I love lists. Back in the 70s and 80s when those Book of Lists covering just about any topic or group you can think of came out, I had a stack of them. I’m kind of like the John Cusack character in “High Fidelity”, when he makes a top 3 or top 5 list of his old girlfriends, most painful breakups, best songs for summer, best dance songs, and top 5 first tracks on an album.
So I was especially interested in Bravo’s 100 Funniest Films that debuted over the weekend and is airing constantly now. I’m a bit surprised at where some of the funny films have hit their chart. “Annie Hall” was #28 or so, “Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail” was way up in the 30s or lower 40s. When The American Film Institute ranked the funniest films about 6 years ago “Annie Hall” was in the top-5. “Some Like it Hot” was number 1.
So far I haven’t seen any films on Bravo’s list older than the mid-70s. Guess they’re trying to appeal to a younger crowd.
Since I’m a big fan of comedies and especially romantic comedies, I’ve got my own top 10 list. Here’s mine, let me know yours.
9: Animal House
8: Holy Grail
7: The Jerk
5: Dumb and Dumber
3: When Harry Met Sally (favorite movie of all time)
2: Annie Hall
1: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
So many others deserve to be here too: “Meet the Parents”, “The Nutty Professor” (Eddie Murphy’s version) “Some Like it Hot”, “Meatballs”, “This is Spinal Tap”, “Wayne’s World”, “Annie Hall”, “The Sure Thing”, “High Fidelity”, “Serendipity”, “Best in Show”, “Parenthood”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to name just a few.
But “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is the one movie I laughed the hardest watching.