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“Why so serious?”


The Joker’s catchphrase was the most common response to BBC Culture’s poll of 177 critics last year to determine the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century. Very few comedies made that list, apart from Wes Anderson’s confections and a few Pixar romps. That canon of modern classics showed how very often ‘what makes us laugh’ is neglected when assessing cinematic greatness. Is shedding a tear while watching a film a more valuable emotional response than a chuckle?


It’s certainly true that the Academy Awards have routinely overlooked comedy. Of the 89 winners for best picture, only seven can really be called comedies: It Happened One Night, You Can’t Take It With You, Around the World in 80 Days, The Apartment, Tom Jones, Annie Hall, and Birdman.


So this year BBC Culture decided to get serious about comedy. We asked 253 film critics – 118 women and 135 men – from 52 countries and six continents a simple: “What do you think are the 10 best comedies of all time?” Films from any country made since cinema was invented were eligible, and BBC Culture did nothing to define in advance what a comedy is; we left that to each of the critics to decide. As always, we urged the experts to go with their heart and pick personal favourites, films that are part of their lives, not just the ones that meet some ideal of greatness.


And guess what? Only three of those best picture-winning comedies made the top 100. But, in a surprise, quite a few comedies made since 2000 made the cut, even if they had been overlooked in our 100 greatest films of the 21st Century list last year. The highest-ranked film of this century is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy at number 33. Toni Erdmann is the most recent film to make the top 100, while Safety Last! is the oldest.


The results are illuminating in other ways. They show that men and women have very similar comedic tastes, with a few key points of divergence – women were much more inclined to vote for Clueless while guys stumped for Animal House. And there’s evidence that comedy is not universal, that what’s considered a joke in English dialogue may not survive translation, and certain regions of the world find some films funnier than critics in other regions do. In fact, if the results had just been confined to critics from the US and Canada an entirely different film would have topped the list. It was largely because of the critics from Europe, East Asia and Latin America that Some Like It Hot was ultimately crowned number one. We hope this list will help comedy receive the artistic consideration it deserves. Or at the very least, that it will inspire you to discover films to put a smile on your face.


100.(并列)《喜剧之王》The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1982)

100. 《猎艳高手》 The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis, 1961)

99. 《大笨蛋》 The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979)

98. 《宿醉》 The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)

97. 《音乐盒》The Music Box (James Parrott, 1932)

96. 《绛帐海堂春》Born Yesterday (George Cukor, 1950)

95. 《捉鬼敢死队》Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)

94. 《青春年少》Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)

93. 《南方公园》 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999)

92. 《泯灭天使》The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, 1962)

91. 《爱的大追踪》 What's Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)

90. 《求婚妙术》A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)

89. 《雏菊》Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)

88. 《超级名模》Zoolander (Ben Stiller, 2001)

87. 《绅士爱美人》Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)

86. 《仁心与冠冕》Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)

85. 《阿玛柯德》Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1973)

84. 《等待古夫曼》Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest, 1996)

83. 《安全至下》Safety Last! (Fred C Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923)

82. 《笑破铁幕》Top Secret! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1984)

81. 《我为玛丽狂》There's Something About Mary (Bobby and Peter Farrelly, 1998)

80. 《上班一条虫》Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)

79. 《晚餐游戏》The Dinner Game (Francis Veber, 1998)

78. 《公主新娘》The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)

77. 《意大利式离婚》Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)

76. 《爱情无计》Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933)

75. 《棕榈滩的故事》The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)

74. 《颠倒乾坤》Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)

73. 《肥佬教授》The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)

72. 《白头神探》The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988)

71. 《天才一族》The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)

70. 《灵通人士》In the Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2009)

69. 《爱与死》Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975)

68. 《妮诺奇嘉》Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)

67. 《老瑞和哈迪之沙漠王子》Sons of the Desert (William A Seiter, 1933)

66. 《热血警探》Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)

65. 《疯狂高尔夫》Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)

64. 《非亲兄弟》Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008)

63. 《毒药与老妇》Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)

62. 《吸血鬼生活》What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, 2014)

61. 《美国战队:世界警察》Team America: World Police (Trey Parker, 2004)

60. 《僵尸肖恩》Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)

59. 《颠父人生》Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)

58. 《西力传》Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)

57. 《贱女孩》Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)

56. 《广播新闻》Broadcast News (James L Brooks, 1987)

55. 《人狗对对碰》Best in Show (Christopher Guest, 2000)

54. 《哈洛与慕德》Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)

53. 《福禄双霸天》The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)

52. 《我的高德弗里》My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1936)

51. 《七次机会》Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925)

50. 《崩溃边缘的女人》Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)

49. 《资产阶级的审慎魅力》The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972)

48. 《天堂里的烦恼》Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)

47. 《动物屋》Animal House (John Landis, 1978)

46. 《低俗小说》Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)

45. 《曼哈顿的大人物》Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli, 1958)

44. 《最爆伴娘团》Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)

43. 《陆军野战医院》M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970)

42. 《春闺风月》The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)

41. 《波拉特》Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles, 2006)

40. 《金牌制作人》The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1967)

39. 《歌声俪影》A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood and Edmund Goulding, 1935)

38. 《费城故事》The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)

37. 《苏利文的旅行》Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)

36. 《一条叫旺达的鱼》A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton and John Cleese, 1988)

35. 《雨中曲》Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)

34. 《独领风骚》Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)

33. 《王牌播音员》Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004)

32. 《抚养亚历桑纳》Raising Arizona (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987)

31. 《窈窕淑男》Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)

30. 《于洛先生的假期》Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)

29. 《当哈利碰上莎莉》When Harry Met Sally... (Rob Reiner, 1989)

28. 《一夜风流》It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)

27. 《公寓春光》The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)

26. 《我的舅舅》Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, 1958)

25. 《淘金记》The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)

24. 《我与长指甲》Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)

23. 《狂欢宴》The Party (Blake Edwards, 1968)

22. 《新科学怪人》Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974)

21. 《城市之光》City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)

20. 《灼热的马鞍》Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974)

19. 《淑女伊芙》The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)

18. 《福尔摩斯二世》Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)

17. 《育婴奇谭》Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)

16. 《大独裁者》The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940)

15. 《巨蟒与圣杯》Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975)

14. 《女友礼拜五》His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)

13. 《你逃我也逃》To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)

12. 《摩登时代》 Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)

11. 《谋杀绿脚趾》The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)

10. 《将军号》The General (Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, 1926)

9. 《摇滚万万岁》This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)

8. 《玩乐时间》Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)

7. 《空前绝后满天飞》 Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1980)

6. 《布莱恩的一生》Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)

5. 《鸭羹》Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)

4. 《土拨鼠之日》Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)

3. 《安妮•霍尔》Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)

2. 《奇爱博士》Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)

1. 《热情似火》Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)




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