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Adam's Rib (1949)
Director: George Cukor
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne, Jean Hagen, Hope Emerson and Eve March
When a woman attempts to kill her uncaring husband, prosecutor Adam Bonner gets the case. Unfortunately for him his wife Amanda (who happens to be a lawyer too) decides to defend the woman in court. Amanda uses everything she can to win the case and Adam gets mad about it. As a result, their perfect marriage is disturbed by everyday quarrels.
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Director: Gene Saks
Screenplay: Neil Simon
Based on the play by Neil Simon
Starring: Jane Fonda, Mildred Natwick, Charles Boyer, Herbert Edelman, Mabel Albertson and Fritz Feld
After a whirlwind romance and 6-day honeymoon at a luxory hotel, newlyweds Paul Bratter, a button-downed, stuffed-shirted lawyer and Corie Bratter, a bubbly, spontaneous extrovert, willing to try anything, move into their run-down New York apartment.
They soon realise that they have very little in common.
Big Business (1988)
Director: Jim Abrahams
Starring: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Hermann, Michael Gross, Barry Primus, Daniel Gerroll, Michele Placido and Seth Green
In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich New York family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins unbeknown to the parents. Our story flashes forward to the 1980s where the mismatched sets of twins are about to cross paths following a big business deal to closedown the Jupiter Hollow factory.
Brassed Off (1996)
Director: Mike Herman
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, Stephen Tompkinson, Pete Postlethwaite, Jim Carter, Philip Jackson, Sue Johnston and Stephen Moore
The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.
California Suite (1978)
Director: Herbert Ross
Screenplay: Neil Simon
Starring: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Herbert Edelman, Gloria Gifford, Sheila Frazier and Dana Plato
The misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Call Me Genius (1961)
Director: Robert Day
Starring: Tony Hancock, George Sanders, Paul Massie, Margit Saad, Grégoire Aslan, Dennis Price, Irene Handl and John Le Mesurier
Anthony Hancock is a downtrodden London office worker and amateur painter/sculptor. He rebels, giving up his office job to become a full-time abstract artist. Hancock has a lot of enthusiasm but little talent. He moves to Paris where critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses a very talented emerging artist.
Carry on Screaming! (1966)
Director: Gerald Thomas
Starring: Harry H. Corbett, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Fenella Fielding, Joan Sims, Angela Douglas, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth, Jon Pertwee and Frank Thornton
The sinister Dr Watt has an evil scheme going. Oddbod, his Frankenstein-like creation, is kidnapping beautiful young women and bringing them to the basement of his creator's mansion, where Dr Watt turns them into mannequins to sell to local stores.
Fortunately for Dr Watt, the clueless Detective-Sergeant Bung is on the case. An early lead comes to nothing with the ghastly drowning of lavatory attendant Dan Dann while at work. Bung does seem to be having success with Dr Watt's vampish wife Valeria and her very obvious charms but completely fails to realise that her sinister country house holds the key to the unimaginable horrors going on.
Director: Christopher Morahan
Starring: John Cleese, Sharon Maiden, Stephen Moore, Alison Steadman, Penelope Wilton, Joan Hickson, Ann Way, Constance Chapman, Pat Keen, Sheila Keith, Benjamin Whitrow, Geoffrey Palmer, Tony Haygarth, Michael Aldridge, Nicholas Le Prevost, Philip Voss, Leslie Schofield, John Bardon and Nadia Sawalha
Brian Stimpson is the headmaster of a comprehensive (high) school in England. He sets himself, his staff and pupils very high standards. On the way to a conference at which he is to talk, all manner of disasters strike.
Cold Comfort Farm (1995)
Director: John Schlesinger
Based on the novel by Stella Gibbons
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Rufus Sewell, Eileen Atkins, Sheila Burrell, Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Ivan Kaye, Freddie Jones, Christopher Bowen, Angela Thorne, Rupert Penry-Jones, Frederick Jaeger, Miriam Margolyes and Stephen Fry
In England in the early 1930s, 20 year old Flora Poste, recently orphaned and left with only £100 a year to live on, goes to stay with distant relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Everyone on the gloomy farm is completely around the twist, but Flora tries to sort everything out...
Duck Soup (1933)
Director: Leo McCarey
Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont and Luis Calhern
The small state of Freedonia is in a financial mess, borrowing a huge sum of cash from wealthy widow Mrs. Teasdale. She insists on replacing the current president with crazy Rufus T. Firefly and mayhem erupts. To make matters worse, the neighboring state of Sylvania sends inept spies Chicolini and Pinky to obtain top secret information, creating even more chaos.
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Director: Herbert Ross
Screenplay: Neil Simon
Starring: Marsha Mason, Richard Dreyfuss, Quinn Cummings, Barbara Rhoades, Powers Boothe and Nicol Williamson
Divorced ex-dancer Paula McFadden, has small daughter Lucy to support. They must start their life anew when Paula's latest lover abandons her to pursue his career.
Further complicating their lives is the arrival of egotistical actor Elliot Garfield who sublet her Manhattan apartment from her wayward boyfriend. Despite their initial hostility, this unlikely pair discovers romance as they help each other cope with the hardships of life in the big city.
Hot Millions (1968)
Director: Eric Till
Starring: Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Karl Malden, Bob Newhart, Robert Morley, Cesar Romero, Lynda Baron and Peter Jones
A Cockney con-artist just out of prison replaces an insurance company's computer programmer and sends claim cheques to himself under various aliases at addresses all over Europe. Meanwhile, he falls in love with an inept secretary and frustrated flautist.
The In-Laws (1979)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Starring: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka, Michael Lembeck, Paul L. Smith, Carmine Caridi, Ed Begley Jr. and James Hong
Sheldon Kornpett is an anxious Manhattan dentist who just wants to get through his daughter’s wedding in one piece. Unfortunately, she’s marrying the son of Vince Ricardo, who may or may not be a certifiably insane rogue CIA agent.
The Intelligence Men (1965)
Director: Robert Asher
Starring: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, William Franklyn, April Olrich, Gloria Paul, Richard Vernon, David Lodge, Terence Alexander, Francis Matthews, Warren Mitchell, Peter Bull, Johnny Briggs, Joe Melia, Bob Todd and Jacqueline Jones
A chance meeting with a Schlecht agent forces a humble coffee shop manager into the secret world of spies in Swinging London. With the help of his MI5 friend, he poses as the recently dead Major Cavendish who had managed to infiltrate the dreaded organization; he knows that they are intending to assassinate someone - could it be the famous Russian ballerina who has recently arrived for an appearance at Covent Garden?
Director: Stanley Kramer
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Jim Backus, Joe E. Brown, William Demerest, Andy Devine, Peter Falk, Norman Fell, Sterling Holloway, Paul Ford, Edward Everett Horton, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Carl Reiner, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, The Three Stooges and Jerry Lewis
After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careers over a cliff in view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and, when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state.
The Ladykillers (1955)
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Starring: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Danny Green, Katie Johnson, Jack Warner and Frankie Howerd
A gang planning a 'job' find themselves living with Mrs Wilberforce, a little old lady who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill her, they run into one problem after another and they get what they deserve.
Director: Gore Virbinski
Starring: Starring: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Maury Chaykin and Christopher Walken
Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.
The Odd Couple (1968)
Director: Gene Saks
Play: Neil Simon
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fielder, Herb Edelman, David Scheiner, Larry Haines, Monica Evans and Carole Shelley
Divorcees Felix and Oscar move in together when their marriages break up. They soon discover their personalities and housekeeping rules are explosively incompatible.
Plaza Suite (1971)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Based on the play by Neil Simon
Starring: Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Barbara Harris, Maureen Stapelton, Louise Sorel and Alan North
Three separate stories set in the same hotel suite in New York's Plaza Hotel with Walter Matthau in a triple role. In the first, Karen Nash tries to get her inattentive husband Sam's attention to spruce up their failing marriage. In the second, brash film producer Jesse Kiplinger tries to get his former one-time flame Muriel to see him for what he stands for. In the third, Roy Hubley and his wife Norma try and try to get their uncertain-of-herself daughter out of the bathroom before her approaching wedding.
The Producers (1967)
Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn and Kenneth Mars
Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Biyalistok is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max's books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? "Springtime for Hitler."
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer, Jacqueline Obradors and Allison Janney
Taking a romantic tropical island week off with her boyfriend, an ambitious, decisive New York girl agrees to help her magazine out by covering a story on a neighbouring island. The only plane available is piloted by a laid-back heavy drinker with whom she shares a mutual dislike. But she has no choice and he can't refuse the money. When the plane crash-lands on an uninhabited island with little chance of rescue they both wish they had made other arrangements - at least to start with.
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck and Mary Gregory
A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, Nehemiah Persoff, Joan Shawlee and Edward G. Robinson Jr.
When two musicians witness a mob hit in Chicago, they flee to Florida in an all-female band disguised as women but further complications set in.
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Rober Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman and Tom Dugan
In occupied Poland during WWII, a troupe of ham stage actors led by Joseph Tura and his wife Maria match wits with the Nazis. A spy has information which would be very damaging to the Polish resistance and they must prevent it from being delivered to the Germans.
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Terri Garr, Sydney Pollack, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, George Gaynes and Geena Davis
Michael Dorsey is desperate; he can't find a job. That is, until he gets a female role in a soap opera and becomes very famous. Of course, nobody knows that this new television star is a man. But, after a while, he falls in love with the leading actress of the series and here is the big problem: how can he express his feelings, since she thinks that Michael is a woman?
Working Girl (1988)
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Philip Bosco, Nora Dunn, Oliver Platt and Kevin Spacey
Executive secretary Tess McGill can't get her deserved shot at upward mobility in the brokerage industry. Hardly taken seriously by male bosses, things aren't really any better for her once she starts working for female executive Katharine Parker, a narcissist with a banker boyfriend, Jack Trainer, and a tendency to steal the best ideas from her underlings. When Katharine is laid up with a broken leg, Tess poses as a replacement wheeler-dealer, flirting with Jack and working on a new client who doesn't suspect the deception.
A list of my favorite funny films.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
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