Best Classic Comedy Films

Not every movie can stand the test of time, but these classic comedies are still hilarious even decades after they were first released. Perfect for a family movie night, this list of favorites -- from slapstick to screwball -- is a great way to introduce kids to older films, too. And for more great giggles, check out our list of Family Movie Laughs.

Browse Best Classic Comedy Films

Family entertainment at its best.
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(Release Year: 1961)
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Terrific family fun.
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(Release Year: 1956)
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Perfect family movie is fun from beginning to end.
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(Release Year: 1965)
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Families will cherish Chaplin's silent slapstick.
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(Release Year: 1936)
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First Muppet movie is full of wonderful songs, plus guns.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1979)
Often considered the finest musical of all time.
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(Release Year: 1952)
Classic comedy-horror for older kids and teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1948)
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Classic comedy film with lots of mayhem, slapstick humor.
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(Release Year: 1933)
Marx Brothers masterpiece is still hilarious.
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(Release Year: 1935)
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Classic screwball comedy with loads of tame laughs.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1938)
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A screen gem. Youngsters and up.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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A great silent comedy classic, with comic gunplay.
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(Release Year: 1925)
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Jimmy Stewart + a 6' rabbit = a family delight.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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The Marx Brothers at their wacky best.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1932)
It's a long, long, long, long classic comedy chase-epic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1963)
Jerry Lewis' Jekyll-Hyde spoof is dated but great.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1963)
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Clever, fun-filled intro to silent movies (with subtitles).
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1924)
Silly time-capsule comedy ideal for older tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1989)
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Comic genius blitzkriegs the Third Reich.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1940)
Still one of the best screwball comedies.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1934)
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Death and drinking in otherwise superb Hollywood classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1934)
Thrilling comedy will engage older tweens and up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1963)
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Brooks' corniness still yields plenty of belly laughs.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1974)
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Rapid-fire spoof with sexual jokes and cartoon violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1980)
Cary Grant serial-killer comedy classic is cozy and tame.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1944)
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Classic '80s comedy with some minor hanky panky.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1983)
Screwball romance is lots of fun for older kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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Romance-comedy classic for tweens and up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1954)
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One of the wildest romantic farces ever.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1959)
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1986)
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Sassy screwball classic with a feminist twist.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1940)
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Brainy Hollywood classic about importance of comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1941)
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Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1973)
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Wonderful story with some very mature material.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
A comedic gem featuring the incomparable Sir Alec Guinness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1950)
Nonstop hilarity for families; some bawdy humor, profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1975)
Classic '80s comedy takes on sexual harassment.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1980)
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Touching romantic comedy with a twist.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
Black-comedy Kubrick classic has violence, dark themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1964)
Slapstick comedy-musical -- not meant for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1968)
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Hysterically twisted tale has profanity, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Kids may not get all of Brooks' classic Old West parody.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1974)
Robin Williams at his scatological finest.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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Influential coming-of-age sex comedy has mature themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1967)
Crime caper has a wicked edge, lots of mature humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
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Classic Steve Martin comedy with frequent profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1979)