America's 100 Greatest Comedies
100 YEARS...100 LAUGHS

by American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, California, in mid-June 2000 selected America's 100 Funniest Movies with a blue-ribbon panel or "jury" of more than 1,800 leaders of the American movie community including actors, directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, historians, film executives and critics.

AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs revealed America's 100 funniest movies from a ballot of 500 nominated movies. According to the AFI, these are "the films and film artists that have made audiences laugh throughout the century."

See also this site's sections on the Comedy Films Genre and the Greatest Comedies of All Time and Funniest Film Moments and Scenes.

Judging Criteria For Selection of Nominated Films included:

  • Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format typically more than 60 minutes long
  • American Film: The film must be an English-language film with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States
  • Funny: Regardless of genre, the total comedic impact of a film's elements must create an experience greater than the sum of the smile
  • Legacy: Laughs that echo across time, enriching America's film heritage and inspiring artists and audiences today

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