10 Movie Scenes That Consistently Make Me Laugh No Matter How Many Times I've Seen Them:

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  • (NOTE: The items of this list may spoil the outcomes of some of the funniest scenes in movie history. Be warned.)
  • The Naughty Nineties (1945) - This Abbott and Costello movie is more obscure than some of their other ones, but this is the only movie that their classic "Who's On First?" routine is in. Vaudeville doesn't get much better than that.
  • Harold and Maude (1972) - Harold's mother is setting up for a date. Harold, completely apathetic to the entire dating world, is boredly listening to his mother and his blind date talking. Completely deadpan, he pulls out a giant meat cleaver and lops his hand off.
  • Modern Times (1936) - Charlie Chaplin is the guinea pig for a machine that will feed workers their lunches while they work. However, like many of the machines in Modern Times, everything goes horribly wrong.
  • When Harry Met Sally... (1989) - Sally fakes an orgasm in the middle of a crowded restaurant. This is funny enough without the perfect punchline to the scene, which I wouldn't even dream of spoiling.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - While the Black Knight scene is classic too, my favorite scene is the one where the knights of Camelot have to cross a bridge guarded by a troll. But first, they must answer three questions...
  • Some Like It Hot (1959) - Daphne is engaged to a rich man, and she can't stop talking about how great he is to her girlfriend Josephine. Only problem - Daphne and Josephine are men in drag.
  • Duck Soup (1933) - Chico and Harpo are selling peanuts and competing with a lemonade vendor. There's quite a rivalry going on, and of course Chico and Harpo win out in the end of the scene.
  • Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - General Ripper is hilarious, but my favorite scene is the one where the president is trying to talk to the drunk Russian leader over the phone. A classic!
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952) - Three words: "Make 'Em Laugh."
  • To Be Or Not To Be (1942) - The Nazis know that Jack Benny is an impostor wearing a fake beard. The man Benny is impersonating is dead. The Nazis escort Benny into a room with the corpse and wait. How Benny handles this situation is priceless.
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In no particular order.

Note: These are, of course, not the only movie scenes that consistently make me laugh, and there are a ton of other movies I love besides these. This is just a sampling of 10 great ones.

Great list! My wife read it over my shoulder and she has a vague recollection that the When Harry Met Sally punchline was improvised, which is pretty cool. And while loving the "Make 'em Laugh" scene from Singing in the Rain, we agree that the funniest scene (in our opinion) is the voice coaching scene ("I caaaan't staaan 'em!"). So many great scenes in that movie.

I'm also impressed by your "funniest movies by decade" lists - I hope you're going to carry them through to the present!

Oh, and I *slightly* prefer the self-immolation scene from Harold & Maude. :-)

Both of the scenes you mentioned were great too, of course.

That line was improvised? That's great! I know Billy Crystal improvised much of the dialogue when he's doing the fake accent, but I didn't know that THAT line was improvised!

I do intend to finish up my top 10 funniest movies by decade. In fact, I would've finished it yesterday if not for the fact that my computer was going so incredibly slowly.

It *might* have been improvised. I'd hate to start a false rumor. I don't remember that fact, and my wife only remembers that vaguely. Now that I've started this, I hope she's right! It would be almost as cool as the famous sword/gun improvisation from Raiders.

well i wanted to add to this little conversation because i remembered that the woman who delivers the line was (is) the director's mother, so it would be pretty impressive if she made it up... then i doubted that because i remembered hearing reiner joke in an interview that he's a great guy because he gave the best line in hollywood's history to his own mother. (can we have a big round of "awwwwwww"s?)

so i did a bit of research and uncovered that faking the orgasm was meg ryan's idea in rehearsals and billy crystal came up with the line in question. still, a neat collaborative scene!


Does anybody remember Billy Crystal playing the gay Jodie in the TV series
"Soap" (late seventies) - one of my favourite TV comedies ?

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I remember "Soap" and Crystal as the gay character. This was a breakthrough program in many ways. All the characters were extremely quirky. I loved it.

Speaking of being made to laugh, I just noticed and laughed at the photo on your profile page.

Well, jeez, I know I forgot to comb my hair for that picture, but it doesn't look THAT bad, does it?

Looks better than the last picture I took. You may be a bit less hairy, but otherwise...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

One of the funniest movies I've ever seen was "Withnail and I". Have you heard of it?

I've heard of it, but I haven't seen it. I think it's pretty hard to find, right?

It's a cult movie, but since much of Britain worships it, I don't think it would be too hard to find online.

How about "Love and Death", the village idiots convention with the "Welcome Idiots" banner

I haven't seen that movie in a while, but I do remember finding it pretty damn hilarious when I did. I don't remember the scene you're talking about though.

This is an honor for me.

Huh?

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