The 50 Best Comedies of All Time, According to Critics
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Need a laugh? We turn to great comedies to get a break from the world at large—especially when things seem particularly not funny. But some of these movies aren’t just about making us chuckle. In fact, many of the best comedies of all time are also dramas, romances, and musicals that invoke the full spectrum of human emotion. And yes, ideally, they also inspire laughter.

For this ranking of the best comedies according to critics, we used Metacritic scores to find the top-rated comedies ever made. We focused on films that could definitely be categorized as comedies—even if some fall into different genres, and a few are particularly dark. Do you agree with the critics? Read on to see if your favorite comedy made the list. And for more of the best of the best, these are The 50 Best Horror Films of All Time, According to Critics.

50

The Madness of King George (1994)

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MGM

Metascore: 89

And for more movies the critics loved, These Are the Top-Rated Movies on Rotten Tomatoes.

49

Eighth Grade (2018)

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A24

Metascore: 89

48

The Farewell (2019)

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A24

Metascore: 89

And for more great films, this was The Best Movie That Came Out the Year You Graduated, According to Critics.

47

Funny Girl (1968)

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Columbia Pictures

Metascore: 89

46

Borat (2006)

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20th Century Fox

Metascore: 89

And if you’re looking for a laugh, check out The 17 Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials on Netflix.

45

The Last Detail (1973)

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Columbia Pictures

Metascore: 89

44

Love and Death (1975)

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United Artists

Metascore: 89

And to see how some more recent comedies measure up, we’re Ranking Every Adam Sandler Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.

43

Gosford Park (2001)

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Entertainment Film Distributors

Metascore: 90

42

The Circus (1929)

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Allstar Picture Library Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo

Metascore: 90

41

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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MGM

Metascore: 90

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40

American Splendor (2003)

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Fine Line Features

Metascore: 90

39

Being John Malkovich (1999)

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Focus Features

Metascore: 90

38

Finding Nemo (2003)

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 90

37

Her (2013)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Metascore: 90

36

After Hours (1985)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Metascore: 90

35

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Metascore: 91

34

The Favourite (2018)

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

Metascore: 91

33

The Ladykillers (1956)

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Lionsgate

Metascore: 91

32

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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Python (Monty) Pictures

Metascore: 91

31

The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

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Sony Pictures Classics

Metascore: 91

30

Breaking Away (1979)

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20th Century Fox

Metascore: 91

29

Swing Time (1936)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Metascore: 91

28

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

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MGM

Metascore: 92

27

Toy Story 3 (2010)

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 92

26

Annie Hall (1977)

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MGM

Metascore: 92

25

Top Hat (1935)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Metascore: 92

24

The Band Wagon (1953)

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MGM

Metascore: 93

23

Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

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GKIDS

Metascore: 93

22

Do the Right Thing (1989)

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Universal Pictures

Metascore: 93

21

Toni Erdmann (2016)

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Sony Pictures Classics

Metascore: 93

20

Duck Soup (1933)

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Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Metascore: 93

19

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

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20th Century Fox

Metascore: 93

18

Lady Bird (2017)

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A24

Metascore: 94

17

The Apartment (1960)

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United Artists

Metascore: 94

16

Sideways (2004)

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

Metascore: 94

15

Inside Out (2015)

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 94

14

Toy Story (1995)

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 95

13

The Producers (1967)

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Lionsgate

Metascore: 96

12

Modern Times (1936)

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Glasshouse Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Metascore: 96

11

The Lady Eve (1941)

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Paramount Pictures

Metascore: 96

10

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

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Criterion Collection

Metascore: 96

9

Parasite (2019)

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Neon

Metascore: 96

8

Ratatouille (2007)

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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Metascore: 96

7

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Metascore: 96

6

Nashville (1975)

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Paramount Pictures

Metascore: 96

5

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

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MGM

Metascore: 96

4

American Graffiti (1973)

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Universal Pictures

Metascore: 97

3

Some Like It Hot (1959)

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United Artists

Metascore: 98

2

City Lights (1931)

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Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Metascore: 99

1

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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Warner Bros.

Metascore: 99

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