3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The opening scene to this movie is how I test whether I can be friends with someone. Watch this movie. If you don't laugh at the opening scene, you might as well stop reading my blog. Monty Python is the funniest group of people that have ever lived...bar none. From the Flying Circus to the Meaning of Life and Holy Grail....everything is comedy gold. The Holy Grail is the best of the best when it comes to Monty Python. Watch this scene and you'll see just how amazing they are. Trust me, watch the whole thing. I consider the last 1 minute to be my favorite scene of the movie. "you don't vote for king!"
2. Clue. My favorite comedy of all time is Clue. It has the wonderful dry and reserved sense of humor that hits me hardest. "To make a long story short"..."too late". I like any move that literally films several endings and includes them all in the final cut. Tim Curry absolutely dominates this movie and if you can watch Martin Mull do anything and not laugh, I'd check your pulse.
1. Almost Famous. This has been my favorite movie since it came out. I love the cast. I love the writing. I LOVE the soundtrack. I love the costumes. I love Kate Hudson. I love everything about it. I dare you to watch the Tiny Dancer bus scene and not get goosebumps. I challenge you to not root as hard as you can for William to land Penny Lane. Even Zooey Deschanel is outstanding in this movie. It takes place in the exact era of music I would like to be involved in. I would listen to Stillwater. I would pay to see Stillwater. I want to play poker with Stillwater. Lester Bangs should be nationally syndicated now. I just love this movie.
There are so many I had to make a first losers list: Shawshank Redemption, Airplane!, Inglourious Basterds, Billy Madison, Seven, History of the World Part I, Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, and perhaps after I've had time to think about it, the currently nominated The King's Speech.