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Top 10 Comedy Movies that Will Be Future Classics

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Written by Tom DiNardo These movies are recent, but are sure to stand the test of time and to go down in movie history as some of the greatest classic comedies of all time. WatchMojo presents the top 10 movies that are sure to become classics in the near future. But what film will take the top spot on our list? Will it be The Nice Guys, Bridesmaids, or This is the End? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Big thanks to governmentfree for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Comedy+Movies+That+Will+Become+Future+Classics

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Dramas tend to endure in the Hollywood history books, but some comedies are just as timeless. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Comedy Movies That Will Become Classics in the Future.

For this list, we’re looking at comedy movies released in or after the year 2010, that we believe will be revered in the years to come due to the significant critical acclaim and public attention they’ve received.

#10: “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (2011)

What guy wouldn’t want advice from Ryan Gosling to help woo women after a tough split from a long-time partner? Steve Carell may best be known for his antics as Michael Scott on “The Office,” but here he brings a more dramatic touch to his role as Cal Weaver. Still, you can’t help but laugh as Cal stumbles through life as a single guy for the first time since high school. This rom-com is the perfect mix of well-intentioned fun with a healthy dose of adult humor, but still manages to dig deep into the mysteries of love, appealing to both sexes in a way that will surely prove timeless.

#9: “MacGruber” (2010)

They say imitation’s the sincerest form of flattery, but that may not apply in all cases. This comedy is based on the recurring “Saturday Night Live” skit that parodies the 1980s action-adventure TV show “MacGyver.” Directed by Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island comedy trio, the film ceaselessly mocks MacGyver-types and their ability to solve whatever crisis using banal objects that just so happen to be nearby. Packed full of quotable lines, “MacGruber” features Will Forte as the title character: an arrogant, insecure hero with an affinity for going for the throat, who we predict will enter the pantheon of classic comedy characters in the not-too-distant future.

#8: “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014)

This mockumentary from New Zealand is based on an absurd pretext: a documentary film team is following four vampire roommates in the lead up to the biggest social event of the year. And we gotta say: it’s delightfully entertaining to watch vampires try to fit into the modern world of internet and cell phones. Plus, who knew vampires liked to go clubbing? But it’s not all fun and games: these blood-suckers also have to manage the mundane headaches of living with roommates, like figuring out who left their dirty dishes in the sink. By cleverly satirizing the vampire movie craze, “What We Do in the Shadows” has ensured itself immortality.

#7: “Deadpool” (2016)

Superhero movies are a dime a dozen these days, but “Deadpool” is like none other. For one thing, it revels in profanity, violence and adult subject matter. Ryan Reynolds perfectly plays the potty-mouthed antihero who pulls zero punches, whether in fight scenes or when ridiculing elderly women. Reynolds constantly breaks the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience and mocking other comic book movies and characters – especially Green Lantern, ironically. Lucky for Reynolds, however, “Deadpool” was a hit. Its combination of quick-witted jokes and badass action make for a wildly entertaining movie, and one we definitely plan to keep watching down the road.

#6: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014)

Director Wes Anderson has developed a comedy style uniquely his own, and with this film, he perfects his signature formula: it’s an unusual story featuring quirky characters, with both light and dark humor sprinkled throughout and a dash of slapstick for good measure. Ralph Fiennes is in fine form as a hotel concierge who’s framed for the murder of an elderly tenant, and he leads an ensemble cast of oddball characters on this surprisingly heartfelt yet whimsical and visually fascinating journey. Anderson’s films may be an acquired taste for some, but give it a chance and you’ll definitely be checking into “The Grand Budapest Hotel” again down the line.

#5: “21 Jump Street” (2012)

Bromance is in the air! You couldn’t find a more obvious mismatch when it comes to police partners than Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. But as their characters navigate the responsibilities of the freshman cop, their chemistry’s undeniable. Their mission? To find the dealer of a new drug by going undercover at a local high school. With a satirical take on the ‘80s and teen movies – and all the tropes that come with them – “21 Jump Street” earns its future-classic status by being an original, smart, silly and action-packed remake of a TV classic. And while sequels rarely match the original, “22 Jump Street” gives it a run for its money.

#4: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2010)

The premise of this film is just as quirky as its main character: Scott falls for the new girl in town – Ramona Flowers – but learns he has to take down each of her evil exes just to date her. And no one plays the lovable loser like Michael Cera. With his source material based on a graphic novel series, filmmaker Edgar Wright keeps the violence PG-13, with video game fight scenes, wholesome jokes and a surprising number of A-listers rounding out the cast. Cera’s signature awkward humor combines with cool visual effects to make this movie a winner and one you’re sure to keep coming back to. Level up!

#3: “The Nice Guys” (2016)

Who knew a noir film could be so funny? Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe reinvigorate this genre, blending it with the best of a buddy comedy to make something truly unique – too bad no one saw it in theaters. But, what “The Nice Guys” failed to rake in at the box-office, they more than made up for in great reviews. Gosling and Crowe carry the film, with their rapport lending itself to quick-witted dialogue and surprisingly hilarious physical comedy. Plus, screenwriter and director Shane Black also wrote “Lethal Weapon,” the quintessential buddy cop comedy. By breathing new life into a tired genre, “The Nice Guys” cements itself as a classic of days to come.

#2: “Bridesmaids” (2011)

A person’s wedding day is one of the most beautiful days of their life, but the road there ain’t always pretty. Kristen Wiig plays maid of honor to her best friend, but she can barely keep her own life together, let alone help plan a wedding. Naturally, this results in lots of hilarious, heartbreaking and heartwarming moments – as well as one or two disgusting ones. With a supporting cast that includes the likes of Melissa McCarthy as the crass, in-your-face sister of the groom who isn’t afraid to tell you what’s what, this Paul Feig-directed, Judd Apatow-produced comedy-of-errors is one you’ll watch every time another one of your friends gets engaged.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “Hot Tub Time Machine” (2010)
- “The Lego Movie” (2014)
- “The Edge of Seventeen” (2016)

#1: “This Is the End” (2013)

It’s the end of the world as they know it. In this apocalyptic comedy, some of the biggest movie stars on the planet play delightfully fictionalized versions of themselves to great comedic effect – and we’re not even mentioning the hilarious cameos by countless other celebrities. The “the world is ending and they have to get to heaven somehow” story may be outlandish, but that’s kinda the point; it does take place in Hollywood, after all. With dialogue that’s chockfull of self-deprecating humor that constantly pokes fun at the vanity and insecurity of the famous folks living in Los Angeles, this comedy is sure to be a classic in the future – if it isn’t already.

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