When it comes to what film someone wants to watch, the first thing to always consider is what kind of mood you are in. Typically, we all love a good laugh, so it should not be shocking that Hollywood has given us countless comedy classics. While not all comedies are made equal, sometimes a comedy comes along that reaches cult status and may even have phrases that have entered our everyday jargon. This century has seen some amazing achievements on screen - The Lord of the Rings, The Revenant, Harry Potter, Avatar, but how many times do you need to see a Hobbit save the world? In contrast, comedy films seem like a genre that once you have a successful film, people are going to want to watch it again and again. It was where Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Melissa McCarthy, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn established themselves as being some of the very best in terms of comedy.
So, what makes a comedy worthy of a spot on the list? Other than having to contain constant humour, it needs to be as funny as the first time we watched it (or more so), because you know the best comedies aren't the ones you watch once and forget about it.
More than any other genre, a good comedy film also needs to be quotable. While this may make you grow tired of the film when you've heard the same joke from The Hangover 40 times, but it's still a sign of a classic film! Lastly, just because we're going to throw one more requirement, the film needs to have some heart, meaning, it can't just be humor, there needs to be something people care about too. Many missed out due to a lack of heart, but here we have entries that prove you can succeed on all the areas necessary. No matter your gender, these are films stacked in your collection that show the scars of heavy use. Having a bad day? Pop one in the player and things may not seem so bad.
As with all top 10s, this will be heavily debated. If you have a film that you believe should be on this list, please add a comment with your reasoning along with the entry that it should replace. And if you haven't seen any of these classics, call in sick and spend a day on the couch, you won't regret it.
10 Horrible Bosses (2011)
9 Knocked Up (2007)
8 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
7 Mean Girls (2004)
6 Old School (2003)
5 Wedding Crashers (2005)
4 Bridesmaids (2011)
3 Superbad (2007)
2 Step Brothers (2008)
1 The Hangover (2009)
And the winner is...The Hangover! Another film directed by Todd Phillips, and should be enough to establish him as the best comedic director out there. Four friends go to Las Vegas for a bucks party and end up so hung that they can't remember what antics ensued during the inebriation, including losing the friend that is set to get married. Every scene is golden. The sequels may have failed, but this is the comedy that defines our generation. Alan is the socially-retarded guy nobody wanted to come, yet he places himself and the group in such bizarre situations that you can't help but laugh. Whether it is stealing Mike Tyson's tiger, watching Stu get married to a stripper, locking a small Chinese man in the trunk, commandeering a cop car, or getting shot and tasered, the iconic moments are endless. But why have me recite them to you, now that you've finished this list you should go and watch this movie again!
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