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Generally humorous films that are intended to amuse possibly by exaggeration or parody

Comedy is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. These films are designed to make the audience laugh through amusement and most often work by exaggerating characteristics for humorous effect. Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending (black comedy being an exception). One of the oldest genres in film, some of the very first silent movies were comedies, as slapstick comedy often relies on visual depictions, without requiring sound. When sound films became more prevalent during the 1920s, comedy films took another swing, as laughter could result from burlesque situations but also dialogue.

  • Americanization of Emily, The - 1964 Oscar-nominated film written by Paddy Chayefsky
  • Bananas - 1971 Woody Allen comedy about populist revolutions in Latin America
  • Castle, The - 1997 movie about a family fighting for their home against corporate and government interests
  • Dr. Strangelove - 1964 Cold War satire film directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Duck Soup - 1933 Marx Brothers comedy about the fictional country of Freedonia
  • Election - 1999 movie about high school elections, "overachievers" and ethical and moral choices
  • Harry's War - 1981 satire film written and directed by Kieth Merrill and starring Edward Herrmann
  • Mouse that Roared, The - 1959 Cold War comedy starring Peter Sellers
  • Ninotchka - 1939 romantic comedy starring Greta Garbo
  • Quiet Man, The - 1952 Oscar-winning movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara
  • Sleeper - 1973 science fiction comedy starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
  • Wag the Dog - 1997 Barry Levinson film about spin doctoring a political scandal
  • What About Bob? - 1991 comedy movie about a psychiatrist and his patient

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Comedy film" as of 10 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.