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A Quick Overview of the Funniest Comedy Movies of the 1970s

Subhan Saeed

The 1970s revolutionized the film industry and is considered the best era in film by many scholars. This era in cinema saw the start of some of the most influential franchises in pop culture. The first Star Wars film premiered in 1977.

The 1970s were also a great era for comedy films. This list will discuss some of the funniest comedy movies of the 1970s. Keep reading to learn what they are.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

First on the list of comedies is the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This film starred Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Connie Booth, among many others.

This adaptation of King Arthur and his Knights setting out to find the Holy Grail is filled with a lot of surrealism and the best low-budget gags. The funny obstacles along the way are what makes this film such a classic comedy.


MASH is one of the best 70s comedies on the list. This film is characterized as a black comedy war movie. The story takes place at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital at the time of the Korean War.

Released during the Vietnam War era, much of the commentary related to the current time. The film was so popular it went on to become an even more successful TV show that lasted 11 seasons. MASH, the TV show, featured stars like Alan Alda and Loretta Swit.

Harold and Maude

The 1971 film Harold and Maude is another one of the best comedy films of the decade. This movie is considered a coming-of-age story and dark comedy-drama rolled into one.

The film was directed by Hal Ashby and had Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort in the leading roles. The story is about the young and rich Harold who meets Maude, a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp.

Meeting at a funeral, they both learn to live to the fullest through their friendship and love.

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National Lampoon’s Animal House

Written by the great Harold Ramis and directed by John Landis, National Lampoon’s Animal House starred John Belushi, Tim Matheson, and Tom Hulce.

The story is about a fraternity at the fictional Faber College. This group of men likes to cause trouble for the dean of the school.

While the film earned mixed reviews from critics, audiences loved it. The film became one of the highest-grossing comedies of the year.

Young Frankenstein

To witness one of the best comedy film actors of the time at work, you’ll have to watch the 1974 film Young Frankenstein. Gene Wilder wrote the screenplay alongside Mel Brooks and stars in the title role.

What makes this film so unique is that it was a parody of the horror genre of the time. The movie was also poking fun at the many adaptions of the Frankenstein novel.

Funniest Comedy Movies From the 1970s You Should Watch

This list includes some of the funniest comedy movies of the 1970s. MASH should be at the top of your list, and so should Young Frankenstein.

Check out some of our other entertainment blogs for more movie picks.

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