The Writers Guild of America Picks The 101 Funniest Screenplays of All Time


When it comes to opinions about movies, there are few things more subjective than comedy. What one person finds funny might not even make someone else crack a smile, and yet there are still some commonly agreed on classics that most people seem to draw amusement from. The Writers Guild of America recently polled their members to determine the 101 funniest screenplays ever made, and although the exact method is not specified, the results mostly seem to fall in line with the established classics.

Woody Allen’s Annie Hall topped the list followed by Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot. Mel Brooks had a handful of movies near the top as did Harold Ramis and The Coen Brothers. Surprisingly, there were a few more recent films included as well, such as Bridesmaids, which ended up at #16. What do you think, is there anything missing from this list? Check out the top 25 after the jump or read the entire list right here.

1. Annie Hall
Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman. 1977, UA

2. Some Like It Hot
Screenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A. L. Diamond, Based on the German film Fanfare of Love by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan. 1959, UA

3. Groundhog Day
Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, Story by Danny Rubin. 1993, Columbia

4. Airplane!
Written by James Abrahams & David Zucker & Jerry Zucker
1980, Paramount

5. Tootsie
Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal, Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart
1982, Columbia

6. Young Frankenstein
Screenplay by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Screen Story by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Based on Characters in the Novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
1974, 20th Century Fox

7. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern
1964, Columbia

8. Blazing Saddles
Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger, Story by Andrew Bergman
Warner Bros.

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
1975, Cinema 5

10. National Lampoon’s Animal House
Written by Harold Ramis & Douglas Kenney & Chris Miller
1978, Universal

11. This Is Spinal Tap
Written by Christopher Guest & Michael McKean & Rob Reiner & Harry Shearer
1984, Embassy

12. The Producers
Written by Mel Brooks
1967, AVCO Embassy

13. The Big Lebowski
Written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
1998, Gramercy

14. Ghostbusters
Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
1984, Columbia

15. When Harry Met Sally…
Written by Nora Ephron
1989, Columbia

16. Bridesmaids
Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
2011, Universal

17. Duck Soup
Story by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, Additional Dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin
1933, Paramount

18. There’s Something About Mary
Screenplay by John J. Strauss & Ed Decter and Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly, Story by Ed Decter & John J. Strauss
1998, 20th Century Fox

19. The Jerk
Screenplay by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, Michael Elias, Story by Steve Martin & Carl Gottlieb
1979, Universal

20. A Fish Called Wanda
Screenplay by John Cleese, Story by John Cleese & Charles Crichton
1988, MGM

21. His Girl Friday
Screenplay by Charles Lederer, Based on the Play “The Front Page” by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
1940, Columbia

22. The Princess Bride
Screenplay by William Goldman, Based on Goldman’s Novel of the Same Name
1987, 20th Century Fox

23. Raising Arizona
Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
1987, 20th Century Fox

24. Bringing Up Baby
Screenplay by Hagar Wilde and Dudley Nichols, Story by Hagar Wilde
1938, RKO

25. Caddyshack
Written by Brian Doyle-Murray & Harold Ramis & Douglas Kenney
1980, Orion

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  • devolutionary

    It’s a safe but mostly decent list. A shame that Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin are near the bottom. If they’re gonna pick a DeNiro film, King of Comedy is way more subversively funny than Meet the Parents. Oh well!

  • Paul White

    I put this together as a Letterbox list so everyone can track which movies they’ve seen:

  • Paul White

    Personally, I was a little surprised by the lack of a single Kevin Smith film, not even Clerks.

  • Stinker

    No The Inlaws(1979), this is a list from a person who hates to laugh.

  • Jasper

    I cannot judge the quality of this list since I haven’t read the screenplays only watched the movies where delivery is the deciding factor.

  • Colin

    The script for There’s Something About Mary? Weird…