20 Must-watch Comedy Movies from the last 10 years
Sometimes we just need a good laugh and that can be possible through comedy movies. So, presenting you with the best 20 comedy movies from the last 10 years.
20. What We do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 New Zealand mockumentary horror comedy film written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, and the first in the What We Do in the Shadows franchise. Clement and Waititi co-star in the film, as do Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie van Beek. The plot of the film revolves around a group of vampires who share a flat in Wellington.
19. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American comedy film written and directed by Jake Kasdan and co-producer Judd Apatow. John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows, and Kristen Wiig star. Walk Hard is a parody of the biopic genre, telling the story of a fictional early rock and roll star played by Reilly.
18. Wet Hot American Summer
Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 American satirical comedy film directed by David Wain from a screenplay written by Wain and Michael Showalter. The film takes place on the last full day of a fictional summer camp in 1981, and it spoofs the sex comedies aimed at teen audiences at the time. The film was a critical and commercial failure, but it has since developed a cult following as many of its cast members have gone on to high-profile work. On July 31, 2015, Netflix revived the franchise with the release of an eight-episode prequel series starring the majority of the film’s original cast, followed by an eight-episode sequel series set ten years after the original film on August 4, 2017.
17. This is the End
This Is the End is a 2013 American apocalyptic comedy film written, directed, and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their directorial debuts. It is a feature-length film adaptation of the short film Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse (2007), which was also written by Rogen and Goldberg, with the short’s director, Jason Stone, serving as an executive producer. The film, which stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride, is centered on fictionalized versions of its cast in the aftermath of a global biblical apocalypse.
16. Step Brothers
Step Brothers is a 2008 American comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow, and written by Will Ferrell and McKay from a story by Ferrell, McKay, and John C. Reilly. It follows Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reilly), two grown men who are forced to live together as brothers after their single parents, with whom they still live, marry. Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, and Kathryn Hahn also appear.
15. 21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street is a 2012 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (in their live-action directing debuts), written by Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall, and starring Channing Tatum and Hill. The film is an adaptation of Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh’s 1987–91 television series of the same name. It follows police officers Schmidt and Jenko, who are forced to relive high school when they are assigned to go undercover as high school students to prevent the spread of a new synthetic drug and arrest its supplier.
Bridesmaids is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Paul Feig and written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, with Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Clayton Townsend producing. The story revolves around Annie (Wiig), who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey co-star as Lillian’s bridesmaids, with Chris O’Dowd, Rebel Wilson, Matt Lucas, Michael Hitchcock, Jon Hamm, Franklyn Ajaye, and Jill Clayburgh in supporting roles.
13. Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express is a buddy stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and starring Rogen and James Franco. The plot revolves around a process server and his marijuana dealer who are forced to flee from hitmen and a corrupt cop after witnessing a murder. Producer Judd Apatow, who previously worked with Rogen and Goldberg on Knocked Up and Superbad, assisted in developing the story.
12. Mean Girls
Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film written and directed by Mark Waters. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey star in the film. It is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman’s nonfiction self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabes, published in 2002, which describes female high school social cliques and the negative effects they can have on girls. Fey also drew inspiration for some of the film’s concepts from her own experience at Upper Darby High School. (3rd) Amanda Seyfried made her film debut in this film.
11. Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder is a satirical action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller that was released in 2008. Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, and Brandon T. Jackson star as a group of prima donna actors working on a Vietnam War film. When their disgruntled director (played by Steve Coogan) abandons them in the middle of a jungle, they must rely on their acting skills to survive the real action and danger. It is a parody of many well-known war films, particularly those set during the Vietnam War.
Zoolander is an American action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller that was released in 2001. Elements from a pair of short films directed by Russell Bates and written by Drake Sather and Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards television specials in 1996 and 1997 are used in the film. Derek Zoolander, a dimwitted, narcissistic male model, appears in the previous short films and in this film.
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s 2014 comedy-drama film The Grand Budapest Hotel was written and directed by him. As Monsieur Gustave H., the famous concierge of a twentieth-century mountainside resort in the fictional East European country of Zubrowka, Ralph Fiennes leads a seventeen-actor ensemble cast. When Gustave is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy dowager (Tilda Swinton), he and his newly befriended protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) set out on a quest for fortune and a priceless Renaissance painting against the backdrop of an encroaching fascist regime.
8. Shaun of the Dead
Edgar Wright directed the 2004 horror comedy film Shaun of the Dead. Wright and Simon Pegg, who plays Shaun in the film, co-wrote it. Shaun, along with his friend Ed, played by Nick Frost, is caught off guard by the zombie apocalypse and attempts to seek refuge in a local pub with their loved ones. Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton also appear in the film.
7. Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and Jerusha Hess. It was produced by Jeremy Coon, Chris Wyatt, and Sean Covel. The title character, played by Jon Heder, is a high school student who is dealing with several dilemmas, including befriending an immigrant who wants to be class president, awkwardly pursuing a romance with a fellow student, and living with his eccentric family.
6. School of Rock
School of Rock is a comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, produced by Scott Rudin, and written by Mike White that was released in 2003. Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, and Miranda Cosgrove star in the film. Black plays Dewey Finn, a struggling rock guitarist who is kicked out of his band and then disguises himself as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After witnessing his students’ musical talent, Dewey forms a band of fifth-graders to compete in the upcoming Battle of the Bands and pay off his rent.
5. The Hangover
The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Todd Phillips, co-written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and co-produced by Daniel Goldberg. It is the first film in the trilogy The Hangover. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, and Jeffrey Tambor star in the film. It tells the story of Phil Wenneck, Stu Price, Alan Garner, and Doug Billings, who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate Doug’s impending marriage. However, Phil, Stu, and Alan awaken with Doug missing and no recollection of the previous night’s events, and they must find the groom before the wedding can take place.
Superbad is a teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and produced by Judd Apatow that was released in 2007. Seth and Evan, two teenagers about to graduate from high school, are played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in the film. The boys want to party and lose their virginity before graduating, but their plan proves more difficult than expected. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (or simply Borat) is a mockumentary comedy film directed by Larry Charles and starring Sacha Baron Cohen that was released in 2006. Borat Sagdiyev, a fictitious Kazakhstani journalist, travels through the United States to film a documentary featuring real-life interactions with Americans, is played by Baron Cohen. Much of the film is comprised of unscripted scenes in which Borat interviews and interacts with real-life Americans who believe he is a foreigner with little or no understanding of American customs.
2. The 40-Year-Old-Virgin
Judd Apatow’s directorial debut, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, is a 2005 American romantic comedy film.  Formalized paraphrase The film stars Steve Carell (who co-wrote the screenplay with Apatow) as the titular 40-year-old virgin Andy, a clerk at an electronics store, with Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, and Paul Rudd playing colleagues who vow to assist him in losing his virginity.
1. Anchorman: The Legend of Run Burgundy
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell, and co-written by McKay and Ferrell. The first installment in the Anchorman series, the film is a tongue-in-cheek take on the culture of the 1970s, particularly the new Action News format. (3rd) It takes place on a San Diego television station where Ferrell’s title character clashes with his new female coworker.