Special Report

The Funniest American Movies of All Time

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30. Arsenic and Old Lace (1943)
> Starring: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

This kooky comedy, directed by Frank Capra, is about a man (Cary Grant) who gets married on Halloween and when he delivers the news to his screwball relatives, discovers they’re serial killers. This was a different turn for two of the movie’s screenwriters, Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein, who co-wrote “Casablanca.”

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29. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
> Starring: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Rob Reiner’s documentary-style roasting of heavy metal bands was well-received by critics and fans alike, getting a 95% Freshness rating from Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 92% audience score. New York Times critic Janet Maslin said “It stays so wickedly close to the subject that it is very nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.”

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28. Ghostbusters (1984)
> Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Propelled by the appeal of “Saturday Night Live” alums Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, and co-written by Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, “Ghostbusters” became one of the biggest hits of the 80s. The film about the spectral-battling squad enjoys a Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating of 97%.

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27. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
> Starring: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans

Robert and Peter Farrelly’s sophomoric comedy about a man trying to reconnect with his high school crush was a box-office smash, pulling in $176.5 million.

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26. Being There (1979)
> Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

“Being There,” based on the satirical novel of the same name by Jerzy Kosinski, is about how a simple gardener becomes an advisor to the president of the United States. The film has a 95% Freshness rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

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