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The Best British Comedies Of All-Time

“What are the best British Humor Films?” We looked at 156 of the top British Comedy Movies, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 30 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best British Humor” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 100 movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 30 British Comedy Movies Of All-Time



30 .) Black Books (2000–2004)

	Black Books (2000–2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • High Snobery
  • Paste Magazine
  • Vulture

Black Books centres around the foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black. Bernard’s devotion to the twin pleasures of drunkenness and wilful antagonism deepens and enriches both his life and that of Manny, his assistant. Bearded, sweet and good, Manny is everything that Bernard isn’t and is punished by Bernard relentlessly just for the crime of existing. They depend on each other for meaning as Fran, their oldest friend, depends on them for distraction.



29 .) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb directed by Stanley Kubrick

	Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goliath
  • IFC
  • IMDB

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.



28 .) I’m Alan Partridge (1997–2002)

	I’m Alan Partridge (1997–2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • High Snobery
  • Vulture

I’m Alan Partridge is a BBC situation comedy starring Steve Coogan, of which two series of six episodes each were produced — the first in 1997 and the second in 2002. The series followed the titular Alan Partridge, a failed television presenter whose previous exploits had featured in the chat-show parody Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and who is now presenting a programme on local radio in Norwich.



27 .) In the Loop (2009)

	In the Loop (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Movie Moron
  • Soft Sonic

The US President and the UK Prime Minister are looking to launch a war in the Middle East. The plot follows government officials and advisers in their behind-the-scenes efforts either to promote the war or prevent it.



26 .) Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)

	Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Independent
  • Screen Rant
  • Vulture

The misadventures of two wheeler dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter of “Trotters Independent Traders PLC” who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires.



25 .) The Full Monty (1997) directed by Peter Cattaneo

	The Full Monty (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IMDB
  • Taste Of Cinema

Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.



24 .) The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)

	The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Screen Rant
  • Vulture
  • Wikipedia

High school graduation just wouldn’t be complete without an un-chaperoned, uninhibited and unforgettable final holiday. At least that’s what Will, Jay, Simon and Neil think when they book a two-week stay on an exotic Greek island. As their dreams of sun-drenched days and booze-filled nights are left hopelessly unfulfilled, the lads fight their way into the party scene with hilariously humiliating results in this smash hit UK raunchy comedy.



23 .) The Trip (2010)

	The Trip (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IFC
  • Soft Sonic

When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country’s finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.



22 .) Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

	Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • QT
  • Screen Rant
  • Vulture

Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!



21 .) Blackadder (1983–1989)

	Blackadder (1983–1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Independent
  • QT
  • Screen Rant
  • Vulture

Blackadder is the name that encompassed four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along with several one-off instalments. All television episodes starred Rowan Atkinson as anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and Tony Robinson as Blackadder’s dogsbody, Baldrick. Each series was set in a different historical period with the two protagonists accompanied by different characters, though several reappear in one series or another, for example Melchett and Lord Flashheart.



20 .) Father Ted (1995–1998)

	Father Ted (1995–1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Anglotopia
  • Paste Magazine
  • QT
  • Vulture

A crazy comedy about three rather strange parish priests exiled to Craggy Island, a remote island off the Irish west coast.



19 .) Fawlty Towers (1975 – 1979)

	Fawlty Towers (1975 - 1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Independent
  • QT
  • Screen Rant

The series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, on the “English Riviera”. The plots centre around tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty, his bossy wife Sybil, a comparatively normal chambermaid Polly, and hapless Spanish waiter Manuel and their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests.



18 .) Four Lions (2010) directed by Christopher Morris

	Four Lions (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Movie Moron
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Wikipedia

Four incompetent British terrorists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.



17 .) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) directed by Terry Gilliam

	Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Comedy
  • Complex
  • IFC
  • Taste Of Cinema

King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black Knight who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as “it is a silly place”.



16 .) Monty Python’s Flying Circus

	Monty Python's Flying Circus

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Independent
  • QT
  • Screen Rant

The show often targets the idiosyncrasies of British life, especially that of professionals, and is at times politically charged. The members of Monty Python were highly educated. Terry Jones and Michael Palin are Oxford University graduates; Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Graham Chapman attended Cambridge University; and American-born member Terry Gilliam is an Occidental College graduate. Their comedy is often pointedly intellectual, with numerous erudite references to philosophers and literary figures. The series followed and elaborated upon the style used by Spike Milligan in his ground breaking series Q5, rather than the traditional sketch show format. The team intended their humour to be impossible to categorise, and succeeded so completely that the adjective “Pythonesque” was invented to define it and, later, similar material.



15 .) Peep Show (2003–2015)

	Peep Show (2003–2015)

Lists It Appears On:

  • High Snobery
  • Paste Magazine
  • Screen Rant
  • Vulture

“Peep Show” is a strange amalgam of dank noir drama and cheesy journalism, recounting Sam “Momo” Giancana’s reign with the Outfit. Styled as a confessional by one of Momo’s gunsels, the tabloid tell-all traces the Cosa Nostra’s connections first to the fall of Cuba and Kennedy’s mob-supported presidency, then to a spreading blight of drug trafficking that swept through Vegas on the way to the White House.



14 .) Snatch (2000) directed by Guy Ritchie

	Snatch (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Goliath
  • IFC
  • IMDB

The second film from British director Guy Ritchie. Snatch tells an obscure story similar to his first fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” There are two overlapping stories here – one is the search for a stolen diamond, and the other about a boxing promoter who’s having trouble with a psychotic gangster.



13 .) Spaced (1999–2001)

	Spaced (1999–2001)

Lists It Appears On:

  • High Snobery
  • Paste Magazine
  • Screen Rant
  • Vulture

Spaced: the anti-Friends, in that it examines the lives of common 20 somethings, but in a way that is more down to earth and realistic. Here we have Daisy and Tim; two ‘young’ adults with big dreams just trying to get by in this crazy world. They are thrown together in a common pursuit of tenancy, which they find by posing as a couple. The house has a landlady and an oddball artist living there. The series explores the ins and outs of London living.



12 .) The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

	The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Paste Magazine
  • QT
  • Vulture

UK Comedy series about two I.T. nerds and their clueless female manager, who work in the basement of a very successful company. When they are called on for help, they are never treated with any respect at all.



11 .) The Office (2001–2003)

	The Office (2001–2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • QT
  • Screen Rant
  • Vulture

The Office is a British sitcom television series,the programme is about the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough branch of the fictitious Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Gervais also stars in the series, playing the central character, David Brent. Although fictional and scripted, the programme takes the form of a documentary, with the presence of the camera often acknowledged.



10 .) Death at a Funeral (2007) directed by Frank Oz

	Death at a Funeral (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Go See Talk
  • IMDB
  • Movie Moron
  • Taste Of Cinema

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.



9 .) Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) directed by Mike Newell

	Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Go See Talk
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • Soft Sonic

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a British comedy about a British man named Charles and an American woman named Carrie who go through numerous weddings before they determine if they are right for one another.



8 .) In Bruges (2008) directed by Martin McDonagh

	In Bruges (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Goliath
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • Movie Moron

Ray and Ken, two hit men, are in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for their next mission. While they are there they have time to think and discuss their previous assignment. When the mission is revealed to Ken, it is not what he expected.



7 .) Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) directed by Robert Hamer

	Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Comedy
  • Complex
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • Taste Of Cinema

When his mother eloped with an Italian opera singer, Louis Mazzini was cut off from her aristocratic family. After the family refuses to let her be buried in the family mausoleum, Louis avenges his mother’s death by attempting to murder every family member who stands between himself and the family fortune. But when he finds himself torn between his longtime love and the widow of one of his victims, his plans go awry.



6 .) The Ladykillers (1955) directed by Alezander Mackendrick

	The Ladykillers (1955)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Comedy
  • Complex
  • Goliath
  • IFC
  • Taste Of Cinema

A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two-room apartment in an old house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group’s mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they’re plotting to rob an armored bank van and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce’s naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage.



5 .) The Mighty Boosh (2003-2007)

	The Mighty Boosh (2003-2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • High Snobery
  • Paste Magazine
  • Screen Rant
  • Vulture

The Mighty Boosh is a British comedy television show created by Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and others. The Mighty Boosh is a comic fantasy containing humour and pop-culture references. Episodes often featured elaborate musical numbers in different genres, such as electro, heavy metal, funk, and rap. The show has been known for popularising a style called “crimping”; short a cappella songs which are present throughout all three series. Julian Barratt wrote the music within the show, and performs it with Noel Fielding. Fielding also designed many of the show’s graphics and artwork.



4 .) Shaun of the Dead (2004) directed by Edgar Wright

	Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Comedy
  • Complex
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • Soft Sonic
  • Taste Of Cinema

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.



3 .) Withnail & I (1987) directed by Bruce Robison

	Withnail & I (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Comedy
  • Complex
  • Goliath
  • IFC
  • Soft Sonic
  • Taste Of Cinema

Two out-of-work actors — the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail — spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday “by mistake” at the country house of Withnail’s flamboyantly gay uncle, Monty, they encounter the unpleasant side of the English countryside: tedium, terrifying locals and torrential rain.



2 .) A Fish Called Wanda (1988) directed by Charles Crichton

	A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Comedy
  • Complex
  • Go See Talk
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • Soft Sonic
  • Taste Of Cinema

A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.



1 .) Hot Fuzz (2007) directed by Edgar Wright

	Hot Fuzz (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IFC
  • IMDB
  • IMDB
  • Movie Moron
  • Soft Sonic
  • Taste Of Cinema

As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel finds it difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the sleepy British village of Sandford. Not only does he miss the excitement of the big city, but he also has a well-meaning oaf for a partner. However, when a series of grisly accidents rocks Sandford, Angel smells something rotten in the idyllic village.




The 100+ Additional BestComedy Movies From The United Kingdom



# Movies Directors Lists
31 ‘Allo ‘Allo! (1982–1992)   Vulture
Anglotopia
32 About Time (2013) Richard Curtis Wikipedia
IMDB
33
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
  Wikipedia
Movie Moron
34 Bedazzled (1967)   IFC
Complex
35 Borat (2006) Larry Charles Movie Moron
IMDB
36 Brazil (1985) Terry Gilliam Complex
IMDB
37 Dad’s Army (1968 – 1977   Wikipedia
Independent
38 Extras   Anglotopia
Screen Rant
39
Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)
  Screen Rant
Vulture
40 Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Matthew Vaughn Wikipedia
IMDB
41 Life of Brian Terry Jones Go See Talk
Taste Of Cinema
42 Little Britain (2003–2007)   Screen Rant
Vulture
43 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) Guy Ritchie IMDB
Complex
44
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
  Comedy
Complex
45
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)
  Comedy
Complex
46 Mr. Bean (1990–1995)   Screen Rant
Vulture
47 Outnumbered   Anglotopia
Screen Rant
48 Paul (2011) Greg Mottola Wikipedia
IMDB
49 Sightseers (2012)   Wikipedia
Movie Moron
50 The Thick of It (2005–2012)  
Paste Magazine
Vulture
51 The Two Ronnies (1971 – 1987   QT
Independent
52 The Vicar of Dibley (1994–2007)   Anglotopia
Vulture
53 The World’s End Edgar Wright Wikipedia
Taste Of Cinema
54 Trainspotting (1996) Danny Boyle Complex
IMDB
55
Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister (1980 – 1987
  Anglotopia
Independent
56 24 Hour Party People Michael Winterbottom
Taste Of Cinema
57 A Cock and Bull Story (2005)   Movie Moron
58 A Fantastic Fear of Everything   Go See Talk
59 A Hard Day’s Night   IFC
60 A Street Cat Named Bob   Wikipedia
61 About a Boy   Go See Talk
62 Alfie (1966)   Complex
63 Another Year   Wikipedia
64 Anuvahood   Wikipedia
65 Are You Being Served?   Anglotopia
66 Attack the Block   Wikipedia
67 Baby Driver   Wikipedia
68 Bad Education   Bustle
69
Bean – The Ultimate Disaster Movie
  Comedy
70 Bill   Wikipedia
71 Bottom   Bustle
72 Brass Eye (1997-2001)   High Snobery
73 Bridget Jones’s Baby   Wikipedia
74 Bridget Jones’s Diary   Comedy
75 Burke & Hare   Wikipedia
76 Carry On Camping   Comedy
77 Carry On… Up The Khyber   Comedy
78 Catastrophe (2015–present)   Vulture
79 Cemetery Junction   Wikipedia
80 Coupling (2000–2004)   Vulture
81 Cruise of the Gods   Go See Talk
82 Early Man   Wikipedia
83 Fierce Creatures   Comedy
84 Filth (I) (2013) Jon S. Baird IMDB
85 Fleabag (2016–present)   Vulture
86 French and Saunders   Bustle
87 Fresh Meat (2011–2016)   Vulture
88 Friday Night Dinner   Bustle
89
Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace (2004)
  High Snobery
90 Gavin & Stacey (2007–2010)   Vulture
91 Gavin and Stacey   Screen Rant
92
Good Neighbors (The Good Life in the U.K.)
  Anglotopia
93 Gosford Park (2001) Robert Altman IMDB
94 Green Wing  
Paste Magazine
95 Grimsby   Wikipedia
96 Harry Enfield & Chums   Bustle
97 Holiday On The Buses   Comedy
98 Horrid Henry: The Movie   Wikipedia
99 I Give It a Year   Wikipedia
100 Inside No. 9  
Paste Magazine
101 Jam (2000)   High Snobery
102
Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)
  Vulture
103 Johnny English Reborn   Wikipedia
104 Johnny English Strikes Again   Wikipedia
105 Kick-Ass   Wikipedia
106 Kick-Ass 2   Wikipedia
107 Kingsman: The Golden Circle   Wikipedia
108 Lavender Hill Mob Charles Crichton
Taste Of Cinema
109 Layer Cake (2004) Matthew Vaughn IMDB
110 Life is Sweet Mike Leigh
Taste Of Cinema
111 Love Actually (2003) Richard Curtis IMDB
112 Magicians   Go See Talk
113 Miranda   Bustle
114 Morecambe & Wise (1968 – 1977   Independent
115 Mutiny On The Buses   Comedy
116 My Last Five Girlfriends   Wikipedia
117 Nathan Barley (2005)   High Snobery
118 Notting Hill   Comedy
119 On The Buses   Comedy
120 One Foot in the Grave   Anglotopia
121 Pirate Radio (2009) Richard Curtis IMDB
122 Porridge (1974 – 1977   Independent
123 Psychoville  
Paste Magazine
124 Red Dwarf   Anglotopia
125 Redirected (2014) Emilis Velyvis IMDB
126 RocknRolla (2008) Guy Ritchie IMDB
127 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World   Wikipedia
128 Seven Psychopaths (2012) Martin McDonagh IMDB
129 Sexy Beast (2000) Jonathan Glazer IMDB
130 Shaun the Sheep Movie   Wikipedia
131 Smokin’ Aces (2006) Joe Carnahan IMDB
132 Steptoe and Son (1962 – 1974   Independent
133 Submarine   Wikipedia
134 T2 Trainspotting (2017) Danny Boyle IMDB
135 Tamara Drewe   Wikipedia
136 The Brittas Empire   Anglotopia
137
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  Movie Moron
138 The Day Today (1994)   Vulture
139
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
  Anglotopia
140
the Funny Blokes of British Comedy
  Soft Sonic
141 The Goodies   QT
142 The Great Dictator (1940) Charles Chaplin IMDB
143
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  Go See Talk
144 The Iron Maiden   Comedy
145 The Italian Job (1969) Peter Collinson IMDB
146 The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)   Complex
147
The League of Gentlemen (1999-2002)
  High Snobery
148 The Monty Python Films   Goliath
149
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
  Complex
150 The Tall Guy   Go See Talk
151 The Young Ones   QT
152 This Is England (2006) Shane Meadows IMDB
153 Trouble In Store   Comedy
154
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  Complex
155 What We Did on Our Holiday   Wikipedia
156 Wild Target   Wikipedia



18 Best England Comedies Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Anglotopia The Top 12 British Comedies of All Time – Best Britcoms With Clips
Bustle 13 British Comedies On Netflix To Help You Laugh Your Way – Bustle
Comedy Top 20 British Comedy Films – British Comedy Guide
Complex The 25 Best British Comedy Movies of All Time – Complex
Go See Talk G-S-T Top 10
Goliath The 10 Best British Comedy Films Of All Time
High Snobery The 10 Best British Comedies
IFC 10 Funniest British Flicks of All Time
IMDB Best British Humor Movies – IMDb
Independent These are the greatest British comedies of all time
Movie Moron Top 10 Best British Comedy Films Of The Last 10 Years
Paste Magazine Weird and Wicked: The 10 Funniest British Comedies You May Not
QT What’s the funniest British comedy of all time?
Screen Rant 16 Best British Comedy TV Shows Of All Time
Soft Sonic 8 Best british comedy movies 2019 – Softonic
Taste Of Cinema The 15 Best British Comedy Movies of All Time « Taste of Cinema
Vulture The 25 Best British Comedy Shows Since ‘Fawlty Towers’ – Vulture
Wikipedia List of British comedy films – Wikipedia

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