What Are the Greatest Comedy Films of All Time?


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"Some Like It Hot," "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," "Annie Hall," "Airplane!" and "MASH" are considered to be some of the greatest comedy films. In 2000, the American Film Institute named the 1959 film "Some Like It Hot" the funniest movie in American cinema. I.A.L. Diamond and director Billy Wilder wrote the screenplay, and Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star in the film.

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The American Film Institute also named Sydney Pollack's "Tootsie," Leo McCarey's "Duck Soup," Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" and Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" as some of the greatest comedies. Two of Mel Brooks' other films, "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers," also ranked highly on the list. Actor Cary Grant appeared in eight of the 100 films on the list.

"All About Eve" ranks as the greatest comedy film on Rotten Tomatoes' list of the top 100 comedies of all time, as of 2015. To be eligible for the list, the movies need at least 40 critic reviews. Animated features such as the "Toy Story" movies, "Up" and "Finding Nemo" all rank highly on the list. The first two "Toy Story" movies earn a perfect 100 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian names some contemporary films such as "Borat" from 2006, "The Big Lebowski" from 1998, and "Shaun of the Dead" from 2004 as some of the greatest comedy movies.

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