Movie Comedies (2015)

PopGap #08: Comedies Since 1970

By dorrk, August 2nd 2015

For the month of August 2015 I'm going to catch up on Flickchart's top ranked comedies since 1970 which I have not yet placed on my own chart — due to either not having seen them at all or in several years.

To make this list I had to cross-reference 38 genres on Flickchart's site to come up with a comprehensive and varied selection of contemporary, highly-rated comedies. They range from popular slapstick parodies to dark, grotty art-house satires. My own taste in comedies is tuned toward a different cross-section, including a few parodies and blockbuster high-concept pictures, but mostly consisting of observational comedies of manners, like the best work of Woody Allen from 1977-1993.

For reference, here's the list of my current 20 favorite comedies that fit the criteria for this list and their rank on my Flickchart:

My 20 Favorite Comedies Since 1970

  • #3. Manhattan (1979) Dir.: Woody Allen
  • #9. Tootsie (1982) Dir.: Sydney Pollack
  • #16. Boogie Nights (1997) Dir.: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • #21. Annie Hall (1977) Dir.: Woody Allen
  • #23. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Dir.: Woody Allen
  • #25. Husbands and Wives (1992) Dir.: Woody Allen
  • #26. Broadcast News (1987) Dir.: James L. Brooks
  • #27. This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Dir.: Rob Reiner
  • #30. Dazed and Confused (1993) Dir.: Richard Linklater
  • #31. Groundhog Day (1993) Dir.: Harold Ramis
  • #33. Airplane! (1980) Dir.: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
  • #35. Rushmore (1998) Dir.: Wes Anderson
  • #41. Ghostbusters (1984) Dir.: Ivan Reitman
  • #42. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Dir.: Woody Allen
  • #47. Back to the Future (1985) Dir.: Robert Zemeckis
  • #57. Moonstruck (1987) Dir.: Norman Jewison
  • #71. Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Dir.: Adam McKay
  • #93. Knocked Up (2007) Dir.: Judd Apatow
  • #101. Team America: World Police (2004) Dir.: Trey Parker
  • #102. the Player (1992) Dir.: Robert Altman

The notable absences there are Mel Brooks and Monty Python. While I have Monty Python's major feature films ranked in the top-third of my chart (#239-869), Mel Brooks' vaudeville style of humor has not aged well for me, and the four films of his on my chart are all outside my Top 1000.

This month, I'm going to be facing 10 movies I've seen before, but most of those I haven't revisited in decades because I didn't find them very funny in the first place, so there's some trepidation as I revisit those titles. Also, I tend not to really care for the grubby "dark" comedies of the 1990s, so I might find those a slog to get through.

Here's this month's list:

(* denotes movies I've seen before)

Day for Night (1973)

Day for Night (1973)

Flickchart Rank: #606
Dir.: François Truffaut
Genres: Comedy Dramas, Showbiz Comedies
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Flickchart Rank: #363
Dir.: Luis Buñuel
Genres: Black Comedies, Comedies, Satires
Breaking Away (1979)(*)

Breaking Away (1979)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #682
Dir.: Peter Yates
Genres: Comedy Dramas
The Last Detail (1973)(*)

The Last Detail (1973)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #437
Dir.: Hal Ashby
Genres: Comedy Dramas, Military Comedies
The Station Agent (2003)

The Station Agent (2003)

Flickchart Rank: #852
Dir.: Thomas McCarthy
Genres: Comedy Dramas, Tragi-comedies
Austin Powers (1997)(*)

Austin Powers (1997)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #825
Dir.: Jay Roach
Genres: Absurd Comedies, Parody/Spoofs, Spy Comedies
Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Flickchart Rank: #654
Dir.: Robert Zemeckis
Genres: Sci-Fi Comedies
The Tenant (1976)

The Tenant (1976)

Flickchart Rank: #908
Dir.: Roman Polanski
Genres: Black Comedies, Satires
Clue (1985)(*)

Clue (1985)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #656
Dir.: Jonathan Lynn
Genres: Comedy Thrillers, Parody/Spoofs, Screwball Comedies
Withnail & I (1987)

Withnail & I (1987)

Flickchart Rank: #582
Dir.: Bruce Robinson
Genres: Black Comedies
Sleeper (1973)(*)

Sleeper (1973)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #591
Dir.: Woody Allen
Genres: Comedies of Errors, Sci-Fi Comedies, Slapstick
Slap Shot (1977)(*)

Slap Shot (1977)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #459
Dir.: George Roy Hill
Genres: Comedies, Sports Comedies
Snatch. (2000)(*)

Snatch. (2000)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #232
Dir.: Guy Ritchie
Genres: Black Comedies, Crime Comedies
The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot (1993)

Flickchart Rank: #771
Dir.: David M. Evans
Genres: Family-Oriented Comedies, Sports Comedies
Men in Black (1997)(*)

Men in Black (1997)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #429
Dir.: Barry Sonnenfeld
Genres: Action Comedies, Comedies, Sci-Fi Comedies
Naked (1993)

Naked (1993)

Flickchart Rank: #779
Dir.: Mike Leigh
Genres: Black Comedies
Spaceballs (1987)(*)

Spaceballs (1987)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #430
Dir.: Mel Brooks
Genres: Absurd Comedies, Comedies, Parody/Spoofs, Sci-Fi Comedies
Amarcord	 (1973)

Amarcord (1973)

Flickchart Rank: #477
Dir.: Federico Fellini
Genres: Comedy Dramas
Delicatessen (1991)(*)

Delicatessen (1991)(*)

Flickchart Rank: #558
Dir.: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Genres: Absurd Comedies, Black Comedies, Fantasy Comedies
Big Fish (2003)

Big Fish (2003)

Flickchart Rank: #690
Dir.: Tim Burton
Genres: Comedy Dramas, Fantasy Comedies

Rather than using Flickchart's "comedy" genre filter, I've cross-referenced all of their comedy genres, including "farce" and "satire," for the most diverse list. Here are the filters I used:

What is Flickchart?

Flickchart is a movie-ranking website that help users generate a list of their favorite movies by forcing the user to choose their favorite from random pairings of movies. It's free to join, and a fun way for list-obsessed data-junkies to feel like they are doing something while actually accomplishing nothing!

Where I can I see these movies?

You can search for them on or, but we like it when you click on our Amazon links.

More Info:

I have reviews posted for all the movies on this blog, and live-tweeted most viewings here:

This list is posted to Letterboxd, here:

You can keep track of my Flickchart here: