Readers' Poll: The 25 Funniest Movies of All TimeFrom 'Airplane!' and 'Animal House' to 'The Big Lebowski'
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1. 'Blazing Saddles'
The Hollywood Western as on its last legs in 1974 when Mel Brooks decided to create this spoof, which took all the cliches from the genre and totally subverted them. Cleavon Little plays a black sheriff in an all-white town that's being pushed away to make room for a new line of train tracks. No attempt whatsoever is made to be historical, and it even feature a cameo by Count Basie playing himself and a gag about Adolf Hitler. More importantly, it's relentlessly silly. There's been talk of transforming it into a Broadway play like The Producers and Young Frankenstein, but so far it hasn't happened. Maybe this one is best left as a movie.