Comedy movies are the best. They’re the perfect combination of hilarious and relatable that make you feel like you’re just hanging out with your friends, watching a movie. Comedy is also a genre that lends itself to re-watching quite well because most comedy films have lots of quotable lines and side-splitting scenes. But which ones are the funniest? That depends on what makes you laugh! We’ve put together this list of some of our favorite comedies from all different eras for your perusal:
1. Step Brothers
The Step Brothers is a 2008 comedy film starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Richard Jenkins. It was written by Adam McKay (Anchorman) and directed by Adam McKay, who also produced with Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), Will Ferrell’s manager and business partner. The film was produced on a budget of $65 million and grossed over $100 million worldwide at the box office.
2. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
This movie is a parody of James Bond films, starring Mike Myers as Austin Powers. The movie was released in 1997 and grossed $67 million at the box office. It’s considered one of the funniest comedies ever made, but it’s also full of great one-liners that are now downright iconic.
3. Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American comedy film written and directed by Jared Hess. The film stars Jon Heder as the titular character, an awkward teenage boy who tries to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small town. The film was shot in and near Franklin County, Idaho, and received critical acclaim upon release.
The idea for Napoleon Dynamite was conceived when Jared Hess (director) lived in Preston, Idaho with his wife Jerusha Hess (writer). While living there he saw a kid dressed like Napoleon Dynamite at Fred Meyer (a local grocery store). The movie takes place in Preston, Idaho where both Jared and Jerusha grew up.
4. Dumb and Dumber
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels starred in this 1994 comedy about the most dim-witted duo you’ll ever see. The two main characters, Lloyd Christmas (played by Carrey) and Harry Dunne (played by Daniels), accidentally steal a briefcase from Mary Swanson during a trip to Aspen, Colorado.
The briefcase belongs to her boyfriend and contains $50,000 he owes his ex-wife’s lawyer. In order to get back the money, Lloyd and Harry must travel across the country on foot because they can’t afford to pay for a bus ticket or rental car.
The movie is filled with slapstick scenes that make you laugh out loud. For example: when Harry finally realizes that he has been carrying around an empty briefcase all along!
5. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a hilarious comedy about a man who’s never had sex before. It’s also about the 40th birthday of one such virgin, played by Steve Carell. The movie focuses on his coworkers at an electronics store in suburban Boston and the women they bring home to introduce him to the world of sex. The movie is hilariously awkward and fun, with plenty of moments that will make you laugh out loud as well as cringe in embarrassment for some characters’ blatant lack of social etiquette or common sense.
In Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, an overly stressed-out waitress who is struggling to make ends meet. Her friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) decides to be her maid of honor, but the two have very different ideas on how Annie should plan her bachelorette party. The rest of the cast includes Melissa McCarthy (as Megan), Ellie Kemper (as Rita), Rose Byrne (as Helen), Wendi McLendon-Covey (as Joyce), and Jon Hamm in a supporting role as one of Annie’s exes. This hilarious comedy will keep you laughing from start to finish.
7. Old School
Old School is a 2003 comedy about a group of old college buddies who reunite to start their own fraternity. The movie stars Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn as the leaders of the group, with Luke Wilson and Jeremy Piven filling out the rest of their clique.
Each of these movies features a different kind of humor, so there are lots of options for people who like different types of comedy. We have everything from slapstick and pratfalls to sophisticated satire, but whatever your taste may be-these movies will leave you laughing until it hurts.