13 Comedies With Humorous Scenes After the End Credits
Christopher Nolan, the Oscar-nominated director of the Batman reboot, is not a fan of adding additional scenes after the conclusion of a film’s end credits. He once said about this practice: “A real movie wouldn’t do that.” Thankfully Nolan doesn’t make comedies, because it turns out that these special, semi-hidden bonus scenes are a great way to continue the laughs. Here are 13 comedies that delivered more funniness after the credits ended.
Warning: Some spoilers ahead.
1. AIRPLANE! (1980)
What better place to start than with a post-credit scene that inspired so many others: This very brief one provides an update on the status of the taxi passenger that pilot Ted Striker left waiting when he ran off to jump on a flight.
2. FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)
As he does throughout the film, our class-cutting hero breaks the fourth wall, this time to implore viewers to get up out of their seats and hit the road.
3. AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME (1999)
In the first Austin Powers film, Will Ferrell plays a character named Mustafa who continually fails to die despite being burned alive and shot. The character reappears in the second film in the franchise, and promptly falls off a cliff after being shot with a dart by Mini-Me. In the post-credit scene here we hear that Mustafa is yet again alive and kicking, but very badly injured.
4. JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK (2001)
This film was meant to mark the last appearance of the collection of Kevin Smith’s colorful characters that inhabit a world he refers to as the “View Askewniverse.” Therefore, he had Alanis Morissette reprise her role as God from the film Dogma to quite literally close the book on them after the film’s ending credits. The symbolic scene doesn’t make much sense now since Smith revived some of the characters five years later for Clerks II, and has Clerks III and a sequel to Mallrats forthcoming in the next few years.
5. ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY (2004)
Ron Burgundy and the rest of the Channel 4 news team share a laugh as friends before strolling off into the Saahhhn Die-ago afternoon.
6. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (2004)
The scene that plays after the end credits of Napoleon Dynamite might be one of the longest post-movies sequences ever, clocking in at around five minutes. The scene shows the super awkward wedding of Napoleon’s brother Kip and his internet squeeze Lafawnduh. Patient viewers get to see Napoleon on horseback and witness this romantic moment in which Kip serenades his bride with a song about love and technology.
7. DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY (2004)
At the end of the film, Ben Stiller’s once super-buff villain backslides into a slovenly lifestyle, culminating in this scene in which he shows off his newly enhanced chest by dancing along to the Kelis song “Milkshake.” Fair warning: It’s gross.
8. TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY (2006)
The guys from the comedy rock duo just couldn’t resist adding one last flatulence joke to their film, so they tacked it on after the end credits, allowing them to go out on a high note.
9. FINDING NEMO (2013)
The credits of this Pixar classic contain two notable moments: First, a character from another Pixar film goes swimming by. Then a tiny fish stands his ground against the nasty anglerfish from earlier in the film.
10. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (2013)
In a throwaway scene early in the film, a scholarly slug worries about being late for class on the first day of school. That joke pays off when we check back in on him after the closing credits and see him finally arriving at his classroom.
11. FROZEN (2013)
Elsa’s ice monster bodyguard (named Marshmallow) finds her crown and tries it on, making him a little less prickly.
12. A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (2014)
Just before the closing credits of this Wild West comedy, a familiar face from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained shows up at the county fair to test his sharpshooting skills. After the end credits roll, he reappears for a few more seconds to drop one last NSFW comment as he walks off into the sunset.
13. BIG HERO 6 (2014)
After the new superheroes save the day and the end credits roll, the film drops back in one last time to show mascot-turned-crime fighter Fred reuniting with his long-lost father—who bears a striking resemblance to a comic book icon.