Saturday, July 12, 2008

Top 25 Comedies of the Last 25 Years

When Brandon and I set out to make this list, we thought it would be easy; not so my friends. But here's our compiled list of the top 25 comedies of the last 25 years (I made a list, he made a list, we averaged the numbers and here's what we came up with):

1. Dumb & Dumber
2. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
3. Big Lebowski
4. This is Spiral Tap
5. Office Space
6. Zoolander
7. The Royal Tenenbaums
8. Jackass 2
9. Raising Arizona
10. High Fidelity
11. About a Boy
12. Best in Show
13. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
14. Napoleon Dynamite
15. Hot Fuzz
16. Snatch
17. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
18. Shaun of the Dead
19. Princess Bride
20. Rushmore
21. Groundhog Day
22. Happy Gilmore
23. Wayne's World 1 & 2
24. So I Married an Axe Murderer
25. Bottle Rocket/The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou/Darjeeling Limited

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
- Tommy Boy
- Talladegga Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
- The Science of Sleep
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Juno
- Punch-Drunk Love
- School of Rock/Orange County
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- About Schmidt
- Fletch
- A Christmas Story
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
- Wedding Crashers
- Knocked Up
- Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
- Starsky & Hutch

Most Overrated Comedies of All Time (just for kicks)
- Caddyshack
- The Blues Brothers
- Shrek 1, 2, & 3
- Meet the Fockers
- Anything with Eddie Murphy since 1988
- Anything with Robin Williams since 1998


  1. did you ever think of doing subcatergories? It seems like some of these could be considered "dramedies" though I hate that term.

  2. yes, brand-o and i thought about having a couple of different categories, but we decided to keep it simple and used a broad definition: if it made us laugh repeatedly, then we classified it as a comedy.

  3. Interesting, both Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead made the list.

    I approve, I just think it's interesting.

  4. i wanted Hot Fuzz on the list instead of Shaun o' the Dead, but Brand-0 had SotD so high on his list that i couldn't bump it off.

  5. Cicero Paine7/18/08, 9:11 AM

    "High Fidelity" Great movie, difficult to see it as a comedy, that's drama baby, drama.

  6. Is it coincidental that dumb and dumber would be at the top of possibly the worst list of comedies i have ever seen? Perhaps it reflects upon its creators.