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Best to Worst: Dark Comedies

by Amadeus Magnus
Rankings from My Criticker page; Fight Club (1999) 99 The Blues Brothers (1980) 96 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 96 Ed Wood (1994) 96 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 96 The Truman Show (1998) 96 Harold and Maude (1971) 95 Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) 93 Delicatessen (1991) 92 One Froggy Evening (1955) 90 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) 88 Dr. Strangelove (1964) 88 The Great Dictator (1940) 88 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) 88 The Wicker Man (1973) 88 The Big Lebowski (1998) 87 A Simple Plan (1998) 87 American Splendor (2003) 85 Being There (1979) 85 The Stepford Wives (1975) 85 After Hours (1985) 84 And Then There Were None (1945) 84 Bedazzled (1967)… Read more

Rankings from My Criticker page;

Fight Club (1999) 99
The Blues Brothers (1980) 96
A Clockwork Orange (1971) 96
Ed Wood (1994) 96
Sunset Blvd. (1950) 96
The Truman Show (1998) 96
Harold and Maude (1971) 95
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) 93
Delicatessen (1991) 92
One Froggy Evening (1955) 90
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) 88
Dr. Strangelove (1964) 88
The Great Dictator (1940) 88
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) 88
The Wicker Man (1973) 88
The Big Lebowski (1998) 87
A Simple Plan (1998) 87
American Splendor (2003) 85
Being There (1979) 85
The Stepford Wives (1975) 85
After Hours (1985) 84
And Then There Were None (1945) 84
Bedazzled (1967) 84
Kick-Ass (2010) 84
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 82
Ariel (1988) 82
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) 82
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) 82
The Player (1992) 82
Seven Chances (1925) 82
Tea Break (2004) 82
Undertaking Betty (2002) 82
The Unholy Three (1925) 82
Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) 82
Barton Fink (1991) 81
Being John Malkovich (1999) 81
The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) 81
Shallow Grave (1994) 81
Bad Luck Blackie (1949) 80
La Chèvre (1981) 80
Edward Scissorhands (1990) 80
Kibar Feyzo (1978) 80
The King of Comedy (1983) 80
King-Size Canary (1947) 80
Malizia 2000 (1991) 80
The Man in the White Suit (1951) 80
Monsieur Verdoux (1947) 80
A Night at the Opera (1935) 80
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) 80
Red Hot Riding Hood (1943) 80
The Rules of the Game (1939) 80
The Scarecrow (1920) 80
Shadow of the Vampire (2000) 80
A Shot in the Dark (1964) 80
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) 80
Zügürt Aga (1985) 80
And Justice for All (1979) 79
Big Business (1929) 79
Seven Psychopaths (2012) 79
Sherlock Jr. (1924) 79
Stranger Than Fiction (2006) 79
American Beauty (1999) 78
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 78
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) 78
Brazil (1985) 78
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) 78
The Cabin in the Woods (2012) 78
Detour (1945) 78
Get Shorty (1995) 78
Innocent Blood (1992) 78
Life of Brian (1979) 78
Lolita (1962) 78
Paper Moon (1973) 78
The Party (1968) 78
Pink Flamingos (1972) 78
The Play House (1921) 78
The Suitor (1962) 78
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) 78
Bad Santa (2003) 77
The Boondock Saints (1999) 77
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 77
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) 77
Duck Soup (1933) 77
Fierce Creatures (1997) 77
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) 77
The Freshman (1990) 77
The Frighteners (1996) 77
Good Bye Lenin! (2003) 77
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 77
Harvey (1950) 77
Intermission (2003) 77
Judas & Jesus (2009) 77
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) 77
Life Is Beautiful (1997) 77
The Majestic (2001) 77
The Mask (1994) 77
Naked (1993) 77
Nurse Betty (2000) 77
Orgazmo (1997) 77
The Snapper (1993) 77
South Park: Imaginationland (2008) 77
Super (2010) 77
Swimming with Sharks (1994) 77
They Live (1988) 77
The Trouble with Harry (1955) 77
Trust (1990) 77
Waking Ned Devine (1998) 77
O Cheiro do Ralo (2006) 77
What Women Want (2000) 77
Beetlejuice (1988) 76
Billy Liar (1963) 76
Birdman (2014) 76
The Cat and the Canary (1927) 76
The Dinner Game (1998) 76
Evil Dead II (1987) 76
Groundhog Day (1993) 76
Idiocracy (2006) 76
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) 76
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) 76
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996) 76
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) 76
The Nutty Professor (1963) 76
One Week (1920) 76
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) 76
Throw Momma from the Train (1987) 76
Without a Clue (1988) 76
Airplane! (1980) 75
An American Werewolf in London (1981) 75
Another Froggy Evening (1995) 75
Art School Confidential (2006) 75
Atla Gel Saban (1984) 75
Blood Simple (1984) 75
Bridesmaids (2011) 75
Christine (1983) 75
Cold Souls (2009) 75
Davaro (1981) 75
Deadpool (2016) 75
Eating Raoul (1982) 75
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) 75
Going Places (1974) 75
A King in New York (1957) 75
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) 75
Murder by Death (1976) 75
Once Upon a Crime… (1992) 75
Other People’s Money (1991) 75
Raising Arizona (1987) 75
Seed of Chucky (2004) 75
Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (1995) 75
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 75
This Is the End (2013) 75
About Schmidt (2002) 74
After the Sunset (2004) 74
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) 74
Analyze This (1999) 74
Chopper (2000) 74
Cyrus (2010) 74
Damsels in Distress (2011) 74
Defendor (2009) 74
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) 74
Eurotrip (2004) 74
Frank (2014) 74
Galaxy Quest (1999) 74
Go (1999) 74
The Green Butchers (2003) 74
Heathers (1989) 74
Life (1999) 74
Miller’s Crossing (1990) 74
Out of Sight (1998) 74
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) 74
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) 74
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) 74
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) 74
Rushmore (1998) 74
The Show (1927) 74
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) 74
To Be or Not to Be (1942) 74
Tremors (1990) 74
Tropic Thunder (2008) 74
Whisky Galore! (1949) 74
The Accidental Tourist (1988) 73
Adam’s Apples (2005) 73
The Addams Family (1991) 73
Asik oldum (1985) 73
Bad Boy Bubby (1993) 73
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) 73
The Bank Dick (1940) 73
Be Cool (2005) 73
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) 73
The Big Empty (2003) 73
Bronson (2009) 73
The Captain’s Paradise (1953) 73
The Closet (2001) 73
Design for Living (1933) 73
The Elusive Summer of ‘68 (1984) 73
The Family Tree (2011) 73
The Final Girls (2015) 73
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) 73
If…. (1968) 73
Layer Cake (2004) 73
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) 73
Local Hero (1983) 73
Love and Death (1975) 73
Mad Dog and Glory (1993) 73
The Meaning of Life (1983) 73
Mr. Brooks (2007) 73
Natural Born Killers (1994) 73
One Night at McCool’s (2001) 73
Our Hospitality (1923) 73
The People Under the Stairs (1991) 73
The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) 73
School for Scoundrels (2006) 73
Sleeper (1973) 73
Something Wild (1986) 73
Tootsie (1982) 73
Trainspotting (1996) 73
True Romance (1993) 73
U Turn (1997) 73
What We Do in the Shadows (2014) 73
The Whole Nine Yards (2000) 73
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002) 73
Withnail & I (1987) 73
Zelig (1983) 73
Zombieland (2009) 73
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) 72
Army of Darkness (1993) 72
Baby Face (1933)
The Bad Seed (1956) 72
Baseketball (1998) 72
Blazing Saddles (1974) 72
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) 72
Buffalo ‘66 (1998) 72
The Cable Guy (1996) 72
Click (2006) 72
Down by Law (1986) 72
Fargo (1996) 72
Flickering Lights (2000) 72
Get Smart (2008) 72
The Great Impostor (1961) 72
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) 72
Griff the Invisible (2010) 72
The Guard (2011) 72
The Hangover (2009) 72
Heartbreakers (2001) 72
In Bruges (2008) 72
The Jerk (1979) 72
The Ladykillers (1955) 72
The Loved Ones (2009) 72
The Man Who Sued God (2001) 72
The Man with Two Brains (1983) 72
Mouse Hunt (1997) 72
Oscar (1991) 72
Payback (1999) 72
RocknRolla (2008) 72
School for Scoundrels (1960) 72
The Science of Sleep (2006) 72
Shrek (2001) 72
Two Way Stretch (1960) 72
Vavien (2009) 72
Wild Target (2010) 72
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) 72
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007) 72
American Psycho (2000) 71
Analyze That (2002) 71
Arachnophobia (1990) 71
Die Austernprinzessin (1919) 71
Baby Doll (1956) 71
Bananas (1971) 71
Clue (1985) 71
Death Becomes Her (1992) 71
The Devil’s Rejects (2005) 71
The Faculty (1998) 71
Foolish Wives (1922) 71
Roseanna’s Grave (1997) 71
Four Rooms (1995) 71
Freeway (1996) 71
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) 71
The Legend of Zorro (2005) 71
Mr. Right (2016) 71
Mystery Men (1999) 71
The Ref/Hostile Hostages (1994) 71
RoboCop (1987) 71
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) 71
Suck (2009) 71
Ted (2012) 71
Top Secret! (1984) 71
The War of the Roses (1989) 71
Warm Bodies (2013) 71
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999) 71
Young Frankenstein (1974) 71
Corpse Bride (2005) 70
All Tied Up (1993) 69
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) 69
Caveman (1981) 69
Child’s Play 3 (1991) 69
Friday (1995) 69
The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989) 69
The Ladykillers (2004) 69
Look Who’s Back (2015) 69
Mars Attacks! (1996) 69
The Matador (2005) 69
One Body Too Many (1944) 69
Rubber (2010) 69
Ruthless People (1986) 69
Scenes from a Mall (1991) 69
Shortcut to Happiness (2004) 69
Special (2006) 69
The Tailor of Panama (2001) 69
There’s Something About Mary (1998) 69
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) 69
Time Bandits (1981) 69
To Die For (1995) 69
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) 68
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) 68
Bride of Chucky (1998) 68
Choke (2008) 68
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) 68
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) 68
History of the World: Part I (1981) 68
The Hour of the Pig (1993) 68
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) 68
The Invention of Lying (2009) 68
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) 68
A Life Less Ordinary (1997) 68
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) 68
The Naked Truth (1957) 68
Anger Management (2003) 67
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 67
The Firemen’s Ball (1967) 67
Freddy Vs. Jason (2003) 67
Hanzo (1975) 67
House II: The Second Story (1987) 67
Kingpin (1996) 67
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 67
The Nice Guys (2016) 67
The Other Guys (2010) 67
Picking Up the Pieces (2000) 67
Serial Mom (1994) 67
Shoot ‘Em Up (2007) 67
Take the Money and Run (1969) 67
Falling Down (1993) 66
Intolerable Cruelty (2003) 66
Last Action Hero (1993) 66
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) 66
Me, Myself & Irene (2000) 66
Santa’s Slay (2005) 66
Spider Baby (1968) 66
The Weather Man (2005) 66
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) 65
The Monster (1925) 65
Office Space (1999) 65
Catch-22 (1970) 64
Extract (2009) 64
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) 64
She-Devil (1989) 63
Blood and Wine (1996) 62
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) 62
Vamps (2012) 62
Arabesk (1989) 60
Men & Chicken (2015) 60
Network (1976) 60
Lars and the Real Girl (2007) 57
Bedazzled (2000) 54
Burke and Hare (2010) 50


Coen Brothers: 10 films
Monty Python Team: 6 films (3+3: A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures, Time Bandits)
Ealing Comedies: 6 films (3 for Alexander Mackendrick)
ZAZ Team (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker): 4 films
John Landis, Woody Allen: 6 films
Buster Keaton, Blake Edwards: 5 films
Harold Ramis, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, Mike Judge: 4 films
Ernst Lubitsch, Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks, Tex Avery, Stanley Kubrick, Danny Boyle, Francis Veber, Carl Reiner, Sam Raimi, Jonathan Lynn: 3 films

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