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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The Absent-Minded Professor Movie Poster Image
'60s classic is sweet, clever, and funny.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1961)
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The Court Jester Movie Poster Image
Terrific family fun.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1956)
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The Great Race Movie Poster Image
Perfect family movie is fun from beginning to end.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1965)
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Modern Times Movie Poster Image
Families will cherish Chaplin's silent slapstick.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1936)
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The Muppet Movie Movie Poster Image
First Muppet movie is full of wonderful songs, plus guns.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1979)
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Singin' in the Rain Movie Poster Image
Often considered the finest musical of all time.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1952)
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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Movie Poster Image
Classic comedy-horror for older kids and teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1948)
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Duck Soup Movie Poster Image
Classic comedy film with lots of mayhem, slapstick humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1933)
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A Night at the Opera Movie Poster Image
Marx Brothers masterpiece is still hilarious.
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(Release Year: 1935)
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Bringing Up Baby Movie Poster Image
Classic screwball comedy with loads of tame laughs.
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(Release Year: 1938)
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City Lights Movie Poster Image
A screen gem. Youngsters and up.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Gold Rush Movie Poster Image
A great silent comedy classic, with comic gunplay.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1925)
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Harvey Movie Poster Image
Jimmy Stewart + a 6' rabbit = a family delight.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Horse Feathers Movie Poster Image
The Marx Brothers at their wacky best.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1932)
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Movie Poster Image
It's a long, long, long, long classic comedy chase-epic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1963)
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The Nutty Professor (1963) Movie Poster Image
Jerry Lewis' Jekyll-Hyde spoof is dated but great.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Sherlock Jr. Movie Poster Image
Clever, fun-filled intro to silent movies (with subtitles).
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(Release Year: 1924)
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Father of the Bride (1950) Movie Poster Image
Old-fashioned, star-studded father-daughter comedy.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Movie Poster Image
Silly time-capsule comedy ideal for older tweens.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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The Great Dictator Movie Poster Image
Comic genius blitzkriegs the Third Reich.
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(Release Year: 1940)
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It Happened One Night Movie Poster Image
Still one of the best screwball comedies.
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(Release Year: 1934)
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The Pink Panther Movie Poster Image
Funny and entertaining after all these years.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1964)
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The Thin Man Movie Poster Image
Death and drinking in otherwise superb Hollywood classic.
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(Release Year: 1934)
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The Thrill of It All Movie Poster Image
Thrilling comedy will engage older tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1963)
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Young Frankenstein Movie Poster Image
Brooks' corniness still yields plenty of belly laughs.
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(Release Year: 1974)
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Airplane! Movie Poster Image
Rapid-fire spoof with sexual jokes and cartoon violence.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Arsenic and Old Lace Movie Poster Image
Cary Grant serial-killer comedy classic is cozy and tame.
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(Release Year: 1944)
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Mr. Mom Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s comedy with some salty language, racy scenes.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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The Philadelphia Story Movie Poster Image
'40s screwball romance still charms; lots of drinking.
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(Release Year: 1941)
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Sabrina (1954) Movie Poster Image
Romance-comedy classic for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1954)
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Some Like It Hot Movie Poster Image
One of the wildest romantic farces ever.
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(Release Year: 1959)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster Image
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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His Girl Friday Movie Poster Image
Sassy screwball classic with a feminist twist.
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(Release Year: 1940)
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Sullivan's Travels Movie Poster Image
Brainy Hollywood classic about importance of comedy.
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(Release Year: 1941)
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American Graffiti Movie Poster Image
Coming-of-age classic still a must-see for teens.
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(Release Year: 1973)
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Big Movie Poster Image
Big
Wonderful story with some very mature material.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
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Kind Hearts and Coronets Movie Poster Image
A comedic gem featuring the incomparable Sir Alec Guinness.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail Movie Poster Image
Nonstop hilarity for families; some bawdy humor, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1975)
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Nine to Five (9 to 5) Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s comedy takes on sexual harassment.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Tootsie Movie Poster Image
Touching romantic comedy with a twist.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Movie Poster Image
Black-comedy Kubrick classic has violence, dark themes.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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The Producers (1968) Movie Poster Image
Slapstick comedy-musical -- not meant for kids.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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Raising Arizona Movie Poster Image
Hysterically twisted tale has profanity, violence.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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This Is Spinal Tap Movie Poster Image
Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Blazing Saddles Movie Poster Image
Kids may not get all of Brooks' classic Old West parody.
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(Release Year: 1974)
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Good Morning, Vietnam Movie Poster Image
Robin Williams at his scatological finest.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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The Graduate Movie Poster Image
Influential coming-of-age sex comedy has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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A Fish Called Wanda Movie Poster Image
Crime caper has a wicked edge, lots of mature humor.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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The Jerk Movie Poster Image
Classic Steve Martin comedy with frequent profanity.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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