25 great comedies from the past 25 years
Ghostbusters, Superbad, Clerks, and more make our list of recession-friendly rentals that'll have you in hysterics
1 Ghostbusters (1984)
In the summer of 1984, the only pop culture question more common than ”Where’s the beef?” was ”Who you gonna call?” The dream trio of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis was the epitome of sarcastic-comedy cool, battling slimy ghosts, the nosy EPA, and a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
2 National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Chevy Chase’s best film follows the travails of the Griswold clan on the road trip from hell.
3 Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Eddie Murphy achieved megastar status playing a Detroit cop who wiseacres his way around posh L.A.
4 This Is Spinal Tap! (1984)
As antic as the Marx Brothers, and more endearingly boneheaded than Homer Simpson.
5 Office Space (1999)
Three disgruntled Dilberts rebel against cubicle drudgery.
6 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
With jokes about abortion, incest, and Saddam Hussein, this is one of the most offensive — and funniest — movies ever made.
7 There’s Something About Mary (1998)
The hair-gel scene still cracks us up.
8 The Big Lebowski (1998)
A masterpiece of anti-storytelling that boasts Jeff Bridges’ most defining role.
9 A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Kevin Kline won an Oscar as a goofy jewel thief. Yep, an Oscar. Like Wanda, he’s that good.
10 Dazed and Confused (1993)
A free-flowing pic about the last day (and night) of high school in 1976.
11 The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Steve Carell sacrifices his dignity — and chest hair — in the name of art.
12 When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
A classic pair.
13 Waiting for Guffman (1997)
Christopher Guest’s mockumentary about the stars of Blaine, Mo.
14 Wedding Crashers (2005)
The neo-retro-hetero duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson shine as champ skirt-chasers.
15 Trading Places (1983)
The funniest movie ever made about futures trading.
16 Superbad (2007)
You got that McLovin feelin’.
17 Tropic Thunder (2008)
A spot-on skewering of Hollywood.
18 Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Only freakin’ idiots could fail to chuckle.
19 Clueless (1995)
Alicia Silverstone’s lovable airhead remains, like, totally awesome.
20 Best in Show (2000)
Guest’s improvised dogumentary barks up big laughs.
21 Clerks (1994)
With its cruddy lensing and sound, Kevin Smith’s way-low-budget debut feels like a bootleg copy of an adolescent mind.
22 Old School (2003)
Three grown men return to their debauched fraternity days.
23 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Before the shameless sequels and tie-ins, the original Bond spoof rocks.
24 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
”Nice beaver.” Still funny.
25 Withnail and I (1987)
Who needs pot for inspiration? Brits made a cult hit out of a film honoring booze.