Need a Good Laugh? Here are 20 Essential Comedy Movies That You Absolutely Need to See, According to Rotten Tomatoes

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No matter who you ask, Rotten Tomatoes is the ultimate source for film and TV recommendations and reviews. They’re even self-described as “the world’s most trusted recommendation resources for quality entertainment.” Sounds legit.

With that said, while everyone has their own opinions on what’s funny and what’s not, the fine folks at Rotten Tomatoes put together a massive list of what they feel are 150 of the most essential comedy movies of all time (yes, including films from yesteryear), based not on ascending Tomatometer ratings or on best reviews, but on which ones broke the Laugh-O-Meter.

And so, since 150 is a big number, we narrowed it down to a more digestible integer to present to you the top 20 essential comedy movies you absolutely need to see, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

20. Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%

19. The Jerk

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

18. The General

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

17. The Thin Man

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

16. This is Spinal Tap

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%

15. National Lampoon’s Animal House

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

14. Blazing Saddles

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

13. Bringing Up Baby

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

12. Modern Times

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 100%

11. The Apartment

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

10. Groundhog Day

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%

9. The Princess Bride

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

8. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%

7. Duck Soup

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%

6. The Big Lebowski

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

5. It Happened One Night

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%

4. Some Like it Hot

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%

3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

2. Airplane!

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

1. City Lights

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%

Want more? You can check out the full list of 150 movies right here.

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