The upcoming Netflix sitcom Man Vs. Bee will bring back slapstick humour, which is fantastic news for fans of physical humour. There is still plenty of time to appreciate some of the incredible comedies that have hilariously used physical humour. These are the results of thousands of movie fans’ votes on Ranker to choose which of these comedies should be regarded as the greatest of all time.
1. Airplane! (1980)
Director(s)- David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams
Ted Striker is a traumatised former fighter pilot with a dread of flying. He drowns his sorrows in alcohol following that failed mission during World War II. Ted still harbours feelings for Elaine Dickinson, an ex-girlfriend who works as a flight attendant. When Ted takes a domestic trip from Los Angeles to Chicago in an effort to win her back. He discovers that the entire plane is suffering from a severe case of food sickness. It is posing a serious threat to everyone’s lives. Striker is forced to confront his inner demons and take control of the uncontrollable aircraft. All with the aid of a gruff air traffic controller and his former commander. As the majority of the passengers and the entire cockpit crew are now sick with the food-borne sickness.
2. The Naked Gun (1988)
Director- David Zucker
Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II is on her way to Los Angeles. So the inept police lieutenant Frank Drebin has his work cut out for him. Drebin, who is already embroiled in a challenging heroin trafficking case and the violent murder attempt on a fellow officer. It will fall under the spell of Jane Spencer, the seductive secretary of Vincent Ludwig, the ultra-slick criminal genius. Someone has made plans to kill the distinguished guest in front of thousands of baseball fans during a crucial game. However, not under Drebin’s supervision.
3. Blazing Saddles (1974)
Director- Mel Brooks
Conniving, avaricious, and unscrupulous land investor Hedley Lamarr has the nerve to move the peaceful residents of the dusty, godforsaken frontier town of Ridge Rock out of the way in order to build a new railroad. As maintaining law and order is the last thing Hedley desires, he soon persuades the town’s lecherous Governor, William J. Le Petomane, to choose the first black sheriff. He is an innocent nobody named Bart, with the intention of causing mayhem, disorder, and—most importantly—a quick exodus. There is no such thing as a flawless plan, of course. However, when Sheriff Bart appoints the Waco Kid, the disgraced gunslinger with a murky background, as his deputy. Also, right-hand man, the locals will finally have the guts to take action.
4. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Director(s)- Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
The mythical British ruler, King Arthur of Camelot, travels the British countryside on his regal steed. All in search of courageous and devoted followers to join the Knights of the Round Table. It doesn’t take long for a few good men to respond to his call. However, after giving it some thought, they decide to go their separate ways. This only serves to arouse the ire of the all-powerful entity in the clouds. It orders Arthur and his followers to locate the famous Holy Grail. On a mission from God himself, five men now have to contend with insulting French troops, sexually driven virgins, the infamous Black Knight. Along with a mystery enchanter by the name of “Tim,” and a deadly furry bodyguard.
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Director- Jeremiah S. Chechik
The well-intentioned but utterly ineffective paterfamilias, Clark Griswold, wants to have a good, old-fashioned Christmas and to plan the ideal family vacation more than anything else in the world right now. All following the colossal blunders in National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) and National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985). However, Clark’s admirable wish to have the best Christmas Eve celebration this year is marred by oblivious family members. Along with horribly broken equipment, and an unanticipated but purely cinematic run-in with the cops.
6. Spaceballs (1987)
Director- Mel Brooks
On the tranquil planet Druidia, King Roland tries to wed his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium. But Vespa and her devoted droid Dot Matrix flee during the ceremony. After wasting the fresh air on the far-off planet Spaceball, the mediocre President Skroob instructs the arch-villain henchman Dark Helmet to abduct Princess Vespa. In order to coerce King Roland into giving them the code to Druidia’s atmosphere. In those conditions, the seasoned mercenary Lone Starr and his dependable half-human, half-dog companion Barf will seek to save the Princess in need. While at the same time, the vicious loan-shark Pizza the Hutt is pursuing them. But in the end, only the one who can control the mysterious and powerful force known only as “The Schwartz” will be able to prevent a catastrophe.
7. Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Director- Peter Farrelly
Unsophisticated best friends Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne discover a suitcase full of cash that Mary Swanson left in Harry’s car when she was en route to the airport. Unaware that the money is related to a kidnapping, the pair decides to return it in Aspen, Colorado. Both Harry and Lloyd, who has fallen in love with Mary, are put to the test as they are hunted across the nation by hired killers and police.
8. Hot Shots! (1991)
Director- John Abrahams
The catastrophe in which his father lost control of a fighter jet haunts former U.S. Navy pilot Topper Harley in this “Top Gun” parody. Against the recommendation of his doctor, Topper returns to active service when Lt. Cmdr. James Block begs him to assist him with a secret operation. He soon learns that he might be a pawn in a sneaky weaponry manufacturing scheme.
9. Happy Gilmore (1996)
Director- Dennis Dugan
Hockey has always been Happy Gilmore’s dream career. Happy doesn’t fit in with any hockey club, despite having a potent slapshot, because he can’t skate and has erratic personality. In addition, Happy’s grandmother’s house is being evacuated since she didn’t pay her taxes. He chooses to join the PGA Tour in an effort to win money to repurchase his grandma’s home after practising with some golf clubs and discovering that he can hit golf balls a long way. Shooter McGavin, the favourite to win the PGA Tour, is concerned that Happy’s ascent to fame would hurt his chances of winning. Happy’s bad-boy image draws a devoted following as well as attention from McGavin.
10. Caddyshack (1980)
Director- Harold Ramis
The devious president of the clubhouse, Judge Elihu Smails, is involved in something suspicious that is happening within the exclusive Bushwood Country Club. Ty Webb, a stylish golf expert, and Al Czervik, a repulsive, filthy rich construction billionaire, are on to him. Young caddy Danny Noonan is attempting to turn his life around, but the only way to do so is to triumph in the difficult Caddie Day golf tournament. By winning this illustrious event, he will be eligible to receive a scholarship from the tournament judge. Now that battle has started, everything is up for grabs. Do you think Danny will ever achieve his goal?