For Lovers of Farce and Wit

A nice counterpart to my suspense/dread list, this is for films that I think are not only funny, but clever, well-structured, and generally not the sort of loosely strung together series of flat comedy routines (that serve little plot function) that most American comedies are today. I favour a lot of black comedy, but I'll try to put a good amount of wholesome stuff in here.

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  • You Can't Take It with You
  • His Girl Friday
  • The Great Dictator
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets
  • Harvey
  • The Lavender Hill Mob
  • The Man in the White Suit
  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
  • Genevieve
  • The Captain's Paradise
  • The Ladykillers
  • La Parisienne
  • Mon Oncle
  • Big Deal on Madonna Street
  • Some Like It Hot
  • The Mouse That Roared
  • I'm All Right Jack
  • The Apartment
  • 8½
  • The Pink Panther
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Branded to Kill
  • PlayTime
  • The Out-of-Towners
  • A New Leaf
  • Murder by Death
  • Network
  • Annie Hall
  • La Cage aux Folles
  • Manhattan
  • Life of Brian
  • Airplane!
  • The King of Comedy
  • Trading Places
  • Tampopo
  • Clockwise
  • The Money Pit
  • Withnail & I
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Nuns on the Run
  • Delicatessen
  • What About Bob?
  • The Addams Family
  • Groundhog Day
  • Wild Target
  • Addams Family Values
  • The Ref
  • Serial Mom
  • Get Shorty
  • Men in Black
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Dinner Game
  • Very Bad Things
  • Happiness
  • Bowfinger
  • The Closet
  • Who Is Cletis Tout?
  • Men in Black II
  • S1m0ne
  • The Room
  • Intolerable Cruelty
  • The Ladykillers
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Mean Girls
  • The Ax
  • Keeping Mum
  • The Valet
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Easy Virtue
  • Burn After Reading
  • A Serious Man
  • Four Lions
  • Rubber
  • Wild Target
  • Morning Glory
  • A Few Best Men
  • A Fantastic Fear of Everything
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • The World's End
  • The Family
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Cool Cat Saves the Kids
  • Irrational Man
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • The Death of Stalin
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • Child's Play