Here is a list of the top 5 among the 100 Funniest Movies selected by the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, California in the year 2000. These 100 movies are the funniest ones according to AFI’s jury who prepared this list. The jury comprised more than 1800 people including actors, directors, writers, editors, film critics, cinematographers, and historians.
1.Some Like It Hot(1959) – Ashton/Mirisch
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon
Actors in supporting role: George Raft, Joe E. Brown, Pat O’Brien, and Nehemiah Persoff.
Two musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) witness a killing and when the gangster (George Raft) spots them, they flee. They decide to leave the town and the only possible way was related to a girl’s group headed to Florida. They dress up like women and join them. While Joe and Jerry both fall for “Sugar Kane”(Monroe), the band’s most beautiful and important member. She was a vocalist and ukulele player. Both Joe and Jerry try to impress her and win her affection while maintaining their disguises. The movie is very funny because of the mess they create for themselves.
4.Annie Hall (1977) – United Artists
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
Woody Allen starring as Alvy Singer, is a neurotic who likes and wants Annie(Diane Keaton). They also indulge in fantasizing about each other. But later they split because they thought that they are very different. Annie Hall moves in with Paul Simon,playing as Tony lacey, an executive at the Hollywood record company. Alvy remains consistent and thinks that he still loves her. He even persuades her to come back to him. Annie does not come with him. Alvy leaves and returns home and writes a play about their relationship in which they end happily together. Later, they met, but as good friends. Now both have different lovers. The film ends with Alvy thinking about how we accept love in our life in spite of its having a very complex nature.
5.Duck Soup(1933) – Paramount
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Starring: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo Marx; Margaret Dumont; Louis Calhern
The movie casts the “Four Marx Brothers” (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo). This movie was not a flop but somehow it got a bit of disappointment at the box-office. Duck soup was the last movie for which Marx brothers and Paramount Pictures worked together. They had some clashes and decided to part away after the movie was done. In spite of these tensions, Duck Soup is still considered to be a Marx Brothers’ masterpiece.