Classic Comedy Films


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A temptingly tasteful comedy for adults who can count.

The Accidental Tourist
After the death of his son, Macon Leary, a travel writer, seems to be sleep walking through life.

Adam's Rib
A woman accused of murdering her husband is defended in court by the wife of the prosecutor.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

Air America
A traffic helicopter pilot is enlisted to work for Air America, a CIA airline flying contraband into Laos during the Vietnam War. While there, he learns that they are also shipping opium out of the country for the local drug lords. One of the few comedies about the war.

American Graffiti
The misadventures of four Californian high school graduates one late summer night in 1962.

The Americanization of Emily
James Garner, a U. S. Naval officer, is set up to be the first casualty of D-Day in this romantic comedy. Julie Andrews co-stars as a British war window.

Annie Hall
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.

As You Like It
A Shakespeare Comedy. The love story of Orlando and Rosalind.

Being There
Based on Jerzy Kosinski's satirical novel about an illiterate gardener who has lived his entire life behind the walls of a Washington, D.C., house, his only knowledge of the world coming from the TV programs he watches. When his employer and protector dies, he is catapulted into the fast lane of political power.

Big
Big is the story of a 12-year-old boy who wishes he were older, and wakes up one morning as a 30-year-old man.

The Blues Brothers
After building up the duo's popularity through popular recordings and several performances on Saturday Night Live, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd--as "legendary" Chicago blues brothers Jake and Elwood Blues--took their act to the big screen in this action-packed hit from 1980. As Jake and Elwood struggle to reunite their old band and save the Chicago orphanage where they were raised, they wreak enough good-natured havoc to attract the entire Cook County police force.

Bob Roberts
Written and directed by actor Tim Robbins (who also plays the title role), this 1992 mock documentary about an upstart candidate for the U.S. Senate is smart, funny, and scarily prescient in its foreshadowing of the Republican revolution of 1994.

Broadcast News
A funny and poignant love triangle develops between a TV producer (Holly Hunter), an intelligent reporter (Albert Brooks), and a not-so-smart anchorman (William Hurt).

Broadway Danny Rose
A Woody Allen gem.

Bull Durham
A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

Bullets Over Broadway
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: John Cusack, Jack Warden, Chazz Palminteri, Jennifer Tilly, Rob Reiner, Mary-Louise Parker, Dianne Wiest, Harvey Fierstein, Tracey Ullman.

Catch 22
Based on Joseph Heller's book, this zany film captures the insanity of Army life during WW 2. The script is by Buck Henry.

Emma
A delightfully witty comedy about love and matchmaking. Based on a Jane Austen novel. Austen's benign busybody, Emma Woodhouse, so busy trying to arrange the lives of others that she is sidestepping her own.

Ensign Pulver
Walter Matthau and company provide lots of laughs in this sequel to Mr. Roberts.

Father Goose
Cary Grant wants to sit out WW II as a beach bum on an island in the Pacific, but he soon finds himself guarding Leslie Caron and seven schoolgirls. Oscar-winning script by Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff.

Good Morning, Vietnam
An Armed Forces radio disk jockey is a hit with the American soldiers and Vietnamese but antagonizes his superiors. Based on the life of Adrian Cronauer. Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, and Tung Thanh Tran.

Hail the Conquering Hero
Weak Eddie Bracken is mistaken for a war hero by his home town after the Army rejects him. Directed by Preston Sturges, this one is full of satire and is a thinking person's movie.

I Was a Male War Bride
To enter the U. S. with his new wife, French officer Cary Grant disguises himself as her sister.

Impromptu
In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frederic Chopin (Hugh Grant) is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand (Judy Davis). With Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.

MASH
A black-comedy of a crazy medical unit during the Korean War. As antiwar as they come.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare comedy. Four young lovers are teased by spirits in an enchanted forest.

Much Ado about Nothing
Shakespeare comedy. A romantic story filled with laughter, mistaken identities, jealousy, and wit.

Pat and Mike
Tracy is a sports promoter and Hepburn is an all-around athlete. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin were nominated for an Oscar for Story and Screenplay.

The Pickwick Papers
A comic account, by Charles Dickens, of a rougish actor who survives by his wits.

Pride and Prejudice
A social satire by Jane Austen about five sisters looking for husbands.

Skin Game
Offbeat comedy about James Garner and Louis Gossett in post-Civil War days running a con-game as master and slave. There's a point here, but it's layered with laughs. Garner and Gossett are a great team.

A Southern Yankee
Red Skelton plays a bumbling Yankee spy behind enemy lines. A laugh-a-minute comedy.

The Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare comedy. Women's liberation in the 16th Century battles male chauvinism.

The Thin Man
Based on a Dashiell Hammett detective novel, this is a murder mystery and a sophisticated screwball comedy. Starring William Powell as Nick Charles and Myrna Loy as Nora Charles.

29th Street
Frank Pesce is the luckiest man alive in spite of his bad luck.

The Wackiest Ship in the Army
Jack Lemmon stars in this part comedy, part drama about an old sailing ship used as a decoy during WW II. Entertaining, with plenty of laughs.


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