I love In Bruges. It is certainly funny, but I never thought as purely a comedy. A bunch of films would be like that. Whatever the case, it is a great movie.I have never laughed harder in theaters than for The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. They've aged pretty well too albeit not nearly as LOL as the first couple times.
Some others, and I'll go more recent since I'm sure you oldheads will have the classics covered:
What We Do In the Shadows
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Jack Warden, James Mason, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon. Great cast too. The one from the 1940's was not called Heaven Can Wait, I believe it was called "Here Comes Mr Jordan". This is a remake of that film.Heaven Can Wait, is that the Warren Beatty one or the Ernst Lubitsch film from the 1940's?
A couple others I would add...My favorite comedy is Bringing Up Baby.
Other favorite comedies, by no means a comprehensive list and in no particular order. I'll admit upfront that I spend too much time checking out Turner Classic Movies.
My Man Godfrey - my closest rival to Bringing Up Baby
Ruggles of Red Gap
The Court Jester
The Lady Eve
Ball of Fire
To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch/Jack Benny version)
Some Like It Hot
Bedazzled (Dudley Moore and Peter Cook)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
I saw The In-Laws for the first time late last year. Great stuff, my only question is would it hold up to repeated viewings. I suspect it would.
I'd also be inclined to throw in something by either WC Fields or Buster Keaton, but it's hard to narrow them down to one movie.
My wife's favorite is The Producers. She would also throw in Arsenic and Old Lace and Best In Show. Both are worthy.
You are right that Warren Beatty's Heaven Can Wait is a remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan. In fact, I almost threw Mr. Jordan on my list. But there is also a well regarded 1943 comedy by Ernst Lubitsch called Heaven Can Wait that has no relation to the Beatty movie except for the title.Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Jack Warden, James Mason, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon. Great cast too. The one from the 1940's was not called Heaven Can Wait, I believe it was called "Here Comes Mr Jordan". This is a remake of that film.
Nailed it. I don't much care for the "gross out" comedies that are so over the top. I did like the Ted movies however.I think the 70s were the zenith for great comedy movies - In-Laws, Blazing Saddles, Animal House, Heaven Can Wait, Holy Grail, The Jerk, Bad News Bears, Being There...
I'm not the target demographic for 21st century comedies and I don't find many all that humorous with few exceptions. I did enjoy the Simon Pegg trilogy, and both Shaun and Hot Fuzz stand up to repeated viewings. Best of Show is a classic. Also enjoyed The Interview, Tropic Thunder, Team America and Idiocracy, but those all wane after several viewings. Never "got" the love for the Hangover series or Zoolander, or many of the Seth Rogan/Zach Galifanakis flicks, and really don't care much for Will Ferrell.
Agree with most listed above.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Take the Money and Run
I find It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World to be watchable, but generally overrated. It's good for having all these comedy stars in one movie and getting to pick them out of the crowd as they make their appearances. Best part for me is watching Jimmy Durante literally kick the bucket. But the movie makes the mistake of thinking bigger and louder, and bigger and louder after that, makes for great comedy. For me, 2.5 hours of grandiose accidents, big chases, and everybody yelling at each other as if they want to be the next Ethel Merman to be a bit much.These are underrated. Fletch is getting dated however.