AFI's 100 Funniest American Movies
Of All Time
AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs is a list of the 100 funniest American films of all time.
Regardless of genre, the films on this list possess a total comedic impact that creates an experience greater than the sum of the smiles. These movies provide laughs that echo across time, enriching America's film heritage and inspiring artists and audiences today.
The AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs CBS television special, hosted by Drew Barrymore, originally aired on June 13, 2000.
The special is AFI's third salute to the 100th anniversary of American movies, following the first two critically-acclaimed network specials, AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies and AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars, which sparked discussions of America's film history among millions across the nation.
A wide array of funny films from slapstick comedy to romantic comedy; from satire and black comedy to musical comedy; from comedy of manners to comedy of errors were nominated for this distinction.
AFI distributed a ballot with 500 nominated films to a jury of 1800 leaders from the film community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, etc.), critics, historians and film executives. The jurors were asked to consider the following criteria while making their selections:
- Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format typically over 60 minutes in length;
- American Film: The film must be in the English language with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States;
- Funny: Regardless of genre, the total comedic impact of a film's elements that creates an experience greater than the sum of the smiles;
- Legacy: Laughs that echo across time, enriching America's film heritage and inspiring artists and audiences today.
As part of its continuing effort to increase awareness and appreciation of American film history,
AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs is supported by an AFI website, in-theater trailers and a video retail program which launches today. General Motors, Blockbuster, U.S. Postal Service, Warner Bros., Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, 20th Century Fox, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Paramount Pictures,
Universal Studios and Walt Disney Pictures are sponsors of AFI's continuing commemoration of the centennial of American movies.
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies and AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars were each viewed by more than
11 million people, winning their respective time periods. Multiple-Emmy Award-winner Gary Smith ("The Tony Awards," the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inaugural Gala) is the executive producer and director of AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs for Smith-Hemion Productions. Former AFI Board Chair
Frederick S. Pierce is the executive producer for AFI. Bob Gazzale, AFI's President & CEO, serves as director, AFI Productions.
AFI's 100 YEARS...100 LAUGHS (2000)
List of the 500 nominated movies
List of the 100 winning movies
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