Eleven of the Most Underrated Comedies You Need to See

I've seen lots of lists of the top ten comedies.  You know them by now.  I wanted to give everyone a list of movies that get routinely left off those lists, yet are classics in their own right.

Each and every one of these comedic tour de farces are in my permanent DVD collection.

Below is my list and the reasons why. See Bill Pulman, Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Jack Warden, Bette Midler, Marlon Brando. and more in some comedies that deserve a second helping.

Just check out this scene from our top contender, "Used Cars." (Warning: It contains explicit language.)



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  • Hey here's 3 more to consider "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" 1963, "After Hours" Directed by Martin Scoresese-1985, "Love at First Bite" with Geo. Hamilton 1979

  • In reply to cperk:

    "After Hours" absolutely. I didn't remember it was a Scorcese film. Mad, Mad World is hardly underrated. It probably just seems pretty tame by today's standard. If you check out "Rat Race," it's basically the same premise.

  • In reply to cperk:


    I flat-out love Used Cars - great choice! I remember the first time I saw it in March of '81 - laughing hysterically driving home from the movie! I thought it was unfortunate that Kurt Russell didn't do more comedies after this classic.

  • In reply to cperk:

    Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" is still one of the most underappreciated comedies of all time.

    Also, David O. Russell's "Flirting with Disaster" is a gem with an outstanding cast.

  • Isn't it amazing how many of the best Comedy movies came from the 1980s. I think half of your list is from then. Loved Raising Arizona and Night Shift.

    You might like this Composite Ranking of the Best Comedies from the 1980s:

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