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The 50 Best Action-Comedy Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

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The action-comedy is one of the of the more playful, exciting genre hybrids out there, though it didn’t really come into shape until the 1980s, when buddy-cop films like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hrs. exploded onto the scene, along with Midnight Run, The Blues Brothers, and the rise of Jackie Chan. In Police Story, Drunken Master, and rest of his peak output, Chan is essentially a living, breathing homage to Buster Keaton, whose absurdly dangerous slapstick prowess powered the original action-comedy: 1926’s The General.

Chan and Chris Tucker revitalized the action-comedy formula for the ’90s with the Rush Hour movies. Though they’re fan favorites, the Rush Hour trio were not heavy hitters with critics, so they’ll be absent from this guide to the best-reviewed action-comedies ever, where we’re collecting the top 50 Certified Fresh movies of the genre. What that means is that you will see Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels represented. Lock, Stock was released the same year as Rush Hour and impressed critics and audiences alike by infusing the action-comedy with post-Tarantino grit and swagger.

Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, Kung Fu Hustle, 21 Jump Street, and Bad Boys For Life are among many that have kept the genre going during the past 20 years. And though most superhero movies these days are humorous on some level, we’ll be highlighting the ones that really flex their comedic muscles, like The Suicide Squad and Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds seems molded for this wisecracking genre, wherein he has played the Merc With a Mouth and starred in Free Guy.

Now, see the 50 best-reviewed Certified Fresh action-comedies!


Adjusted Score: 78468%

Critics Consensus: It may not be the killer thrill ride you'd expect from an action movie with a cast of this caliber, but Red still thoroughly outshines most of its big-budget counterparts with its wit and style.

Synopsis: After surviving an assault from a squad of hit men, retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reassembles his old... [More]

Starring:Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren

Directed By:Robert Schwentke


Adjusted Score: 83614%

Critics Consensus: Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.

Synopsis: After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) -- collectively known as the... [More]

Starring:John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway

Directed By:John Landis


Adjusted Score: 80748%

Critics Consensus: Brimming with energy and packed with humor, Big Trouble in Little China distills kung fu B-movies as affectionately as it subverts them.

Synopsis: Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco's... [More]

Starring:Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong

Directed By:John Carpenter


Adjusted Score: 93065%

Critics Consensus: It may not win writer-director Guy Ritchie many new converts, but for those already attuned to the filmmaker's brash wavelength, The Gentlemen stands tall.

Synopsis: Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word... [More]

Starring:Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong

Directed By:Guy Ritchie


Adjusted Score: 87869%

Critics Consensus:Keanu's absurd premise and compulsively watchable starring duo add up to an agreeably fast-paced comedy that hits more than enough targets to make up for the misses.

Synopsis: Recently dumped by his girlfriend, slacker Rell (Jordan Peele) finds some happiness when a cute kitten winds up on his... [More]

Starring:Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, Method Man

Directed By:Peter Atencio


Adjusted Score: 85348%

Critics Consensus: A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

Synopsis: Unlike their heroic counterparts on the force, desk-bound NYPD detectives Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) garner no headlines... [More]

Starring:Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton

Directed By:Adam McKay


Adjusted Score: 84683%

Critics Consensus: Although the plot is really nothing to brag about, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson work well together. The cinematography looks great, and Jackie delivers a hilarious performance. This is an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.

Synopsis: Bumbling Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) works as an Imperial guard in the Forbidden City of China. When Princess Pei Pei... [More]

Starring:Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Roger Yuan

Directed By:Tom Dey


Adjusted Score: 83774%

Critics Consensus: An entertaining Jackie Chan stunt-fest in which the impressive action sequences overcome the low production value and by-the-numbers plot.

Synopsis: Hong Kong policeman Keung (Jackie Chan) arrives in New York for the wedding of his uncle Bill (Bill Tung), a... [More]

Starring:Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Bill Tung, Françoise Yip

Directed By:Stanley Tong


Adjusted Score: 84377%

Critics Consensus: The most successful installment in a phenomenally successful series, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies for the 1980s and 1990s.

Synopsis: Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he... [More]

Starring:Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Directed By:Richard Donner


Adjusted Score: 85852%

Critics Consensus:Lethal Weapon 2 may sport a thin plot typical of action fare, but its combination of humor and adrenaline, along with the chemistry between its leads, make this a playful, entertaining sequel.

Synopsis: South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs and Murtaugh, two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However,... [More]

Starring:Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland

Directed By:Richard Donner


Adjusted Score: 92122%

Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.

Synopsis: Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), pampered action superstar, sets out for Southeast Asia to take part in the biggest, most-expensive war... [More]

Starring:Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte

Directed By:Ben Stiller


Adjusted Score: 87900%

Critics Consensus: The buddy cop movie continues its evolution unabated with this Eddie Murphy vehicle that's fast, furious, and funny.

Synopsis: After his childhood buddy is murdered while visiting Detroit, rebellious cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) follows the leads to Beverly... [More]

Starring:Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Directed By:Martin Brest


Adjusted Score: 83618%

Critics Consensus: A loving and meticulous send-up of 1970s blaxsploitation movies, Black Dynamite is funny enough for the frat house and clever enough for film buffs.

Synopsis: After "The Man" kills his brother and poisons the neighborhood with tainted liquor, a kung fu fighter (Michael Jai White)... [More]

Starring:Michael Jai White, Kym Whitley, Tommy Davidson, Kevin Chapman

Directed By:Scott Sanders


Adjusted Score: 98020%

Critics Consensus: Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.

Synopsis: Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of... [More]

Starring:Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll

Directed By:Peyton Reed


Adjusted Score: 85551%

Critics Consensus: Jackie Chan sends up some amazing and entertaining fight sequences in The Legend of Drunken Master.

Synopsis: From a land where honor and tradition reign, comes the legend of a martial-arts hero unlike any other -- the... [More]

Starring:Jackie Chan, Ti Lung, Anita Mui, Kar-leung Lau

Directed By:Chia-Liang Liu


Adjusted Score: 93406%

Critics Consensus: Boasting even more of the bromantic chemistry between its stars -- and even more of the goofy, good-natured humor that made its predecessor so much fun -- 22 Jump Street is the rare sequel that improves upon the original.

Synopsis: Although they made their way through high school successfully, an investigation at a local college brings big changes for undercover... [More]

Starring:Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell

Directed By:Phil Lord, Christopher Miller


Adjusted Score: 108604%

Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm.

Synopsis: Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of... [More]

Starring:Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz

Directed By:David Leitch


Adjusted Score: 115676%

Critics Consensus:Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.

Synopsis: Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries... [More]

Starring:Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista

Directed By:James Gunn


Adjusted Score: 88068%

Critics Consensus:Romancing the Stone reaches back to the classic Saturday morning serials of old with an action-filled adventure enlivened by the sparkling chemistry between its well-matched leads.

Synopsis: A dowdy romantic-adventure writer is hurled into a real-life adventure in the Colombian jungle in order to save her sister,... [More]

Starring:Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman

Directed By:Robert Zemeckis


Adjusted Score: 94321%

Critics Consensus: A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.

Synopsis: When cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances... [More]

Starring:Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco

Directed By:Phil Lord, Christopher Miller


Adjusted Score: 105885%

Critics Consensus: Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining -- and decidedly non-family-friendly -- results.

Synopsis: Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing... [More]

Starring:Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller

Directed By:Tim Miller


Adjusted Score: 96503%

Critics Consensus: Combining a clever concept, sweet, self-aware humor, and a charming cast, Free Guy is frivolous fun.

Synopsis: In "Free Guy," a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides... [More]

Starring:Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery

Directed By:Shawn Levy


Adjusted Score: 104984%

Critics Consensus:American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier -- and delightfully watchable -- energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.

Synopsis: Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central... [More]

Starring:Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Jesse Plemons

Directed By:Doug Liman


Adjusted Score: 105450%

Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.

Synopsis: Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope... [More]

Starring:Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña

Directed By:Peyton Reed


Adjusted Score: 92415%

Critics Consensus: The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.

Synopsis: All his life, an ordinary young man (Stephen Chow) has been treated like dirt. Still, he's never given up believing... [More]

Starring:Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Patrick Tse, Cecilia Cheung

Directed By:Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee


Adjusted Score: 114703%

Critics Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.

Synopsis: We all have a superhero inside of us -- it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.... [More]

Starring:Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

Directed By:David F. Sandberg


Adjusted Score: 95712%

Critics Consensus: Boasting loads of quirky charm, a pair of likable leads, and confident direction from Jonathan Demme, Something Wild navigates its unpredictable tonal twists with room to spare.

Synopsis: Free-spirited Lulu (Melanie Griffith) sets her sights on uptight banker Charles (Jeff Daniels) for a little bit of fun. Their... [More]

Starring:Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Margaret Colin

Directed By:Jonathan Demme


Adjusted Score: 97013%

Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.

Synopsis: When the hapless Sing (Stephen Chow) and his dim-witted pal, Bone (Feng Xiaogang), try to scam the residents of Pig... [More]

Starring:Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Siu-Lung Leung

Directed By:Stephen Chow


Adjusted Score: 98727%

Critics Consensus: The brilliant minds behind Shaun of the Dead successfully take a shot at the buddy cop genre with Hot Fuzz. The result is a bitingly satiric and hugely entertaining parody.

Synopsis: As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) finds if difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the... [More]

Starring:Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine

Directed By:Edgar Wright


Adjusted Score: 110394%

Critics Consensus: Enlivened by writer-director James Gunn's singularly skewed vision, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced rebound that plays to the source material's violent, anarchic strengths.

Synopsis: Welcome to hell--a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst... [More]

Starring:Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Viola Davis

Directed By:James Gunn


Adjusted Score: 109983%

Critics Consensus:The Nice Guys hearkens back to the buddy comedies of a bygone era while adding something extra courtesy of a knowing script and the irresistible chemistry of its leads.

Synopsis: Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired... [More]

Starring:Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Directed By:Shane Black


Adjusted Score: 98284%

Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.

Synopsis: They are the best-kept secret in the universe. Working for a highly funded yet unofficial government agency, Kay (Tommy Lee... [More]

Starring:Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Directed By:Barry Sonnenfeld


Adjusted Score: 105586%

Critics Consensus:Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.

Synopsis: Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb... [More]

Starring:Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Directed By:James Gunn


Adjusted Score: 97682%

Critics Consensus: Marking an auspicious feature film debut for Eddie Murphy, 48 Hrs. is a briskly paced action comedy that succeeds largely due to the outstanding chemistry between its two leads.

Synopsis: Renegade cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) pulls bank robber Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from a federal prison on a 48-hour... [More]

Starring:Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

Directed By:Walter Hill


Adjusted Score: 125760%

Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Synopsis: Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits... [More]

Starring:Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba

Directed By:Taika Waititi


Adjusted Score: 98669%

Critics Consensus: Enlivened by the antagonistic chemistry between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, Midnight Run is an uncommonly entertaining odd couple comedy.

Synopsis: When Eddie Moscone (Joe Pantoliano) hires tight-lipped bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) to locate a mob accountant named... [More]

Starring:Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton

Directed By:Martin Brest


Adjusted Score: 98656%

Critics Consensus: Three Kings successfully blends elements of action, drama, and comedy into a thoughtful, exciting movie on the Gulf War.

Synopsis: Just after the end of the Gulf War, four American soldiers decide to steal a cache of Saddam Hussein's hidden... [More]

Starring:George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

Directed By:David O. Russell


Adjusted Score: 104508%

Critics Consensus: Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.

Synopsis: Despite having solid field training, CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has spent her entire career as a desk jockey,... [More]

Starring:Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart

Directed By:Paul Feig


Adjusted Score: 97889%

Critics Consensus: Blending hand-to-hand combat with breathtaking stunts and slapstick comedy, Supercop reminds us why Jackie Chan is one of the world's great entertainers.

Synopsis: To infiltrate a drug cartel, police Inspector Chan Ka Kui (Jackie Chan) goes undercover in a Chinese prison. There, he... [More]

Starring:Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeaoh, Maggie Cheung, Ken Tsang

Directed By:Stanley Tong


Adjusted Score: 100824%

Critics Consensus:The Paper Tigers blends action, comedy, and heart to produce a fresh martial arts movie with plenty of throwback charm.

Synopsis: Three martial artists--notorious in their prime as "the three tigers"--have grown into middle-aged men one kick from a pulled muscle.... [More]

Starring:Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Jae Suh Park

Directed By:Quoc Bao Tran


The best comedy movies of 2012 kept audiences laughing as they hit the theaters throughout the year. These comedy films feature some of the best and most talented actors as well as witty writing, both of which combined to create comedic blockbusters. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and prepare to laugh your butts off with the best comedy movies of 2012.

The 2012 year in comedy movies brought us a number of original movies, adaptations, remakes and sequels. Many of the remakes and sequels got the most buzz, such as the remake of 21 Jump Street, the new installment of Men in Black III and American Reunion, which reunited the American Pie cast for one more adventure. But there were also plenty of original movies and adaptations that entertained viewers all year long.

Butter introduced the highly competitive world of butter sculpting, Friends with Kids showed us a different side of parenting, and For a Good Time, Call... allowed us to live vicariously through two phone sex operators. 2012 also brought us a bevy of hilarious characters such as Ted, a foul-mouthed teddy bear, The Dictator, the latest personality from Sacha Baron Cohen, and the five very different women of What to Expect When You're Expecting.

These comedy films are just a handful of those released in 2012 but highlight the funniest movies of the year. Think one movie is better than the rest? Want to add something not already listed or put this list in your own order? Do all of that and more below on this list of the best 2012 comedy movies.

Be sure to also check out the All-Time Best Comedies, The Best Romantic Comedies, and The Best Stand Up Comedy Movies on Netflix, The Best Comedy Films on Amazon Prime, and the Best Comedy Movies on Netflix. 


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15 Best Action Comedies That Blend The Genres Perfectly

Most action comedies are more action than comedy (Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon, Knight and Day), or more comedy than action (The Naked Gun, The Other Guys, The Heat). It’s rare that an entry in this subgenre brings out the best in both of its components.

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Both action and comedy have the capacity to be the most entertaining genres in cinema, so action comedies have the potential to fire on all cylinders with the entertainment factor, but few of them have the sumptuous combination of exciting action and hysterical comedy. Here are the best action comedies that blend the genres perfectly.

Updated on June 20th, 2020 by Ben Sherlock:Action comedy is still one of the most popular subgenres of both action and comedy. Action fans appreciate an action movie that can make them laugh, and comedy fans appreciate a comedy movie that can thrill them. There are plenty of wonderful action comedies out there. The original list was just the tip of the iceberg. And as long as most people have more time than ever to watch movies right now, we’ve updated this list with a few new entries.

15 21 Jump Street (2012)

When Jonah Hill took on the task of writing and starring in a movie reboot of 21 Jump Street, an old cop show about undercover officers infiltrating a high school, he set out to combine the wacky antics of John Hughes’ high school comedies with the high-octane thrills of Michael Bay’s action movies.

Thanks to Hill’s hilarious on-screen chemistry with his co-star Channing Tatum and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller bringing a distinctive visual flair to the movie, that curious vision was realized. The sequel, aptly titled 22 Jump Street, is also well worth a watch.

14 Kindergarten Cop (1990)

Comedy is not necessarily one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s strengths as a performer, but he has given brilliant comic performances when he’s leaned into the self-parodying element of his comedic vehicles.

Ivan Reitman’s Kindergarten Cop is a prime example, as he plays a tough-as-nails detective who begins working as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch a drug dealer who is suspected to be in contact with his ex-wife and son.

13 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Guy Ritchie’s film adaptation of the classic The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV show did a great job of both recapturing the zany spirit of the original series and keeping up with the nonstop thrills of modern action cinema.

Having been overlooked for the role of James Bond in favor of Daniel Craig, Henry Cavill relishes the consolation prize that is the role of Napoleon Solo in this movie.

12 Bad Boys (1995)

After he got his start directing music videos but before he could command nine-figure budgets to create deafening displays of “Bayhem,” Michael Bay helmed the first installment in the Bad Boys franchise.

The second one was bigger and bolder, and the third one was much better-received than anyone expected when it hit theaters earlier this year, but the first movie is still the best, capturing the unique comic energy created by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s unparalleled chemistry.

11 Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Matthew Vaughn brought an R-rated comic sensibility to the familiar tropes of spy movies when he adapted Mark Millar’s Kingsman comics for the big screen. Kingsman is a Bond movie by way of the Deadpool school of self-aware zaniness.

Colin Firth is a compelling lead as Harry Hart, an uber-skilled gentleman spy who’s twice as polite and three times as violent as 007, while Taron Egerton’s portrayal of rookie Eggsy is infinitely lovable. Plus, Samuel L. Jackson delightfully hams it up as the villain, Valentine.

10 Free Fire (2016)

Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire uses narrative simplicity to its advantage. Set in Boston in the ‘70s, the film is about an arms deal gone wrong that culminates in an intense gunfight. There’s no pesky plot getting in the way of the visceral action and fun comedy.

This movie is carried by its cast, which is filled with such greats as Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Sharlto Copley, while Wheatley’s strong command of unconventional filmmaking techniques makes Free Fire feel unique.

9 Pineapple Express (2008)

As the story of a witness to a mob hit going on the run, Pineapple Express establishes itself as an action-packed thrill-ride early on. And since that witness is a stoner, there’s also a healthy dose of humor in the setup.

Seth Rogen and James Franco are hilarious in the lead roles, with such supporting players as Danny McBride and Craig Robinson backing them up, so the cast takes care of the comedy. Thanks to director David Gordon Green and his cinematographer Tim Orr, the action is shot spectacularly.

8 48 Hrs. (1982)

Widely acknowledged as the first entry in the buddy cop genre, Walter Hill’s 48 Hrs. has a 50/50 split of exciting action set pieces and hilarious back-and-forth between the characters.

Nick Nolte is a gruff comic foil for his zany co-star Eddie Murphy in the movie, which tells the story of a no-nonsense cop (Nolte) who reluctantly lets a criminal (Murphy) out of jail for 48 hours to help him track down his old partner-in-crime. They’re the ultimate mismatched buddy cop pairing.

7 Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Following the martial arts movie wave of the 1970s, the '80s brought on a new era for the genre that was marked by increasingly weird action and a backdrop of the occult. Big Trouble in Little China was perhaps the wackiest take on this.

Kurt Russell stars as truck driver Jack Burton, who helps his best friend Wang Chi to save his fiancée, who has been trapped in the hidden underworld beneath Chinatown by an ancient sorcerer. Russell hilariously subverts his usual tough-guy persona, instead playing an incompetent, pratfalling loser who is completely unprepared for combat situations.

6 Tropic Thunder (2008)

Since his parents were actors, Ben Stiller grew up on film sets, and he once noticed that the cast of a war movie treated their experience like they’d actually been in a warzone and seen active combat. So when Stiller became a filmmaker in his own right, he made a hysterical satire about actors starring in a war movie.

RELATED: 5 Reasons Why Tropic Thunder Was Ahead Of Its Time (5 Things About It That Didn't Age Well)

Thanks to Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black, and their supporting cast (including an infinitely hilarious turn by Tom Cruise as a ruthless, giant-handed studio executive), Tropic Thunder is never more than a few seconds away from a laugh-out-loud moment, and there’s plenty of action to boot.

5 Rumble In The Bronx (1995)

Jackie Chan is the only working actor/director who’s both proficient in the mechanics of fighting and understands what makes Buster Keaton-esque visual comedy work. Chan has woven these two things together on the screen brilliantly in everything from the Police Story saga to The Tuxedo.

The movie that got Chan noticed by Hollywood was Rumble in the Bronx, in which he plays a Hong Kong cop who travels to New York and falls in with a local gang as he plots to bring down a nefarious crime syndicate.

4 The Nice Guys (2016)

Shane Black’s The Nice Guys deserved a lot more attention from moviegoers than it got. Thanks to Captain America: Civil War and Me Before You, it was buried at multiplexes in 2016, but it’s one of the most fiercely original movies in years.

It’s a noir-tinged, ‘70s-set buddy cop story starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a pair of mismatched private eyes who are forced to work together. Gosling and Crowe have hilarious chemistry; it would be great to see them reunited in a sequel.

3 Midnight Run (1988)

Martin Brest’s Midnight Run is essentially Planes, Trains, and Automobiles with guns. Robert De Niro stars as a bounty hunter named Jack Walsh who brings in a mob accountant named Jonathan Mardukas, played by Charles Grodin, while evading the feds, the mob, and his closest rival.

De Niro and Grodin are perfectly cast, with the former brilliantly tackling his first comedic role and the latter supplying his usual pitch-perfect delivery to each line.

2 Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Sylvester Stallone was initially attached to star in Beverly Hills Cop and wrote a draft of the script as a dark, dramatic action thriller. When the producers decided to give it a comedic angle, Stallone dropped out and reused some of his ideas in Cobra, while Eddie Murphy came aboard Beverly Hills Cop and brought his unbridled comic energy along with him.

RELATED: Netflix's Beverly Hills Cop 4: 5 Reasons We're Excited (& 5 Why We're Worried)

Director Martin Brest has a handle on the plot, ensuring that it’s always moving forward with palpable momentum, while Murphy makes the most of his first starring role with a barrage of ad-libbed hilarity.

1 Hot Fuzz (2007)

Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz is ostensibly a parody of the conventions of buddy cop movies, but it’s also a prime example of one. Simon Pegg stars as a big-city cop transferred to a small town, while Nick Frost is the bumbling local cop he’s partnered up with. Together, they uncover a widespread conspiracy in a town with a low crime rate contrasted with a suspiciously high accident rate.

Wright is one of the few comedy filmmakers who actually bothers to use framing and editing to add to the humor, and he has a strong handle on directing thrilling action, too.

NEXT: 10 Funniest Quotes From Hot Fuzz


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Top 10 Comedy Movies of 2012

'3, 2, 1...Frankie Go Boom'

Charlie Hunnam, Lizzy Caplan, Chris O'Dowd, Ron Perlman and Chris Noth

's Charlie Hunnam doing comedy, and Chris Noth playing a has-been actor who's more than slightly crazy. Toss in


is a raucous comedy about a boy (Hunnam), a girl (Caplan), their sex tape (embarrassing), the boy’s brother who has put it online (O’Dowd), the transgender hacker who may be able to pull it down (Perlman, who looks fantastic in a dress), the psychotic (and armed) movie star father of the girl (Noth), and his pet pig (who we don’t know the name of).

is a raucous comedy about a boy (Hunnam), a girl (Caplan), their sex tape (embarrassing), the boy’s brother who has put it online (O’Dowd), the transgender hacker who may be able to pull it down (Perlman, who looks fantastic in a dress), the psychotic (and armed) movie star father of the girl (Noth), and his pet pig (who we don’t know the name of).

'21 Jump Street'

Starring:Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube
The setting's the same and it, of course, shares the same title as the '80s TV series, but that's pretty much where the similarities end. 21 Jump Street, which features the best non-explosion action scenes on film, straight-on addresses the whole remake/recycled material issue by skewering Hollywood's lack of originality while admitting they're guilty of the same. Thankfully, there's more original material in this comedy based on a TV series than in 90% of what's put out there by Hollywood.
The Plot: Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko ( Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.


Starring:Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine
Had Bernie been released later in the year rather than on April 27th, it likely would have wound up getting much more awards attention. Directed by Richard Linklater, this indie comedy marks the third film Matthew McConaughey and director Linklater have worked on together, and as with the first two - Dazed and Confused and The Newton Boys - Bernie will probably have to wait a few years after its release to truly find its audience. The entire cast is terrific, and the story is based on true events which makes this tale even more entertaining.
The Plot: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Black) was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine), an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.


Starring: Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman, and Olivia Wilde
Why has it taken so long to do a comedy movie about butter carving? Oh yeah, that's right, because sitting through a film about competitive butter carving sounds as appealing as sitting through a movie starring the Kardashians in dramatic roles. But Butter is surprisingly appealing, if you can get over the fact you're watching a film about butter. It's actually a smartly written political satire with more of a bite to it than you'd expect from simply looking at the synopsis.
The Plot: In small-town Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest.

'Django Unchained'

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kerry Washington
Slavery, bounty hunters, and blood, guts & gore all served up Tarantino style. Okay, so it's probably not the film you want to take your entire family to see despite its Christmas Day release, but it is Quentin out Tarantino-ing himself.
Inglorious Basterds introduced audiences to Christoph Waltz and Django Unchained confirms that the critical success obtained by pairing actor Waltz and director Tarantino wasn't a one-time fluke.
The Plot: Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…

'Hit and Run'

Starring: Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Bradley Cooper, and Tom Arnold
You didn't see this in theaters, did you? No, I didn't think so. In and out of multiplexes before anyone could catch on to it, Hit and Run features the best performance of Tom Arnold's career (I'm being completely serious) and Bradley Cooper as you've never, ever seen him before. Off-screen couple Shepard and Bell wound up having better onscreen chemistry than most celebrity couples, with Shepard pulling triple duty as star, co-director, and writer.
The Plot: Hit and Run is the story of Charlie Bronson (Shepard), a former getaway driver who busts out of the Witness Protection Program to drive his girlfriend (Bell) to Los Angeles so she can land her dream job. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds (Arnold), and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former gang of criminals (Cooper) enter the fray.

'Pitch Perfect'

Starring:Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ben Platt, Skylar Astin, and Anna Camp
So here's the deal...normally I don't like to sit through screenings in which the audience interacts with the movie. You know what I mean? They yell, talk back, sing along, whatever, and manage to make it so that if you just want to watch the movie, it's impossible. However, Pitch Perfect is actually better when the audience sings along. Not that it sucks without the interaction; it's just so much more entertaining when everyone gets involved - kind of like Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Also, if anyone tries to tell you that you have to be into Glee to check out Pitch Perfect, just turn and walk away. This is an un Glee-ified take on college glee clubs with a solid cast of surprisingly good singers.
The Plot: Beca (Kendrick) is that girl who'd rather listen to what's coming out of her headphones than what's coming out of anyone's mouth. Arriving at Barden University, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she would never have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together.
When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college music competitions. This could wind up either the coolest thing they'll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both.

'Seven Psychopaths'

Starring: Colin Farrell , Sam Rockwell , Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, and ​Tom Waits
Seven Psychopaths is one of the best examples of why the Academy should add a Best Ensemble category to the Oscars. Every single member of the cast brought their best to the production, and writer/director Martin McDonaugh is a master at matching roles with actors. Once again, McDonaugh gets the best out of Colin Farrell (his In Bruges star) and the comedy team of Rockwell and Walken - while an unusual match-up - should get a prequel focusing on their relationship.
The Plot: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved dog.

'Silver Linings Playbook'

Starring: Bradley ​Cooper , Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper  have the best on screen chemistry of 2012. There, I've said it. They're terrific together and deserve to reunite for a buddy comedy or maybe even a sequel to this film five or 10 years down the line. Director David O. Russell allowed his actors to take liberties with their characters, and the result is some classic comedy moments in the midst of heartbreak and drama. Silver Linings Playbook is genuine and touching, and every lighter moment pays off big.
The Plot: Life doesn’t always go according to plan…Pat Solatano (Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Weaver) and father (De Niro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
When Pat meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.


Starring: Mark ​Wahlberg , Mila Kunis, and the Voice of Seth MacFarlane
Who would have ever thought a walking, trash-talking teddy bear could be one of 2012's big breakout comedy stars? Directed by Seth MacFarlane (he also voices the bear), Ted turned out to be one of 2012's biggest comedy hits. MacFarlane made his feature film directorial debut with the project and as with Family Guy, he didn't pull any punches when it came to insult comedy. And the scene of Wahlberg fighting a stuffed bear could go down in history as one of the most bizarre fight sequences ever on film.
The Plot: In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.

The Top Comedies at the Box Office in 2012

The best performing live-action comedies at the box office (according to BoxOfficeMojo) for 2012 were:
1) Ted, 2) MIB 3, 3) 21 Jump Street, 4) Magic Mike, 5) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 6) Think Like a Man, 7) The Campaign, 8) Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection, 9) Pitch Perfect, and 10) Hope Springs


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