The 21 Best Comedies So Far This Century

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6. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (132,732 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (228,109 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (190 reviews)
> Starring: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Stephen Chow wrote, produced, and starred in “Kung Fu Hustle,” an action-packed comedy about gangs in China in the 1940s. Sing (Stephen Chow) and Bone (Feng Xiaogang) pose as gang members, triggering a strong reaction from real gang leaders, which puts a neighborhood in Shanghai at risk. Three retired Kung Fu Masters (Dong Zhihua, Yu Xing, Chiu Chi-ling) step in to protect the community.

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5. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (182,044 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (25,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (192 reviews)
> Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonathan Brugh

Co-directed by and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, “What We Do in the Shadows” is a mockumentary about vampires trudging through ordinary life. Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi), and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) are vampire roommates living in Wellington, New Zealand, who must manage interpersonal relationships and adult responsibilities, despite their supernatural status. The film later inspired a beloved television series of the same name.

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4. The Lego Movie (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (334,943 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (222,964 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (253 reviews)
> Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

The only animated film on this ranking, “The Lego Movie” centers around Emmett (Chris Pratt), a LEGO figurine who, despite being an average LEGO man, is deemed special, and saves the LEGO world from the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). The comedy won a slew of accolades, including awards from BAFTA, American Cinema Editors, Austin Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, and New York Film Critics.

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3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (745,547 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (97,896 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (310 reviews)
> Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

One of many stylized films directed by Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” explores the dynamics amongst hotel workers and guests in a fictionalized, picturesque European hotel in 1932. Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) is the concierge of the hotel, and is eventually suspected of murder after one of the hotel guests (Tilda Swinton) dies, leaving behind a valuable painting. The film was nominated for, and won, a number of Academy Awards.

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2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (530,779 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (498,702 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (213 reviews)
> Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

A zombie apocalypse is the setting for Shaun (Simon Pegg) to win back the heart of his ex-girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield) in this British comedy. The film employed the genres of science fiction and horror, and grossed nearly six times what it cost to create. “Shaun of the Dead” was beloved by critics and audiences alike. The film was directed by Edgar Wright, who also created the comedy “Hot Fuzz.”

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