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I guess I just like liking things

Flavorwire has a list up of what they consider the 50 Funniest Movies Ever Made. It seems my lot in life to respond to these sorts of things (as opposed to coming up with them on my own), and so I shall. Honestly, I don’t even know how a person can put together a list like this. I haven’t even seen many of these, for one. And ranking “funniest”? Whew. Tough task. I mean, I liked  Waiting for Guffman more than Office Space, but is it funnier?  Tough call.

So below I’ve supplied their list. I’ve bolded the ones I’ve seen, and afterwards I’ll make a (much shorter) list of my own. It ain’t Tuesday, I know, but the allure of lists is too strong.

50. Wet Hot American Summer
49. Borat
48. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
47. Bridesmaids
46. There’s Something About Mary
45. Clueless
44. When Harry Met Sally
43. Office Space
42. Stripes
41. Waiting for Guffman
40. Some Like It Hot
39. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
38. Road to Morocco
37. Wayne’s World
36. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
35. Bringing Up Baby
34. To Be or Not to Be
33. Arthur
32. The Birdcage
31. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
30. Bananas
29. A Fish Called Wanda
28. Bill Cosby: Himself
27. Lost in America
26. Safety Last!
25. The Gold Rush
24. The Producers
23. Love and Death
22. Trading Places
21. Sherlock, Jr.
20. The Jerk
19. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
18. M*A*S*H
17. The Big Lebowski
16. Tootsie
15. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
14. Coming to America
13. Young Frankenstein
12. Caddyshack
11. National Lampoon’s Animal House
10. The Bank Dick
9. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
8. Raising Arizona
7. Ghostbusters
6. A Shot in the Dark
5. Blazing Saddles
4. Duck Soup
3. This is Spinal Tap
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
1. Airplane!

There are 20 of those 50 I haven’t even seen, and I’ll tell you right now that any “funniest” list that doesn’t have Ghostbusters higher than #3 is suspect in my eyes already.

In the interests of not confusing the issue, I’ll compare apples to apples and only use the movies they’ve listed here for my following list. Again, though “funniest” will play a part, I’m going to call this a “Favorite funny movies as a subset of the given list” list. It isn’t catchy, but it’s very descriptive.

10. Office Space

9. Raising Arizona

8. Waiting for Guffman

7. Young Frankenstein

6. This is Spinal Tap

5.Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

4. The Jerk

3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

2. Airplane!

1. Ghostbusters

So, some prompts for the comments section:

  • What are your favorites from their given list?
  • What movies should have been on their list? (Other than Pulp Fiction – that movie is hilarious, yo).
  • General outrage at my choices, which is always welcome.
  • The original movie title was “Ghost Busters.” Why have we combined the words? I mean, it’s better combined, but I don’t know how that happened.


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