Last Updated on 16 September 2023

A list of 100 great farce movies

“Farce is a comedy that seeks to entertain the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, ridiculous, absurd, and improbable. Farce is also characterized by heavy use of physical humor; the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense; satire, parody, and mockery of real-life situations, people, events, and interactions; unlikely and humorous instances of miscommunication; ludicrous, improbable, and exaggerated characters; and broadly stylized performances.”


YearMovie TitleDirector
19791941Steven Spielberg
19809 to 5Colin Higgins
1951Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible ManCharles Lamont
1994Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveTom Shadyac
1995Ace Ventura: When Nature CallsSteve Oedekerk
1980Airplane!David & Jerry Zucker
1982Airplane II: The SequelKen Finkleman
2004Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyAdam McKay
1971And Now for Something Completely DifferentIan MacNaughton
1992Army of DarknessSam Raimi
1943Arsenic and Old LaceFrank Capra
1986Back to SchoolAlan Metter
2007Balls of FuryRobert Ben Garant
2007Blades of GloryJosh Gordon & Will Speck
1974Blazing SaddlesMel Brooks
1980Blues Brothers, TheJohn Landis
2011BridesmaidsPaul Feig
2008Burn After ReadingJoel & Ethan Coen
1980CaddyshackHarold Ramis
1941Charley’s AuntArchie Mayo
2004Christmas with the KranksJoe Roth
2003Daddy Day CareSteve Carr
1937Day at the Races, ASam Wood
2007Death at a FuneralFrank Oz
1988Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsFrank Oz
1972Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, TheLuis Buñuel
2004DodgeballRawson Marshall Thurber
1964Dr. StrangeloveStanley Kubrick
1933Duck SoupLeo McCarey
1987Ernest Goes to CampJohn R. Cherry III
1978Every Which Way but LooseJames Fargo
1996FargoJoel & Ethan Coen
1982Fast Times at Ridgemont HighAmy Heckerling
1997Fierce CreaturesRobert Young & Fred Schepisi
1966Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, ARichard Lester
1926General, TheBuster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
2014Grand Budapest Hotel, TheWes Anderson
2009Hangover, TheTodd Phillips
1986Haunted HoneymoonGene Wilder
1978Heaven Can WaitWarren Beatty & Buck Henry
1977High AnxietyMel Brooks
2000How the Grinch Stole ChristmasRon Howard
1949I Was a Male War BrideHoward Hawks
1998Impostors, TheStanley Tucci
1963It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldStanley Kramer
2003Johnny EnglishPeter Howitt
1991Johnny StecchinoRoberto Benigni
1998Le Diner de ConsFrancis Veber
1979Life of BrianTerry Jones
2005MadagascarEric Darnell & Tom McGrath
1989Major LeagueDavid S. Ward
1983Man with Two Brains, TheCarl Reiner
1963McClintock!Andrew V. McLaglen
2000Meet the ParentsJay Roach
2004Meet the FockersJay Roach
1994Mixed NutsNora Ephron
1986Money Pit, TheRichard Benjamin
1931Monkey BusinessNorman Z. McLeod
1988Moon Over ParadorPaul Mazursky
1989National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationJeremiah S. Chechik
1983National Lampoon’s VacationHarold Ramis
1990Nuns on the RunJonathan Lynn
2000O Brother, Where Art Thou?Joel & Ethan Coen
1968Party, TheBlake Edwards
1985Pee-wee’s Big AdventureTim Burton
2016Pee-wee’s Big HolidayJohn Lee
1976Pink Panther Strikes Again, TheBlake Edwards
1963Pink Panther, TheBlake Edwards
1987Planes, Trains, & AutomobilesJohn Hughes
1967Producers, TheMel Brooks
1975Return of the Pink Panther, TheBlake Edwards
1978Revenge of the Pink PantherBlake Edwards
1993Robin Hood: Men in TightsMel Brooks
1986Ruthless PeopleDavid & Jerry Zucker
1968Shakiest Gun in the West, TheAlan Rafkin
2004Shark TaleRob Letterman
1964Shot in the Dark, ABlake Edwards
1993So I Married an Axe MurdererThomas Schlamme
1959Some Like it HotBilly Wilder
1987SpaceballsMel Brooks
1985Spies Like UsJohn Landis
2008Step BrothersAdam McKay
1983Strange BrewRick Moranis & Dave Thomas
1981StripesIvan Reitman
1976SwashbucklerJames Goldstone
1998There’s Something About MaryBobby & Peter Farrelly
1986Three Amigos!John Landis
1962Three Stooges Meet Hercules, TheEdward Bernds
1982TootsieSydney Pollack
1982Trail of the Pink PantherBlake Edwards
1996Twelfth NightTrevor Nunn
1970Twelve Chairs, TheMel Brooks
1978Up in SmokeLou Adler
1997Vegas VacationStephen Kessler
1982Victor VictoriaBlake Edwards
1989Weekend at Bernie’sTed Kotcheff
1991What About Bob?Frank Oz
1972What’s Up, Doc?Peter Bogdanovich
1963Who’s Minding the Store?Frank Tashlin
1974Young FrankensteinMel Brooks
2001ZoolanderBen Stiller