Special Report

The Funniest American Movies of All Time

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50. Cat Ballou (1965)
> Starring: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman

Jane Fonda plays the title character, who is bent on revenge against the man (Lee Marvin) who killed her father. Critic Matthew Lucas described the film as a “lovably scruffy Western send-up” and the spoof helped lift Lee Marvin into stardom.

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49. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
> Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart

Ernst Lubitsch directed, produced, and co-wrote this satire about the Nazi takeover of Poland and a theatrical troupe’s attempt to help the Polish resistance. The movie was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1996. It was the last film that Carole Lombard appeared in before she died in a plane crash.

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48. A Shot in the Dark (1964)
> Starring: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom

This “Pink Panther” sequel has Peter Sellers’ Jacques Clouseau in full slapstick form, much to the exasperation of his long-suffering superior, played by Herbert Lom. The cast includes Elke Sommer and cinema’s greatest rogue, George Sanders.

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47. Shampoo (1975)
> Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant

Warren Beatty plays a Beverly Hills celebrity hairdresser whose life becomes complicated when his womanizing ways conflict with his ambitions. A strong cast includes Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, and Jack Warden.

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46. Manhattan (1979)
> Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

“Manhattan” is another Woody Allen valentine to his favorite city, populated with people as socially dysfunctional as the characters he plays. The film has a 94% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 92% of audiences liked the movie.

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