IMDB Best Movies in the Comedy Genre

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 11:24 am

This list of the IMDB Best Movies in the Comedy Genre details the top films as voted on by the readers of the Internet Movie Database. The top 50 comedy films are ranked in order, and they’re constantly updated to reflect new releases and varying attitudes in cinema. While the current top 10 listed below may change slightly over time, they’re entrenched as some of the greatest comedy films of all time.

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Now on to the IMDB best movies in the comedy genre. Listed from one to ten, they are…

City Lights (1931) – Even though pictures with sound were already all the rage, Charlie Chaplin went out and made a masterpiece of silent cinema. Whether it’s his hot-and-cold relationship with a drunken millionaire or his infatuation with a blind flower girl, Chaplin’s Little Tramp character gets himself into one comical (and sometimes touching) situation after another. The final scene is one of the greatest in cinematic history, and City Lights was appropriately Chaplin’s favorite work.

Amelie (2001) – Audrey Tautou stars as Amelie Poulain, a reserved waitress who resolves to make those around her happy. Acting as an anonymous matchmaker and benefactor, she begins performing acts of kindness such as persuading her father to tour the world, helping a bullied young man, and describing the scenery to a blind man as they travel to the Metro. Amelie’s passion for life is at once uplifting and comedic, but will she be able to find happiness for herself in the process?

Modern Times (1936) – Charlie Chaplin brings his Little Tramp character into the modern world with this comic, yet socially relevant, tale of the industrial age. After suffering a mental breakdown due to the increasing automation at his factory, the Tramp ends up getting thrown in jail, falling for an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard), and accidentally snorting large amounts of cocaine. The film’s most famous scene features Chaplin surrounded by a neverending series of gears while trying to repair a vast machine. Chaplin also served as writer, director, and producer.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – Poking fun at the legend of King Arthur and his quest for the Holy Grail, this film is an inventive amalgam of slapstick and absurdist humor. All your favorites from Monty Python are present, and the Knights of the Round Table must contend with such dangers as the Knights Who Say Ni, the lethal Rabbit of Caerbannog, and those dirty French.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Considered one of the best musicals ever made, Singin’ in the Rain tells of the transition from silent films to “talkies,” and the challenges faced by performers in that era. It also features loads of singing and dancing, courtesy of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. If you have even the faintest interest in musicals, this one is a must.

Cinema Paradiso (1988) – When his friend and mentor passes away, Salvatore, a successful film director, travels to his native village to pay his respects at the funeral. Through the use of flashbacks, we learn of the relationship between the two, and how the older man instilled a passion for life and cinema in his young protégé. Made in Italy, the film became a major international hit thanks to its blend of comedy and a coming of age story.

The Great Dictator (1940) – Charlie Chaplain plays dual roles in this satirical look at the Nazi Party and Adolph Hitler. His first true talking picture, Chaplain was ahead of the curve in being critical of Germany’s leader, as the United States would not declare war until more than a year later. This also proved to be his most commercially successful film, and it remains a comic masterpiece with a strong social message.

The Apartment (1960) – This Billy Wilder film followed Some Like It Hot, and it was just as successful with audiences. Jack Lemmon plays an office worker who loans out his apartment to his philandering supervisors in exchange for a recommendation for a promotion. This goes great until he meets a stunning elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) who draws him into a comical web of suicide attempts, infidelity, and games of gin rummy.

Some Like It Hot (1959) – While it comes in at #9 on the IMDB list, the American Film Institute ranks it as the greatest American comedy ever made. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play a pair of struggling musicians who witness a massacre orchestrated by a group of Chicago gangsters. The bad guys spot them, and the pair are forced to leave town. Unfortunately, the only way to do so is to dress up in drag and join an all-female band featuring the gorgeous “Sugar” Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe) on lead vocals. Both men try to win her affections, while one also has a contend with a love-struck millionaire. And, of course, don’t forget about those gangsters.

Up (2009) – When an elderly widower straps thousands of balloons to his home and flies to South America, he undertakes the adventure of a lifetime in this smash hit from Pixar. But he’s surprised to learn that a persistent Wilderness Scout in search of his last merit badge is stranded on his front porch. The two are forced to team up, encountering a hilarious talking dog, a rare flightless bird, and a once-great adventurer who’s lost his mind. Winner of the 2010 Oscar for Best Animated Film, Up has something to keep your entire family in stitches, along with plenty of emotional moments.

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