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Best Classic Comedy Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes

By    |   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 10:14 AM

The need to laugh is one inherent to everyone, and the classic comedy movies have long been a terrific provider of much-needed laughs. Some films, however, have been able to achieve this a touch better than others.

Here are the best classic comedy movies according to movie reviews on Rotten Tomatoes:

1. "All About Eve" (1950)
This film is based upon the story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr and is considered a smart, sophisticated, and funny work.

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Kate Cameron, New York Daily News reviewer, said the film "is not only a brilliant and clever portrait of an actress, it is a downright funny film, from its opening scene to the final fadeout."

2. "A Hard Day's Night" (1964)
The Beatles themselves appear in this comedy film, which portrays the lives and highlights of the British rock stars.

"A Hard Day's Night is a chance to experience to the joyous, early days of pop while, at the same time, noting how the pressures of re-energizing national life were beginning to close in on the enchanting innocence of youth," wrote Graham Young of the Birmingham Mail.

3. "Modern Times" (1936)
This slapstick comedy is known as actor Charlie Chaplin's last "silent" film. Chaplin plays an assembly line worker who ends up in an asylum and eventually ends up involved in a prison break.

Critic Roger Ebert said the film is "One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences."

4. "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
Gene Kelly stars in this comedy, also dubbed "one of the most successful musicals ever filmed." True to its title, Kelly performs one song while "singing in the rain."

"This one's the Taj Mahal, Armstrong's footprint on the moon, the 2001 Arizona-New York World Series, the Clash's 'London Calling,' and the perfect foamy head on an expertly poured Guinness," said critic Mark Bourne in Film.com.

5. "It Happened One Night" (1934)

This Frank Capra film brought home all five major Academy Awards in 1934. The storyline involves an heiress marrying a fortune-hunting aviator, despite her father's objections.

"This is Capra at his best, very funny and very light, with a minimum of populist posturing," wrote David Kehr in the Chicago Reader.

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