1. Airplane! (1980)
Choosing the best comedy of all-time is very hard, but at the end of the day, the movie called Airplane! is the one that stands out as much today as it did when it first came out. Thanks to the comic talents of Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker (from Police Squad and The Naked Gun franchise), the same high-level comedy and gags, with fast edits and cuts, the movie is truly funny. This is essentially a parody of disaster films, especially Airport (1975). While not everyone appreciates “easy” humor, Airplane! is just good, innocent fun.
2. Monty Python (1975)
The well-known British comedy group has accounted for so many laughs over the years, but the Holy Grail certainly takes the cake. Its hilarious take on King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail is bound to make for a good time. This film also has managed somehow to have more and more fans each year, despite being produced more than 40 years ago. Maybe the reason for this is the fact that Graham Chapman’s Arthur is so extraordinary. But not only him, are fellow Monty Python idols, Sir Lancelot (John Cleese), and Sir Robin (Eric Idle), at their humorous peak.
3. Anchorman (2004)
Will Ferrell together with the film’s director and co-writer Adam McKay, and producer Judd Apatow joined their efforts to create a raucous romp which turned Ron Burgundy into a cinematic legend. It has to be Ferrell’s most recognizable role. This is also the type of comedy that’s very easy to rewatch many times. And surely, Burgundy’s Channel 4 news crew adds to the brilliance of the movie.
4. Caddyshack (1980)
Caddyshack is a rare example of a go-to comedy for golf fans. This was the directorial debut of Harold Ramis which made Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield real film stars. These two actors contribute most to the most humorous moments of this movie. Reportedly, it was as much fun to make as it is to watch. If there are any golfers who haven’t seen Caddyshack should stop calling themselves golfers until they fix this mistake.
5. Best in Show (2000)
Best in Show stays the gold standard amongst Christopher Guest’s mockumentary series in the eyes of many people. This movie shows us a competitive dog show, where the foolishness of hilarious situations is uninterrupted. Eugene Levy playing Gerry Fleck with two left feet and his wife Cookie (Catherine O’Hara) give the viewers excellent jokes, as well as the cast that features notable performances from Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, and Fred Willard. The film is so funny, that even dogs laughed probably.
6. Blazing Saddles (1974)
Mel Brooks has taken part in some of the best comedy films ever. And Blazing Saddles is thought to be the greatest of them by many people. Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little), Lili (Madeline Kahn), “The Waco Kid” (Gene Wilder), and Mongo (Alex Karras) made this ironic comedy-western packed with constant laughs. Plus, it mocks many stereotypes connected with old-fashioned westerns along the way. The legendary campfire scene is maybe the most hysterical of all films of Brooks.
7. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Through the script written by John Hughes and the Harold Ramis’ direction, we see the Griswold family. With Chevy Chase as a patriarch Clark and Beverly D’Angelo starring as his wife Ellen, and their two children, the film portrays the family enduring many misfortunes throughout a cross-country road trip. National Lampoon’s Vacation was very successful and led to a franchise of films. But the very first feature continues to be the most beloved in the whole series. So, get ready to take off down that “Holiday Road.”
8. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Yet another Mel Brooks’ gem that is certainly worth mentioning. The film stars such humor heavyweights as Peter Boyle who played “The Monster,” Gene Wilder, the co-writer of the screenplay as Dr. Frankenstein, together with Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr. Young Frankenstein laughs at the horror genre in general. At the same time, it did a great job of paying homage to the genre, this can be seen through the use of black and white, for example. The movie became a cinematic classic and a regular on most of the all-time comedy lists.