100 Comedies Edgar Wright Absolutely Loves

By David Young · April 14, 2022

It doesn’t matter what movies you love the most — director Edgar Wright is a household name at this point, be it for action-packed heist flicks like Baby Driver, hilarious dark comedies like Shaun of the Dead, or psychological horror films like Last Night in SoHo

As a filmmaker with clearly great taste, it’s awesome to get a chance to get into his head. If you’re trying to find out which films gives Wright his jollies, you’re in luck. He put together a list of his favorite comedies for Letterboxd, which includes everything from silent films to golden age classics to modern comedy — and in his own words, he’s not too immodest to list his own work here as well. 

Check them out below and make your picks for the weekend!

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Edgar Wright on the set of ‘Last Night in Soho’

100 Comedies Edgar Wright Absolutely Loves

Safety Last! (dir. Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 1923)

Our Hospitality (dir. Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone, 1923)

The Gold Rush (dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1925)

The Circus (dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1928)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (dir. Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner, 1928)

The Cameraman (dir. Buster Keaton, Edward Sedgwick, 1928)

City Lights (dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1931)

Monkey Business (dir. Norman Z. McLeod, 1931)

The Music Box (dir. James Parrott, 1932)

Duck Soup (dir. Leo McCarey, 1933)

Sons of the Desert (dir. William A. Seiter, 1933)

The Thin Man (dir. W.S. Van Dyke, 1934)

A Night at the Opera (dir. Sam Wood, 1935)

The Awful Truth (dir. Leo McCarey, 1937)

Bringing Up Baby (dir. Howard Hawks, 1938)

The Bank Dick (dir. Edward F. Cline, 1940)

Sullivan’s Travels (dir. Preston Sturges, 1941)

Road to Morocco (dir. David Butler, 1942)

Jour de fête (dir. Jacques Tati, 1949)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (dir. Robert Hamer, 1949)

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (dir. Jacques Tati, 1953)

The Ladykillers (dir. Alexander Mackendrick, 1955)

The Court Jester (dir. Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, 1955)

Mon Oncle (dir. Jacques Tati, 1958)

Some Like It Hot (dir. Billy Wilder, 1959)

A Bucket of Blood (dir. Roger Corman, 1959)

The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder, 1960)

Dr. Strangelove (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1964)

A Shot in the Dark (dir. Blake Edwards, 1964)

The Producers (dir. Mel Brooks, 1967)

The Firemen’s Ball (dir. Miloš Forman, 1967)

The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols, 1967)

Take the Money and Run (dir. Woody Allen, 1969)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (dir. Paul Mazursky, 1969)

Where’s Poppa? (dir. Carl Reiner, 1970)

A New Leaf (dir. Elaine May, 1971)

Bananas (dir. Woody Allen, 1971)

Harold and Maude (dir. Hal Ashby, 1971)

What’s Up, Doc? (dir. Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)

Play It Again, Sam (dir. Herbert Ross, 1972)

The Heartbreak Kid (dir. Elaine May, 1972)

Sleeper (dir. Woody Allen, 1973)

Blazing Saddles (dir. Mel Brooks, 1974)

Young Frankenstein (dir. Mel Brooks, 1974)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (dir. Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975)

Nuts in May (dir. Mike Leigh, 1976)

Annie Hall (dir. Woody Allen, 1977)

Animal House (dir. John Landis, 1978)

Life of Brian (dir. Terry Jones, 1979)

Carl Reiner (dir. Carl Reiner, 1979)

Being There (dir. Hal Ashby, 1979)

The Blues Brothers (dir. John Landis, 1980)

Airplane! (dir. Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, 1980)

Gregory’s Girl (dir. Bill Forsyth, 1980)

Tootsie (dir. Sydney Pollack, 1982)

Trading Places (dir. John Landis, 1983)

The Man with Two Brains (dir. Carl Reiner, 1983)

Risky Business (dir. Paul Brickman, 1983)

This Is Spinal Tap (dir. Rob Reiner, 1984)

Top Secret! (dir. Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, 1984)

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (dir. Tim Burton, 1985)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (dir. John Hughes, 1986)

Raising Arizona (dir. Joel Coen, 1987)

Evil Dead II (dir. Sam Raimi, 1987)

Withnail & I (dir. Bruce Robinson, 1987)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (dir. John Hughes, 1987)

Beetlejuice (dir. Tim Burton, 1988)

Heathers (dir. Michael Lehmann, 1988)

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (dir. David Zucker, 1988)

L.A. Story (dir. Mick Jackson, 1991)

Delicatessen (dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, 1991)

Groundhog Day (dir. Harold Ramis, 1993)

Citizen Ruth (dir. Alexander Payne, 1996)

Bottle Rocket (dir. Wes Anderson, 1996)

Waiting for Guffman (dir. Christopher Guest, 1996)

Rushmore (dir. Wes Anderson, 1998)

Election (dir. Alexander Payne, 1999)

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (dir. Trey Parker, 1999)

Being John Malkovich (dir. Spike Jonze, 1999)

Best in Show (dir. Christopher Guest, 2000)

Songs from the Second Floor (dir. Roy Andersson, 2000)

Shaolin Soccer (dir. Stephen Chow, 2001)

School of Rock (dir. Richard Linklater, 2003)

Windy City Heat (dir. Bobcat Goldthwait, 2003)

Kung Fu Hustle (dir. Stephen Chow, 2004)

Napoleon Dynamite (dir. Jared Hess, 2004)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (dir. Adam McKay, 2004)

Team America: World Police (dir. Trey Parker, 2004)

Sideways (dir. Alexander Payne, 2004)

Idiocracy (dir. Mike Judge, 2006)

You, the Living (dir. Roy Andersson, 2007)

Superbad (dir. Greg Mottola, 2007)

Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (dir. Shane Meadows, 2009)

The Trip (dir. Michael Winterbottom, 2010)

What We Do in the Shadows (dir. Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, 2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (dir. Wes Anderson, 2014)

They Came Together (dir. David Wain, 2014)

Mistress America (dir. Noah Baumbach, 2015)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (dir. Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, 2016)

One Cut of the Dead (dir. Shinichiro Ueda, 2017)

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