Top 10 Comedy Movies to Watch in London
1. Funny Girl (1968)
This is one of the best comedy films of 1968. Some few years after becoming well-known as a popular stage musical, the dramatized history of Fanny Brice made its debut on the silver screen to excellent reviews. Streisand, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the star-struck adolescent who succeeds in Hollywood, plays Fanny.
Director: William Wyler
Casts: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, and Bob Merrill
2. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Holy Grail is the funnier, stupider, and ultimately funnier film, full of giggles rather than hey-I-get-that brilliance, even while it lacks the leader, satire-with-a-purpose edge of Life of Brian. It has aged well too, depending more on comedic violence, unexpected explosions, surrealist wordplay, and scatological asides and less on outmoded ideas of race and revolutionary socialism.
Directors: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
Casts: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.
3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Three decades later, it’s still the only celebratory movie that everybody wants to see around Thanksgiving. For those who are afraid of traveling, John Hughes’s iconic road movie is a 90-minute panic attack. Of course, the holiday has little value in the UK, but that is hardly relevant given how unbeatable the 1980s comedy main eventer of John Hughes, Candy, and Steve Martin was.
Director: John Hughes
Cast: Steve Martin and John Candy.
4. Old School (2003)
As is typical with films that parody fraternity life, the target audience for Todd Phillips’ modern Animal House spoof about middle-aged dudes recreating their high school days was mainly supportive of the movie. But it doesn’t change the fact that Old School is still regarded as a classic film, in large part because of Will Ferrell, who established his position as a star by playing the family guy and perpetual party animal Frank “the Tank” Ricard.
Director: Todd Phillips
Casts: Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughn.
5. Superbad (2007)
“Superbad” features a team of uncomfortable kids who are out to get alcohol and get rid of their V-cards, which makes it seem much like a throwback to ’80s sex romps on paper. What a thrill it is then to see that what has emerged is a ghastly cousin to Dazed and Confused- a hangout comedy with John Hughes influences that explores friendship on the threshold of maturity through a succession of hilariously embarrassing set pieces.
The actual tragedy hiding behind all the puke and f-bombs makes this movie, which also established Jonah Hill and Emma Stone as household names, a gem.
Director: Greg Mottola
Cast: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Emma Stone
6. Bridesmaids (2011)f
Even while it was a massive milestone to bring its all-star cast into the guys’ club of comedy ten years ago, Bridesmaids’ lasting influence extends beyond its hilarious triumph. Additionally, it gave Melissa McCarthy, who was just starting her career, an Oscar nomination that would change her career, and it showed the world that Maya Rudolph is a gem from all over the world – all while dishing out some enduringly awful poop comedy.
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, and Melissa McCarthy.
7. Ghostbusters (2016)
When Paul Feig chose to remake the supernatural comedy series with an all-female cast, fanboys gripped their Funko Pops in terror, as if the existence of ovaries might harm the franchise more than Vigo the Carpathian. But with Melissa McCarthy, Feig put together a comedy dream combo that not even the most ardent incels could contest.
Later, the series “course corrected” with a supporter re-reboot that essentially de-canonized this iteration, but history will certainly prove that this is the better installment in the series.
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.
8. Private Life (2018)
A middle-aged New York couple named Paul and Kathryn excitedly want a child, but fate looks to have other plans for them. That is until their niece agrees to serve as a mother. But that nature has its own set of problems. While it first appears to be a somber drama, Paul and Hahn give the couple’s situation a lived-in sense of humor, and writer-director Tamara Jenkins skilfully manages the tone with a keen eye for the common.
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Gabrielle Reid, Denis O’Hare, Desmin Borges, and Molly Shannon.
9. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Although the Keanu Reeves appearance steals the show, “Always Be My Maybe” is much more than just that one viral clip. With Randall and Ali shining brightly as they negotiate dating in San Francisco and the unrelenting tug of their affections, this story of two childhood friends imprisoned in the friend zone is fundamentally a classic rom-com in the vein of The Love Story and Nora Ephron’s greatest films.
Park and Wong transform what could have been a routine visit into the stuff of rom-com history, although John Wick may steal the show.
Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito
10. The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)
This Sundance Award winner would resemble 8 Mile if it were rewritten to focus on a middle-aged female writer seeking to get into the rap game. It’s the ideal way to introduce Blank, writer, actor, and star of an actual comedy-drama that examines New York’s less-than-wealthy and less-than-famous residents while also tackling artistic compromise, the Black experience, dancehall, and theatre culture.
Director: Radha Blank
Casts: Radha Blank, Peter Kim, Imani Lewis, and Reed Birney.