50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century

From rom-coms to raunch-coms, 'Anchorman' to 'Wet Hot American Summer' – the funniest movies of the new millennium so far

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'In Bruges' (2008)
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11. 'In Bruges' (2008)

"Maybe that’s what Hell is: the entire rest of eternity spent in Bruges." So says Colin Farrell in Martin McDonagh’s feature-length debut, which is to so-called "dark" comedies what a black hole is to turning off your bedside lamp. The award-winning playwright-turned-filmmaker manages to extract humor from such noted comedic touchstones as accidentally killing a child, Belgian tourist destinations and Ralph Fiennes in a frothing rage – and infuses it all with the deft, distinct sense of morality he had polished over his years with his stage work. And whether you loved or hated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, it's hard not to pine for the days when McDonagh's dialogue was being read in Irish accents, particularly when one of those accents belongs to Brendan Gleeson. KL

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