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Celebrating side-splitting cinema, from slapstick legends to today's anarchic voices.

Fooling about became a fine art through the early decades of cinema, but comedy genius is too often under-recognised.

It’s the gift of perfect timing, an expertly executed sight-gag, a zinging wise-crack, a giddy rush of manic energy. Whether perfectly choreographed, brutally raw, or conjured out of improvisation and collaboration, the best comedy is ultimately disruptive.

It punctures pomposity, and blows a raspberry at social convention: the proto-feminist whiplash of screwball wit, the rambunctious working-class revolt of Carry On, the purposeful anarchy of alternative comedy.

Our three online collections (Rentals, Subscription, Free) celebrate the changing face of what – and who – we find funny.
 

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Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids
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Bridesmaids

Comedy2011125 minsDirector: Paul Feig

Much more than a girls-being-bad comedy, this matrimonial farce finely captures female friendship in all its glory.

Withnail & I
Withnail & I
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Withnail & I

Comedy1986107 minsDirector: Bruce Robinson

Richard E. Grant steals the show in the indomitable cult classic following two washed-up actors as they embark on a booze-filled getaway to the Lake District.

Duck Soup
Duck Soup
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Duck Soup

Comedy193369 minsDirector: Leo McCarey

The Marx Brothers' lunatic satire of international relations finds Groucho in his his most memorable role as Rufus T. Firefly - leader of Freedonia. A comic masterpiece.

Citizen Ruth
Citizen Ruth
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Citizen Ruth

Drama1996106 minsDirector: Alexander Payne

Laura Dern is hilarious an addict unwittingly caught in the midst of America's culture wars, in Alexander Payne's superb first feature - previously unreleased in the UK.

Chasing Amy
Chasing Amy
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Chasing Amy

Comedy1996113 minsDirector: Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith's quirky charmer features an early-career Ben Affleck as the comic-book artist who discovers the girl of his dreams is a lesbian.

The Associate
The Associate
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The Associate

Comedy1996114 minsDirector: Donald Petrie

Whoopi Goldberg plays an investment banker forced to invent a male superior in this unjustly forgotten, feminist workplace satire.

In the Loop
In the Loop
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In the Loop

Comedy2009106 minsDirector: Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci returns to the world of his hit show The Thick of It as Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) and Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) deal with a Middle-East crisis of their own making.

The Death of Stalin
The Death of Stalin
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The Death of Stalin

Comedy2017107 minsDirector: Armando Iannucci

Chaos and comedy ignite in Armando Iannucci’s acerbic satire, as Soviet officials frantically react to the passing of their glorious leader.

Mindhorn
Mindhorn
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Mindhorn

Comedy201688 minsDirector: Sean Foley

Julian Barratt is hilarious as the washed-up actor forced to reprise his 80s TV role as a sleuth with a robotic truth-telling eye, to help catch a deranged killer.

Swimming with Men
Swimming with Men
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Swimming with Men

Comedy201897 minsDirector: Oliver Parker

Rob Brydon leads a motley crew who pool their resources as part of a synchronised swimming team, in this buoyant feelgood comedy.

Adult Life Skills
Adult Life Skills
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Adult Life Skills

Comedy201596 minsDirector: Rachel Tunnard

Anna (Jodie Whittaker) is an emotionally stunted 30-year-old living in her mum’s shed, learning to confront adult reality, in Rachel Tunnard’s quirky debut.

The Weekend
The Weekend
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The Weekend

Comedy201694 minsDirector: Sheridan De Myers

Street-smart Hackney comedy about three friends whose unexpected cash windfall funds the mother of all parties; from the talents behind YouTube hit Mandem on the Wall.

Brewster's Millions
Brewster's Millions
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Brewster's Millions

Comedy1985101 minsDirector: Walter Hill

Richard Pryor plays the everyman who inherits a vast estate with a massive catch: he’ll have to spend $30million in 30 days in order to inherit it all.

Bustin' Loose
Bustin' Loose
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Bustin' Loose

Comedy198193 minsDirector: Oz Scott

Richard Pryor sets out on the road to redemption, as an ex-con ferrying a busload of troubled kids on a wild cross-country adventure.

Car Wash
Car Wash
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Car Wash

Comedy197696 minsDirector: Michael Schultz

Richard Pryor, Bill Duke, Antonio Fargas are among the ensemble cast for the cult comedy set in a California car wash.

Toni Erdmann
Toni Erdmann
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Toni Erdmann

Comedy2016162 minsDirector: Maren Ade

A lonely prankster upends the life of his high-powered daughter in a riotous comedy, deep and sharp.

The Lobster
The Lobster
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The Lobster

Science Fiction2015118 minsDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz star in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth).

Chevalier
Chevalier
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Chevalier

Comedy2015105 minsDirector: Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari's biting and hilarious dissection of the male ego was awarded Best Film at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.

The Big Sick
The Big Sick
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The Big Sick

Comedy2017120 minsDirector: Michael Showalter

The hilarious, breakout indie comedy about a Pakistan-born comedian and his culture-clash relationship with an American grad student.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Comedy2008111 minsDirector: Nicholas Stoller

Dumped and devastated Peter (Jason Segel) holidays to Hawaii only to discover his ex is shacked up there with a debauched rock star (Russell Brand).

The Edge of Seventeen
The Edge of Seventeen
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The Edge of Seventeen

Comedy2016104 minsDirector: Kelly Fremon

Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age comedy eschews quirkiness for genuine warmth, while boasting a hilarious supporting turn from Woody Harrelson.

What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows
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What We Do in the Shadows

Comedy201486 minsDirector: Taika Waititi

An achingly funny mockumentary about New Zealand’s hitherto unknown vampire (and werewolf) communities, from the creators of Flight of the Conchords.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Comedy2016101 minsDirector: Taika Waititi

Juvenile delinquent Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) forms an unlikely partnership with Sam Neill’s grizzled bushman in this hilarious wild adventure from Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows).

G.B.F.
G.B.F.
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G.B.F.

Comedy201393 minsDirector: Darren Stein

Three high-school girls wage war to win the latest must-have social accessory - a Gay Best Friend.

Sightseers
Sightseers
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Sightseers

Comedy201288 minsDirector: Ben Wheatley

Young lovers Chris and Tina turn their first holiday together into a rural killing spree in Ben Wheatley's priceless black comedy.

Black Mountain Poets
Black Mountain Poets
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Black Mountain Poets

Comedy201585 minsDirector: Jamie Adams

Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells play criminal sisters who steal the identity of two poets, only to be charmed by the world of competition poetry.

Prevenge
Prevenge
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Prevenge

Comedy201688 minsDirector: Alice Lowe

Alice Lowe directs and stars in this riotous tale of a pregnant serial killer, hellbent on revenge.

Appropriate Behaviour
Appropriate Behaviour
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Appropriate Behaviour

Comedy201586 minsDirector: Desiree Akhavan

Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.

Frances Ha
Frances Ha
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Frances Ha

Comedy201286 minsDirector: Noah Baumbach

Lady Bird creator Greta Gerwig steals this hit comedy about an awkward girl and her complex passions, a critical smash hit for its star and her director, Noah Baumbach.

Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship
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Love & Friendship

Comedy201693 minsDirector: Whit Stillman

Whit Stillman crosses the Atlantic for this irresistible Jane Austen adaptation, following the delicious and devious exploits of Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale).

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Comedy201390 minsDirector: Declan Lowney

It’s Alan’s finest hour, as the veteran DJ for North Norfolk Digital (Steve Coogan) is called into action to mediate a hostage situation following a siege.

Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead
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Shaun of the Dead

Horror200499 minsDirector: Edgar Wright

The original ‘rom-zom-com’: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the slacker mates tasked with battling a zombie apocalypse in Crouch End.

Man Up
Man Up
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Man Up

Romance201488 minsDirector: Ben Palmer

Simon Pegg’s date is hijacked by Lake Bell in this effervescent urban comedy, a fresh twist on the British rom-com.

The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski
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The Big Lebowski

Comedy1998117 minsDirector: Joel Coen

Arguably one of the greatest comedies of modern times; the Coen brothers’ deconstructed film noir following slacker hero ‘The Dude’ (Jeff Bridges).

The Jerk
The Jerk
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The Jerk

Comedy197994 minsDirector: Carl Reiner

Steve Martin brought his sensational standup persona to the screen, in his utterly hilarious screen debut about a loser who momentarily finds success.

Bowfinger
Bowfinger
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Bowfinger

Comedy199997 minsDirector: Frank Oz

Hysterically funny Hollywood satire, with Steve Martin as a director who'll stop at nothing to make a movie with his top star (Eddie Murphy).

Monty Python's the Meaning of Life
Monty Python's the Meaning of Life
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Monty Python's the Meaning of Life

Comedy1983107 minsDirector: Terry Jones

Mr. Creosote, live organ transplants, salmon mousse... The Python's cinematic swansong contains some of the troupe's most notorious and hilarious sketches.

Privates on Parade
Privates on Parade
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Privates on Parade

Comedy1983113 minsDirector: Michael Blakemore

Musical comedy with John Cleese. In Singapore, 1948, the Song and Dance Unit tour their 'Jungle Jamboree' review.

The Missionary
The Missionary
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The Missionary

Comedy198386 minsDirector: Richard Loncraine

In his first substantial feature-film role away from the involvement of his Monty Python cohorts, Michael Palin stars as a 19th-century missionary tasked with setting up a mission for fallen prostitutes.

Serial Mom
Serial Mom
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Serial Mom

Comedy199394 minsDirector: John Waters

Kathleen Turner is brilliant as a house-proud serial killer in John Waters' gloriously funny suburban satire.

Notting Hill
Notting Hill
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Notting Hill

Comedy1999124 minsDirector: Roger Michell

Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant followed Four Weddings with this featherlight, frequently funny romance between an ordinary bloke and a visiting Hollywood starlet.

Half Baked
Half Baked
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Half Baked

Comedy199882 minsDirector: Tamra Davis

Dave Chappelle stars in the fondly (if hazily) remembered stoner comedy, as an entrepreneur whose weed business goes up in smoke.

East Is East
East Is East
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East Is East

Comedy199997 minsDirector: Damien O'Donnell

Damien O'Donnell's charming comedy-drama about Zaheed Khan (Om Puri), the patriarch of a Pakistani-British family whose children begin to reject their heritage and embrace UK life.

Bhaji on the Beach
Bhaji on the Beach
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Bhaji on the Beach

Comedy1993101 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha's charming and critically acclaimed comedy about a group of British Asian women from Birmingham who bond during a day-trip to Blackpool.

Wild West
Wild West
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Wild West

Comedy199284 minsDirector: David Attwood

Defying opposition from his conservative Pakistani family, Zaf Ayub dreams of becoming Southall's greatest gift to country & western.

Paddington
Paddington
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Paddington

Children's201495 minsDirector: Paul King

Unexpectedly beautiful and bewitching return for the marmalade-loving bear with a sense of adventure.

Nanny McPhee
Nanny McPhee
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Nanny McPhee

Comedy200598 minsDirector: Kirk Jones

Emma Thompson leads an all-star cast as the governess who uses magic to tame a widower’s seven unruly children.

Chicken Run
Chicken Run
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Chicken Run

Animation & Artists Moving Image200084 minsDirector: Peter Lord

Mel Gibson’s Rocky the rooster helps the chickens escape from fascistic farmers in Aardman Animations first foray into feature films.

Wild Tales
Wild Tales
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Wild Tales

Comedy2014122 minsDirector: Damian Szifron

This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.

The Brand New Testament
The Brand New Testament
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The Brand New Testament

Comedy2015110 minsDirector: Jaco van Dormael

Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Poelvoorde head the cast in Jaco Van Dormael’s wildly inventive comedy, in which God’s daughter decides to rewrite the rules.

I'm So Excited!
I'm So Excited!
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I'm So Excited!

Comedy201390 minsDirector: Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar’s highly enjoyable over-the-top comic satire is set on an aeroplane experiencing in-flight difficulties.

The Station Agent
The Station Agent
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The Station Agent

Drama200390 minsDirector: Thomas McCarthy

Before Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage excelled as another sardonic misanthrope in this award-winning indie comedy from director Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).

Clerks
Clerks
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Clerks

Comedy199492 minsDirector: Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith ushered in a new wave of no-budget indie filmmaking, and introduced the world to his enduring one-man brand, with this classic convenience-store comedy.

Intolerable Cruelty
Intolerable Cruelty
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Intolerable Cruelty

Comedy2003100 minsDirector: Joel Coen

The Coen brothers update the acerbic, fast-talking style of the screwball comedy, with George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones as scheming, warring lovers.

Local Hero
Local Hero
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Local Hero

Comedy1983111 minsDirector: Bill Forsyth

An American oil-man goes native while on a mission to buy up a Scottish fishing village, in Bill Forsyth’s tribute to Scotland’s irresistible charm.

Gregory's Girl
Gregory's Girl
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Gregory's Girl

Comedy198092 minsDirector: Bill Forsyth

The ultimate depiction of coming-of-age awkwardness, Bill Forsyth’s comedy about a teen who falls for the new female footballer on the school team.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too
Rita, Sue and Bob Too
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Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Drama19860 minsDirector: Alan Clarke

A married man seduces two teenage babysitters in Alan Clarke’s mix of bawdy comedy and social comment, based on Andrea Dunbar’s Bradford plays.

Carry On Camping
Carry On Camping
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Carry On Camping

Comedy196989 minsDirector: Gerald Thomas

Happy campers Sid Boggle (Sid James) and Bernie Lugg (Bernard Bresslaw) are troubled by hippies in one of the best-loved films of the famed series.

The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
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The Importance of Being Earnest

Comedy195296 minsDirector: Anthony Asquith

The evergreen wit and verbal dexterity of Oscar Wilde’s classic play is artfully captured in Anthony Asquith’s colourful adaptation.

On Approval
On Approval
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On Approval

Comedy194479 minsDirector: Clive Brook

Splendid lead performances and a well-crafted, witty script make this adaptation of the Frederick Lonsdale play a delight.

Mr. Topaze
Mr. Topaze
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Mr. Topaze

Comedy196197 minsDirector: Peter Sellers

Charming character comedy, unseen for decades, starring Peter Sellers as a school teacher corrupted by big business.

A Show Called Fred Ep 5
A Show Called Fred Ep 5
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A Show Called Fred Ep 5

195628 minsDirector: Richard Lester

Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan invite you to leap into your dustbin and dance in this episode of their 50s comedy show

Son of Fred
Son of Fred
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Son of Fred

195619 minsDirector: Richard Lester

Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan serve up some inspired goonery in this madcap Milligan-penned crazy comedy show from 1956.

My Little Chickadee
My Little Chickadee
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My Little Chickadee

Comedy194084 minsDirector: Eddie Cline

Two of comedy's coarsest wise-crackers, W.C. Fields and Mae West, saddle up for this ribald comic western.

Remember the Night
Remember the Night
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Remember the Night

Comedy193994 minsDirector: Mitchell Leisen

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray are the shoplifter and attorney who fall for other in this charming, Christmas comedy scripted by Preston Sturges.

The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve
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The Lady Eve

Comedy194194 minsDirector: Preston Sturges

A female con artist falls in love with her target in Preston Sturges’s comedy, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.

The Goose Steps Out
The Goose Steps Out
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The Goose Steps Out

Comedy194275 minsDirector: Will Hay

Will Hay's third film for Ealing Studios finds the legendary comic parachuted into Nazi Germany when British intelligence discover that he's the spitting image of an enemy master spy

First a Girl
First a Girl
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First a Girl

Comedy193692 minsDirector: Victor Saville

Sparkling musical comedy about a shop girl who pretends to be a boy in order to perform on stage as a female impersonator.

Spring Meeting
Spring Meeting
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Spring Meeting

Comedy194194 minsDirector: Walter C. Mycroft

A penniless woman’s attempts at matchmaking her way to riches go awry when her son falls for the wrong daughter of a nobleman.

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