AFI's 100 YEARS...100 LAUGHS

AFI's 100 Funniest American Movies
Of All Time

AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs is a list of the 100 funniest American films of all time.

Regardless of genre, the films on this list possess a total comedic impact that creates an experience greater than the sum of the smiles. These movies provide laughs that echo across time, enriching America's film heritage and inspiring artists and audiences today.

The AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs CBS television special, hosted by Drew Barrymore, originally aired on June 13, 2000.

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MOVIE

YEAR

1

SOME LIKE IT HOT

1959

2

TOOTSIE

1982

3

DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

1964

4

ANNIE HALL

1977

5

DUCK SOUP

1933

6

BLAZING SADDLES

1974

7

M*A*S*H

1970

8

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

1934

9

THE GRADUATE

1967

10

AIRPLANE!

1980

11

THE PRODUCERS

1968

12

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

1935

13

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

1974

14

BRINGING UP BABY

1938

15

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

1940

16

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

1952

17

THE ODD COUPLE

1968

18

THE GENERAL

1927

19

HIS GIRL FRIDAY

1940

20

THE APARTMENT

1960

21

A FISH CALLED WANDA

1988

22

ADAM'S RIB

1949

23

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY√Č

1989

24

BORN YESTERDAY

1950

25

THE GOLD RUSH

1925

26

BEING THERE

1979

27

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY

1998

28

GHOSTBUSTERS

1984

29

THIS IS SPINAL TAP

1984

30

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

1944

31

RAISING ARIZONA

1987

32

THE THIN MAN

1934

33

MODERN TIMES

1936

34

GROUNDHOG DAY

1993

35

HARVEY

1950

36

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE

1978

37

THE GREAT DICTATOR

1940

38

CITY LIGHTS

1931

39

SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS

1941

40

IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD

1963

41

MOONSTRUCK

1987

42

BIG

1988

43

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

1973

44

MY MAN GODFREY

1936

45

HAROLD AND MAUDE

1972

46

MANHATTAN

1979

47

SHAMPOO

1975

48

A SHOT IN THE DARK

1964

49

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

1942

50

CAT BALLOU

1965

51

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH

1955

52

NINOTCHKA

1939

53

ARTHUR

1981

54

THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK

1944

55

THE LADY EVE

1941

56

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN

1948

57

DINER

1982

58

IT'S A GIFT

1934

59

A DAY AT THE RACES

1937

60

TOPPER

1937

61

WHAT'S UP, DOC?

1972

62

SHERLOCK, JR.

1924

63

BEVERLY HILLS COP

1984

64

BROADCAST NEWS

1987

65

HORSE FEATHERS

1932

66

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN

1969

67

MRS. DOUBTFIRE

1993

68

THE AWFUL TRUTH

1937

69

BANANAS

1971

70

MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN

1936

71

CADDYSHACK

1980

72

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE

1948

73

MONKEY BUSINESS

1931

74

9 TO 5

1980

75

SHE DONE HIM WRONG

1933

76

VICTOR/VICTORIA

1982

77

THE PALM BEACH STORY

1942

78

ROAD TO MOROCCO

1942

79

THE FRESHMAN

1925

80

SLEEPER

1973

81

THE NAVIGATOR

1924

82

PRIVATE BENJAMIN

1980

83

FATHER OF THE BRIDE

1950

84

LOST IN AMERICA

1985

85

DINNER AT EIGHT

1933

86

CITY SLICKERS

1991

87

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH

1982

88

BEETLEJUICE

1988

89

THE JERK

1979

90

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

1942

91

THE HEARTBREAK KID

1972

92

BALL OF FIRE

1941

93

FARGO

1996

94

AUNTIE MAME

1958

95

SILVER STREAK

1976

96

SONS OF THE DESERT

1933

97

BULL DURHAM

1988

98

THE COURT JESTER

1956

99

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR

1963

100

GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM

1987

The special is AFI's third salute to the 100th anniversary of American movies, following the first two critically-acclaimed network specials, AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies and AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars, which sparked discussions of America's film history among millions across the nation.

A wide array of funny films — from slapstick comedy to romantic comedy; from satire and black comedy to musical comedy; from comedy of manners to comedy of errors — were nominated for this distinction.

AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated films to a jury of 1800 leaders from the film community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, etc.), critics, historians and film executives. The jurors were asked to consider the following criteria while making their selections:

  • Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format typically over 60 minutes in length;
  • American Film: The film must be in the English language with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States;
  • Funny: Regardless of genre, the total comedic impact of a film's elements that creates an experience greater than the sum of the smiles;
  • Legacy: Laughs that echo across time, enriching America's film heritage and inspiring artists and audiences today.

As part of its continuing effort to increase awareness and appreciation of American film history, AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs is supported by an AFI website, in-theater trailers and a video retail program which launches today. General Motors, Blockbuster, U.S. Postal Service, Warner Bros., Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, 20th Century Fox, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Paramount Pictures,
Universal Studios and Walt Disney Pictures are sponsors of AFI's continuing commemoration of the centennial of American movies.

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies and AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars were each viewed by more than 11 million people, winning their respective time periods. Multiple-Emmy Award-winner Gary Smith ("The Tony Awards," the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inaugural Gala) is the executive producer and director of AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs for Smith-Hemion Productions. Former AFI Board Chair Frederick S. Pierce is the executive producer for AFI. Bob Gazzale, AFI's President & CEO, serves as director, AFI Productions.


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