The Best Comedy Movies of the 21st Century

Some people avidly believe that the best medicine of all is comedy, and comedic films are a way to spend an hour and a half immersed in your own therapy session. This list signifies the funniest moments in cinematic history in the last twenty years and which films brought them to us.

Team America

How Trey Parker and Matt Stone came up with the idea to make a puppet-movie that was a parody of the Armageddontype films that were so prevalent in the first two decades of the new millennium is not clear. But what is clear is the Team America delivers on all counts.

The plot is current, the baddie is Kim Jong Il and he is ready to take on the world with weapons of mass destruction. A Broadway actor is recruited to lead the international police team and the chaos starts there. There are some hilarious moments in this movie, and it is well worth a watch.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel takes the audience into a fantasy land that is classy, colorful but definitely fake. The cast is perfect with many great comedians crammed into every part of this hilarious film. Set in between the war years, the characters led by Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson are strong even if a little eccentric but it all adds up to one big and funny romp.

Lost in Translation

Another movie that stars Bill Murray is Lost in Translation, and he is almost back to his very best displayed in movies such as, Groundhog Day, and Rushmore. His leading lady, Scarlet Johansson is perfect for the role as a brooding and moody lover. The question that is posed during the whole film is if they will eventually get together as a couple? And like the question it seems the two characters will be the last to know.

School of Rock

Jack Black has to be one of the best comedic talents this century, and director Richard Linklater seems to know how to get the best out of him. School of Rock is catchy, funny, and quite twee, but as well as being a hilarious romp of a movie it has also inspired schools to follow suit, and teach their pupils the power of music.


Sideways has to be one of the best comedies of all time, not just the 21st Century. In parts it is cringe-worthy, and other times is so desperately sad and moving. Alexander Payne’s brilliant movie about a pair of disjointed friends on a wine trip to celebrate the upcoming wedding of one of them is sublime.

SIDEWAYS, Thomas Haden Church, Paul Giamatti, 2004, (c) Fox Searchlight

Thomas Hayden Church, the fiance, and Paul Giacometti the neurotic best man, both do their utmost to screw the trip up in some quite laugh-out-loud escapades. And as the wine flows the laughs get louder and the film progresses to a final climax.These films of the 21st Century prove that comedy is very much alive and kicking today, the new breed of comedians are serious actors who can do comedy, and that is where their talent surprises the audience.