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Readers’ Poll: The 25 Funniest Movies of All Time

From ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Animal House’ to ‘The Big Lebowski’

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There haven't been many good comedies in the last few years, which might explain why Neighbors has become such an unexpected phenomenon. The Seth Rogen/Zac Efron film about a young couple feuding with a fraternity has grossed $90 million this month, even knocking The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from the top of the box office. The movie's success is very simple: It's extremely funny. We felt this was a good time to poll our readers to determine their favorite comedies of all time. Click through to see the results. 

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3. ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

British comedy troupe Monty Python were near the peak of their popularity when they decided to shoot a film parodying King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail during a break between seasons of their BBC sketch show. Their first film, 1971's And Now for Something Completely Different, was merely a collection of sketches. This time around, they aimed far higher and stuck to a single premise. The result was an absolute masterpiece that immediately attracted a fiercely devoted plot. It even lead to a Broadway musical adaptation in 2005. 

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2. ‘Airplane!’

Leslie Nielsen was a dramatic actor before he took on the role of Dr. Rumack in this slapstick film, which forever changed his career and the face of comedy in general. Shot on a relatively tiny budget in 1979, Airplane! spoofed the many disaster movies of the decade and managed to cram a stunning number of jokes into 87 minutes. Lines like "of course I'm serious, and quit calling me Shirley" have been quoted roughly 500,000 times since the movie hit theaters in the summer of 1980. A lot of great slapstick movies followed Airplane and some, like Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad came very close, but none have surpassed Airplane!

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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. 

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