From Woody Allen to Wes Anderson: Edgar Wright names his top 100 comedy films of all time
Edgar Wright, the English director, screenwriter and producer, has collected 100 of his favourite comedy films to help pass the time amid the self-isolation coronavirus crisis.
With millions of people around the world forced to stay home as governments enforce strict social distancing measures, Wright has stepped forward to provide us with some suggested laughs amid the growing uncertainty of a pandemic situation.
“To get you through these tough times, please enjoy a generous helping of some of my favourite screen comedies that I’ve enjoyed over the years,” Wright said in a statement he wrote alongside the list which was provided for film-based social network Letterboxd.
Wright added: “I could easily do another 100 so don’t say ‘Where’s so and so?’. Just sit back and enjoy the movies. Let us know below, which ones you raise a smile. (NB: No, I’m not so immodest to put my own on here. x).”
Arguably best recognised for writing and directing iconic 2004 horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead, Wright completed his ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy by releasing the brilliant 2007 effort Hot Fuzz before following it with the science fiction comedy The World’s End. Wright’s growing acclaim has seen him prolifically churn out acclaimed feature films since his trilogy, the likes of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Baby Driver and more light up his glittering CV.
Now though, the auteur has been reflecting on the films that have helped shape his creative vision. With the likes of Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin and many more, see the full list below.
Edgar Wright’s top 100 comedy films:
Safety Last – Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 1923.
Our Hospitality – Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone, 1923.
The Gold Rush – Charlie Chaplin, 1925.
The Circus – Charlie Chaplin, 1928.
Steamboat Bill Jr. – Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner, 1928.
The Cameraman – Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner, 1928.
City Lights – Charlie Chaplin, 1931.
Money Business – Norman Z. McLeod, 1931.
The Music Box – James Parrott, 1932.
Duck Soup – Leo McCarey, 1933.
Sons of the Desert – William A. Seiter, 1933.
The Thin Man – Directed by W.S. Van Dyke, 1934.
A Night at the Opera – Directed by Sam Wood, 1935.
The Awful Truth – Directed by Leo McCarey, 1937.
Bringing Up Baby – Directed by Howard Hawks, 1938.
The Bank Dick – Directed by Edward F. Cline, 1940.
Sullivan’s Travels – Directed by Preston Sturges, 1941.
Road to Morocco – Directed by David Butler, 1942.
Jour de Fête – Directed by Jacques Tati, 1949.
Kind Hearts and Coronets – Directed by Robert Hamer, 1949.
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday – Jacques Tati, 1953.
The Ladykillers – Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, 1955.
The Court Jester – Directed by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, 1955.
Mon Oncle – Directed by Jacques Tati, 1958.
Some Like It Hot – Directed by Billy Wilder, 1959.
A Bucket of Blood – Directed by Roger Corman, 1959.
The Apartment – Directed by Billy Wilder, 1960.
Dr. Strangelove – Directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1964.
A Shot in the Dark – Directed by Blake Edwards, 1964.
The Producers – Directed by Mel Brooks, 1967.
The Firemen’s Ball (Hoří, má panenko) – Directed by Miloš Forman, 1967.
The Graduate – Directed by Mike Nichols, 1967.
Take the Money and Run – Directed by Woody Allen, 1969.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice – Directed by Paul Mazursky, 1969.
Where’s Poppa? – Directed by Carl Reiner, 1970.
A New Leaf – Directed by Elaine May, 1971.
Bananas – Directed by Woody Allen, 1971.
Harold and Maude – Directed by Hal Ashby, 1971.
What’s Up, Doc? – Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, 1972.
Play It Again, Sam – Directed by Herbert Ross, 1972.
The Heartbreak Kid – Directed by Elaine May, 1972.
Sleeper – Directed by Woody Allen, 1973.
Blazing Saddles – Directed by Mel Brooks, 1974.
Young Frankenstein – Directed by Mel Brooks, 1974.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975.
Nuts in May – Directed by Mike Leigh, 1976.
Annie Hall – Directed by Woody Allen, 1977.
Animal House – Directed by John Landis, 1978.
Life of Brian – Directed by Terry Jones, 1979.
The Jerk – Directed by Carl Reiner, 1979
Being There – Directed by Hal Ashby, 1979.
The Blues Brothers – Directed by John Landis, 1980.
Airplane! – Directed by Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, 1980.
Gregory’s Girl – Directed by Bill Forsyth, 1981.
Tootsie – Directed by Sydney Pollack, 1982.
Trading Places – Directed by John Landis, 1983.
The Man with Two Brains – Directed by Carl Reiner, 1983
Risky Business – Directed by Paul Brickman, 1983.
This Is Spinal Tap – Directed by Rob Reiner, 1984.
Top Secret! – Directed by Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, 1984.
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure – Directed by Tim Burton, 1985.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Directed by John Hughes, 1986.
Raising Arizona – Directed by Joel Coen, 1987
Evil Dead II – Directed by Sam Raimi, 1987.
Withnail & I – Directed by Bruce Robinson, 1987.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Directed by John Hughes, 1987.
Beetlejuice – Directed by Tim Burton, 1988.
Heathers – Directed by Michael Lehmann, 1988.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! – Directed by David Zucker, 1988.
L.A. Story – Directed by Mick Jackson, 1991.
Delicatessen – Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, 1991.
Groundhog Day – Directed by Harold Ramis, 1993.
Citizen Ruth – Directed by Alexander Payne, 1996.
Bottle Rocket – Directed by Wes Anderson, 1996.
Waiting for Guffman – Directed by Christopher Guest, 1996.
Rushmore – Directed by Wes Anderson, 1998.
Election – Directed by Alexander Payne, 1999.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – Directed by Trey Parker, 1999.
Being John Malkovich – Directed by Spike Jonze, 1999.
Best in Show – Directed by Christopher Guest, 2000.
Songs from the Second Floor – Directed by Roy Andersson, 2000.
Shaolin Soccer (少林足球) – Directed by Stephen Chow, 2001.
School of Rock – Directed by Richard Linklater, 2003.
Windy City Heat – Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, 2003.
Kung Fu Hustle (功夫) – Directed by Stephen Chow, 2004.
Napoleon Dynamite – Directed by Jared Hess, 2004.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – Directed by Adam McKay, 2004.
Team America: World Police – Directed by Trey Parker, 2004.
Sideways – Directed by Alexander Payne, 2004.
Idiocracy – Directed by Mike Judge, 2006.
You, the Living – ‘Du levande’ Directed by Roy Andersson, 2007.
Superbad – Directed by Greg Mottola, 2007.
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee – Directed by Shane Meadows, 2009
The Trip – Directed by Michael Winterbottom, 2010.
What We Do in the Shadows – Directed by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, 2014.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Directed by Wes Anderson, 2014.
They Came Together – Directed by David Wain, 2014.
Mistress America – Directed by Noah Baumbach, 2015.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping – Directed by Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, 2016.
One Cut of the Dead (カメラを止めるな) – Directed by Shinichiro Ueda, 2017.