Monday, June 04, 2007

AFI's Top 100 Comedies

(Deep apologies to anyone with a subscription to the feed for the four changes I've made after submitting the post. Apparently Mondays suck for proofreading.)

This is done as a companion post to Heather's post about the American Film Institute's (AFI) Top 100 comedies. I've marked the ones I've seen with a red number and provided links to the Netflix pages for all of the movies.

1. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) Netflix
2. TOOTSIE (1982) Netflix
3. DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964) Netflix
4. ANNIE HALL (1977) Netflix
5. DUCK SOUP (1933) Netflix
6. BLAZING SADDLES (1974) Netflix
7. M*A*S*H (1970) Netflix
8. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) Netflix
9. THE GRADUATE (1967) Netflix
10. AIRPLANE! (1980) Netflix
11. THE PRODUCERS (1968) Netflix
12. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935) Netflix
13. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) Netflix
14. BRINGING UP BABY (1938) Netflix
15. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) Netflix
16. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) Netflix
17. THE ODD COUPLE (1968) Netflix
18. THE GENERAL (1927) Netflix
19. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940) Netflix
20. THE APARTMENT (1960) Netflix
21. A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988) Netflix
22. ADAM'S RIB (1949) Netflix
23. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989) Netflix
24. BORN YESTERDAY (1950) Netflix
25. THE GOLD RUSH (1925) Netflix
26. BEING THERE (1979) Netflix
27. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998) Netflix
28. GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) Netflix
29. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) Netflix
30. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944) Netflix
31. RAISING ARIZONA (1987) Netflix
32. THE THIN MAN (1934) Netflix
33. MODERN TIMES (1936) Netflix
34. GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) Netflix
35. HARVEY (1950) Netflix
36. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978) Netflix
37. THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) Netflix
38. CITY LIGHTS (1931) Netflix
39. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941) Netflix
40. IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (1963) Netflix
41. MOONSTRUCK (1987) Netflix
42. BIG (1988) Netflix
43. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973) Netflix
44. MY MAN GODFREY (1936) Netflix
45. HAROLD AND MAUDE (1972) Netflix
46. MANHATTAN (1979) Netflix
47. SHAMPOO (1975) Netflix
48. A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964) Netflix
49. TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942) Netflix
50. CAT BALLOU (1965) Netflix
51. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955) Netflix
52. NINOTCHKA (1939) Netflix
53. ARTHUR (1981) Netflix
54. THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK (1944) Netflix
55. THE LADY EVE (1941) Netflix
56. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) Netflix
57. DINER (1982) Netflix
58. IT'S A GIFT (1934) Netflix
59. A DAY AT THE RACES (1937) Netflix
60. TOPPER (1937) Netflix
61. WHAT'S UP, DOC? (1972) Netflix
62. SHERLOCK, JR. (1924) Netflix
63. BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984) Netflix
64. BROADCAST NEWS (1987) Netflix
65. HORSE FEATHERS (1932) Netflix
66. TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (1969) Netflix
67. MRS. DOUBTFIRE (1993) Netflix
68. THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937) Netflix
69. BANANAS (1971) Netflix
70. MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (1936) Netflix
71. CADDYSHACK (1980) Netflix
72. MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948) Netflix
73. MONKEY BUSINESS (1931) Netflix
74. 9 TO 5 (1980) Netflix
75. SHE DONE HIM WRONG (1933) Netflix
76. VICTOR/VICTORIA (1982) Netflix
77. THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942) Netflix
78. ROAD TO MOROCCO (1942) Netflix
79. THE FRESHMAN (1925) Netflix
80. SLEEPER (1973) Netflix
81. THE NAVIGATOR (1924) Netflix
82. PRIVATE BENJAMIN (1980) Netflix
83. FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950) Netflix
84. LOST IN AMERICA (1985) Netflix
85. DINNER AT EIGHT (1933) Netflix
86. CITY SLICKERS (1991) Netflix
87. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) Netflix
88. BEETLEJUICE (1988) Netflix
89. THE JERK (1979) Netflix
90. WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942) Netflix
91. THE HEARTBREAK KID (1972) Netflix
92. BALL OF FIRE (1941) Netflix
93. FARGO (1996) Netflix
94. AUNTIE MAME (1958) Netflix
95. SILVER STREAK (1976) Netflix
96. SONS OF THE DESERT (1933) Netflix
97. BULL DURHAM (1988) Netflix
98. THE COURT JESTER (1956) Netflix
99. THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963) Netflix
100 GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (1987) Netflix

So I've seen 43 of the 100. Of those I own 16 on DVD and I've added around 20 that I haven't watched to our Netflix queue. Do I agree with the list? That's hard to say. I don't tend to rank movies I've seen in any kind of cohesive list. Derek gets all kinds of annoyed when I can't name of my favorite movies, songs, or whatever. I tend to rank most things on a three step scale: Liked it - Ehhhh - Didn't like it. There are also two more steps but those don't get used too often: Loved it - Would rather gargle in glass with a drano chaser than watch again. So I guess it's really a five step scale. "Loved it"s are movies that I can toss in and enjoy watching almost any time. Of the movies on this list that I've seen, 'A Fish Called Wanda' , 'Groundhog Day', 'The Odd Couple' and 'The Producers' fall into that category. Nothing I've seen on the list falls into the "Glass & Drano" category, but there are a few that I didn't really like, or that I liked at first but liked less with each additional viewing: 'Good Morning, Vietnam', 'Mrs. Doubtfire' and 'Arthur'.

Not on the list, but still great (off the top of my mind – I'm sure there are others I'd add if I could remember them):

Murder By Death (1976) Netflix
Kung Fu Hustle (2004) Netflix
Trading Places (1983) Netflix
Midnight Run (1988) Netflix
Rocketman (1997) Netflix I may lose all credibility with this one, but as I recall it's very funny. I haven't seen it in nine years though.

That should do it. Have a great week.

2 comments:

Heather said...

Look at you being all more organized than I am! And NOT Marilyn's Monkey Business? What the hell?? Kung Fu Hustle - YES!!! And I think after watching The Producers this weekend that that will become one of those movies I need to watch A LOT!

Anonymous said...

Blimey, that took some doing- adding all the linkies!! There were a few in there that I had forgotten about too.

Personally my fave 'throw 'em in anytime' comedies are The Wedding Singer and Ghostbusters. Oh and stuff like Trading Places, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and most of the Ealing Comedies from the 50s and 60s.

I can see Heather being a Mazzer fan- she has an element of Marilyn about her i think!!

Anyway, thanks for the links. Those will come in handy!!

Have a good one,
~Nate.

"Boring a hole in the patient’s head creates a door through which the demons can escape, and - viola! - out goes the crazy."