Classic comedies are a treat. They are incredible to watch again and again. There is no better gift than the gift of laughter. And some movies have been able to consistently deliver laughs even decades after they have appeared. Some comedies are able to stand up to the test of time due to their incredible ability to surprise and impress its audiences. These movies have been able to make people laugh over and over again and we hail their exceptional creativity. It’s not just a funny movie, but a funny movie that pushes the envelope to every extreme worth celebrating.
There are classic comedies that people hold in very high regard. And they certainly should. These movies are so good that lines are repeated over and over again from one friend to another. They are constantly part of our vernaculars. And of course, there are many, many incarnations of these kinds of movies. So we are developing awards to honor these films. These special categories are created to give the props that these films deserve. And certainly, there could be tens, if not hundreds, of these awards handed out. But we aren’t going to go there. We are picking our favorites in specific categories and hope that you are fans as well.
Remember, we are looking for crazy here, so some classics may not make the list. But we did add some honorable mentions for credit. So without further ado, these are 14 Epic Movies That Make You Laugh Again and Again.
14. Cop Movies – Super Troopers
All right, when it comes down to funny movies about police, we can’t resist throwing out the classic underdog comedy Super Troopers. Super Troopers is the brainchild of the Broken Lizard Comedy Group who off of a paltry $1.2 million budget was able to turn in a box office result of $23.1 million. The amazing part of this return is that the film was relatively unknown and wasn’t heavily pushed out of the gate. With classic characters like “Farva,” “Ramathorn,” “Rabbit” and “Captain O’Hagen,” the cast pulled off an amazing result using simple stupidity that was wrapped around an easily understood storyline. The Vermont State Troopers were on the verge of being shut down due to budget cuts and these loveable losers attempted to go to all ends to keep their tight crew employed. The randomness and humanity of the film is what drew the audience in and made this classic film one that is showcased on television and cable channels with constant regularity. With a second film in the making, this classic will continue to churn the wheels of success.
13. Compilation Story – Kentucky Fried Movie
This movie is one of those classics that is rarely spoken of by today’s audience. The best way to describe Kentucky Fried Movie, a classic 1970s comedy that was insanely crazy, is the way DJ AM took spinning music and helped create the famed “mash-up” concept. That was Kentucky Fried Movie for filmmaking. You can’t simply take this movie and its story on face value because it doesn’t try to wow you with individual storylines. Instead, this film takes you on a journey of insanity that is so creative and so ingenious, anyone who hasn’t seen it must take the time to have a viewing. Young brilliant minds conceived the series of random events to the tune of director John Landis and writers Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. The budget was only $650,000 but the box office result of over $7.1 million back in 1977 made this a big success story. This comedic anthology featured numerous cameos by stars. The movie is exceptional in its own way and is like nothing ever seen before. It parodies many exploitation films and numerous genres smashed together. Just YouTube “Big Jim Slade” and watch a short excerpt of this hilarious film and enjoy the journey.
12. College Films – Animal House And Old School
It is nearly impossible to split the hairs of these two classic comedies. The first, Animal House, is from an older generation and features John Belushi in his prime as “Bluto.” Kevin Bacon’s famous butt pounding with the line, “thank you, sir, may I have another,” has stood the test of time. Tim Matheson anchors the cast playing off of Belushi’s craziness and Donald Sutherland’s bare rear end even is highlighted in this crazy adventure that features a fraternity on the break of self-destruction. Their goal is survival and they attempt to do anything and everything to remain alive and relevant. Along the way, they break every rule and make up their own codes as they become the losers we want to see win.
Old School takes an entirely different approach to college life. Here, we see characters who have had enough of their boring lives and make attempts to fill the voids of what “might have been” by starting a fraternity of their own. The craziness follows no rules but their own and they are able to achieve the kind of fun and freedom that middle-aged men hardly ever get to enjoy. Will Ferrell “Frank The Tank,” Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, Jeremy Piven and Ellen Pompeo kill it in this awesome ensemble movie. There is no shortage of fun and the two storylines of Wilson’s search for love and the fraternity’s attempts for survival all pull together nicely in this well-conceived and timeless comedy.
11. High School Angst Movie – Superbad
The movie launched the careers of Jonah Hill “Seth” and Michael Cera “Evan” who play the two leads in the film. The script was penned by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and solidified their careers as well as both actors and creators. With a budget of $20 million, this film cashed in to the tune of a whopping $169 million in the box office! The film also featured Emma Stone as “Jules,” Seth Rogen and Bill Hader as cops and Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse as the hilarious “Fogell, AKA McLovin.” It is the simplicity of capturing friendships and high school angst mixed with hilarity and great acting that give this film such a powerful edge. You feel emotion while laughing hysterical in this comedy that launched many careers into orbit.
10. War Comedy – Tropic Thunder
It is very difficult to parody any war films. Not many have done it well. With such moving films and the feelings of intense drama surrounding the military, there needed to be an exceptional concept that could both capture the drama of war and the levity of being able to have fun with the subject matter. That is where Tropic Thunder hits a massive home run. Of course, the cast itself is epic. When Tom Cruise is a fat producer in make-up, you are doing pretty well. But that is the tip of the iceberg with this star-studded film. Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey and Danny McBride are the big stars who are amazing in this big film. They explode on the screen with hilarity and surprise. The film doesn’t hold punches and the dynamic cast bring such different avenues of comedy that it keeps the laughs going. Although Ben Stiller is a bit over-the-top at times, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Tom Cruise and Danny McBride absolutely kill it in this ensemble film. War has never brought out so many laughs as in Tropic Thunder.
9. Golf Movie – Caddyshack
When your headliners in a movie are Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight, you know you have a big hit on your hands. Following the exploits of a young caddy trying to make it at a snobby golf club, Caddyshack delivers comedy in so many interesting ways. As the stuck up Ted Knight “Judge Elihu Smails” attempts to keep his golf club as white, male and affluent as possible, he finds a thorn in his side in the wealthy, but unpredictable, Rodney Dangerfield’s “Al Czervik.” The caddy, “Danny Noonan” played by Michael O’Keefe is just trying to navigate his way through the murky waters of wealth and trying to grab a little something for himself along the way. An aloof Chevy Chase “Ty Webb” and an insane Bill Murray “Carl Spackler” only add to the allure of this wacky off-the-wall comedy. The movie ends with Rodney Dangerfield epically announcing to a crowd, “Hey, everybody, we’re all gonna get laid!” With lines like that, this movie is a big time winner!
8. Space Movie – Spaceballs
With the success of “Star Wars” in movie theaters, there is no doubt that many people wanted to capitalize on the brand. Many looked at the successes from space films and wanted to find a parody film that could stand up to the hilarity of such epics as the aforementioned “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Aliens.” So, up came Mel Brooks and his insane creative mind to create Spaceballs. A movie that is so aptly named, Spaceballs is another star-studded cast that includes: Rick Moranis “Dark Helmet”, John Candy “Barf,” Daphne Zuniga “Princess Vespa,” Bill Pullman “Lone Starr,” Joan Rivers “Dot Matrix,” Dick Van Patten “King Roland” and Dom DeLuise “Pizza The Hutt.” The name recognition alone was enough to make fans giddy. An interesting side was that George Lucas gave his blessing for Brooks to make the movie with the caveat that Brooks wouldn’t merchandise. Brooks agreed and Lucas’s team even handled some of the post-production work. Lucas was quoted as saying he was afraid “he would bust something from laughing.”
7. TV News – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The premise of this story is Godly. First, they hark back to a 1970s news anchor with a thick mustache. That alone is exciting when you think of comedy. But then they add some stereotypical characters on top of it and the words “comedic genius” quickly come to mind. A bold film that pushes the envelope of stereotypes in the 1970s was the perfect springboard for Will Ferrell and his character, Ron Burgundy. He was able to dive into the 1970s stereotype of a strong alpha male news anchor with perfect reckless abandon. His team was anchored by an ensemble of Steve Carell who brilliantly played “Brick Tamland,” Paul Rudd “Brian Fantana,” Christina Applegate “Veronica Corningstone,” David Koechner “Champ Kind,” Fred Willard “Ed Harken” and Vince Vaughn as rival news anchor “Wes Mantooth.” There were cameos from Luke Wilson and Ben Stiller as well, but the entirety of the film was both well-conceived and executed by a stellar cast of characters. The only thing you must know, is that San Diego equals Whale’s Vagina in Ron Burgundy’s world. ‘Nough said.
6. Drug Inspired Film: Pineapple Express
James Franco and Seth Rogen. The two best buds team up in this hilarious comedy in which an average joe, Rogen, and his drug dealer, Franco, become embroiled in a crazy crime syndicate. The duo finds all kinds of problems along the way and find friendship together in the midst of their struggles. Danny McBride and Craig Robinson being their comedic genius to the party to round out this talented cast and make this movie timeless. With a budget of just over $27 million, the film easily eclipsed $100 million to become a big success. But the massive success was due in large part to the relationship between Rogen and Franco who blaze up the screen with jokes and action sequences that are sure to make your belly ache from laughter. This well-executed film is a treat (kind of like a special kind of brownie).
5. Absurd Sports Film: Blades Of Glory (Honorable Mention: Major League)
For all intents and purposes, Major League is the better of the two movies. However, we are talking outrageous comedies here and where Major League succeeds as a great film with heart, Blades of Glory finds success in a formula of outrageous ridiculousness. Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer and screen veteran Craig T. Nelson round out this all-star cast. The hilarity of the concept drills home this movie as something special. First, two men figure skating together in the couple’s category is insane enough. Then, you add Will Arnett and Amy Poehler and their strange incestuous relationship to the mix, and you have movie gold. Ferrell and Heder are perfect opposites in the film and do a tremendous job of bringing home this outrageousness of this concept. With a budget of $61 million and a take home of over $145 million, the success of this comedy speaks for itself.
4. International Plot Comedy: Three Amigos (Honorable Mention: Top Secret)
It’s not easy to execute an effective comedic plot line in another country, but Three Amigos does a heck of a job doing just that. Three Amigos captured three big time comedians all near their peak: Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short. Directed by John Landis, produced by Lorne Michaels (of Saturday Night Live fame), and written by Martin and Michaels themselves, the film put together an epic collection of characters to create a hilarious journey of buffoonery. These three silent film stars are misconstrued as actual heroes who must find a way to help the people suffering in a small Mexican village. Ranked as #79 on Bravo’s list of “100 Funniest Movies,” the cult following for this hilarious comedy has spanned the test of time.
3. Funniest Disaster Movie: Airplane
We cannot possibly count all the ways Airplane hits a homerun as a comedy that not only captures the social times, but it also achieves so much more with characters and skits that are so outrageous and consistently funny, that it impressed nearly every audience member around. With a ridiculous 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it is clear the public was greatly impressed by this whacky film. Written and directed by the comedy trio of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, the movie centers around Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty. Hays and Hagerty’s love affair is the driving force in the film but what was more impressive was the cast of co-stars that pop up in the likes of: Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The film cost just $3.5 million to make but grossed an incredible $83 million in North America alone, and $130 million overall. For 1980, this film was a monster hit and deservedly so.
2. Funniest Family Film: Step-Brothers (Honorable Mention: Wedding Crashers)
What do you get when Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly come together as step-brothers? Well, you get a $128 million grossing comedy. The mere storyline of two middle-aged men coming together as step-brothers wouldn’t be funny on the surface. But when you inject adult men who act like teenagers who never grow up, you have a little more to work with. When you add Ferrell and Reilly’s genius to the mix, things get crazy and very funny. The power struggle between the two men was hilarious to watch as the two clashed constantly over control and territory. The two men blame one another for nearly everything that is wrong just as two squabbling children would. Anchored by Ferrell and Reilly, the other brilliant castmates include: Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, Rob Riggle and Kathryn Hahn. The cast does such a marvelous job of playing off of Ferrell and Reilly’s insanity. The end result is gag after gag of comic genius and memorable lines. “Boats and hoes.”
1. Classic Western Parody: Blazing Saddles
Mel Brooks is never one to lack nerve or comedic genius. In 1974, Blazing Saddles emerged as both a poignant social statement and a hilarious parody film. Written by numerous talents that included both Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, the film stars a swath of talent from the time period. Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks and Dom DeLuise anchor the star-studded cast. Released in the mid-70s as a satirical western that attacks sensitive issues such as racism and stereotypes, the film cost $2.6 million but blitzed to nearly $120 million in sales. The staggering profit from the comedy not only netted it commercial success, but it was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. The American Film Institute holds the film at the #6 spot for best comedies of all time. The American West never shined with so much humor as it did in Blazing Saddles.