The WGA’s Funniest Screenplays List Has Some… Interesting Choices

Last night at a bi-coastal event, the Writers Guild of America released their ordered list of the 101 funniest screenplays of all time. Decided via a vote by both the East and West branches of the WGA, the list was topped by Annie Hall; writer Woody Allen had the most titles on the list (seven, most of them from the so-called “early, funny” period: Annie, Sleeper, Bananas, Take the Money and Run, Love and Death, Manhattan, and Broadway Danny Rose), followed by Harold Ramis with five, Mel Brooks and Preston Sturges with four, and three each for Charles Chaplin, Christopher Guest, John Cleese, and the Coen Brothers.

There’s a lot of great stuff on the list, along with a few indications of a decidedly dude-bro bent (predicted, it seems, by Girls producer Jenni Konner); aside from such questionable inclusions as Wedding Crashers, Dumb and Dumber, and Austin Powers, your film editor will note that while I enjoyed The Hangover and can separate the original from its loathsome sequels, the notion that it’s the 30th funniest screenplay of all time (ahead of, to name just a few, The Philadelphia Story, A Night at the Opera, Waiting for Guffman, Arthur, The General, The Lady Eve, The Pink Panther, Coming to America, Election, Lost in America, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, and All About Eve) is, erm, questionable.

Anyway, here’s the full list, via Deadline:

Annie Hall
Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman

Some Like It Hot
Screenplay by Billy Wilder & I.A. L. Diamond, Based on the German film Fanfare of Love by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan

Groundhog Day
Screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, Story by Danny Rubin

Written by James Abrahams & David Zucker & Jerry Zucker

Screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal, Story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart

Young Frankenstein
Screenplay by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Screen Story by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, Based on Characters in the Novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Peter George and Terry Southern

Blazing Saddles
Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger, Story by Andrew Bergman

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

National Lampoon’s Animal House
Written by Harold Ramis & Douglas Kenney & Chris Miller

This Is Spinal Tap
Written by Christopher Guest & Michael McKean & Rob Reiner & Harry Shearer

The Producers
Written by Mel Brooks

The Big Lebowski
Written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis

When Harry Met Sally…
Written by Nora Ephron

Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig

Duck Soup
Story by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, Additional Dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin

There’s Something About Mary
Screenplay by John J. Strauss & Ed Decter and Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly, Story by Ed Decter & John J. Strauss

The Jerk
Screenplay by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, Michael Elias, Story by Steve Martin & Carl Gottlieb

A Fish Called Wanda
Screenplay by John Cleese, Story by John Cleese & Charles Crichton

His Girl Friday
Screenplay by Charles Lederer, Based on the Play “The Front Page” by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur

The Princess Bride
Screenplay by William Goldman, Based on Goldman’s Novel of the Same Name

Raising Arizona
Written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Bringing Up Baby
Screenplay by Hagar Wilde and Dudley Nichols, Story by Hagar Wilde

Written by Brian Doyle-Murray & Harold Ramis & Douglas Kenney

Monty Python’s Life Of Brian
Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

The Graduate
Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, Based on the Novel by Charles Webb

The Apartment
Written by Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer, Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips, Based on a Character Created by Sacha Baron Cohen

The Hangover
Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore

The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Written by Judd Apatow & Steve Carell

The Lady Eve
Screenplay by Preston Sturges, Story by Monckton Hoffe

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off *TIE
Written by John Hughes

Trading Places *TIE
Written by Timothy Harris & Herschel Weingrod

Sullivan’s Travels
Written by Preston Sturges

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Written by John Hughes

The Philadelphia Story
Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, Based on the Play by Philip Barry

A Night at the Opera
Screen Play by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, From a Story by James Kevin McGuinness

Written by Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson

Waiting for Guffman
Written by Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy

The Odd Couple
Screenplay by Neil Simon, From the Play by Neil Simon as Produced on the Stage by Saint-Subber

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Written by Jerry Zucker & Jim Abrahams & David Zucker & Pat Proft, Based on the Television Series Police Squad! Created by Jim Abrahams & David Zucker & Jerry Zucker

Office Space
Written for the Screen by Mike Judge, Based on the “Milton” Animated Shorts by Mike Judge

Written by Anne Spielberg & Gary Ross

National Lampoon’s Vacation
Screenplay by John Hughes

Midnight Run
Written by George Gallo

It Happened One Night
Screenplay by Robert Riskin, Based on the Short Story by Samuel Hopkins Adams

Screenplay by Ring Lardner, Jr., From the Novel by Richard Hooker

Harold and Maude
Written by Colin Higgins

Shaun of the Dead
Written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright

Broadcast News
Written by James L. Brooks

Written by Steven Gordon

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Written by Richard Curtis

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy *TIE
Written by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay

Dumb and Dumber *TIE
Written by Peter Farrelly & Bennett Yellin & Bob Farrelly

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Written by Mike Myers

The General
Written by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, Adapted by Al Boasberg and Charles Smith

What’s Up, Doc?
Screenplay by Buck Henry and David Newman & Robert Benton, Story by Peter Bogdanovich

Wedding Crashers
Written by Steve Faber & Bob Fisher

Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman

Galaxy Quest
Screenplay by David Howard and Robert Gordon, Story by David Howard

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Screenplay by William and Tania Rose, Story by William and Tania Rose

Best in Show
Written by Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy

Little Miss Sunshine
Written by Michael D. Arndt

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Written by Trey Parker & Matt Stone & Pam Brady

Being There
Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski, Inspired by the Novel by Jerzy Kosinski

Back to the Future
Written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale

Written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

Written by Woody Allen, Mickey Rose

Written by John Patrick Shanley

Written by Amy Heckerling

The Palm Beach Story
Written by Preston Sturges

The Pink Panther
Written by Maurice Richlin & Blake Edwards

The Blues Brothers
Written by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis

Coming to America
Screenplay by David Sheffield & Barry W. Blaustein, Story by Eddie Murphy

Take the Money and Run
Screenplay by Woody Allen and Mickey Rose, Story by Jackson Beck

Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Based on the Novel by Tom Perrotta

Love and Death
Written by Woody Allen

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels *TIE
Written by Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning

Lost in America *TIE
Written by Albert Brooks & Monica Johnson

Written by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman

Modern Times
Written by Charles Chaplin

My Cousin Vinny
Written by Dale Launer

Mean Girls
Screenplay by Tina Fey, Based on the Book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman

Meet the Parents
Screenplay by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg, Story by Greg Glienna & Mary Ruth Clarke

Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

My Favorite Year
Screenplay by Dennis Palumbo and Norman Steinberg, Story by Dennis Palumbo

Written by Len Blum & Dan Goldberg and Harold Ramis

Beverly Hills Cop
Screenplay by Daniel Petrie, Jr., Story by Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie, Jr.

City Lights
Written by Charles Chaplin

Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Based on the Novel by Rex Pickett

Broadway Danny Rose
Written by Woody Allen

Written by Jon Favreau

The Gold Rush
Written by Charles Chaplin

The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek
Written by Preston Sturges

All About Eve
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Based on the Short Story and Radio Program “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr

Arsenic and Old Lace
Screenplay by Julius Epstein & Philip G. Epstein, Based on the Play by Joseph Kesselring

The Royal Tenenbaums
Written by Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson

Mrs. Doubtfire
Screenplay by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon, Based on Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine

Flirting with Disaster
Written by David O. Russell

Shakespeare in Love
Written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard