• Asindi Donald

Top 5 Comedies Of All Time

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

From Ben Stiller To Bill Murray - Who Stars In The Funniest Movie Of All Time?

Everybody loves to laugh. Especially us here at The Pyrrhic. So, we tasked our brand new 'Top 5' writer Asindi Donald to compile his list of the Top 5 greatest movies of all time.


5. Zoolander (2001)

STARRING: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell.

Have you ever heard of a fish in a barrel? Okay, the fashion industry isn't exactly a difficult target for satire.


Still, Ben Stiller's tale of international intrigue, exquisite couture, and absurd pretension has so many excellent gags, dedicated performances, and fake authenticity that it's difficult not to laugh. Zoolander, played by Ben Stiller, is a supermodel on the decline, threatened by up-and-comer Owen Wilson. Zoolander is exploited by opportunistic designer Will Ferrell, and hampered by his colossal idiocy provides the bulk of the enormous laughs. But he's also insecure, well-intentioned, and all-around kind, which adds to the charm of his story.


4. Ghostbusters (1984)

STARRING: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver.

When the city of New York is overrun by ghastly ghouls, who are you going to call? You already know the answer: four self-proclaimed Ghostbusters who are prepared to dash in and zap the spirits into oblivion.


This sci-fi comedy's appeal is, in big part thanks to the have-a-go-heroes who got flung into the spotlight with satisfying results. Bill Murray's deadpan, womanizing scientist is unquestionably a highlight, while Rick Moranis' dork living in Manhattan's most haunted building brings crazy character humor.


3. Four Lions (2010)

STARRING: Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak.

A gang of young Muslim males in Sheffield decides to pursue jihad and devise a clumsy plot to become suicide bombers. While Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) works on an odd plot to teach birds to carry bombs, Omar (Riz Ahmed) and Waj (Kayvan Novak) have a brief, unsuccessful run in a Pakistan training camp. Their ill-fated scheme culminates in their fumbling attempts to disrupt the London Marathon while costumed in outrageous costumes.


In the aftermath of the 2005 terror bombings in London, British TV and radio comedian Chris Morris dared to mock the ignorance of homegrown British jihadis in this first (and so far only) feature. Morris and his co-writers based much of their script on evidence and court transcripts relating to actual cases of DIY terrorism. They framed it as a slapstick sitcom with substantial satirical undertones. As life – sadly and humorously – continues to copy art, the film has become a recurring reference point in the news in the years since.


2. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

STARRING: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd.

Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy has it all. Working with his best friends, sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Burgandy is the anchor of San Diego's top-rated news program. He is invited to a lot of swinging parties. He also has fantastic hair. Life is nearly perfect.


Then there's the dreaded term "diversity." Ron discovers that diversity isn't a famous Civil War battleship, but rather the reason that the news team will include a woman for the first time - the lovely, talented, and ambitious Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate).


Will Ferrell made the transition from Zoolander and Elf's big-boned manchild to a smelly, masculine movie star in a picture that harkens back to a simpler, polyester era. A time when a man's character was judged not by the contents of his character but by the raw, untamed ferocity of his cologne, the shine of his mustache, and the number of leather-bound books that lined his apartment's mahogany shelves.


Even though Ron's towering chestnut bombast ultimately overshadows everyone, Anchorman is very much an ensemble piece, and everyone brings their A-game to the bullpen.


1. Meet The Parents (2000)

STARRING: Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro

Meeting your partner's parents is always an awkward experience, but Greg Focker (played by Ben Stiller) has it even worse. Greg Focker's father-in-law (Robert De Niro) was a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent, skeptical about disposition and access to polygraph lie-detector equipment.


As his intended (Teri Polo) watches, Focker's misery develops to a comical crescendo throughout an eventful visit. De Niro has never been funnier, and Stiller is in hilarious, hapless form.



Asindi Donald is our brand new writer who will be covering everything Top 5. If you love Top 5's this is the guy you need to look for at thepyrrhic.com


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