My 12 Favourite Comedies

For me comedy could just be the most subjective out of all film genres, something brilliantly funny to someone might for someone else be the unfunniest thing of all time. There’s a distinct difference between the obvious and the quirky within comedial film, but only an element of surprise remains universally funny. Every time. Here are my 12 favourite comedies, in no particular order.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

And that’s how she got to the same party as me. Oh shit. I skipped something. Damn it. This whole robot bit. I made a big deal, then I like totally forgot. Fuck, this is bad narrating. Like my dad telling a joke. “Oh, wait back up. I forgot to tell you the cowboy rode a blue horse.” Fuck. Anyway, I don’t know if you want to see it now, but here’s the fucking robot stuff for your viewing pleasure. Can I say “fuck” more?

Jalla! Jalla! (2000)

Police : Well, how did this happen?
Måns : Ehm, what?
Police : Well, there’s furniture on the street, under your balcony…
Måns : I accidentally dropped them…
Police : Really? How?
Måns : I don’t know… I was going to… refurbish… a little and then i tripped… it was some little… edge that…
Police : On the balcony?
Måns : Yes, exactly…
Police : With a whole drawer, a TV and an aquarium?
Måns : Mm…

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

First of all Rat, you never let on how much you like a girl. “Oh, Debbie. Hi.” Two, you always call the shots. “Kiss me. You won’t regret it.” Now three, act like wherever you are, that’s the place to be. “Isn’t this great?” Four, when ordering food, you find out what she wants, then order for the both of you. It’s a classy move. “Now, the lady will have the linguini and white clam sauce, and a Coke with no ice.” And five, now this is the most important, Rat. When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

David: You know how I know you’re gay? You have a rainbow bumper sticker on your car that says, “I like it when balls are in my face.”
Cal: That’s gay?

Rushmore (1998)

Max Fischer : What do you call getting a handjob from Mrs. Calloway in the back of her Jaguar?
Magnus Buchan : A fucking lie.

Songs from the Second Floor (2000)

We have already sacrificed our youth. Can we do more?

The Man Without a Past (2002)

M : What do I owe you?
Electrician : If you ever find me face down in the gutter, turn me around to my back.

Repo Man (1984)

The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

King Arthur : Can we come up and have a look?
French Soldier : Of course not. You’re English types.
King Arthur : What are you then?
French Soldier : I’m French. Why do you think I have this outrageous accent, you silly king?
Sir Galahad : What are you doing in England?
French Soldier : Mind your own business.

The Dinner Game (1998)

Sometimes I feel like you’re really taking me for an imbecile.

Snatch (2000)

Customs official : Anything to declare?
Avi : Yeah. Don’t go to England.

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28 responses to “My 12 Favourite Comedies

  1. great list. as a newbie to your blog anna i’m very impressed with your taste in comedy. i am adding two of the films i had never heard of to my watchlist: songs from the second floor and jalla! jalla!

  2. Nice list of comedies Anna. Haven’t seen a few of these but I loved The 40 Year Old Virgin and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in particular. Glad to see those mentioned. Never heard of Jalla! Jalla!

    • Yeah Jalla Jalla! is by the Fares brothers, director/actor pair. Their really big in the Nordic countries and have this great take on immigration and nationality, what it means to be Swedish.

  3. Nice list. I love Fast Times at Ridgemont High (or Kuumat kinkut as it is translated, haha), it’s one of my favorite teen comedies from the 80s.

  4. You’ve got some quirky and varied choices. Love M Python, and kiss kiss bang bang was so cool. I’ve been meaning to watch both The Dinner Game, and Songs from the Second Floor. No Jim Carrey on the list?
    If you’re looking for a comedy , I recommend the obscure and underrated 80s movie Amazon Women on the Moon, which for me contains several hilarious sketches ( :
    from Chris

  5. Snatch, the Big Lebowski, Le Dîner de cons and, to a lesser extent, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang are all some of my top comedies as well. Great list!

  6. Nicholas Cage? Seriously, who wasn’t in Fast Time? Also, great list. Looking forward to seeing the half that I haven’t especially the big Monty Python one.

  7. What a lovely mix of films you have here Anna. from slapstick to subtle to violent. Love it.

    No comedy list can be complete for me without Lebowski, and the fact you chose an image of Jesus made me smile this morning!! Thanks so much!!

    C

  8. I haven’t ever thought Man Without a Past as a comedy film despite having funny moments. Maybe I’m too deep into Anglo-Finnish comedy of Reinikainen and Tankki Täyteen (Neil Hardwick is god).

    What about Freddy Got Fingered? Post-modern classic or just a vulgar lash for teens. Great one, nevertheless.

  9. A wonderful, eclectic list. There are a few I have to see.

    What I always find with comedy is that my tastes change too often to make a best-of list. What I thought was the funniest thing I’d ever seen ten years ago (maybe Dumb and Dumber for example) wouldn’t make its way onto my top 10 now. That makes me think some of my favourites now won’t be in another ten years.

    That said, I don’t think anything will topple The Big Lebowski and Withnail and I from the top 2 places.

  10. A solid list thought I’m unfamiliar with such as ‘The Man w/o a Past’ and ‘Songs from the Second Floor’. Everything else I am in complete agreement.

  11. I haven’t seen a lot of the movies on that list, but some would definitely appear on mine including,

    40 Yr Old Virgin and Holy Grail.

    I really want to see Rushmore because I heard Submarine borrows a lot from it. I’ll have to get on that.

  12. Some of my own favorites are in here, like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but there are a lot I haven’t seen or haven’t even heard of! Will note these down and check them out as it’s nice to see someone with the same kind of taste in comedy. It’s one of the most difficult genres to read reviews of as not everyone thinks the same things are funny. Love the new look of the site by the way!

  13. Comedy is such a personal thing. I haven’t seen a bunch of these, but I agree #1 and 40 Year Old Virgin are funny, both are more like dark comedies though.

    And yeah, I second Nostra that I’m diggin’ the new look, Anna :D

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