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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'Kung Fu Hustle' (2004)

42. 'Kung Fu Hustle' (2004)

Stephen Chow understands one thing about martial-arts movies that's too often forgotten: They should be funKung Fu Hustle works so well because its director/cowriter/star knows – hell, embraces – that his story of a wannabe gangster in 1930s Shanghai is the kind of movie that needs to be constantly topping itself. So he does just that, making each action sequence – a physics-defying fight against dozens of dapper thugs, a stand-off with a warrior named "the Beast," a man-versus-axes showdown – more pulse-pounding yet hysterically ridiculous than the one before. It's both a wuxia epic and a parody of one at the same time. If Buster Keaton and Jackie Chan had a baby, that kid would grow up to make this movie. BT

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