08:59
by Darkness_Fish
I just don't think that film comedies are generally very funny. There's not much in that list which I'd see in the tv listings and change channel for.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 30 Aug 2017, 10:13
by Jimbly
Rayge wrote:It is completely wrong as any correct list would have a top 50 including Bringing up Baby, Hellzapoppin, 40 shorts and a couple of features by Laurel & Hardy, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Airplane!, Naked Gun and a couple of Woody Allen's earlier, funny films. Bananas and Love and Death maybe.

And Matt's right than some of those are not only not comedies per se, but aren't actually funny


hadn't looked through the list but to miss out Hellzapoppin is scandalous.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 30 Aug 2017, 10:22
by Rayge
K wrote:Oh, and Rayge, Bringing Up Baby is #17, Love and Death #69, Duck Soup #7 and Airplane! is #5.

I saw they were in there (tbf I did notice Love and Death) yeah. I was just cheerleading for Stan and listing my top 50

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 01 Sep 2017, 15:37
by joels344
It's a good list, especially their top 30. There are some questionable pop culture, comedy picks (Hangover, Step Brothers, and Anchorman), but also some interesting picks (Daisies, Buñuel films, Tati films).

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 25 Sep 2019, 12:50
by Geezee
Dr Markus wrote:http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170821-the-100-greatest-comedies-of-all-time
74. Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)
4. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)


Saw these two recently and while Trading Places is an old favourite, christ I'd forgotten how uncomfortably edgy it is in places...it's become a family movie, but some of the elements are really pretty jarring in that setting (60+ year old Denholm Elliott fondling a young bikini babe at the end, Ackroyd's painted face, the fact that the good guys win through flagrantly illegal insider trading, the use of the word etc). Groundhog Day continues to hold up for very good reason. It really holds a very interesting place in that it contains a lot of the elements of the classic 80s comedies, but Murray's cynicism is updated and really sets a template for a lot of characters you see in 90s comedies (I saw quite a lot of overlap with Chandler in Friends for exmaple).

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 25 Sep 2019, 17:47
by Sneelock
Groundhog Day is "It's a Wonderful Life" for a lot of Baby Boomers.
my favorite thing in "Trading Places" is Akroyd trying to eat his sub on the bus in his derelict Santa Suit.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 25 Sep 2019, 20:02
by Lord Rother
So I Married an Axe Murderer should be in there.

Anchorman is in there. Nothing with that buffoon in it is remotely funny.

No Home Alone? Disgraceful.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 26 Sep 2019, 16:56
by Jimbly
Axe Murderer has about 10 minutes of comedy gold, the rest is turgid.

Re: The 100 Greatest Comedies

Posted: 26 Sep 2019, 22:29
by Lord Rother
Jeemo wrote:Axe Murderer has about 10 minutes of comedy gold, the rest is turgid.


Maybe, but it’s got Nancy Travis and that carries me through.