AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Laughs – Reviewed!
AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Laughs – Reviewed!

“All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl.”

– Charlie Chaplin

 
 

AFI’s “100 Years … 100 Laughs” is a list of the 100 funniest American movies of all time, as chosen from 500 nominated pictures by a jury of 1,800 leaders in the film community (including directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, critics, historians, film executives, and more).

AFI’s “100 Years … 100 Laughs” television special, hosted by Drew Barrymore, originally aired on June 13, 2000, becoming the third installment in AFI’s televised specials to celebrate American film.

Each movie selection is feature-length (typically more than 60 minutes); in the English language, with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the U.S.; and, regardless of genre, deemed to have a total comedic impact that creates an experience greater than the sum of the smiles (ranging from slapstick to romantic comedy to satire to comedies of manners and comedies of errors). They can also possess a legacy quality: the “laughs” of these films should have echoed across time, enlivening and enriching America’s film heritage while continuing to inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

And, indeed, along with AFI’s original list of the 100 greatest American films, these follow-up compilations inspired The Massie Twins to become even more exhaustive film enthusiasts – and then professional critics. Of course, we didn’t personally agree with every selection (any list is highly subjective, and comedy is perhaps one of the most personal and arbitrary of the genres), but it nevertheless represents a superb starting point for anyone looking to expand their movie-viewing repertoire. Click the titles to read the full reviews!

 
 

AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Laughs (2000)

 
 

1. Some Like It Hot (1959)

2. Tootsie (1982)

3. Dr. Strangelove (1964)

4. Annie Hall (1977)

5. Duck Soup (1933)

6. Blazing Saddles (1974)

7. M*A*S*H (1970)

8. It Happened One Night (1934)

9. The Graduate (1967)

10. Airplane! (1980)

11. The Producers (1968)

12. A Night at the Opera (1935)

13. Young Frankenstein (1974)

14. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

15. The Philadelphia Story (1941)

16. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

17. The Odd Couple (1968)

18. The General (1927)

19. His Girl Friday (1940)

20. The Apartment (1960)

21. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

22. Adam’s Rib (1949)

23. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

24. Born Yesterday (1951)

25. The Gold Rush (1925)

26. Being There (1979)

27. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

28. Ghostbusters (1984)

29. This Is Spin̈al Tap (1984)

30. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

31. Raising Arizona (1987)

32. The Thin Man (1934)

33. Modern Times (1936)

34. Groundhog Day (1993)

35. Harvey (1950)

36. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

37. The Great Dictator (1941)

38. City Lights (1931)

39. Sullivan’s Travels (1942)

40. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

41. Moonstruck (1987)

42. Big (1988)

43. American Graffiti (1973)

44. My Man Godfrey (1936)

45. Harold and Maude (1971)

46. Manhattan (1979)

47. Shampoo (1975)

48. A Shot in the Dark (1964)

49. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

50. Cat Ballou (1965)

51. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

52. Ninotchka (1939)

53. Arthur (1981)

54. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

55. The Lady Eve (1941)

56. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

57. Diner (1982)

58. It’s a Gift (1934)

59. A Day at the Races (1937)

60. Topper (1937)

61. What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

62. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

63. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

64. Broadcast News (1987)

65. Horse Feathers (1932)

66. Take the Money and Run (1969)

67. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

68. The Awful Truth (1937)

69. Bananas (1971)

70. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

71. Caddyshack (1980)

72. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

73. Monkey Business (1931)

74. 9 to 5 (1980)

75. She Done Him Wrong (1933)

76. Victor/Victoria (1982)

77. The Palm Beach Story (1942)

78. Road to Morocco (1942)

79. The Freshman (1925)

80. Sleeper (1973)

81. The Navigator (1924)

82. Private Benjamin (1980)

83. Father of the Bride (1950)

84. Lost in America (1985)

85. Dinner at Eight (1934)

86. City Slickers (1991)

87. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

88. Beetlejuice (1988)

89. The Jerk (1979)

90. Woman of the Year (1942)

91. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

92. Ball of Fire (1942)

93. Fargo (1996)

94. Auntie Mame (1958)

95. Silver Streak (1976)

96. Sons of the Desert (1933)

97. Bull Durham (1988)

98. The Court Jester (1956)

99. The Nutty Professor (1963)

100. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

 
 

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