As the French author François Rabelais toured hospitals in Medieval Europe, he came to one conclusion: laughter is the best medicine. Today, with all of our expensive medical technology, doctors are telling us the same exact thing. Indeed, psychologists have actually proven that even a small amount of laughter every day releases feel-good chemicals in our brains that can significantly relieve the sensation of physical pain.
If you are in need of your daily dose of laughter, why not watch some of the funniest movies known to man? Of course, everyone has their own opinion on what the “funniest” movie actually is. So, in this list we’ll share some of the top funniest movies as voted by both movie critics and fans.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Released in 1975, Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the first major motion picture released by the British comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus. If you’ve never heard of this absurdist comedy group before, there’s no better introduction than this hilarious “re-telling” of the classic King Arthur Holy Grail myth. For those who enjoy Monty Python’s brand of surrealist humor, be sure to check out their other motion pictures and classic TV programs.
Airplane! is consistently on critics’ “Top 10” lists for comedy flicks. When this spoof on disaster plane movies was released in 1980 it shocked the world with its zany off-beat humor. Starring Arthur Hailey and Hall Bartlett, Airplane! never fails to take every viewer on a wild ride full of laughter.
Also released in 1980, Caddyshack has become one of the undisputed American comedy classics. Taking place at an exclusive golf club, this sports comedy movie gained a huge cult shortly after its theatrical debut. With timeless performances from Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray, Caddyshack is one comedy that just never gets old.
- Groundhog Day
Although you might not get any belly laughs from Groundhog Day, few people who see this delightful fantasy-comedy ever have anything bad to say about it. This film takes place in the city of Punxsutawney, PA, on (of course) Groundhog Day. Bill Murray plays a weatherman who’s stuck in an infinite time-loop repeating the exact same day. Throughout his humorous experience, Murray’s character slowly learns the true meaning of friendship, compassion, and love.