15. The Big Lebowski (1998)
> Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
> Runtime: 117 min
> Rating: R
> Available on: Vudu, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Fandango, Starz, Starz Play Amazon Channel, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW, FlixFling
The Coen Brothers directed this comedy about a down-and-out man known as “The Dude” who is mistaken for a millionaire who owes gangsters money. With strong performances by Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi and crackling dialogue, “The Big Lebowski” has a Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes of 83%, and 94% of the 356,000 audience members who voted liked the movie. The cult film holds an 8.1 rating out of 10 among more than 703,000 IMDb users.
14. Friday (1995)
> Starring: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long
> Runtime: 91 min
> Rating: R
> Available on: Vudu, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, USA Network, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Fandango
Ice Cube and Chris Tucker star in this comedy about two young men, who after smoking a dope dealer’s marijuana have to figure out how to pay for it by that evening. Critics Consensus of Rotten Tomatoes lauded the exuberant performances of the two lead actors. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the comedy a Freshness rating of 78%, while audiences liked it better, with more than 265,000 audience members giving it an approval rating of 91%.
13. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
> Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
> Runtime: 103 min
> Rating: PG-13
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Fandango, Netflix, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Freeform, Sling TV
John Hughes’ “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” one of the 80s’ iconic comedies, is about a high school student’s adventures when he skips school. The movie launched Matthew Broderick into movie stardom as the charmingly scheming Ferris Bueller. Among the film’s most joyous moments is when Ferris, riding a float in a parade, gets a crowd to dance to the song “Twist and Shout.” The film has an 80% Freshness rating among critics, while 92% of audiences loved the lightheartedly subversive tone of the film.
12. Groundhog Day (1993)
> Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
> Runtime: 101 min
> Rating: PG
> Available on: Vudu, Apple iTunes, Microsoft Store, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, Netflix, Redbox, Hoopla, FandangoNOW, Fandango
“Groundhog Day” is the perfect comedy vehicle for Bill Murray. The “Saturday Night Live” alum plays a cynical weatherman covering Groundhog Day for a local television station, an assignment he detests. He finds himself reliving the same day over and over, and in the process rediscovers his humanity. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes calls the film “Smart, sweet, and inventive.” Critics gave the film a Freshness score of 96%. More than 564,000 IMDb users gave the film a ranking of 8.0 out of 10.
11. Blazing Saddles (1974)
> Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens
> Runtime: 93 min
> Rating: R
> Available on: Vudu, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Hulu
Mel Brooks lampooned Western film tropes in the farce “Blazing Saddles,” one of a string of successful comedies he helmed in the 1970s and ’80s. Besides casting well-known Western character actor Slim Pickins to give the film some authenticity, Brooks added football star Alex Karras in the role of Mongo, a hulking brute who punches a horse in one of the film’s more famous scenes. “Blazing Saddles” is “daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny,” according to Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, with 91% of more than 218,000 audience members enjoying the movie.