If you're looking for some movies entertain yourself, well, here's a list made just for you.
Best Line: “Now go away or I will taunt you a second time.”
This tale of King Arthur and their coconut-banging knights kinda has a plot — it’s about their quest to find Camelot, at least in the beginning — but the story comes second to a barrage of jokes and bits. If you haven’t repeated at least one of these classic one-liners in your life, it’s arguable that you haven’t really lived.
Best Line: “I love scotch. Scotchy scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly.”
Will Ferrell plays an arrogant, dim-witted San Diego anchorman whose love for himself is matched only by his mistrust for women. Ferrell is at his best when he’s taking aim at smug masculinity—just look at NASCAR racing doofus Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights—but he’s never done it better than with Ron Burgundy.
Best Line: “I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.”
It’s hard to believe that Leslie Nielsen was considered a dramatic actor before joining the cast of Airplane. He’s a natural at comedy, and so is the rest of the cast in this classic of slapstick and one-liners. Even if you don’t laugh at every joke — we’ll admit, some of them are corny — there’s bound to be something here to tickle your funny bone. Have there been more jokes crammed into one movie? We doubt it.
Best Line: “It’s pronounced Fronkensteen.”
The grandson of Dr. Frankenstein (played by Gene Wilder) returns to Transylvania, and despite insisting he has no interest in joining the family business, he ends up making his own creature anyway. A fantastic parody of old black and white monster movies that also happens to be Mel Brooks’ best comedy, and that’s saying something. It has just what the original Frankenstein movie needed — more tap dancing.
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Best Line: “I caught you a delicious bass.”
The awkwardness of being a teenager has never been captured so perfectly, and so bizarrely. It’s easy to laugh at Napoleon cause he’s such a weirdo, but we also root for him, un-ironically, because there’s a gawky nerdy kid with crazy hair in all of us. Now, this indie flick is hailed as one of the funniest movies of all time.
Best Line: “It’s like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None… more black.”
Believe it or not, during its initial run, not all audiences were in on the joke. “When Spinal Tap initially came out, everybody thought it was a real band,” says director Rob Reiner. Even Ozzy Osbourne wasn’t aware that the guys in Spinal Tap were just comedians. Some rockers, like U2 guitarist The Edge, thought the movie cut too close to home. “I didn’t laugh,” the Edge admitted. “I wept.” Maybe that’s why This Is Spinal Tapis still considered a cult classic today.
Best Line: “When you chase a dream, especially one with plastic chests, you sometimes do not see what is right in front of you.”
Sacha Baron Cohen’s jaw-dropping “documentary”, based on a character he’d created for Da Ali G Show. resulted in lawsuits, controversy, and possibly the end of Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock’s marriage. But it was worth it, as it gave us one of the most satirically brilliant comedies of our lifetime. Cohen has been called a comic revolutionary because of this movie, and been compared to everyone from Lenny Bruce to Andy Kaufman. We couldn’t agree more.
Best Line: “Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot. But don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”
The Marx Brothers — Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo — have never been more on top of their game than with this hilarious romp through the absurdities of politics and nationalism. It still makes us want to cheer “Hail, hail Freedonia!” (and laugh at lyrics like, “If you think this country is bad off now, just wait till I get through with it.” Whatever your personal politics, that probably rings true.)
Best Line: “Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.”
We guarantee there’ll be somebody out there angry that we picked this particular film to represent Bill Murray’s best comedy. Should Stripes be on this list instead? Or Groundhog Day? Or even Meatballs? We could argue forever about which Bill Murray movie is the funniest, but can we at least come together and agree that Ghostbusters is a classic, and if you don’t find it funny you might be a little dead inside?
Best Line: “I hope you have a big trunk, ’cause I’m putting my bike in it.”
Rarely has a movie found such a perfect balance between innocent and crude. Steve Carell is perfection as a middle-aged virgin who just wants to meet that special someone. This movie would probably be on our list for the chest-waxing scene alone solidifying its spot as one of the funniest movies of all time.
Best Line: “Give me that baby, you warthog from hell!”
Before the Big Lebowski proved the Coen Brothers were filmmaking legends, and before Nic Cage got on everybody’s nerves, there was this comedy gem, about an ex-con and his wife who want a baby so much they’re willing to kidnap one.
Best Line: “It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.”
All it takes to enjoy this comedy is a boss that gets in your nerves and a gnawing frustration with your 9-to-5 life. In other words, everybody. If you’ve ever had fantasies of taking revenge on that annoying printer at your office that never seems to work by bringing it out into a field and destroying it with a baseball bat while listening to gangsta rap, this is the movie for you.
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Best Line: “I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with … laser beams attached to their heads!”
Now that everyone on the planet isn’t doing an Austin Powers impersonation anymore, we can safely return to enjoying Mike Myers’ greatest comedy. (Sorry, it’s not Wayne’s World.) You don’t even have to like British spy movies to find something to enjoy in this timeless spoof.
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