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Monty Python & the Holy Grail

Terry Gilliam's classic MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL was the Chlotrudis Society's top choice for the 100 funniest films of all time!

Last updated: January 10, 2010
Copyright 2006 Michael R. Colford.
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Chlotrudis Society Picks:
100 Funniest Films of All Time!

As has become an annual tradition, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has compiled its list of the top 100 funniest films of all time. Members weighed in with their individual picks of the 20 funniest films of all time, then the lists were merged to create this list of laughs. The list is overwhelmingly American, with only fourteen of the 100 films originating without U.S. involvement. Not surprisingly, the UK had the second most representation on the list, including the list's #1 film, MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL!

The films skewed fairly modern, with the 1980's representing the funniest decade with a total of 28 films. The 1990's followed with 16. The new millennium fared well too, considering there have only been eight years of it so far, with 15 films on the list the same number as films from the 1970's. From there we jump to the 1930's with 8 films, 1940's with 6, the '50s and '60s each with 5, and the 20's with two Charlie Chaplin films. Interestingly enough, the Top 10 spreads things out pretty well with six decades represented, and the first film from this millennium doesn't show up until #15 with Christopher Guest's BEST IN SHOW.

Several filmmakers appear more than once on this list. A host of expected (and some not-so expected) names showed up twice: Tim Burton, Christopher Guest, Albert Brooks, John Waters, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton (both times uncredited and working with other men), George Cukor, Peter Bogdanovich, Nick Park (as half of an animation team), Carl Reiner, Kevin Smith, and Preston Sturges. Mel Brooks, Howard Hawks, Woody Allen, and Rob Reiner were all represented on the Top 100 three times, with the latter being the only filmmaker to score two in the Top 10! But there was one filmmaking team who managed a surprising four films in the list of Top 100 films, although considering the group making the list, it shouldn't be too shocking. Joel & Ethan Coen are the funny guys whose films show up more than anyone else's on the list. Starting with the quirky, cult-fave THE BIG LEBOWSKI at #13, they squeeze two more into the Top 25 with FARGO at #22 and O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU at #25. Finally, RAISING ARIZONA comes in at #57 giving them their total.

Sadly, but not surprisingly, there are only two women's names among the directors of these funny films. Valerie Faris, who co-directed LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE pops up at #20, and Nicole Holofcener squeezes on at #99 with her debut feature, WALKING & TALKING.

We hope you enjoy our list of the 100 Funniest Films.

01 Monty Python & the Holy Grail Terry Gilliam 1975
02 Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks 1974
03 This is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner 1984
04 Some Like it Hot Billy Wilder 1958
05 Bringing Up Baby Howard Hawks 1938
06 Airplane! Jim Abrahams, David & Jerry Zucker 1980
07 Annie Hall Woody Allen 1977
08 Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick 1964
09 Groundhog Day Ivan Reitman 1993
10 The Princess Bride Rob Reiner 1987
11 A Fish Called Wanda Charles Crichton & John Cleese 1988
12 Pee Wee's Big Adventure Tim Burton 1985
13 The Big Lebowski Joel & Ethan Coen 1998
14 South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut Trey Parker 1999
15 Best in Show Christopher Guest 2000
16 Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks 1974
17 Animal Crackers Victor Heerman 1930
18 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Judd Apatow 2005
19 Duck Soup Leo McCarey 1933
20 Little Miss Sunshine Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris 2006
21 Lost in America Albert Brooks 1985
22 Fargo Joel & Ethan Coen 1996
23 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Pedro Almodóvar 1988
24 The Producers Mel Brooks 1968
25 O Brother Where Art Thou? Joel & Ethan Coen 2000
26 His Girl Friday Howard Hawks 1940
27 Hairspray John Waters 1988
28 The In-Laws Arthur Hiller 1979
29 Mystery Science Theater 2000 - The Movie Jim Mallon 1996
30 The Christmas Story Bob Clark 1983
31 Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip! Joe Layton 1982
32 The General Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton 1927
33 Ferris Bueller's Day Off John Hughes 1986
34 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Robert Zemeckis 1988
35 Happiness Todd Solondz 1998
36 Election Alexander Payne 1999
37 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Stanley Kramer 1963
38 Pink Flamingos John Waters 1972
39 Flirting with Disaster David O. Russell 1996
40 Nine to Five Colin Higgins 1980
41 The Muppet Movie James Frawley 1979
42 Office Space Mike Judge 1999
43 The Ladykillers Alexander MacKendrick 1955
44 Victor/Victoria Blake Edwards 1982
45 Juno Ivan Reitman 2007
46 There's Something About Mary Bobby & Peter Farreley 1998
47 Modern Times Charles Chaplin 1936
48 The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain Jean-Pierre Jeunet 2001
49 Animal House John Landis 1978
50 Steamboat Bill, Jr. Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton 1928
51 The Philadelphia Story George Cukor 1940
52 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Frank Oz 1988
53 The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson 2001
54 Noises Off Peter Bogdanovich 1992
55 Wallace & Gromit in the Case of the Were-Rabbit Steve Box & Nick Park 2005
56 Auntie Mame Morton DaCosta 1958
57 La Cage Aux Folles Edouard Molinaro 1978
58 The Tall Guy Mel Smith 1989
59 Raising Arizona Joel & Ethan Coen 1987
60 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Larry Charles 2006
61 Old School Todd Phillips 2003
62 City Lights Charles Chaplin 1931
63 Monty Python's The Life of Brian Terry Jones 1979
64 What's Up Doc? Peter Bogdanovich 1972
65 Bedazzled Stanley Donen 1967
66 When Harry Met Sally... Rob Reiner 1989
67 Chicken Run Peter Lord & Nick Park 2000
68 Defending Your Life Albert Brooks 1991
69 To Die For Gus Van Zant 1995
70 Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman 1984
71 Waiting for Guffman Christopher Guest 1996
72 Athur Steve Gordon 1981
73 Sleeper Woody Allen 1973
74 The Jerk Carl Reiner 1979
75 School of Rock Richard Linklater 2003
76 The Thin Man W. S. Van Dyke 1934
77 Clerks II Kevin Smith 2006
78 Help! Richard Lester 1965
79 Chasing Amy Kevin Smith 1997
80 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Stephen Herek 1989
81 The Blues Brothers John Landis 1980
82 Bad Santa Terry Zwigoff 2003
83 Monkey Business Howard Hawks 1952
84 All of Me Carl Reiner 1984
85 Start the Revolution Without Me Bud Yorkin 1970
86 Love and Death Woody Allen 1975
87 The Palm Beach Story Preston Sturges 1942
88 Midnight Mitchell Leisen 1939
89 Beetlejuice Tim Burton 1988
90 The Saddest Music in the World Guy Maddin 2003
91 Miracle at Morgan Creek Preston Sturges 1944
92 My Man Godfrey Gregory La Cava 1936
93 Born Yesterday George Cukor 1950
94 Clue Jonathan Lynn 1985
94 Arsenic and Old Lace Frank Capra 1944
96 Les Comperes Francis Veber 1983
97 Risky Business Paul Brickman 1983
98 The Bank Dick Edward F. Cline 1940
99 Walking & Talking Nicole Holofcener 1996
100 The Unbelievable Truth Hal Hartley 1989