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Comedy

Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb? A: The fish. Much like that joke, comedy comes down to personal taste and what one finds funny or not. Some like their humour light and frothy and very generalised, while others like it to have an edge and go for a more twisted, darker humour. The motherlode of this genre can be scrolled below. Either way, we're sure there will be something for everybody in the subsections on the left. Right: There's Something About Mary's hairdo...

A Night at the Opera (1935)

8/10
Director: Sam Wood
Starring: The Marx Brothers, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones

Considered by many to be the Marx Brothers' best film. Groucho, Harpo and Chico take on the opera world in order to reunite singers Allan Jones and Ki... Read more

A Night in Casablanca (1946)

7.1/10
Director: Archie Mayo
Starring: The Marx Brothers, Lisette Verea, Charles Drake

Groucho, Harpo and Chico involved in a nest of Nazi spies in a Casablanca hotel. One of the later Marx Brothers' films, but still a good one, with gre... Read more

A Perfect Couple (1979)

6/10
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Dennis Franz, Henry Gibson

When young rocker Sheila Shea (Marta Heflin), meets an older man, Alex Theodopoulos (Paul Dooley), through a computer dating service, their unusual co... Read more

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

7/10
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Charlotta Larsson, Viktor Gyllenberg

The deeply eccentric Roy Anderssons meticulously mounted comic sketches move from historic fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as he muses on human... Read more

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

6.8/10
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, John C Reilly, Kevin Kline, Garrison...

The late Robert Altman's swansong is this whimsical tribute to radio shows of days gone by. Scripted by Garrison Keillor (who plays himself in the fi... Read more

A Private Function (1985)

6.6/10
Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Starring: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott

In 1947, people in England are having a thin time. In a little-known Yorkshire town, plans are afoot to fatten a contraband pig which is then stolen.... Read more

A Serious Man (2009)

7/10
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg

An original and darkly humorous story from Joel and Ethan Coen ("The Big Lebowski") about one ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics pr... Read more

A Serious Man ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

7/10
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg

An original and darkly humorous story from Joel and Ethan Coen ("The Big Lebowski") about one ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics pr... Read more

A Shock To The System (1990)

6.7/10
Director: Jan Egleson
Starring: Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Peter Riegert

Michael Caine shines as brilliantly as ever in this pitch black comedy about a harried ad executive who discovers how easy it is to kill anyone in his... Read more

A Shot in the Dark (1964)

7.6/10
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders

Quite possibly the best of the Pink Panther films finds the illogically inept Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) attempting to prove the innoc... Read more