Top 10 Slapstick Comedy Movies

Script written by Jordan Ruimy. There’s nothing like ridiculous physical comedy! And these flicks are full of the funniest we can find. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 slapstick comedy movies. For this list, we’re looking at those films that we thought best succeeded with their exaggerated physical comedy, whether it’s through the trip, the slip, the double take, the collide, the fall, the roar or a simple shot to the crotch. Special thanks to our users Norris Vaughn, Scotty Arbour and Andrew A. Dennison for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Jordan Ruimy.

Top 10 Slapstick Comedy Movies


There’s nothing like ridiculous physical comedy! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 slapstick comedy movies.

For this list, we’re looking at those films that we thought best succeeded with their exaggerated physical comedy, whether it’s through the trip, the slip, the double take, the collide, the fall, the roar or a simple shot to the crotch.

#10: “Three Amigos” (1986)

A farce based on mistaken identity, mistranslated messages and the chemistry between its three stars, “Three Amigos” takes slapstick to the next level. This John Landis film stars the terrific physical comedians Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short as a trio of recently unemployed actors who end up in a Mexican town to fight an infamous outlaw. As is the case with most slapstick comedies, hijinks ensue in the form of a plethora of pratfalls, visual gags and hilarious song-and-dance numbers.


#9: “The General” (1926)

Written by, produced by, directed by and starring one of the fathers of slapstick comedy, Buster Keaton, this is the story of a clumsy train engineer who’s locomotive gets stolen and must embark on a journey to get it back. And it might just be the greatest example of Keaton’s trademark, almost-cartoonish style of physical comedy. Made during the silent era when this style of exaggerated physical comedy was more common, “The General” is an ambitious farce full of hysteria and iconic slapstick sequences.

#8: “Police Academy” (1984)

Though not necessarily known for its quality storytelling, this satirical take on police training brought its fair share of laughs – and many of them came from slapstick. And it’s not a huge surprise, considering the rag-tag team of misfits, losers and outcasts assembled at the police academy to learn the trade. With sight gags, physical jokes, and Steve Guttenberg, it’s comic mayhem with a heart of gold that spawned several more films in the series, each was more slapsticky than the last.

#7: “Hot Shots! Part Deux” (1993)

Though 1993 also brought us the slapstick farce “Robin Hood Men in Tights,” we’re giving it to “Hot Shots! Part Deux.” Sure, we loved the original; but the second flick in this parody series has more laughs, an even better plot and great new cast members. In a world where Lloyd Bridges is president and Saddam Hussein is a goofy sword-fighter, Charlie Sheen and company spoof everything from “Rambo,” “RoboCop” and “Terminator 2” to “Lady and the Tramp” – and do so with great physical comedy at every turn.

#6: “Dumb and Dumber” (1994)

The Farrelly Brothers love them some slapstick. “Dumber and Dumber,” however, is their career peak. Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey outdo themselves as Harry and Lloyd, two dimwits that just don’t know any better than to trek to Aspen to return a suitcase to a woman they don’t even know. Both a slapstick comedy and an intelligent comedy at the same time, this cult classic is full of visual gags, cringe worthy jokes and – of course – hijinks. But above all else, it’s gut-bustlingly funny.

#5: “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” (1988)

Of course, it was 1980’s spoof “Airplane!” that launched Leslie Nielsen’s comedy career, but by the time “The Naked Gun” was released, he’d perfected his act as straight man in the farcical slapstick. As lieutenant Frank Drebin, Nielsen gets into outrageous scenario after outrageous scenario as he tries to solve his latest case. A flick full of sight gags, tons o’ puns, and a plot to assassinate the Queen, this satire of police procedurals will constantly have you laughing in spite of yourself.

#4: “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” (1995)

Some may be surprised to find this sequel here instead of 1994’s “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” but “When Nature Calls” features an even more frenetic performance on behalf of its star, as well as new animals, new adventures, and the same hair – at least according to the posters. Jim Carrey’s famed pet detective comes out of retirement to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat. With perfectly timed jokes that fit, as our beloved detective would say “like a glooooove,” this farce is high energy and high hilarity.

#3: “The Pink Panther” (1963)

Before Leslie Nielsen became the silly straight man, there was Peter Sellers. A comedy natural, as evidenced by his 1968 slapstick fest “The Party,” Sellers excelled in the genre; but his true slapstick tour-de-force was 1963’s “The Pink Panther.” With his clichéd clothes, outrageous accent and near-constant blundering, Sellers was the bumbling inspector of the French Sûreté Jacques Clouseau – who managed to somehow be so clumsy it’s endearing. As he attempts to find a famous thief and the world’s largest diamond, Clouseau encounters all manner of crazy shenanigans.

#2: “Home Alone” (1990)

While at the core of this movie lies a touching story about a boy and his family; what makes it the kind of Christmas film you’ll watch year after year are its slapstick sequences. Starring Macaulay Culkin as the ever-so-clever Kevin McCallister, as well as Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as a couple of dumb house robbers, these scenes are just what any 8-year-old would concoct without parental supervision – which means they’re full of booby traps that send the crooks flying and keep up in slapstick-induced stitches.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “There’s Something About Mary” (1998)
- “Tommy Boy” (1995)
- “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)
- “Meet the Parents” (2000)
- “The Great Outdoors” (1988)

#1: “City Lights” (1931)

Like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin was a king of silent film-era slapstick. While his later production, “Modern Times,” could also have made this list, we’ve opted for this romantic comedy. “City Lights” features everything we want in a movie: perfectly-timed physical comedy, a seamless blend of sentiment and slapstick, an indelible theme and Chaplin’s iconic character, the Little Tramp. Together, they create a movie that is undeniably Chaplin: both high and lowbrow, both sidesplittingly funny and serious, this film is slapstick at its finest and its most effective.

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