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What happened to all the FUNNY movies? They seemed to fizzle out in the 80's or 90's. Some of my favs were Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, My Cousin Vinny, Young Frankenstein, Throw Mama From the Train, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Blazing Saddles and The Bird Cage. I'm sure I missed some, but "funny" movies just aren't funny any more.

DarwinistOne 7 Mar 20

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Mel Brooks who wrote several of them is in his 90s now doing a comedy act in Las Vegas as we speak. John Candy who I loved is gone. Billy Crystal doesn't do movies anymore. I think Gene Wilder died. And my fave Robin Williams is gone. Now your comedy actors are The Rock, Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon in their own movies-The New Ghostbusters.
Funny is in the eye of the beholder-we lost some major comedy stars

Billy Crystal is still acting. (Believe it or not). []

Didn't know bout Jumanji-remake of his pal Robin Williams


I was thinking of Monty Python and the Holy Grail recently. The best!

And The Life of Brian.


I think we just got old and they do not serve our kind of humor anymore... My Cousin Vinny and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, my two favorite comedies of all time!

Who do you mean "we"? 🙂


I'm a Mel Brooks fan. But Moonstruck is one of my very favorite comedies. The love scene is absolutely my favorite love scene to date.

I LOVE this movie!


I tend to prefer darker humor. Examples would include Heathers, Citizen Ruth, and Dogma.

If you like dark humor check out Christina Ricci in "Pumpkin" if you've not already seen it.


Guardians of The Galaxy, Deadpool


I laughed so hard at this one that my ribs hurt the next day:
The Secret Life of Pets"

We had classics in our time and you do have to hunt for them - but there are still good ones occasionally.


This list is in no way complete. I enoyed these, your mileage may vary. As I remember, all of these were made since 1990:

Osuofia in London
Smoke Signals
Shakespeare in Love
Le Havre
The Invention of Lying
Reel Injun
God Bless America
Bend It Like Beckham
Sister Act
Despicable Me
Galaxy Quest
Pulp Fiction
Little Miss Sunshine
Get Out
East is East
Go Fish
In Bruges
Monsoon Wedding
The African Doctor
Nobody Loves Me/Keiner liebt mich
Best In Show
Men in Black
Mary and Max
Thank You For Smoking
Burn After Reading
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Four Lions
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil
The Royal Tenenbaums
Being John Malkovitch
Wag The Dog
Night on Earth

Edit: Should be something for everyone here: Satire, slapstick, cerebral, dark humor, animation, surrealism, etc...


I don't know. I thought kingpin and something about Mary were fantastic. I think a lot of films now are turning into series rather than one good film.

Ok Kingpin was hilarious! I forgot about that one!


Dumb mindless comedy took over ("Dumb and Dumber" for example). Same reason Trump is president.

godef Level 7 Mar 20, 2018

"GodBlessAmerica" didn't strike me as stupid, mindless comedy. Nor did "The Invention of Lying".


Bridesmaids but even that is 2011.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is one of my favorites.

Martin/Candy had such a spirit together.

Really sucks that they never got to work together again.


Have you seen Burn after Reading and the Hangover movies?

Seen Hangover movies-. Sex and humor.


Watch some of the 80's horror movies. They're hysterical by today's standards.


Netflix has some humorous series, such as Atypical, Call my Agent!, One Day at a Time, Grace and Frankie, Drop Dead Diva, Girlboss, etc.

Most of these shows have diversity elements as well; gay issues, autism, feminism issues.


Uhm, ok? I don't agree.
Just a few:

  • Bridesmaids ❤ (epic!)
  • Idiocracy (so prophetic!)
  • Clear History (Larry David)
  • Surviving Christmas
  • Role Models
  • SuperStar , yes that's 90's 1999 (Molly Shannon)

I happen to like Woody Allen movies so "Whatever works", Deconstructing Harry....
I know I'm forgetting some, those are off the top of my head, easier to find funny comedy series like Tracey Ullman, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley....


It's SO TRUE! It seems the movie industry is striving to only entertain 17 years old (because it's the most who are buying/watching films these days)... and they're most likely running out of ideas. Indie Movies are also not well advertised. Then I'm sure there's those elite who won't buy well written screenplays.


Adam Sandler put out so many duds they quit making comedys

gater Level 7 Mar 20, 2018

That must have been the beginning of what I call the attention deficit era in movie producers.


Serving Yutes since 1992

BD66 Level 7 Mar 20, 2018

When Harry Met Sally is probably my favorite but I adored Throw Mama From The Train. I was writing a book, at the time it came out, so the opening scene just killed me (pun intended). I also loved the way "You lied to me" was delivered. Perfect movie.
I think every movie became a Superhero thing and all comedy went to cable.

Oh I LOVE "When Harry Met Sally" --- I used to play over and over when Billy Crystal would spit the grape seeds thinking the car window was open, LOL. It was too perfect. Today's comedy don't have that arresting humor that is sprinkled here and there at the right timing. It's too "forced"...


Mabye you stopped being funny. I kid, I kid. I actually really enjoy the movies you listed. But something like Blazing Saddles could not exist today.

I bought that on DVD this year - because watching it on TV every other word was bleeped? Granted some of the words in that had their time - but it's still really funny.


I agree, they are so stupid anymore. The good ole days are gone! I like watching old episodes of Johnny Carson when I can. He was the best for late nite t.v.


"Funny" movies are always subject to individual interpretation....and depends a lot on the actors involved. They can make or break the movie. Maybe I'm showing my age, but I just don't think there are as many "star" quality actors anymore.

marga Level 7 Mar 20, 2018

TOMMY BOY. "That's gonna leave a mark!

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