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The 10 Funniest Classic Comedies on Netflix Streaming

Here are the most hilarious pre-'90s movies available at your fingertips.

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Kyle Smith

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August 1, 2014 - 8:00 am
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The best thing about classic comedies: when you haven’t seen them for a while, you forget some of the jokes and get to laugh all over. Here’s one critic’s rundown of the top ten funniest pre-1990 comedies available on Netflix’s streaming service.

10. Seems Like Old Times (1980)

Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn’s followup to their hit Foul Play wasn’t as well received, but Neil Simon’s screwball comedy about an accidental bank robber (Chase) trying to win back his ex (Hawn) from her D.A. husband (Charles Grodin) is as funny as it is charming. Chase, who was well on his way to perfecting his Fletch wiseguy persona, proves in one scene that a gifted comic can be funny using just his hands (in a scene in which, hidden under a bed, his character gets his fingers stepped on but can’t make a sound).

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Couldn't disagree more. This is a guy's idea of great comedies. If Jumpin' Jack Flash and Shakespeare in Love are not on the list, it's not a good list. The only pre-70s film is His Girl Friday? You gotta be kidding! Where's It Happened One Night? Lady Eve? The Thin Man? Philadelphia Story? Cap't Ron? Overboard? Young Frankenstein?
15 weeks ago
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Any '10 Best Classic Comedy' list that doesn't include 'Bringing Up Baby' and at least give an honorable mention to 'Sullivan's Travels' or any one of the 'Thin Man' movies - well, that's just a list put together by a noob.
Go watch some more classics and try again.
15 weeks ago
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Not a very impressive lineup. I guess Netflix ain't much to write home about...
15 weeks ago
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Just watched "Weed Wars" on Netflix and had a hoot. Certainly not a "classic" as it was filmed in 2011, It is a "reality" show about the world's largest medical marijuana dispensary, located in Oakland, Californian.

It really captures the zaniness of running a multi-million pot business operation as well as that special mixture of idiocy and self-delusion that is the progressive Bay Area.

Plus, one sees hypocrisy in "medical marijuana" as we see the management and staff repeatedly "self-medicate" in their personal pursuit of "wellness." SURE dude!

What is heart-rendering are the REAL medical marijuana users, including a four y/o epileptic, a lady with terminal cancer, and a very intelligent MS sufferer in her special wheelchair.

The political relationship of medical marijuana as a new revenue source to the state and city shows the clear avarice of our governments at all levels.
16 weeks ago
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Obviously the word "classic" has been seriously devalued and public education has made many people incredibly ignorant of history.

I take it there are no Marx Brothers movies on Netflix. No Arsenic and Old Lace. No The Front Page. No Monkey Business with Cary Grant. No Doris Day Rock Hudson flicks. So we are left with three Eddie Murphy movies and some other bilge. This is the "devaluing of America".

This is among the 10 Most Pathetic Lists I have read.
16 weeks ago
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Bringing Up Baby
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The Pink Panther-original
The Producers- -original
Ruthless People
16 weeks ago
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I still remember a capsule review from a 1968 year in film synopsis. The Producers: Many critics found the film vulgar but its fans insist it rises below vulgarity.
16 weeks ago
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"Classic comedies?"

It's like you never heard of anything pre-Paul McCartney or something, to quote another classic comedy.

16 weeks ago
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Don't know about Netflix. Don't subscribe to and never will. But if it doesn't stream these comedies, you're way overpaying for nothing.

Young Frankenstein--probably the funniest movie ever made, but you have to know your Broadway musicals
Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail--probably the second funniest movie ever made
Blazing Saddles--a classic
Freebie and the Bean--an obscure cop film starring James Caan and Alan Arkin, but really funny
Prisoner of 42nd Avenue--another classic
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World--yet another classic
The Great Race--truly hilarious
The Gumball Rally--very funny
The Odd Couple--comedy at its finest
Making the Grade--anything with the Diceman in it is funny

I could go on, but these are some of the movies that made me laugh. I don't know if they're on Netflix.

16 weeks ago
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Love all those old Eddie movies/stand up.

Good choices.
16 weeks ago
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Every time I watch Slap Shot it makes me want to "Put on the foil".

What a great movie. Movies like "Slap Shot" and "Blazing Saddles" could never be made today.


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