I love movies and the release they give you from your day. You can lose yourself in them and forget everything, if only for 2 hours at a time. There is nothing better to do to better your mood on a crappy day than watch a good comedy. These are my favorite 10 comedies of all-time. You can pool 10 people and end up getting 10 incredibly different lists when it comes to favorite movies. So your list may very, but these are the ten that can make me laugh no matter how many times I see them. What are yours?
10. Planes, Trains and Automobiles –
This movie brings two of the funniest men of the 1980’s together, John Candy and Steve Martin. They do a great job playing off of each other as their journey to get back home hits snag after snag. They start off as two loners, but the paths seem to cross at every point along the way. For anybody that has seen this movie, or even for people that have yet to see it, I have one question for you. Do you really know if those are two pillows your hand is in between?
9. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder –
Usually I need a good plot in a movie, and while there is a plot to this movie, I can’t say it is great. What I can say is some comedies are so funny it just doesn’t matter and this is one of them. Ryan Reynolds and the rest of the cast will make you laugh the whole movie as Van Wilder goes through his seventh year at college. Yes, I said seventh year, and he isn’t studying law or medicine either. Also of note is that this movie has one scene that I think is the sickest I have ever seen in a movie. It involves a dog and some donuts, and when you watch it, make sure to listen to the comments in the background. Although sick, they are absolutely hilarious.
8. Fast Times at Ridgemont High –
In general, there is nothing special about this movie. It’s about a bunch of teenagers that attend Ridgemont High and how their lives weave together. Doesn’t sound too great does it? Thankfully for this movie, it is so much more than just that. The script is incredible and everything that was funny in the movie when it came out in 1982 still is just as funny today. Normal high school life can never be written with more laughs than this movie.
7. Caddyshack –
Something I found odd about the first time I saw this movie, is I saw the sequel first. This goes completely opposite of my personality where I must always watch movies in order. I guess that isn’t so strange since Caddyshack was released in 1980, which is the same year I was born. The reason I find it significant is that I thought that Caddyshack II was hilarious. When I later watched the first Caddyshack, I realized how much the second one actual paled in comparison to the first. Can you get funnier than having Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield in together in one movie while all in their primes?
6. Mr. Deeds –
I know some people can’t stand Adam Sandler, but I think he is hilarious. Though, as I got older, I grew a little tired of some of his earlier movies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. They were funny movies, but like many comedies, they don’t quite hold up to the test of time. By the test of time, I mean a movie that you can watch for the 10th time and still crack up the whole time. This Adam Sandler movie does just that for me. It also doesn’t hurt in the least that it has amazing supporting actors in, Winona Ryder and the sneaky fast butler, John Turturro.
5. Super Troopers –
One thing that is incredible about this movie is that I still couldn’t name one actor that is in it. This is one movie that didn’t need any big name actors to become a hit. I couldn’t stop laughing over the amazing antics of the Vermont State Troopers in this movie. Is there any better Halloween costume than the one in this movie? And what is more fun when you are a cop than messing with some stoners? Such easy targets when you have a badge.
4. Police Academy –
Talking about badges and pranks, Police Academy is the reigning champion of such movies. This movie was so funny; they turned it into a series of seven of them. Of course, none of them were able to live up to this first one that introduced us to a bunch of fun, but idiotic misfits trying to be cops. Let’s not forget to mention that this is the movie that propelled Steve Guttenberg to fame making it possible for him to appear on the hit show Dancing with the Stars.
3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off –
John Hughes directed, wrote and helped produce many of the best movies in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. His credits include The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, The Great Outdoors, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Home Alone, Pretty in Pink and #10 on this list Planes, Trains and Automobiles. What is even more amazing is I could’ve named about 15 more movies that had very good success. This is the one that I consider to be his funniest and best movie. Everything that you dreamed of when skipping a school day and doing while you were in high school, Ferris Bueller did. And he did it all in one day.
2. Old School –
You’re my boy, Blue! Once you get to be a certain age, you wish you would stop getting older. You start to look back at your younger days, and want to relive them sometimes. Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughan decide to not just think it, but do it. If you’re never to old to go back to school, then you’re never to old to start a fraternity. I must warn all men right now. Even though this movie is about a fraternity and you probably expect to see some good-looking women, it does come with a price. As with pretty much any Will Ferrell movie, you will have to watch him run around without any clothes on.
1. Rat Race –
Sadly enough this might very well be the movie on this list that the most people have yet to see. My advice for you? Go see it! Go see, it now! On second thought, finish reading this then….go see it! Offer some random people a chance at $2 million, tell them to race and see what happens. Oh, don’t forget to tell them the rules. Oh yeah, there are no rules! Now imagine that some of those random people are Cuba Gooding Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green, Jon Lovitz, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart and the guy formerly known as Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson. Now, that is a fun time. That’s even without mentioning the great roles played by veteran actors John Cleese and Kathy Bates. I can’t recall a movie in which I’ve ever laughed as hard as I do during this one. The moment you stop laughing, something else hilarious happens and you are rolling on the floor again. If you learn anything from this movie, it should be that when somebody in a small desolate place tries to sell you a squirrel, you better buy it.