50 Funniest Comedy Movies Of All Time + Where To Watch Them

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50 Best Comedy Movies — Funniest Films & Where To Stream Them
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We could all use some mindless entertainment to help us escape from the often harsh realities of our lives, and that's exactly what the best movies provide.

So what could be better than checking out this list of the best comedy movies of all time to make sure you've seen them all?

Whether you're a fan of streaming the funniest movies you can find on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime, elsewhere, or all of the above, the comedies listed below are all available to stream right now — so what are you waiting for? Sit back, relax, and prepare for lots of belly laughs as you enjoy these silly, often absurdly funny movies.

There are so many hilarious comedies to choose from we had a tough time narrowing it down, but here are our top 50 picks for the funniest comedy movies of all time, in no particular order:

50 Best Comedy Movies of All Time + Where to Stream Them Now

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1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. Adam McKay's directorial debut still proves the most popular today, because the film has all the workings of a great comedy, including its star, Will Ferrell.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime, YouTube

2. The Hangover (2009)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong

Two days before his wedding, Doug (Bartha) and three friends (Cooper, Helms, and Galifianakis) drive to Las Vegas for a wild and memorable stag party. In fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can't remember a thing, nor can they find Doug. "The Hangover" became an instant comedy hit thanks to a bizarre plot, crazy characters, and mostly to Zach Galifianakis's performance, which transformed him overnight into one of the most in-demand comedic actors.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube, Hulu (available on August 19)

3. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Starring: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Fred Willard

Rob Reiner's genre-setting mockumentary, or rockumentary, of the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap is an all-time comedy classic. The film is smartly directed, brilliantly acted, and packed with endlessly quotable moments. In 2002, "This Is Spinal Tap" was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

4. Airplane! (1980)

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Julie Hagerty, Robert Hays, Kareem Abdul‑Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges

"Airplane!" is another classic comedy that still makes the top funniest movies of all time list. Jim Abraham and the Zucker brothers later went onto make the "Naked Gun" and "Hot Shots" movies. Starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, the film is a silly, hilarious 1970s disaster movie spoof.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeNetflix

5. Coming to America (1988)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos

This movie is part comedy and part romance, with Eddie Murphy shining in the lead role as Prince Akeem Joffer. "Coming to America" tells the story of a prince traveling from Africa to America in search of a woman he can marry. The sequel film is set to be released in December 2020!

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime, YouTube

6. Bridesmaids (2011)

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon

Annie (Wiig) is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Rudolph), is engaged, she has no choice but to serve as the maid of honor. Paul Feig's comedy is written by the hilarious Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime

7. Groundhog Day (1983)

Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Harold Ramis, Stephen Tobolowsky, Chris Elliott

Bill Murray stars as the cynical weatherman trapped in an endless time warp in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He relives the same day over and over again... kind of like the mundane reality of life. Until he discovers a way of turning the situation to his advantage.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeNetflix

8. Girls Trip (2017)

Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Kofi Siriboe

These hilarious and powerful Black women star as a group of friends who take a trip to New Orleans to grow closer. Of course, hijinks ensue, but through it all, we learn the power of friendship, despite its ups and downs.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime, YouTube

9. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy

A control freak (Steve Martin) struggles to travel home for Thanksgiving to his wife (Laila Robins) and kids, but his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm. Then he’s forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith (John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destination. John Hughes directed this classic comedy.

Where to stream it now: HBO Max, Amazon

10. The Big Lebowski (1998)

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. "The Big Lebowski" is a simple story that requires no over-analyzing to delve into its narrative and concept. It's effective, humorous and overall a wacky classic.

Where to stream it now: Cinemax Go, Amazon Prime

11. Ghostbusters (1984)

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver

Who ya gonna call? This classic comedy from 1984 follows a group of parapsychologists who start a ghost catching business. Not only will the jokes and plotlines throughout keep you chuckling the entire time, but the costumes they wear... well, let's just say it's okay to laugh at the men wearing them.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime

12. Ghostbusters (2016)

Starring: Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

The reboot of the 1984 film replaces the male cast with an all-female cast. Obviously, not all reboots are successful in showing up their predecessors, but "Ghostbusters" remains a classic, even with the swapped genders. Plus, who doesn't love funny ladies blasting ghosts?

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime, YouTube

13. Clueless (1995)

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison

As if! If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, this cult classic gave us some of the best quotes. Shot in just 40 days, "Clueless" follows rich high school student, Cher, as she befriends a new student, takes her under her wing, and gives her makeover. Plus, young Paul Rudd, am I right?

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube

14. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Christie Brinkley

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Wally World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. "National Lampoon’s Vacation" was so successful thanks to Chevy Chase as the highly optimistic Clark Griswold, a well-meaning father and husband who is determined to give his family the time of their lives, no matter what obstacle comes in the way.

Where to stream it now: HBO Max, Amazon Prime

15. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Starring: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. The film was a success on its initial release and still remains to be one of the funniest films ever made.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeNetflix

16. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Starring: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Michael York

Mike Myers plays a Bond-esque British spy transported from the Swinging London era of the 1960s to the relatively austere 1990s to foil the world-destroying schemes of Dr. Evil, also played by Mike Myers. It’s simply groovy, baby!

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

17. Friday (1995)

Starring: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, John Witherspoon, Nia Long, Tom Lister Jr.

This hilarious stoner comedy film stars and was co-written by Ice Cube, who plays one-half of a set of best friends (Chris Tucker being the other). The first of the "Friday" franchise, this film focuses on two ridiculously funny friends who must pay back their drug dealer.

Where to stream it now: Cinemax Go, Amazon Prime

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18. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan

Do you really know the kind of family you're marrying into? This film follows couple Nick and Rachel (played by Henry Golding and Constance Wu) who travel to Singapore for a wedding. But, oh, surprise — Nick's family is rich (and a bit crazy).

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

19. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Courtney Cox, Sean Young, Dan Marino

"Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" is a 1994 American comedy film starring Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, an animal detective who is tasked with finding the abducted dolphin who is the mascot of the US football team Miami Dolphins. Carrey's performance led to the film to a cult following among male adolescents and launched his career.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeNetflix

20. Big (1998)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Jared Rushton, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia

The morning after making a wish "to be big," 12-year-old Josh wakes up transformed into an adult man (Tom Hanks). As grown up Josh and still preteen Billy begin a six week wait for the return of the Zoltar machine that maybe able to change Josh back, he find himself falling into opportunities most real adults can only dream of.

Where to stream now: Amazon Prime, YouTube

21. Trainwreck (2015)

Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Brie Larson

Amy Schumer wrote and stars in this film about a commitment-phobic writer whose father raised her to believe that monogamy is the worst. After going on an assignment to interview endearing sports doctor Bill Hader, however, she slowly changes her tune.

Where to stream now: Amazon Prime, YouTube

22. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Ricardo Montalbán, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy

Detective Frank Drebin (Nielsen) tries to uncover a plan to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II, who is on a state visit to the USA. The main suspect is Vincent Ludwig, a rich businessman (Montalbán) who uses a hypnotic device to turn others into murderers. "The Naked Gun" is chock full of gags that are goofy and unapologetically crass.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeNetflix

23. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Leslie Bibb, Michael Clarke Duncan

Like most other Will Ferrell movies, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is both raunchy and hilarious. NASCAR superstar Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is at the top of his game, adored by fans, has a trophy wife by his side, and is incredibly wealthy. But Ricky loses it all when French Formula One champion Jean Girard (Baron Cohen) roars onto the scene.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime, Vudu

24. House Party (1990)

Starring: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell

Teenager Play (Martin) decides to throw a party with his parents on vacation, complete with freestyle battles, dancing, and literally blowing the roof off the house! This is one of the original crazy house party movies, the hijinx are endless.

Where to stream it now: HBO Max, Amazon PrimeYouTube

25. Caddyshack (1980)

Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. Even though some might find the humor crass and juvenile, "Caddyshack" wins with using classic slapstick comedy and quotable dialogue.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

26. Wayne's World (1992)

Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Robe Lowe

Party on, excellent! In the big-screen spin-off of the "Saturday Night Live" skit, Rob Lowe plays a producer that wants to take the public access "Wayne's World" to the world of commercial television. Wayne (Myers) and Garth (Carvey) battle to save their show and Wayne's girlfriend from Lowe.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime

27. Old School (2003)

Starring: Luke Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Piven

After discovering his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) has been cheating, attorney Mitch (Luke Wilson) moves into a new place near a college campus and tries to get his life back together. Two of his best friends, Frank (Ferrell) and Beanie (Vaughn), start their own off-campus wild party frat house, much to the ire of the dean, Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard (Piven).

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

28. Trading Places (1983)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy, Jamie Lee Curtis

Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) are the subjects of a bet by successful brokers Mortimer (Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Bellamy). An employee of the Dukes, Winthorpe is framed by the brothers for a crime he didn't commit, with the siblings then installing the street-smart Valentine in his position. When Winthorpe and Valentine uncover the scheme, they set out to turn the tables on the Dukes.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

29. Step Brothers (2008)

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly

Brennan Huff (Ferrell) and Dale Doback (Reilly) have one thing in common: they are both lazy, unemployed leeches who still live with their parents. When Brennan's mother and Dale's father marry and move in together, it turns the overgrown boys' world upside down.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime, Vudu

30. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels

"Dumb and Dumber" stars one of my favorite wacky, physical comedy geniuses, Jim Carrey, along with equally funny co-star Jeff Daniels. The movie has a lot of broad jokes, but the humor is so absurd that it's easy to miss the subtle stuff the first viewing. So you’ll have to watch it again and again!

Where to stream it now: HBO Max, Amazon Prime

31. Spaceballs (1987)

Starring: Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, John Candy

The evil leaders of Planet Spaceball, having foolishly squandered their precious atmosphere, devise a secret plan to take every breath of air away from their peace-loving neighbor, Planet Druidia. They send the evil Dark Helmet to kidnap Princess Vespa on the day of her wedding, in the hope of holding Druidia to ransom. But the princess skips town and joins forces with a mercenary named Lone Starr and his sidekick, Barf.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeNetflix

32. Happy Gilmore (1996)

Starring: Adam Sandler, Carl Weather, Ben Still, Frances Bay

Adam Sandler has been at the forefront of popular comedy for decades now, and either you love his humor or you don’t. All Happy Gilmore (Sandler) has ever wanted is to be a professional hockey player. But he soon discovers he may actually have a talent for playing an entirely different sport: golf. When his grandmother (Bay) learns she is about to lose her home, Happy joins a golf tournament to try and win enough money to buy it for her.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime

33. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn, Justin Long, Missi Pyle

Maniacal health nut and fitness chain owner White Goodman (Stiller) is about to put indie gym Average Joe's out of business unless Peter (Vince Vaughn) can raise $50,000 to keep his mortgage. So he and a ragtag group of Average Joe's members and employees enter a dodgeball contest with a big cash prize.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime

34. The Blues Brothers (1980)

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, John Landis, James Brown, Cab Calloway

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. "The Blues Brothers" holds a special place in cult movie lovers' hearts because it’s surreal and it has great music.

Another film directed by John Landis, the film stars some of the best comedy greats: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway and John Candy.

Where to stream it now: Sling, Amazon Prime

35. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Tom Georgeson

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to double-cross each other for the loot. "A Fish Called Wanda" is a perfect match of American-British humor, with American stars (Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline) and its British Monty Python veterans (John Cleese and Michael Palin).

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime

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36. Home Alone (1990)

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O'Hara, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

When 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. But the family forgets Kevin, and the boy awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. His excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Pesci and Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence and that he alone must protect the family home.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime

37. Superbad (2007)

Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Stone

Two inseparable best friends navigate the last weeks of high school and are invited to a gigantic house party. Together with their nerdy friend, they spend a long day trying to score enough alcohol to supply the party and inebriate two girls in order to kick-start their sex lives before they go off to college. Their quest is complicated after one of them falls in with two inept cops who are determined to show him a good time.

Where to stream it now: Vudu, Amazon Prime

38. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

Starring: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

The hilarious duo of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder make this 1989 comedy a comedy classic. The film stars Pryor as a blind man and Wilder as a deaf man. They witness a murder, but it was Dave (Wilder) who was looking at her, and Wally (Pryor) who was listening.

Where to stream it now: Crackle, Amazon Prime

39. Barbershop (2002)

Starring: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Troy Garity, Eve, Michael Ealy

Ever wonder what goes on in a barbershop? This 2002 hit follows a family-owned barbershop in Chicago, where Calvin (Ice Cube) struggles to find $20,000 after selling the shop to loan sharks. Mix that sense of community with great laughs and this is one you won't want to stop watching.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime, YouTube

40. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Ed Solomon, Chris Matheson

Two friends (Reeves and Winter) travel through time in an effort to bring historical figures to the present for their high school project. If you love two goofy characters that spawned a successful franchise, this is the film that started it all!

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

41. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Kevin Bacon

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him. The John Landis film stars John Belushi, and his big-name power helped the film achieve instant recognition, along with funny gags, of course.

Where to stream it now: Amazon Prime

42. Tropic Thunder (2008)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Tom Cruise, Brandon T. Jackson

Five big-screen actors are tricked by their director and made to believe they are filming a war movie. Little do they know, their director has actually put them in the middle of a jungle and they are now forced to survive using just their acting chops!

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

43. Wedding Crashers (2005)

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour

Jeremy (Vaughn) and John (Wilson) are divorce mediators who spend their free time crashing wedding receptions. For the irrepressible duo, there are few better ways to drink for free and bed vulnerable women. The film is raucous and happily obnoxious.

Where to stream it now: HBO Max, Amazon Prime

44. Meet The Parents (2000)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson

Couple Pam and Greg (played by Polo and Stiller) travel to Long Island to meet Pam's parents, with Greg intending to propose marriage. But one thing after another goes wrong, as Greg struggles to impress Pam's CIA agent father (DeNiro) and save himself from a long list of uncomfortable (and hilarious!) situations.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

45. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton. Ronny Cox. Gil Hill

Detroit cop Axel Foley (Murphy) travels to Beverly Hills, CA to help solve the murder of his best friends. As he works alone, with cops in the town suspicious of his behavior, he must solve the case without ending up a victim himself!

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

46. The Jerk (1979)

Starring: Steve Martin, Berdadette Peters, Carl Reiner, Caitlin Adams, Mabel King

Navin (played by Steve Martin) was raised by Black sharecroppers and is hilariously unaware that he's adopted. He travels to St. Louis to experience life in the big city, where his simple-minded upbringing plays out in funny and vulgar scenes.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

47. So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)

Starring: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Brenda Fricker, Amanda Plummer

Poet Charlie MacKenzie (Myers) finds himself in a relationship with his new girlfriend, Harriet (Travis), coming to realize that she may not be who he thinks. Turns out, his girlfriend might be a serial killer with a pattern of murdering her partners!

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

48. Office Space

Starring: Ron Livingston, Gary Cole, Jennifer Aniston, Stephen Root, David Herman

When Peter Gibbons's (Livingston) therapist dies during a hypnotherapy session, he soon has a new outlook on life, becoming more lax about his job. After his friends and co-workers are fired, they hatch a plan to steal money from the company. Plus, remember that iconic scene with the printer?

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

49. Duck Soup (1933)

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

You just can't go wrong with a Marx Brothers film. "Duck Soup" is about Rufus T. Firefly (played by Groucho Marx), who is named president of Freedonia, a bankrupt country. All mayhem erupts when he declares war on the neighboring Sylvania, refusing to play by the rules of traditional politics.

Where to stream it now: Amazon PrimeYouTube

50. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Starring: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant

Another classic from the 1930s, "Bringing Up Baby" follows paleontologist David Huxley (Grant) as he attempts to get a $1 loan. Then, he meets Susan Vance (Hepburn), a "scatterbrained" heiress and her leopard, Baby, resulting in numerous hilarious predicaments.

Where to stream it now: HBO Max, Amazon PrimeYouTube

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year: Because Moms Need a Little TLC, Too!” and publisher of A Mother World, a lifestyle blog for women.