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The 20 Highest Grossing Comedy Films of All Time

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Beverly Hills Cop is the highest grossing comedy of all time
Beverly Hills Cop is the highest grossing comedy of all time

Critics and movie-goers don’t always agree about the merits of a film, but you can’t argue with dollars. We’ve paid a lot of money to see funny movies over the years.

The information comes from The Movie Times and I’ve sifted through their list to exclude animated films, which deserves its own category. I’ve also excluded many movies that they include a “comedy” tag for because they’re primarily in other genres. The information is current as of August, 2010 and the numbers have been adjusted for inflation.

Movie / Year Released / Adjusted Gross Box Office (millions)

  1. Beverly Hills Cop / 1984 / 518
  2. Home Alone / 1990 / 499.5
  3. Blazing Saddles / 1974 / 468.8
  4. National Lampoon’s Animal House / 1978 / 448.6
  5. Tootsie / 1982 / 416.9
  6. Mrs. Doubtfire / 1993 / 392.6
  7. Meet the Fockers / 2004 / 337.2
  8. Every Which Way But Loose / 1978 / 335.6
  9. Three Men and a Baby / 1987 / 321.8
  10. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York / 1992 / 313.7
  11. My Big Fat Greek Wedding / 2002 / 312.2
  12. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me / 1999 / 304.2
  13. Bruce Almighty / 2003 / 301.7
  14. Liar Liar / 1997 / 296.4
  15. Beverly Hills Cop 2 / 1987 / 294.8
  16. Night at the Museum / 2006 / 287.3
  17. There’s Something About Mary / 1998 / 282.2
  18. Austin Powers in Goldmember / 2002 / 275.6
  19. Look Who’s Talking / 1989 / 263.3
  20. The Santa Clause / 1994 / 259.9

Speaking of other genres and what critics think, the American Film Institute has a list of the Top 10 Romantic Comedies. See if you agree with AFI:

  1. City Lights
  2. Annie Hall
  3. It Happened One Night
  4. Roman Holiday
  5. The Philadelphia Story
  6. When Harry Met Sally
  7. Adam’s Rib
  8. Moonstruck
  9. Harold and Maude
  10. Sleepless in Seattle