Although comedies have a reputation for being lowbrow entertainment, some of the funniest films are actually intelligent ensemble comedy. The best clever comedies include large casts with well-known actors portraying unique characters in frequently outrageous settings. From The Big Lebowski to Tropic Thunder to Burn After Reading, this is a list of the most smart ensemble comedy.
It’s difficult to pick a favourite character in this clever comedy. To make it easier for you to enjoy, we’ve gathered the best of the best. The following is a list of the top ensemble comedy films that will make you laugh until your stomach hurts.
1. The Princess Bride (1987)
Director- Rob Reiner
A caring grandfather sits down with his sick grandson and reads a story to him. For generations, the story has been passed down from father to son. The action comes to life as the granddad reads the story. The story follows the beautiful Buttercup, who is betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck, who is abducted and kept against her will in order to ignite a war. It is up to Westley (her childhood sweetheart, now known as the Dread Pirate Roberts) to save her. He meets a thief and his hired helpers along the road, as well as an excellent swordsman and a massive, super powerful giant, both of whom become Westley’s mission companions.
2. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Director- Steven Soderbergh
Danny Ocean, a recently paroled con artist, is a man who maintains his composure in situations that are unlikely to make anyone feel at ease. Soon after violating his parole, he’s going across the country recruiting individuals for his next big scheme: robbing three casinos owned by Terry Benedict, the ever-ruthless. They make up Ocean’s eleven, with the help of a right-hand man named Rusty, a retired burglar, a pickpocket, a card dealer, a surveillance officer, a Chinese acrobat, an explosives specialist, two frontmen, and a disgruntled casino mogul.
3. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Director- David Wain
The year is 1981, and the setting is Camp Firewood. It’s the final day before everyone returns to the real world, but there’s still unfinished business from the summer. Beth, the camp director, is at the centre of the action, struggling to establish order while falling in love with the local astrophysics professor. He’s trying to save the camp from a dangerous chunk of NASA’s Skylab that’s racing toward the planet. A risky waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans are all part of the package. Of course, the answers will be revealed at the end of the day’s great talent event.
4. The Suicide Squad (2021)
Director- James Gunn
A new batch of Belle Reve’s meta-humans strikes a deal with Amanda Waller, the chilly head of Task Force X, in exchange for lesser sentences, similar to the anti-hero team in Suicide Squad (2016). This time, she and her ragtag band of super-powered convicts—Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, and Ratcatcher 2–set out to find the Thinker, the evil scientist in charge of the mysterious Project Starfish, on the perilous South American island nation of Corto Maltese. Humanity is on the point of destruction as the band joins forces with an old leader of the infamous gang.
5. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Director- Adam McKay
1970s San Diego Ron Burgundy is a reporter for a local television station. He is a well-known figure in the community. His news segment is the most popular among all demographics, and everything is going swimmingly. His journalism staff, on the other hand, is totally male and resembles a boys’ club. Veronica Corningstone, a female reporter, is brought in to add to the station’s diversity. While the rest of the squad is shocked by the choice, Ron is divided between his own misogyny and his feelings for her. Veronica and Ron get along well at first, and they have an intimate connection. However, an occurrence separates them, leading to a terrible feud between them.
6. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Director- Rawson Marshall Thurber
White Goodman, the owner and founder of Globo Gym, would kill to possess Average Joe’s Gymnasium. Peter LaFleur doesn’t want Goodman to take over his gym, but he can’t come up with $50,000 in time. Peter and his gym mates brainstorm fundraising ideas before deciding to win a dodge ball competition. White Goodman retaliates by forming his own dodgeball team to put an end to Peter’s life. Peter’s team struggles until ADAA champion Patches O’Houlihan arrives to coach them.
7. Hot Rod (2007)
Director- Akiva Schaffer
Rod Kimble fantasises about being a successful stunt performer like his great idol Evel Knievel, but the inept and overconfident want tobe stuntman has never executed a leap without landing on his face. Rod is not going to take this situation lying down, even if his friends don’t take him seriously and his bullying stepfather, Frank, treats him like a punching bag. He is not going to let these little matters get in the way of doing the greatest acrobatic performance of his life. Rod now needs to accomplish the impossible by jumping over fifteen school buses on his rickety Tomos Sprint moped in order to raise funds for Frank’s expensive heart bypass surgery.
8. Rat Race (2001)
Director- Jerry Zucker
In a race for $2 million stashed in a locker, a gambling-obsessed casino mogul and his circle of equally unscrupulous billionaire associates put up a new form of gamble. They enlist the help of eight persons who are all staying in his casino at the same time. A well-dressed lawyer, a disgraced NFL referee, two useless brothers, a determined mother and daughter, a narcoleptic Italian immigrant, and a desperate father embark on a series of escapades in order to collect the money, no matter the cost.
9. I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Director- David O. Russell
Albert (Jason Schwartzman), an environmentalist, enlists the help of “existential detectives” Bernard (Dustin Hoffman) and Vivian (Lily Tomlin) to figure out the meaning of a series of weird coincidences. The detectives come to the conclusion that Albert’s anxiety stems from the backstabbing Brad (Jude Law), a public relations manager for big-box retailer Huckabees. Brad, on the other hand, wants to turn the tables on the philosophic couple by hiring them for his own malicious goals.
10. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Director- Rob Reiner
In this mockumentary, director Rob Reiner (as Marti DiBergi) follows the fictional English rock band Spinal Tap on their latest tour. With a dozen or more studio albums under their belt, the legendary band has a lot on their plate. They’re definitely not as popular as they once were, and they’re forced to perform in smaller locations in front of sparse crowds. They also have to cope with cancelled concerts, don’t worry, their manager advises when they find out their Boston gig has been cancelled; Boston isn’t a large college town, conflicts over their current album cover, and the entrance of one of the band members’ girlfriends who wants to help manage the band. Overall, the tour was a failure.