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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'Tropic Thunder' (2008)
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18. 'Tropic Thunder' (2008)

Ben Stiller's 2008 Hollywood burlesque is so spot-on, he even gets the right studio logos for the opening's fake trailers. (Why yes, the indie tortured gay-monk drama would be a Fox Searchlight release.) A film's cast and crew is stranded in the jungle when an Apocalypse Now-style war movie runs awry – at which point this satire mercilessly punctures the egotism, marketing and jargon of movie stardom, with plenty of residual bile for the cogs of the studio machine. The ensemble cast is a who's who of comic firepower, with Robert Downey Jr. as a ridiculously extreme Method actor and Tom Cruise (nearly unrecognizable under pounds of make-up and a bald cap) as a crass, loathsome executive both vying for MVP status. JBa

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