Comedy is the most subjective genre of films. A sense of humour differs greatly from person to person, so a film for one person might be rolling on the floor, splitting their slides in laughter, while another person could be bored to tears. Clearly then, for a comedy film to be almost universally acclaimed as hilarious is a tough task indeed. The films on this list fit that bill and then some, having an incredible capacity to make every viewer laugh until they hurt. If you’re after a laugh a minute, then check out this list of the best comedy films.
1. There’s Something About Mary
There may not be a more memorable scene in a comedy film than what happens in a bathroom to Ben Stiller in There’s Something About Mary. As is the case with most comedic cinematic successes, this film leaned heavily on word of mouth, with viewers eager to tell their friends about the aforementioned bathroom scene amongst other classics. The film follows Ted (Ben Stiller) as he looks to meet up with his high school sweetheart Cameron Diaz years after prom.
2. American Pie
Watching this film is like a rite of passage for teenagers. Years later it still hits the funny spot and has left a string of copycat films in its wake. American Pie follows a group of teenagers as they fumble their way through adolescence, with an obsession with the opposite sex at the forefront of most decision making.
One of the rare comedy films that has truly stood the test of time, despite being a parody of other films from that time. It’s a can’t miss non-stop roller coaster of a film, with Leslie Nielsen putting in a typically flawless comedic effort.
4. Groundhog Day
Bill Murray may be renowned for being the life of the party in the real world, but in Groundhog Day he plays a grumpy, snide TV presenter reporting on Groundhog Day. Unfortunately for Bill, he has to relive the same day again and again and again. Even if he dies he wakes up at the start of the same day. What may seem like a ludicrous story becomes a sweet film that leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling by the end.
5. Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Almost undisputedly the king of comedies, Monty Python are firing on all cylinders in this late 70s smash hit. Life of Brian is intellectually brilliant and is a comedy that has to be seen at least once by any true comedy connoisseur.