Top 20 Most Rewatched Scenes in Comedy Movies

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Top 20 Most Rewatched Scenes in Comedy Movies

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Mark Sammut
Some movie scenes are too hilarious to only watch once. For this list, we'll be looking at those scenes in comedy films that just have to be revisited from time to time for a good laugh. Our countdown includes Brennan & Dale's Fight from “Step Brothers”, Trashing a Printer from “Office Space”, Stonehenge from “This Is Spinal Tap”, and more!
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Script written by Mark Sammut

Top 20 Most Rewatched Scenes in Comedy Movies


Some things never stop being funny. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 20 Most Rewatched Scenes in Comedy Movies.

For this list, we’ll be looking at those scenes in comedy films that just have to be revisited from time to time for a good laugh.

#20: Brennan & Dale’s Fight

“Step Brothers” (2008)

John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell have proven more than once that they are a match made in heaven, and few scenes represent the pair's manchild brilliance as absolutely as the sibling fight from "Step Brothers". What starts as an argument about taking responsibility and arrested development, quickly devolves into blunt forced trauma, straight-up attempted murder, and a burial. Up until this point, Brennan and Dale had not exactly hidden their contempt for each other, so the fight served as the ultimate pay-off for a hilarious sibling rivalry between two of the film industry's greatest childish adults.

#19: Mrs. Cleary’s Advances

“Wedding Crashers” (2005)

Even if some of the movie's jokes fall flat or have aged poorly, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's brotastic chemistry elevates "Wedding Crashers" above many similar raunchy comedies. In less capable hands, Jeremy drilling John about what exactly happened when his love interest’s mother came onto him could have been unintentionally cringy. If Vaughn showed even the tiniest hint of embarrassment, this scene would have fallen straight on its face; however, the actor delivers the motorboat line with such confidence and dedication, any potential cringe factor gives way to hearty laughs.

#18: Shaun Is Oblivious of the Zombie Apocalypse

“Shaun of the Dead” (2004)

Even in 2004, zombie movies had already been done to death. So, "Shaun of the Dead" needed to start things off with a bang. As Shaun stumbles down to the local shop while failing to realize that the neighborhood has collectively acquired a taste for brains, Edgar Wright's movie instantly sets itself apart from the competition. Hilarious as it may be to watch Shaun change the channel on the apocalypse, this sequence also pushes to the forefront the film's social commentary, a staple of the zombie genre since the days of "Night of the Living Dead."

#17: Buddy Meeting Santa

“Elf” (2003)

Will Ferrell has a knack for infusing his characters with a sincere innocence that warms the heart, and "Elf's" Buddy exemplifies that. In a scene that embodies Buddy's childlike enthusiasm to perfection, the Ferrell-sized elf reacts with “a hint” of excitement to Santa's impending arrival. Even if Santa does not quite manage to live up to the hype, Buddy's infectious energy is just one of those things that can put a smile on anyone's face. Whether it is Christmas or a warm July morning, Buddy's “Santa” scream is medicine for the soul all year round.

#16: Trashing a Printer

“Office Space” (1999)

Simultaneously hilarious and an accurate take on life in a cubicle, "Office Space" oozes frustration out of every fiber of its being. Whether it is Peter getting grilled about a company-wide memo or Samir dealing with broken office equipment, the employees at Initech are on the brink of a complete meltdown, a feeling that is definitely relatable. So, when the recently fired Samir and Michael destroy a broken printer with Peter, the scene is not only cathartic for the characters but for everyone who has ever worked in an office. The soundtrack is just the icing on the cake.

#15: Fogell as McLovin

“Superbad” (2007)

Compressing the awkwardness of high school into a 2-hour experience, "Superbad" is packed to the brim with memorable scenes. Not to take anything away from Seth and Evan, who are great main characters, but "Superbad's" ultimate scene-stealer is the one and only, McLovin. While far from the smooth-talking “25-year-old”'s only awesome moment, McLovin's introduction is the stuff that legends are made of. Like all of the best jokes, this routine has a ton of swearing, manages to reference Seal, and has just enough logic to make the absurdity of the situation stand out.

#14: A Giant Johnson

“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999)

Considering all the stiff competition, it takes something truly special to tell a great joke about the male anatomy. In an inspired sequence that elevates a visual gag that could easily have targeted low-hanging fruit, Austin Powers proves that the sky's the limit when someone has a thesaurus and the willingness to go where only the best "Saturday Night Live" alumni dare to go. Splendidly edited, brilliantly paced, and climaxing at just the right time, "Austin Powers'" Johnson sequence deserves a standing ovation for setting a new standard for jokes about the male member in cinema.

#13: Negotiating with Flaming Dragon

“Tropic Thunder” (2008)

Les Grossman does not negotiate with terrorists, something Tugg Speedman learns the hard way. Very much playing against type, Tom Cruise's balding and profane studio executive steals the show in every one of his scenes in "Tropic Thunder," none more so than during Les' verbal slaughter of the Flaming Dragon gang. As Les delivers a beautifully profanity-laden and bizarrely inspirational speech prophesying a scorched earth future, Matthew McConaughey's agent can only look on with bewilderment and panic, feelings shared with the Flaming Dragon who might have just found their match.

#12: The Price Is Wrong

“Happy Gilmore” (1996)

Some jokes work better on paper than in execution, but there is no universe where a fight between Adam Sandler and Bob Barker on a golf course could be anything other than comedy gold. "Happy Gilmore" represents Sandler at his angriest best, but the Bob Barker fight scene works on an even more primal level that does not require context. Reflecting Sandler's "SNL" roots, this scene could easily be envisioned as a stand-alone sketch, as each moment builds upon the previous before reaching a predictable but still hilarious punchline.

#11: “Canned Heat”

“Napoleon Dynamite” (2004)

On its own, "Napoleon Dynamite's" "Canned Heat" dance scene works as a quirky and well-choreographed skit that is mildly amusing. In the context of the story, it serves as a selfless act by a socially isolated character who is not always the most likable. Especially when the film was originally released, "Napoleon Dynamite" stood out by centering on a nerdy misfit who was kind of bizarre and knowingly awkward, which is the type of character typically restricted to secondary roles or throwaway gags. Napoleon is a unique character and this dance reflects that flawlessly.

#10: “Hellooo!”

“Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993)

Robin Williams' innate comedic talent shined through in pretty much everything the actor did, and "Mrs. Doubtfire" was no exception. Even many years after its release, "Mrs. Doubtfire" manages to generate laughs out of even the most mundane of situations, including making tea and indulging in a bit of cake. Williams flip-flopping between his Daniel and Mrs. Doubtfire personas while trying to keep Mrs. Sellner in the dark is a treat to behold, culminating in a punchline that is just the right type of silly. Even after all these years, a cake to the face is still funny.

#9: “You’re Entering a World of Pain”

“The Big Lebowski” (1998)

Whether it is Jesus' dance or The Dude's dream sequences, "The Big Lebowski" is not exactly lacking in unforgettable scenes. While the whole movie is endlessly rewatchable, Walter's passionate speech about the importance of following the rules is something else. In just a few minutes, a harmless conversation about a “pomeranian” dog escalates to a near-hostage situation as Walter uses the barrel end of a gun to convince Smokey that his toe did, in fact, slip over the line. Along with some fantastic dialogue, this scene has a certain intensity that only John Goodman can bring.

#8: Stonehenge

“This Is Spinal Tap” (1984)

Now here is a scene that knows how to raise the laughs to 11. "This is Spinal Tap" is the mockumentary to end all mockumentaries, a hilarious ode to rock music that treads the fine line between stupid and clever. In a film filled with great moments, the Stonehedge performance steals the show just for its sheer majesty and hugeness. While everything that happens at the concert is just fantastic, the fallout of the pint-sized Stonehenge debacle might be even funnier, with David St. Hubbins finding the perfect words to compliment such an epic visual gag.

#7: Abby Normal

“Young Frankenstein” (1974)

Picking a standout scene in "Young Frankenstein", let alone Mel Brooks' entire filmography, is a daunting task. As impossible as it is to get tired of the "Puttin' On the Ritz" musical number, that show-stopping performance takes a backseat to a smaller moment that simply lets Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman do their thing. Even removed from the film's context, the Abby Normal exchange still manages to land thanks to the cast's performances, the direction, and the immaculate dialogue. It is comedy at its finest, something that could be said for the entirety of "Young Frankenstein."

#6: Mirror Scene

“Duck Soup” (1933)

Even with the endless cartoon parodies in existence, nothing comes close to the 1933 version. The Marx Brothers created a true timeless classic with "Duck Soup," and the mirror scene is fully deserving of its iconic status. As a disguised Pinky tries to imitate Firefly's movements, the charade grows increasingly more absurd as Groucho and Harpo Marx demonstrate their full mastery over the art of slapstick. Even if the Marx Brothers cannot take credit for conceiving this type of routine, "Duck Soup's" mirror gag is comedy perfection and will continue to be referenced for decades to come.

#5: An Explosive Dress Fitting

“Bridesmaids” (2011)

For better or worse, toilet humor has been a pillar of comedy movies for seemingly forever. Built on the foundation laid out by all the poop jokes that came before it, "Bridesmaids" took the concept as far as it could go while giving the cold shoulder to good taste in the best possible way. Contrary to toilet humor's reputation for being lazy, the food poisoning sequence is a masterfully paced routine that gradually escalates from one extreme to the next, as it goes to places that leave even the characters themselves in disbelief.

#4: Chest Waxing

“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005)

Like most Judd Apatow flicks, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" has an air of authenticity that helps sell its more sentimental beats. Andy's chest waxing might very well be the most realistic movie makeover ever; in fact, Steve Carell genuinely got his chest hair ripped off in the name of entertainment. Compared to the rest of the movie, this scene was shot in a more minimalistic manner so nothing distracts from Carell's genuine reactions to being waxed. Comedy is intrinsically linked to pain, and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" refined that concept to its most primal form.

#3: Katz’s Delicatessen

“When Harry Met Sally...” (1989)

Whether it leaves someone laughing or recontextualizing previous escapades, "When Harry Met Sally's" deli scene will not be forgotten anytime soon. Thanks to what is a truly convincing performance, Sally leaves the self-assured Harry completely speechless, although another patron does chime in with the perfect line. Along with inspiring a flash mob recreation in 2013, the deli scene serves as perhaps the greatest showcase of Meg Ryan's comedic and acting talents. Along with just standing quite well on its own, this moment is comfortably the most hilarious scene in a consistently funny movie.

#2: The Black Knight Duel

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975)

In a world populated by killer rabbits and rude French soldiers, anything can happen. While on a divine quest to retrieve the Holy Grail, King Arthur's travels lead him to cross paths with a particularly stubborn Black Knight. The ensuing duel is nothing short of legendary, as the King of the Britons bravely faces and even manages to disarm the mighty Black Knight. Even with a central plot adding an element of cohesiveness to proceedings, "The Holy Grail" is still a byproduct of "Monty Python's” sketch comedy roots. And like the best sketches from "Monty Python's Flying Circus," the Black Knight routine never grows old.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Mike Tyson’s Knockout Punch
“The Hangover” (2009)

Truffle Shuffle
“The Goonies” (1985)

Phil Is a God
“Groundhog Day” (1993)

#1: The Newscaster Fight

“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004)

Endlessly quotable and forever immortalized through memes, "Anchorman" and its newscaster brawl scene have more than cemented their places in comedy history. Taking a break from satirizing the '70s broadcasting culture to stage a pseudo-Western standoff featuring some of the early 2000s’ most recognizable comedians, "Anchorman" absolutely revels in its overconfident stupidity and cartoonish humor. While the sequel does an admirable job of trying to recreate the magic by throwing in a multitude of new faces and a minotaur, it is very much just retreading the same ground as the original "Anchorman."

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