Funniest Movies of All Time – Part 2

Posted on 30 Oct 00:00

 

Movies have formed a critical part of our entertainment. As social beings, the need for happiness is inherent in us. Nothing can be compared to what we feel when this need is satisfied; we feel so happy. All the movies we watch come in all categories. They could be thrillers, scientific, science-fictional, romantic, war, comedy, biographical, horror, or any other. Most of these classic movies bring joy to our hearts, making us enjoy and hold them close to the soul. That is especially true for the films whose production teams have worked hard to make them amusing.

1. Dr. Strangelove (1964)

The movie satirizes the cold war fears instilled by the USA and the Soviet Union's nuclear conflicts. General Ripper orders captain Mandrake to prepare an alert for an impending attack. Mandrake declines, telling him that there is no planned attack by the Soviet Union. Ripper locks himself in a room and commits suicide. Mandrake recovers Ripper's CRM radio device, and using the three codes, Pentagon recovers all bombers, except King Kong's, as missile attacks have destroyed his. They face problems trying to open a bomb bay’s door but eventually manage to. The targets are aimed and attacked. Dr. Strangelove advises President Muffley to have thousands of people living deep underground where the penetrating radiation cannot reach them. Dr. Strangelove surprises everyone by announcing that he can walk from his wheelchair. The movie ends with nuclear explosions occurring at the same time Dr. Strangelove makes his announcement. Stanley Kubrick co-wrote, produced, and directed the movie.

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Peter Sellers (Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, a British RAF exchange officer, President Merkin Muffley, the President of the United States' Dr. Strangelove, the nuclear war expert and former Nazi who uses a wheelchair," General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) and Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickens).

Awards and Nominations: It won the Best British Film and Best Film from Any Source BAFTA Awards.


2. Duck Soup (1933)

If we were to mention films that stir laughter, this 1933 comedy movie would would make the list. The film is about efforts to salvage a small country called Freedonia that is in the middle of a financial crisis after borrowing large sums of cash. There is a bail that needs to be unlocked due to the debt the government owes. The government does all it can to salvage the situation, even appointing Rufus T Firefly (Groucho Marx) as its president. This is done to win a bail-out from the wealthy Mrs.Gloria Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), who insists on Mr. Firefly's appointment. However, Mr. Firefly is such a cynic and a dictator; he treats the government with contempt and cannot play politics. He overlooks the advice from his secretary Bob Rolland (Zeppo Marx). Although the government is prudent and irrational, Mr. Firefly is worse. At the same time, Sylvania, a country that immediately neighbors Freedonia, is plotting a coup de tat on Freedonia. It sends Pinky (Harpo Marx) and Chicolini (Chico Marx)to spy on Firefly. War is looming.

Director: Leo McCarey.

Cast:  Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly, Harpo Marx as Pinky, a spy for Sylvania, Chico Marx as Chicolini, another spy for Sylvania, Zeppo Marx as Lt. Bob Roland, Firefly's secretary, Margaret Dumont as Mrs. Gloria Teasdale, a rich widow who underwrites the budget of Freedonia.

Awards and Nominations: The movie was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as it was deemed culturally and historically significant.


3. Dumb and Dumber (1984)

'Dumb and Dumber' is one film that gets every movie lover cracking up with laughter while watching it. The film focuses on two good but idiotic friends from Rhode Island Province who set out on a trip to Aspen, Colorado, to return a briefcase full of money that a woman leaves at the airport terminal.

Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) is a limo driver who shares a room with Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels). While on duty, Lloyd is assigned a client, Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), and ordered to take her to the airport. Lloyd thinks of Mary as the most beautiful woman she has ever seen and immediately falls in love with her. As she alights, Lloyd watches from the window and notices her leave her briefcase behind. The well-meaning Lloyd thinks that the bag has been left behind by mistake. However, the truth is that Mary has deliberately left the suitcase full of more than $5 million for the release of her husband, Bobby Swanson (Brad Lockerman). He has been kidnapped by Joe "Mental" Mentalino (Mike Starr) and J.P. Shay (Karen Duffy). Lloyd and Harry go after Mary to return the briefcase.

Director: Peter Farrelly.

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly.

Awards and nominations: The film won the Best Comic Performance and Best Kiss MTV Movie Awards in 1995. Jim and Jeff are also nominated for the Best On-Screen Duo award.


4. The Farewell (2019)

Movie buffs who have a penchant for comedy movies will definitely know the 2019 American comedy-drama 'The Farewell'. This movie focuses on a Chinese-American family that realizes their grandmother has only a few days to live and schedules a farewell without telling her.

Billi (Awkwafina ) is an aspiring American-Chinese writer. She learns from her parents, Lu Jian (Diana Lin) and Haiyan Wang (Tzi Ma) that Nai Nai (Zhao Shu-Zhen), her paternal grandmother, is about to die after she is diagnosed with severe lung cancer. They manipulate test results and deceive Nai Nai into believing that only benign findings were revealed. Billi’s cousin, who lives in Japan, has her wedding planned as an excuse to let everyone have a final moment with Nai Nai. During the mealtime of the wedding, past histories are discussed, and many subjects arise.

Director: Lulu Wang.

Cast:  Awkwafina as Billi Wang (ChineseTzi Ma as Haiyan Wang, Billi's father, Diana Lin as Lu Jian, Billi's mother, Zhao Shu-zhen as Nai Nai, Billi's paternal grandmother, Lu Hong (playing herself) as Little Nai Nai, Billi's grandmother's younger sister.

Awards and Nominations: The film was nominated for many awards. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, the film was nominated for two awards, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, which Awkwafina won.


5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

This teen comedy depicts a high school teen who skips a day from school in Chicago and regularly breaks the fourth wall to explain his techniques and inner thoughts to the movie audience.

Towards the year-end, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), a high school teen, fakes illness to take a day out from school. Although his parents are convinced of his sickness, the school dean Edward R. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) does not believe Ferris. Ferris talks to his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and convinces him to lure Ferris’s girlfriend, Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara), to also to take a day off from school. Ferris borrows his friend's father's Ferrari, and the trio take off for a joyride in Chicago.

Director: John Hughes wrote, co-produced, and directed the film.

Cast: Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye, Mia Sara as Sloane Peterson, Jeffrey Jones as Ed Rooney, Dean of Students, Jennifer Grey as Jeanie Bueller, Ferris' sister, Cindy Pickett as Katie Bueller, Ferris' mother, Lyman Ward as Tom Bueller, Ferris' father.

Awards and Nominations: Matthew Broderick won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.


6. Friday (1995)


Among the funniest films of all time, the 1995 buddy stoner comedy, 'Friday'. It features two friends who have to pay a drug dealer on a Friday. Craig Jones (Ice Cube) spends his Friday visiting his best friend, Smokey (Chris Tucker). The two spend time smoking marijuana that Big Worm (Faizon Love) has expected Smokey to sell. Big Worm gives the two an ultimatum to pay $200 by 10:00pm, or else the two would be killed. Craig tries all means to get the money, including borrowing money from Joi (Paula Jai Parker), his irritable girlfriend. He also goes to his old-time buddy Deebo (Tiny "Zeus" Lister Jr.), who forces him to break into a neighbor's home to steal $200.

Director: F. Gary Gray.

Cast: Craig Jones (Ice Cube), Smokey (Chris Tucker), Deebo (Tiny "Zeus" Lister Jr.), Joi (Paula Jai Parker).

Awards and nominations: The movie received several nominations, including three MTV Movie Awards (Best Comedic Performance, Best On-Screen Duo, and Best Breakthrough Performance) and All Def movie Award for the Best Quoted Movie, which 'Friday' won.


7. Ghostbusters (1984)

The 1984 American supernatural comedy 'Ghostbusters' could never miss out on the funniest movies of all time list. The film’s plot revolves around a trio that sets up a business to catch ghosts in New York City.

Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are parapsychologists at Columbia University, where the dean dismisses their research’s credibility and fires them. They set up a ghost-catching business to salvage haunted houses. Ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists are the trio’s target. All seems well until they come face-to-face with the ancient shape-shifting demon, Gozer the Destructor. This is an untold and powerful evil spirit. However, they are successful, and the city hails them as heroes.

Director:  Ivan Reitman.

Cast:  Bill Murray as Peter VenkmanDan Aykroyd as Ray StantzSigourney Weaver as Dana BarrettHarold Ramis as Egon SpenglerRick Moranis as Louis TullyAnnie Potts as Janine Melnitz

Awards and Nominations:  The film was nominated for many awards, including two Academy Awards (Best Visual Effect and Best original Play), three Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Best Original Song), and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Song Award which the film won.

Conclusion

Movies have been and will always be one of the most vitally significant elements of entertainment, and the role of comedies in our lives is vital to our lives.


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