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1. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.9
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An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 350,202

2. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

8.6
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The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 182,407

3. Rick and Morty (2013– )

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

9.3
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An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.

Stars: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke

Votes: 290,491

4. Family Guy (1999– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.1
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In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 286,959

5. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 338,734

6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 700,532

7. American Dad! (2005– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

7.4
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The random escapades of Stan Smith, a conservative C.I.A. Agent dealing with family life, and keeping America safe, all in the most absurd way possible.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane

Votes: 108,597

8. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

8.1
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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 39,674

9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.5
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76 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 581,225 | Gross: $424.67M

10. Serenity (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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74 Metascore

The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk

Votes: 272,458 | Gross: $25.51M

11. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

8.4
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97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 420,469 | Gross: $0.28M

12. Get Smart (2008)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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54 Metascore

Maxwell Smart, a highly intellectual but bumbling spy working for the CONTROL agency, is tasked with preventing a terrorist attack from rival spy agency KAOS.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, Dwayne Johnson

Votes: 192,104 | Gross: $130.32M

13. The Dictator (2012)

R | 83 min | Comedy

6.4
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58 Metascore

The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 254,102 | Gross: $59.65M

14. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.3
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52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening

Votes: 198,825 | Gross: $37.77M

15. Tone-Deaf (2019)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

4.8
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A woman goes to the countryside to spend a quiet weekend after losing her job and having her last complicated relationship implode. She rents a country house to an old-fashioned widower, who struggles to hide his pyschopatic tendencies.

Director: Richard Bates Jr. | Stars: Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton

Votes: 904

16. Burn After Reading (2008)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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63 Metascore

A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Votes: 291,025 | Gross: $60.36M

17. Drunk History (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, History

7.8
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Historical reenactments by A-list talent are presented by inebriated storytellers.

Stars: Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur, Craig Cackowski, Maria Blasucci

Votes: 7,879

18. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 12,423 | Gross: $24.29M

19. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.9
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88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 177,070 | Gross: $9.93M

20. The Death of Stalin (2017)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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88 Metascore

Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 66,159 | Gross: $8.04M

21. 1984 (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.1
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67 Metascore

In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 60,918 | Gross: $8.40M

22. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.5
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Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 184,507

23. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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54 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 98,545 | Gross: $13.01M

24. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Music

8.7
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Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 48,282

25. The Boondocks (2005–2014)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

8.3
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Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues.

Stars: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough

Votes: 24,856

26. Portlandia (2011–2018)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

7.8
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A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon.

Stars: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Adams

Votes: 16,774

27. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden

Votes: 207,021 | Gross: $24.79M

28. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

Votes: 84,032 | Gross: $14.88M

29. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.8
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The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 61,298

30. Dick (1999)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

6.1
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65 Metascore

Two girls wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Will Ferrell

Votes: 17,725 | Gross: $6.24M

31. Team America: World Police (2004)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy

7.2
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64 Metascore

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Kristen Miller

Votes: 152,298 | Gross: $32.77M

32. Three Kings (1999)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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82 Metascore

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

Votes: 153,757 | Gross: $60.65M

33. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

A simpleminded, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Votes: 61,099 | Gross: $30.18M

34. Look Who's Back (2015)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Oliver Masucci, Thomas M. Köppl, Marc-Marvin Israel, David Gebigke

Votes: 36,444

35. The Campaign (2012)

R | 85 min | Comedy

6.1
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50 Metascore

An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott

Votes: 119,684 | Gross: $86.91M

36. MADtv (1995–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Reality-TV, Talk-Show

7.2
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A sketch comedy show based on the seminal Mad Magazine.

Stars: Michael McDonald, Debra Wilson, Aries Spears, Bobby Lee

Votes: 9,139

37. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

7.5
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 23,206

38. Epic Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy

2.4
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17 Metascore

A spoof on previous years' epic movies (The Da Vinci Code (2006), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) + 20 more), TV series, music videos and celebs. 4 orphans are on an epic adventure.

Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer | Stars: Kal Penn, Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Willard, Adam Campbell

Votes: 98,544 | Gross: $39.74M

39. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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80 Metascore

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the family are declared fugitives.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 294,987 | Gross: $183.14M

40. Freaks of Nature (2015)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.9
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In the town of Dillford, humans, vampires and zombies were all living in peace - until the alien apocalypse arrived. Now three teenagers - one human, one vampire, and one zombie - have to team up to figure out how to get rid of the visitors.

Director: Robbie Pickering | Stars: Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Denis Leary

Votes: 9,953

41. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.5
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67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 122,963 | Gross: $119.19M

42. In Living Color (1990–1994)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,850

43. The Rescuers (1977)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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74 Metascore

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn

Votes: 53,265 | Gross: $71.22M

44. Death Race 2000 (1975)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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59 Metascore

In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov

Votes: 22,872 | Gross: $8.00M

45. The Windsors (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

6.9
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Comedy soap opera re-imagining the lives of the British Royal Family as you have never seen them before.

Stars: Celeste Dring, Louise Ford, Richard Goulding, Morgana Robinson

Votes: 1,277

46. The Daily Show (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.4
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Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver

Votes: 42,819

47. The Young Ones (1982–1984)

410 min | Comedy

8.1
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The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 12,426

48. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

R | 81 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

7.7
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73 Metascore

When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 183,967 | Gross: $52.01M

49. Underground (1995)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.1
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A group of serbian socialists prepares for the war in a surreal underground filled by parties, tragedies, love and hate.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac

Votes: 51,444 | Gross: $0.17M

50. Irresistible (2020)

Comedy, Drama | Post-production

A Democrat strategist helps a retired veteran run for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town.

Director: Jon Stewart | Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Natasha Lyonne



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