Can we really take a list of the Best Comedies seriously if it includes 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Goodfellas'?

In 2016, we covered's list of the 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time. This list was unique compared to others of the sort as they compiled their list by polling comedians, actors, directors, and critics. This kind of list is the closest you can get to scientific peer-reviewed work for this genre. While gathering information for a recent podcast, I went to check the 2016 list and found that it had just been updated the previous week, with new movies making the list. As a matter of fact, 26% of the list contains movies that weren't on the 2016 list. Of the movies that were on the 2016 list, 37 moved up in their ranking, 31 dropped, and 6 held on to their 2016 spot.

Like the 2016 list, the 2018 list was compiled by polling those involved in movie-making and comedy, such as Dan Aykroyd, Edgar Wright, Bill Burr, Jodie Whitaker, Peter Capaldi, and John Boyega, just to name a few.

As mentioned above, the list does contain some interesting additions and movies not normally considered comedies, with 'Pulp Fiction' and 'GoodFellas' being ranked #98 and #64, respectively. In fact,'GoodFellas' was #10 on Dan Akyroyd's personal list.

Below is the 2018 ranking and were the movie was on the 2016 list:

20182016 Rank
100.Meet the Parents (2000)Not Listed
99.Mean Girls (2004)90
98.Pulp Fiction (1994)Not Listed
97.Hot Fuzz (2007)62
96.Safety Last! (1923)Not Listed
95.The Graduate (1967)Not Listed
94.Local Hero (1983)Not Listed
93.The Philadelphia Story (1940)Not Listed
92.Harold and Maude (1971)46
91.There's Something About Mary (1998)27
90.Superbad (2007)Not Listed
89.The Gold Rush (1925)Not Listed
88.The Mask (1994)Not Listed
87.Broadcast News (1987)Not Listed
86.School of Rock (2003)Not Listed
85.Waiting for Guffman (1996)39
84.Love and Death (1975)49
83.Sullivan's Travels (1941)83
82.Old School (2003)76
81.Slap Shot (1977)Not Listed
80.The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)Not Listed
79.Office Space (1999)45
78.The Great Dictator (1940)89
77.As Good As It Gets (1997)Not Listed
76.Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994)55
75.The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)61
74.Kingpin (1996)63
73.Best In Show (2000)26
72.Way Out West (1936)53
71.Mr Hulot's Holiday (1953)86
70.The Cable Guy (1996)Not Listed
69.Top Secret! (1984)37
68.The Party (1968)73
67.Take the Money and Run (1969)Not Listed
66.Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)Not Listed
65.Heaven Can Wait (1943)Not Listed
64.GoodFellas (1990)Not Listed
63.Bananas! (1971)75
62.Wayne's World (1992)28
61.A Fish Called Wanda (1988)87
60.Midnight Run (1988)94
59.Clueless (1995)Not Listed
58.Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)93
57.Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)Not Listed
56.It Happened One Night (1934)Not Listed
55.Toy Story (1995)Not Listed
54.The Man With Two Brains (1983)32
53.Bedazzled (1967)72
52.The Odd Couple (1968)41
51.Sons of the Desert (1933)Not Listed
50.Raising Arizona (1987)Not Listed
49.In The Loop (2009)33
48.The King of Comedy (1982)Not Listed
47.Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)34
46.The Producers (1967)30
45.Rushmore (1998)29
44.Broadway Danny Rose (1984)71
43.The Blues Brothers (1980)54
42.His Girl Friday (1940)67
41.Napoleon Dynamite (2004)38
40.The Pink Panther (1963)82
39.Coming to America (1988)64
38.Nuts in May (1976)92
37.Elf (2003)65
36.The General (1926)70
35.National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)66
34.When Harry Met Sally... (1989)50
33.A Night at the Opera (1935)56
32.Shaun of the Dead (2004)16
31.¡Three Amigos! (1986)40
30.South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)19
29.Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)51
28.Zoolander (2001)35
27.Blazing Saddles (1974)15
26.The Castle (1997)25
25.Bridesmaids (2011)79
24.Play it Again, Sam (1972)48
23.Tootsie (1982)43
22.Ghostbusters (1984)23
21.Young Frankentein (1974)52
20.Four Lions (2010)24
19.Duck Soup (1933)17
18.Dr Strangelove (1964)14
17.Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)21
16.Trading Places (1983)20
15.Some Like It Hot (1959)9
14.Dumb & Dumber (1994)22
13.The Naked Gun (1988)18
12.The Big Lebowski (1998)13
11.Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)6
10.Borat: Cultural Learnings of America... (2006)12
9.Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)5
8.Team America: World Police (2004)11
7.Withnail & I (1987)7
6.The Jerk (1979)10
5.Groundhog Day (1993)8
4.Annie Hall (1977)4
3.Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)3
2.Airplane! (1980)2
1.This Is Spinal Tap (1984)1

Just like 2016, the 1980s dominated the list, but had an overall drop in number compared to two years ago, with the 20s, 30s, and 40s, picking up the dropped numbers:


What movies are you surprised didn't make it to the top 100? What movies do you think shouldn't have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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