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AFI Top 100 Funniest Movies of All Time

Who chose and how?

AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated films to a jury of 1800 leaders from the film community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, etc.), critics, historians and film executives.
The jurors were asked to consider the following criteria while making their selections:

Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format typically more than 60 minutes in length;

American Film: The film must be in the English language with
significant creative and/or financial production elements from the
United States;

Funny: Regardless of genre, the total comedic impact of a film's
elements that creates an experience greater than the sum of the
smiles;

Legacy: Laughs that echo across time, enriching America's film
heritage and inspiring artists and audiences today.

Jurors were also allowed to include up to five write-in votes should a film they deem to be among America's funniest not appear on the AFI ballot. The 500 nominated films range alphabetically from "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein'' to "Zelig.''

Some trivia from the list:

Cary Grant was the most honored actor by far, with eight films in the top 100. Hes followed by the Marx Brothers and Woody Allen, who starred in five. Spencer Tracy, Charlie Chaplin, Bill Murray, Katharine Hepburn and Margaret Dumont each appeared in four.

Woody Allen directed the most films in the top 100 (five total), including 1977s Annie Hall (number four), while George Cukor, Charlie Chaplin and Preston Sturges all directed four. Allen and Wilder both wrote five films in the top 100, and they both had the most nominations with 11 each.

The 1980s were easily the funniest decade, claiming 22 films on the list, while those wacky 1930s were next on the list with 19 total. The 1990s, however, were dismally unfunny--with a total of five films on the list.

Although they're British, the guys from Monty Python still crept into the countdown (sort of) with A Fish Called Wanda (number 21). And the All-Americans at Saturday Night Live had alums in at least nine of the top 100. (But thats if you count frequent guest host Steve Martin.)

 

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