The 25 funniest movie moments!

Alright gang, we hope you are ready to laugh, because we’ve put together the definitive list of the 25 funniest movie moments, ever!

I’m not even going to attempt to crack a joke in this opening paragraph, because I know that I could never compare with the likes of Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Wahlberg. Wait, Wahlberg? Yep, we might have a few surprises in stall for you as well. Be sure to click the images to see the video evidence of these classic comedy moments, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. But be warned: some clips feature fruity language, some violence and occasional nudity. Let’s kick it off!

25. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
“Would you like to pick out the outfit you breakup with me in?”

And what better way to kick off the list with one of the most brutal break-ups in cinema history. Hilarious, right? Well, when Jason Segal stands there, completely naked, bending over in fits of sorrow – it’s hard not to giggle. I’m really sorry guys. I wish I could promise it’ll get classier from here on out, but we know that’s not true.

24. Annie Hall
“Can I confess something?”

If I may be completely honest, we could have probably topped off this list with any Christopher Walken moment from any film. Here, a very young C-Walk gives Woody Allen the spooks as Annie Hall’s brother Duane.

23. Tropic Thunder
“I will massacre you!”

Love him or hate him (for the record, I love him), you have to admit that Tom Cruise killed as psychotic film executive Les Grossman in Ben Stiller’s biting Hollywood satire Tropic Thunder. In this sequence, Les politely informs a terrorist group that he won’t be meeting their demands.

22. Swingers
“You’re so money and you don’t even know it.”

The sad truth about great comedy lines is they are often shouted at you by every friend, relative and stranger for about 12 months following release ad nauseum (See #11). This line from Swingers is no different. I only ask you try and remember how good it was when Vince Vaughn first introduced his fast-talking-advice shtick with that key piece of confidence.

21. A Mighty Wind
“Wha’ happened?”

Fred Willard is a funny dude. But a bleach blonde Fred Willard? Well, now we’re talking comedy. His incredible performances in each of Christopher Guest’s brilliant mockumentaries deserve a mention, but it is as Mike LaFontaine, failed sitcom star and folk-manager extraordinaire that I will always remember him.

20. Team America: World Police
“Promise me you’ll never die. If you did that, I would make love to you right now.”

Matt Stone and Trey Parker had to cut out some footage from this puppet sex scene to keep it from receiving a NC-17 rating in the U.S (the equivalent of our ‘R’). God, I wish I could have been in the room with the ratings board when they explained their reasoning. “The two naked puppets we like, but the Golden Shower is a bit much.”

19. Little Miss Sunshine

Abigail Breslin is far funnier in Little Miss Sunshine than any primary-schooler deserves to be. The big reveal at the end of the film is one of the all-time great comedy payoffs. I only wish we could have seen her learn these moves from Alan Arkin!

18. Boogie Nights
Brock Landers: Angels Live in My Town

Narrowly edging out The Big Lebowski’s “Logjammin” as the funniest fake porno of all time is Brock Landers: Angels Live in My Town. When the well-endowed Dirk Diggler wants to combine porn with serious drama, audiences are treated to his Bond-esque franchise. Wouldn’t it have been great to get more films like this, and less like Quantum of Solace?

17. Pulp Fiction
“Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face.”

It shouldn’t be funny. But it really is.

16. Chasing Amy
“What’s a Nubian?”

Kevin Smith’s work is often criticised for sounding too scripted. It’s hard to argue with that, but when his dialogue is delivered as scathingly and hilariously as it is in this scene, I think we can let it slide.

15. This Is Spinal Tap

This is Spinal Tap is one of the all time comedy greats; it was also one of the first to tap into the great comic triptych of tiny props, Druid mythology and dancing midgets. And I can safely say this combination has never been bettered.

14. Three Amigos!
My Little Buttercup

NB: The first of three Steve Martin clips to make the top 15. Just a heads up.

13. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
“Oh, Kelly Clarkson!”

Seeing a hairy, full-grown man get his chest waxed is an easy laugh. Still, watching Steve Carell scream profanity after nonsensical profanity as he gets history’s worst wax kills me every time.

12. The Wedding Singer
“He’s a good wedding singer.”

Steve Buscemi isn’t really known for being a funny actor, but his 4 minutes in The Wedding Singer might be the four most inspired moments of his acclaimed career. He might also be the movie character I quote the most. “Hey Wedding Singer…awooooo!”

11. Borat
The Nude Wrestle

Interestingly, this scene almost ranked in our Most Terrifying Movie Moments list.

10. Coming to America
Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate

Before he lowered his standards to the point where any interminable dross was acceptable, Eddie Murphy used to associate himself with genuinely funny movies. In Coming to America, Murphy played a whole bunch of characters, including hauntingly beautiful singer Randy Watson, to great success. His performance as an obese woman and an old Chinese man in Norbit was less successful.

9. The Man With Two Brains
“Damn, your drunk tests are hard.”

A great physical-comedy routine from Steve Martin (although we’re pretty sure that’s a body double doing most of the work). Either way, you’ve got to love that final punch line. “I better get her to a cemetery!

8. The Big Lebowski
“Nobody ***** with the Jesus.”

John Turturro stars as Jesus, the funniest sex offender in the history of cinema (and I can say that with confidence). He’s only on screen for a moment, but everything he does is pitch perfect, from the way he moves to the way he speaks. My only question is this: why hasn’t the church jumped on top of his catchphrase to recruit some rowdy street punks?

7. There’s Something About Mary
“Frank and beans!”

I remember seeing this scene in a packed cinema, and joining in the eruption of laughter. I’ve never seen any other moment have the same effect on a crowd; people were literally falling into the aisles, choking with laughter. It looked as if the entire audience had moved into the crash position to keep from suffocating. And all Ben Stiller did was get his Frank and Beans caught in his zipper.

6. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
“May I go to the bathroom first?”

Look, Steve Martin is the funniest man to have ever lived. Don’t bother providing alternate suggestions. They will be both incorrect and ignored. Don’t believe me? Ask Prince Ruprecht.

5. Flying High
“Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?”

Flying High (also known as Airplane!) crosses the line. In fact, Flying High can’t even see the line any more. The line is just a dot to Flying High. Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker’s genius disaster movie spoof (no, not that one) throws not one, not two, not three but FOUR child-abuse jokes into the ring. And it works every time.

4. Young Frankenstein
“I was going to make espresso!”

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is both the director’s greatest film (sorry Blazing Saddles fans) and the best ever movie spoof. This moment between Frankenstein’s escaped monster (Peter Boyle) and a kindly blind hermit (Gene Hackman) mixes the terrifying tone of Hammer Horror with genius sight gags and typical Brooksian dialogue, including that bizarre final line.

3. Duck Soup
The Mirror

Ah, you didn’t think a young whippersnapper like me would pull out a classic wild-card like Duck Soup. The Marx Brothers mirror routine is possibly the finest piece of physical comedy ever performed (with all due respect to Messers Chaplin and Keaton). How can you not love it? Insanely simple, impeccably timed, and performed in complete silence. At the very least, it’ll inspire you to grow a killer mo.

2. Dr. Strangelove
“You know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the bomb…”

Peter Sellers performance(s) in Dr. Strangelove is one of the all-time greatest, and it’s in this completely improvised phone conversation between his President Merkin Muffley and Russian President Demitri that he created the all-time greatest moment of any Stanley Kubrick film, ever (yeah, I said it). They say the world will end not with a bang, but with a whimper. If this conversation is at all true to life, perhaps it will all end with a giggle.

1. Life of Brian
Bigus Dickus

Yep, we’re ending our list as classily as we began: with a penis gag. But no-one does a penis gag like the Monty Python boys. By completely embracing the ridiculousness of the Emperor’s vewwy siwwy name, it’s hard not to catch onto the infectious laughter expressed by the actors themselves! In the end, it’s not about the cleverest joke, or the most layered comic performance. It’s about whatever makes you laugh. This one gets me every time.

Discuss: But enough from us. What are your favourite comedy moments! Please share – we’re all friends here!

10 Responses to “The 25 funniest movie moments!”

  1. Eh. The "Wha happaned" bit was probably the worst thing in any of Christopher Guest's movies. If you wanted another of his bits why not "We could talk or not talk all day" or the Bizzy Bee moment from Best in Show or any of the many many moments from Waiting for Guffman?

  2. Anything with Will Ferrel or Seth Rogen. Will's movies are so quotable I wouldnt even know where to start, but "I won't call him Dad, even if there's a fire!" is classic.

  3. Numerous moments in Flying High, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the misadventures of the Griswolds in the Vacation movies- Chevy Chase using a conveniently-placed bowl for brushing his teeth when he hears something like " Hey look, bed pans!"

  4. Gotta be the funniest moment ever was unintentional. Red Dawn, when Patrick Swayze's dad scfreams "avenge Me, Boys"! Top movie

  5. I don't know about Dr Strangelove, but Peter Sellers' film 'The Party' is full of wonderfully hilarious moments. The 'birdy num nums' intercom scene and the runaway toilet roll never fail to reduce me to helpless laughter. There are also some Pink Panther moments that can do the same thing.What a genius!

  6. What about Porky's? The great screen where Ms Bullbricker requests a penis 'line up'? The attempts of the three coaches not to laugh, to say nothing about the Principal is one of the funniest scenes I have ever seen.

  7. one of the funniest moments would have to be out of old school, when frank the tank is streaking up the road, and his wife pulls the car over, and tells him to get in( with a very pissed off look on her face and a car full of her friends). He says "honey, do you think KFC will still be open" Ha ha ha ha,man that was a classic!

  8. Will Ferrell doesn't belong anywhere near a list like this.

  9. Here's my top ten (in no particular order): – "Who's on First" with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello; Lots of scenes from Dumb & Dumber but the tongue on the chair lift is my standout; "Its only a flesh wound" from Monty Python & the Holy Grail; In "Up the Creek", the scene where the dog does charades; I agree with Dee R regarding "The Party", it has so many funny scenes, but the whole 'Birdy Num Num' scenario makes the list; Ruprecht & the fork in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; another Steve Martin moment is when he does 20 jokes about noses in "Roxanne"; Any scene where Robin Williams looks like he is improvising (Good Morning Vietnam, Alladin); "You are all individuals" & the crowd repeats it, but one squeaky voice says "No I'm not – I'm a conformist" from "Life of Brian"; But No. 1 is the stuttering Michael Palin in "A Fish called Wanda" – absolutely brilliant.

  10. Steve Martin in the Jerk is hilarious – when he hears jazz music and can keep the beat and follows his clicking fingers out of the room looking in amazement is so funny – also when they are walking by the pool talking about a building development and he says 'I am black' (he hadn't realised the black family he grew up with had adopted him until he was told) – not to mention his 'special purpose'. . John Cleese in A Fish called Wanda in the german speaking underpants scene has to get a mention too.

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