These Are the Funniest Screenplays Ever, According to the Writers Guild of America
By Anna Green
The Writers Guild of America has released a list of the 101 funniest screenplays ever written, as chosen by their members. Spanning 86 years of filmmaking, the list includes everything from goofy slapstick to biting satire, from silent classics like Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925) to contemporary comedies like Bridesmaids (2011).
To honor the chosen screenwriters, the Guild also held a celebration in Los Angeles last week, hosted by Rob Reiner, whose films This is Spinal Tap (1984), When Harry Met Sally (1989), and The Princess Bride (1987) all made the list. The celebration featured screenings and discussions on comedic subgenres like buddy movies, rom-coms, satire, and high concept. The selected films on the WGA comedies list, of course, fall into all of those categories, and more.
The full list of 101 great comedies can be viewed here. And, to give a sense of what defines a classic comedy, Gizmodo created a video showcasing the top seven films from the WGA list (featured above). Watch and laugh for yourself to see whether they deserve that distinction.
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