Special Report

The Funniest American Movies of All Time

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45. Harold and Maude (1971)
> Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

“Harold and Maude” attracted a cult following after its release. The story is about a 20-year-old man weighing suicide who develops a relationship with a zany 80-year-old woman at a funeral.

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44. My Man Godfrey (1936)
> Starring: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

William Powell took time out from the “Thin Man” franchise to star in this 1930s screwball comedy about a down-and-out gentleman hired by a socialite to be her servant. The satire about the privileged class has a Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 97%.

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43. American Graffiti (1973)
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

A coming-of-age film set in the early 1960s that, because it cast Ron Howard, drew comparisons to the 1950s-themed situation comedy “Happy Days.” George Lucas directed the film and Francis Ford Coppola produced it.

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42. Big (1988)
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Tom Hanks plays a boy whose wish to be a grownup comes true and he lands a job as a toy-tester at a company in New York City. Hanks’ natural boyishness infuses the movie with charm, and the film is remembered for the scene in which he and actor Robert Loggia tap dance to the songs “Heart and Soul” and “Chopsticks” on piano keys on a floor.

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41. Moonstruck (1987)
> Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello

Cher won an Oscar for her role as an Italian-American woman who falls in love with the brother of the man she’s supposed to marry. The film won two other Academy Awards and holds a 94% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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