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    The Writers Guild of America has just assembled a list of the “101 Funniest Screenplays” of all time, which pays tribute to comedy classics ranging from Buster Keaton's The General to James L. Brooks’s Broadcast News. The honorees were announced by director Rob Reiner at a ceremony held last night at Hollywood's ArcLight Cinerama Dome. Woody Allen’s 1977 Oscar-winning sensation Annie Hall took the top spot, with Some Like It Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane!, and Tootsie rounding out the top five. Farther down the list, Charlie Chaplin received three nods, for his silent classics Modern Times, City Lights, and The Gold Rush. Several Preston Sturges features—including The Lady Eve and Sullivan’s Travels—were heralded as well, and Wes Anderson’s films Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums also both made the cut. Take a look at the top fifty-one titles below and check out the full list here.

    Annie Hall
    Some Like It Hot
    Groundhog Day
    Airplane!
    Tootsie
    Young Frankenstein
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    Blazing Saddles
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    National Lampoon's Animal House
    This Is Spinal Tap

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    The Producers
    The Big Lebowski
    Ghostbusters
    When Harry Met Sally . . .
    Bridesmaids
    Duck Soup
    There's Something About Mary
    The Jerk
    A Fish Called Wanda
    His Girl Friday
    The Princess Bride

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    Raising Arizona
    Bringing Up Baby
    Caddyshack
    Monty Python's Life of Brian
    The Graduate
    The Apartment
    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
    The Hangover
    The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    The Lady Eve
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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    Trading Places
    Sullivan's Travels
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    The Philadelphia Story
    A Night at the Opera
    Rushmore
    Waiting for Guffman
    The Odd Couple
    Office Space

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    Big
    National Lampoon's Vacation
    Midnight Run
    It Happened One Night
    M*A*S*H
    Harold and Maude
    Shaun of the Dead
    Broadcast News

9 comments

  • By DavidDR
    November 12, 2015
    04:21 PM

    "Dr. Strangelove" just kills me every time. "Life of Brian" is wonderful. "Waiting for Guffman" underappreciated. If we're talking 30s-40s film -- "The Thin Man" and "The Awful Truth" are much funnier than "The Lady Eve" and "The Philadelphia Story" (two films I also enjoy). "It Happened One Night" is an excellent choice. "Sullivan's Travels" may not be laugh-out-loud funny all the time -- but it is Veronica Lake at her most charming. Good selection.
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    • By Yusuf C.
      November 16, 2015
      04:06 PM

      I agree about The Thin Man - brilliantly funny and one of my favorite on screen couples to boot.
  • By GillesDebil
    November 12, 2015
    05:13 PM

    I feel insulted: not a single non-English-language film. This list seems heavily Anglo-Saxon biased. Bunuel? Godard? CHytilova? Jeunet? Tsai? Kusturica? Tati? Andersson?
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    • By Kaseav
      November 24, 2015
      08:40 AM

      I completely agree with you
  • By Steven J.
    November 14, 2015
    08:43 AM

    Superbad!!
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  • By Gord
    November 14, 2015
    05:28 PM

    Some of these choices are surprising in a nice way and very glad to see Rushmore. That movie makes me laugh from start to finish, but I got the impression I was in the minority I guess I was wrong.
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  • By Bonnie C.
    November 18, 2015
    12:13 PM

    I know this might be asking too much considering it's already in the top ten, but Dr. Strangelove is just so perfect, I think it should be higher up. Annie Hall is great, but it's such a typical Baby Boomer choice (most of these films are). Films like Holy Grail, Young Frankenstein, and The Princess Bride are so much more timeless.
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  • By Gravitynaut
    October 17, 2016
    05:52 PM

    Hot Fuzz is funnier than Shaun in my opinion, although I definitely consider the latter the better film of the two. Aside from Edgar Wright's trilogy: Holy Grail, the Princess Bride, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Big Lebowski, and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World are all brilliant, and hysterical. Dr Strangelove isn't too far behind.I also have a soft spot for Tim Burton's wacky directorial debut, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.
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