Hollywood Writers Pick the 101 Funniest Screenplays of All Time


The Writer’s Guild of America West and the Writer’s Guild of America East teamed up on Wednesday to release a list of the 101 funniest screenplays of all time.

Annie Hall, which famously beat out Star Wars for the Best Picture Oscar in 1977, topped the list, followed by Billy Wilder’s 1959 classic Some Like it Hot. Hollywood’s screenwriters chose Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie to round out the rest of their top five picks.

Below is their complete list of the 101 funniest screenplays ever, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter:

1. Annie Hall – Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman. 1977, UA

2. Some Like It Hot – Screenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A. L. Diamond, Based on the German film Fanfare of Love by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan. 1959, UA

3. Groundhog Day – Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, Story by Danny Rubin. 1993, Columbia

4. Airplane! – Written by James Abrahams & David Zucker & Jerry Zucker. 1980, Paramount

5. Tootsie – Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal, Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart. 1982, Columbia

6. Young Frankenstein – Screenplay by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Screen Story by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Based on Characters in the Novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. 1974, 20th Century Fox

7. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern. 1964, Columbia

8. Blazing Saddles – Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger, Story by Andrew Bergman. 1974, Warner Bros.

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. 1975, Cinema 5

10. National Lampoon’s Animal House – Written by Harold Ramis & Douglas Kenney & Chris Miller. 1978, Universal

11. This Is Spinal Tap – Written by Christopher Guest & Michael McKean & Rob Reiner & Harry Shearer. 1984, Embassy

12. The Producers – Written by Mel Brooks. 1967, AVCO Embassy

13. The Big Lebowski – Written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen. 1998, Gramercy

14. Ghostbusters – Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. 1984, Columbia

15. When Harry Met Sally… – Written by Nora Ephron. 1989, Columbia

16. Bridesmaids – Written by Annie Mumolo  & Kristen Wiig. 2011, Universal

17. Duck Soup – Story by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, Additional Dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin. 1933, Paramount

18. There’s Something About Mary – Screenplay by John J. Strauss & Ed Decter and Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly, Story by Ed Decter & John J. Strauss. 1998, 20th Century Fox

19. The Jerk – Screenplay by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, Michael Elias, Story by Steve Martin & Carl Gottlieb. 1979, Universal.

20. A Fish Called Wanda – Screenplay by John Cleese, Story by John Cleese & Charles Crichton. 1988, MGM

21. His Girl Friday – Screenplay by Charles Lederer, Based on the Play “The Front Page” by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur. 1940, Columbia

22. The Princess Bride – Screenplay by William Goldman, Based on Goldman’s Novel of the Same Name. 1987, 20th Century Fox

23. Raising Arizona – Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. 1987, 20th Century Fox

24. Bringing Up Baby – Screenplay by Hagar Wilde and Dudley Nichols, Story by Hagar Wilde. 1938, RKO

25. Caddyshack – Written by Brian Doyle-Murray & Harold Ramis & Douglas Kenney. 1980, Orion

26. Monty Python’s Life Of Brian – Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. 1979, Orion

27. The Graduate – Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, Based on the Novel by Charles Webb. 1967, Embassy

28. The Apartment – Written by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond. 1960, UA

29. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer, Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips, Based on a Character Created by Sacha Baron Cohen. 2006, 20th Century Fox

30. The Hangover – Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. 2009, Warner Bros.

31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin – Written by Judd Apatow & Steve Carell. 2005, Universal

32. The Lady Eve – Screenplay by Preston Sturges, Story by Monckton Hoffe. 1941, Paramount

33. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off *TIE – Written by John Hughes. 1986, Paramount

### – Trading Places *TIE – Written by Timothy Harris & Herschel Weingrod. 1983, Paramount

35. Sullivan’s Travels – Written by Preston Sturges. 1941, Paramount

36. Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Written by John Hughes. 1987, Paramount

37. The Philadelphia Story – Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, Based on the Play by Philip Barry. 1940, MGM

38. A Night at the Opera – Screen Play by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, From a Story by James Kevin McGuinness. 1935, MGM

39. Rushmore – Written by Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson. 1998, Touchstone/BV

40. Waiting for Guffman – Written by Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy. 1996, Sony Pics Classics

41. The Odd Couple – Screenplay by Neil Simon, From the Play by Neil Simon as Produced on the Stage by Saint-Subber. 1968, Paramount

42. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! – Written by Jerry Zucker & Jim Abrahams & David Zucker & Pat Proft, Based on the Television Series Police Squad! Created by Jim Abrahams & David Zucker & Jerry Zucker. 1988, Paramount

43. Office Space – Written for the Screen by Mike Judge, Based on the “Milton” Animated Shorts by Mike Judge. 1999, 20th Century Fox

44. Big – Written by Anne Spielberg & Gary Ross. 1988, 20th Century Fox

45. National Lampoon’s Vacation – Screenplay by John Hughes. 1983, Warner Bros.

46. Midnight Run – Written by George Gallo. 1988, Universal

47. It Happened One Night – Screenplay by Robert Riskin, Based on the Short Story by Samuel Hopkins Adams. 1934, Columbia

48. M*A*S*H – Screenplay by Ring Lardner, Jr., From the Novel by Richard Hooker. 1970, 20th Century Fox

49. Harold and Maude – Written by Colin Higgins. 1971, Paramount

50. Shaun of the Dead – Written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright. 2004, Focus (Universal)

51. Broadcast News – Written  by James L. Brooks. 1987, 20th Century Fox

52. Arthur – Written by Steven Gordon. 1981,Orion

53. Four Weddings and a Funeral – Written by Richard Curtis. 1994,Gramercy

54. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy *TIE – Written by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay. 2004, Dreamworks

### – Dumb and Dumber *TIE – Written by Peter Farrelly & Bennett Yellin & Bob Farrelly. 1994,New Line

56. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – Written by Mike Myers. 1997, New Line

57. The General – Written by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, Adapted by Al Boasberg and Charles Smith. 1926, United Artists

58. What’s Up, Doc? – Screenplay by Buck Henry and David Newman & Robert Benton, Story by Peter Bogdanovich. 1972, Warner Bros.

59. Wedding Crashers – Written by Steve Faber & Bob Fisher. 2005, New Line

60. Sleeper – Written by Woody Allen  & Marshall Brickman. 1973, United Artists

61. Galaxy Quest – Screenplay by David Howard and Robert Gordon, Story by David Howard.1999, Dreamworks

62. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Screenplay by William and Tania Rose, Story by William and Tania Rose. 1963, United Artists

63. Best in Show – Written by Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy. 2000, Warner Bros.

64. Little Miss Sunshine – Written by Michael D. Arndt. 2006, Fox Searchlight

65. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – Written by Trey Parker & Matt Stone & Pam Brady. 1999, Paramount

66. Being There – Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski, Inspired by the Novel by Jerzy Kosinski. 1979, United Artists

67. Back to the Future – Written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale. 1985, Universal

68. Superbad – Written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. 2007, Columbia

69. Banana – Written by Woody Allen, Mickey Rose. 1971,United Artists

70. Moonstruck – Written by John Patrick Shanley. 1987, MGM

71. Clueless – Written by Amy Heckerling. 1995, Paramount

72. The Palm Beach Story – Written by Preston Sturges. 1942, Paramount

73. The Pink Panther – Written by Maurice Richlin & Blake Edwards.1963, United Artists

74. The Blues Brothers – Written by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis. 1980, Universal

75. Coming to America – Screenplay by David Sheffield & Barry W. Blaustein, Story by Eddie Murphy. 1988, Paramount

76. Take the Money and Run – Screenplay by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose, Story by Jackson Beck. 1969, Cinerama

77. Election – Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Based on the Novel by Tom Perrotta. 1999, Paramount

78. Love and Death – Written by Woody Allen. 1975, United Artists

79. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels *TIE – Written by Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning. 1988, Orion

### – Lost in America *TIE – Written by Albert Brooks & Monica Johnson. 1985, Warner Bros.

81. Manhattan – Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman. 1979, United Artists

82. Modern Times – Written by Charles Chaplin. 1936, United Artists

83. My Cousin Vinny – Written by Dale Launer. 1992, 20th Century Fox

84. Mean Girls – Screenplay by Tina Fey, Based on the Book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. 2004, Paramount

85. Meet the Parents – Screenplay by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg, Story by Greg Glienna  & Mary Ruth Clarke. 2000, Universal

86. Fargo – Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. 1996, Gramercy

87. My Favorite Year – Screenplay by Dennis Palumbo and Norman Steinberg, Story by Dennis Palumbo. 1982, MGM

88. Stripes – Written by Len Blum & Dan Goldberg and Harold Ramis. 1981, Columbia

89. Beverly Hills Cop – Screenplay by Daniel Petrie, Jr., Story by Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie, Jr. 1984, Paramount

90. City Lights – Written by Charles Chaplin. 1931, United Artists

91. Sideways – Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Based on the Novel by Rex Pickett. 2004, Fox Searchlight

92. Broadway Danny Rose – Written by Woody Allen. 1984, Orion

93. Swinger – Written by Jon Favreau. 1996, Miramax

94. The Gold Rush – Written by Charles Chaplin. 1925, United Artists

95. The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek – Written by Preston Sturges. 1944, Paramount

96. All About Eve – Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Based on the Short Story and Radio Program “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. 1950, 20th Century Fox

97. Arsenic and Old Lace – Screenplay by Julius Epstein & Philip G. Epstein, Based on the Play by Joseph Kesselring. 1944, Warner Bros.

98. The Royal Tenenbaums – Written by Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson. 2001, Touchstone/BV

99. Mrs. Doubtfire – Screenplay by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon, Based on Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. 1993, 20th Century Fox

100. Flirting with Disaster – Written by David O. Russell. 1996,Miramax

101. Shakespeare in Love – Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. 1998, Miramax