Best Classic Comedy Films

These classic comedies are still hilarious decades after they were first released, and they're the perfect way to introduce your kids to older films and icons. Our list has more than 40 of our absolute favorites, in genres ranging from slapstick to screwball. Whether you enjoy Charlie Chaplin's physical comedy, Ferris Bueller's mischievous adventures, or Audrey Hepburn's dry wit, you'll love sharing these favorites with your kids. For even more great giggles, check out our lists Romantic Comedies and Comedy TV Shows.

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'60s classic is sweet, clever, and funny.
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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.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Often considered the finest musical of all time.
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(Release Year: 1952)
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Classic comedy-horror for older kids and teens.
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(Release Year: 1948)
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Classic comedy film with lots of mayhem, slapstick humor.
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(Release Year: 1933)
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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.
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(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.
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(Release Year: 1932)
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It's a long, long, long, long classic comedy chase-epic.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Jerry Lewis' Jekyll-Hyde spoof is dated but great.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Clever, fun-filled intro to silent movies (with subtitles).
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(Release Year: 1924)
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Old-fashioned, star-studded father-daughter comedy.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Silly time-capsule comedy ideal for older tweens.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Comic genius blitzkriegs the Third Reich.
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(Release Year: 1940)
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Still one of the best screwball comedies.
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(Release Year: 1934)
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Funny and entertaining after all these years.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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Death and drinking in otherwise superb Hollywood classic.
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(Release Year: 1934)
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Thrilling comedy will engage older tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Brooks' corniness still yields plenty of belly laughs.
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(Release Year: 1974)
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Rapid-fire spoof with sexual jokes and cartoon violence.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Cary Grant serial-killer comedy classic is cozy and tame.
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(Release Year: 1944)
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Classic '80s comedy with some salty language, racy scenes.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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'40s screwball romance still charms; lots of drinking.
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(Release Year: 1941)
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Romance-comedy classic for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1954)
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One of the wildest romantic farces ever.
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(Release Year: 1959)
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Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Sassy screwball classic with a feminist twist.
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(Release Year: 1940)
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Brainy Hollywood classic about importance of comedy.
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(Release Year: 1941)
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Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
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(Release Year: 1973)
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Wonderful story with some very mature material.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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A comedic gem featuring the incomparable Sir Alec Guinness.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Nonstop hilarity for families; some bawdy humor, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1975)
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Classic '80s comedy takes on sexual harassment.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Touching romantic comedy with a twist.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Black-comedy Kubrick classic has violence, dark themes.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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Slapstick comedy-musical -- not meant for kids.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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Hysterically twisted tale has profanity, violence.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Kids may not get all of Brooks' classic Old West parody.
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(Release Year: 1974)
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Robin Williams at his scatological finest.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Influential coming-of-age sex comedy has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Crime caper has a wicked edge, lots of mature humor.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Classic Steve Martin comedy with frequent profanity.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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