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Comedies are appreciated by people of all age group. The farce in them makes everyone forget their worries for some times. Producing funny good movies is not a new concept but all of them are not great enough to amuse every generation. Comedy being one of the oldest genes of film, many initial silent movies was comedies. A movie of this type generally does not carry a deep story line because its basic motive is to inflict laughter among its audience. Let was see which of the funny movies have managed a rank among the best comedy movies of all time.
City Lights is an American romantic-comedy drama written, directed and acted by Charlie Chaplin. Released in 1931, Virginia Cherrill and Harry Myers were the other leads. A tramp trying to help a blind flower girl which whom he has fallen in love was the plot of the story. Till date it is one of the most accomplished movie with humorous scenes and a moving ending, hence leads the record of best comedy movies of all time.
Released in 1984, this is a Spinal Tap is an American rock and roll musical mock documentary. The story was directed by Rob Reiner where he satirized the wild personal activities and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal musical bands through the fictional heavy metal music band Spinal Tap. The chief roles were played by David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel. In 2002, the movie was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry.
Performed by the comedy group, Monty Python (Chapman, John, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) it was a British comedy film. The movie was released in 1975 and was directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was a parody on the legend of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. Monty Python and the Holy Grail became a hit initially and was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1976 but lost. It is also one among the top ten funniest movies.
Woody Allen’s romantic comedy 1977 revolves around the up and down relation of two mismatched New York neurotics played by Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. It ranks fourth on AFI’s list of comedy film and had won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Picture along with two Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress.
An adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the American farce was a product by Mel Brooks in 1974. Young Frankenstein was ranked No.28th on Total Film magazine’s “List of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films of All Time” and No.13th on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 funniest American movies. Like the novel, this hilarious film is about a scientist who aims to reincarnate the lifeless.
Made public by Paramount Pictures, Airplane is an American sardonic comedy of 1980. It was directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker featuring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty. An alcoholic pilot Ted Striker who has developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, boards a jumbo jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend is the story line. Airplane turned out to be financially successful and was honoured with the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Comedy.
Occupying the seventh position among the best comedy movies of all time, Anchorman went so well with the audience that it has made $28.4 million in its opening weekend and $90.6 million worldwide. It was released in 2004 by the director Adam McKay featuring Will Ferrell. The movie has a funny side cause of the portrayal of a female changing the male dominated broadcasting of 1970.
Ghost Buster was a hilarious movie of 1984 directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill, Aykroyd, and Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City, who start a ghost catching business. Its comic side was so sharp that it earned $238,632,124 in the United States alone and was marked 28th in its AFI’s 100 Years…100 laughs list of film comedies.
With the story line of two male musicians who loses their jobs and later on not to become a victim of a gangland massacre changes their identities was released in 1959 with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and George Raft as the leading cast. The film is a remake of a French farce Fanfare d’Amour. It won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy.
Written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb and Michael Elias, The Jerk is considered as one of the top ten funniest movies that was released in 1979. The story is all about a homeless man who struggles through life until a strange invention makes him unbelievingly wealthy. The film is worth a watch with lots of funny acting.