Stay Home! Top 10 Comedy Movies to Rent


Any way you look at it, these are hard times. Economic recession, global warming, you know the list. So what’s a person to do? Learn, help where you can, and then watch a lot of funny movies. Stay home and rent movies! Here are my top 10 favorite comedy movies. What movies would you add?

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – A 1975 Monty Python film about the Arthurian legend gone whacky
2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
A 1964 black comedy film directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott that satirizes the Cold War and the concept of mutual assured destruction.
3. Blazing Saddles – A 1974 Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks, starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder — considered one of the great American comedies of all time.
4. Annie Hall – A1977 romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen and winner of four Academy Awards. Film critic Roger Ebert referred to it as “just about everyone’s favorite Woody Allen movie.”
5. The Pink Panther – A 1963 film directed by Blake Edwards with Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau
6. This Is Spinal Tap – A 1984 mock “rockumentary” directed by Rob Reiner that satirizes the wild behavior and musical pretensions of a heavy-metal band.
7. Monty Python’s Life Of Brian – A hysterical 1979 Monty Python film about a man mistaken for the messiah.
8. A Fish Called Wanda – A 1988 written by John Cleese, directed by Charles Crichton, starring Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kevin Kline about a jewel heist and its aftermath.
9. Raising Arizona
A 1987 Coen Brothers comedy starring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter that has achieved the status of a cult film. It is about a couple who abduct one of five quintuplets.
10. Beetlejuice – A 1988 comedy horror film directed by Tim Burton, starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton. It is about a recently deceased couple who seek the help of “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice to remove the new yuppie owners of their quaint New England house.
And one more just for luck:
11. Modern Times – A 1936 by Charlie Chaplin as his classic Little Tramp character struggling to survive in the modern, industrialized world.

Submitted by Barbara Kivowitz, ©

  • Samantha

    The Princess Bride and just about ANY Mel Brooks movie.

  • Dor

    I LOVE The Importance of Being Earnest. There is a remake with Reese Witherspoon a few years ago that is awesome. SO much fun! It’s not very well known because it’s based on the Oscar Wilde classic play, but it’s a romantic comedy, and hysterical.

  • Amy

    I like comedy movies too. I think you should add Mrs. Doutfire, and My Cousin Vinny to the movies to rent. I also like The Nutty Professor remakes.

  • Marcia

    Add Cary Grant’s Old Lace and Arsenic. That movie really cracks me up!