Blog Meme: The Best Comedy Films

John Scalzi has created a blog meme to discuss the proposed canonical list of film comedies from Bob McCabe’s The Rough Guide to Comedy Movies.

The idea is to annotate the list as follows: Films in bold I have seen and I actually own those with an asterisk on DVD/Video. Below that is my commentary:

Airplane!
All About Eve
Amelie
Annie Hall
The Apartment
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery*
Blazing Saddles*
Bringing Up Baby*
Broadcast News
Caddyshack

Le diner de con
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb*
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Duck Soup
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The General
Ghostbusters
The Gold Rush
Good Morning Vietnam
The Graduate
Groundhog Day*
A Hard Day’s Night
His Girl Friday
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lady Killers
Local Hero*
Manhattan
M*A*S*H
Monty Python’s Life of Brian*
National Lampoon’s Animal House
The Odd Couple
The Producers
Raising Arizona
Roxanne
Rushmore

Shaun of the Dead
A Shot in the Dark
Some Like it Hot
Strictly Ballroom
Sullivan’s Travels
There’s Something About Mary
This is Spinal Tap
To Be or Not to Be
Tootsie
Toy Story*
Les vacances de M. Hulot
When Harry Met Sally…
Withnail and I

Films Whose Presence in the Canon I’m Particularly Gratified to See (pick up to five):
Blazing Saddles, Groundhog Day, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Local Hero, His Girl Friday

Films in the Canon Whose Presence Should Not Be (pick up to five):
When Harry Met Sally, Dodgeball, Amelie, Shaun of the Dead (haven’t seen it), Good Morning Vietnam

Films I’d Pick to Replace Them (pick up to five):
O Lucky Man, If, The Lady Eve, Nashville, Mon Oncle

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