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1. Little Egypt (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

A belly dancer causes a scandal with her "suggestive" and "immoral" dancing at a Worlds Fair exhibition at the turn of the 20th century.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Mark Stevens, Rhonda Fleming, Nancy Guild, Charles Drake

Votes: 32

2. Lock Up Your Daughters! (1969)

R | 102 min | Comedy

A trio of randy sailors go looking for girl-friends in 18th-century London.

Director: Peter Coe | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Glynis Johns, Ian Bannen

Votes: 138 | Gross: $0.12M

3. The Madness of King George (1994)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

When King George III (Sir Nigel Hawthorne) goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Graves, Amanda Donohoe

Votes: 14,610 | Gross: $15.24M

4. Great Catherine (1968)

G | 99 min | Comedy

Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole), and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Zero Mostel, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 244

5. Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973)

90 min | Adventure, Comedy

In the 17th century, a pirate captain is murdered by his cook after he buries his treasure and marks it on a map but the poor-memory cook must rely on the captain's ghost to re-track the loot, since the map was drawn in disappearing ink.

Directors: Peter Medak, Spike Milligan | Stars: Peter Sellers, Anthony Franciosa, Spike Milligan, Clive Revill

Votes: 127

6. Malice in Wonderland (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (... See full summary »

Director: Gus Trikonis | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Alexander, Richard Dysart, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 237

7. The Favourite (2018)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 143,716 | Gross: $34.37M

8. The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)

126 min | Comedy, Romance

A bawdy story of how a poor damsel surrenders her virtue again and again to get to the top of society.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Kim Novak, Richard Johnson, Claire Ufland, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 483

9. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical

A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford

Votes: 7,955

10. Don't Lose Your Head (1967)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The time of the French revolution, and Citizen Robespierre is beheading the French aristocracy. When word gets to England, two noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing and Lord Darcy take it upon ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 2,315

11. Tom Jones (1963)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

77 Metascore

The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine, Rachel Kempson

Votes: 10,802 | Gross: $37.60M

12. Without a Clue (1988)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective, Dr. Watson.

Director: Thom Eberhardt | Stars: Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Jeffrey Jones, Lysette Anthony

Votes: 8,940 | Gross: $8.54M

13. The Chastity Belt (1972)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

The Queen of England gives birth to twins. In order to protect the blood line one is kept and the other hidden in a pig sty and is raised to think it's mother is the pig. Lurkalot is the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Kellett | Stars: Frankie Howerd, David Kernan, Nora Swinburne, Godfrey Winn

Votes: 380

14. Up the Front (1972)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy

Frankie Howerd stars in this comedy as a lowly boot-boy who is a terrible coward. He only goes to war in 1914 after he has been hypnotised to 'save England'. With the German master plan ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Kellett | Stars: Frankie Howerd, Bill Fraser, William Mervyn, Linda Gray

Votes: 269

15. Romulus and the Sabines (1961)

98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The classic story from the early days of Rome where there are no women. Romulus, the founder of Rome, finds women to be wives from Sabina where there are a lot of women. The Sabine men, of ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pottier | Stars: Roger Moore, Mylène Demongeot, Giorgia Moll, Scilla Gabel

Votes: 260

16. A Royal Night Out (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett

Votes: 8,704 | Gross: $0.20M

17. Our Miss Fred (1972)

96 min | Comedy, War

Shakespearian actor Fred Wimbush's drafted during WWII. While entertaining the troops with his drag act one day, the Germans capture them. Thinking he's a girl, they let him go. He mustn't break his character until he reaches safety.

Director: Bob Kellett | Stars: Danny La Rue, Alfred Marks, Lance Percival, Lally Bowers

Votes: 92

18. Keep It Up Downstairs (1976)

94 min | Comedy

With everyone - masters, mistresses, servants - endlessly bedding everyone else it is no wonder Cockshute Castle is bankrupt. A marriage of convenience for the son or daughter of the house ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Jack Wild, Mark Singleton, Sue Longhurst, Olivia Munday

Votes: 102

19. The Best House in London (1969)

X | 97 min | Comedy

In Victorian London, the British Government attempts a solution to the problem of prostitution by establishing the world's most fabulous brothel.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: David Hemmings, Joanna Pettet, George Sanders, Dany Robin

Votes: 253

20. Bill (I) (2015)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, History

60 Metascore

What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.

Director: Richard Bracewell | Stars: Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick

Votes: 1,779

21. Cannibal! The Musical (1993)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Stephen Blackpool, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 11,364

22. Carry on Cleo (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

Two Britons are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. Hengist Pod creates useless inventions, while Horsa is a brave and cunning fighter. One of their first encounters... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 3,780

23. Chaplin (1992)

PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

A movie about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw

Votes: 50,989 | Gross: $9.49M

24. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

R | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West

Votes: 10,937 | Gross: $6.37M

25. Carry on Columbus (1992)

R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Christopher Columbus believes he can find an alternative route to the far East and persuades the King and Queen of Spain to finance his expedition. But the Sultan of Turkey, who makes a ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Jim Dale, Bernard Cribbins, Maureen Lipman, Peter Richardson

Votes: 2,023

26. Carry on Henry VIII (1971)

GP | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

Henry VIII has just married Marie of Normandy, and is eager to consummate their marriage. Unfortunately for Henry, she is always eating garlic, and refuses to stop. Deciding to get rid of ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims

Votes: 2,296

27. Carry On Up the Jungle (1970)

Not Rated | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy

The Carry On team send up the Tarzan tradition in great style. Lady Evelyn Bagley mounts an expedition to find her long-lost baby. Bill Boosey is the fearless hunter and guide. Prof. Tinkle... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Frankie Howerd, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims

Votes: 2,400

28. Carry On Up the Khyber (1968)

Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy

Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khyber Pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Roy Castle

Votes: 4,191

29. Carry on Screaming! (1966)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

The sinister Dr Watt has an evil scheme going. He's kidnapping beautiful young women and turning them into mannequins to sell to local stores. Fortunately for Dr Watt, Detective-Sergeant ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Harry H. Corbett, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 4,116

30. As You Like It (2006)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

A daughter of the powerful Duke must show her courage and inventiveness to be with the man she loves.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Takuya Shimada, Brian Blessed, Richard Clifford, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 2,915

31. The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Fu Manchu's (Peter Sellers') 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new ... See full summary »

Directors: Piers Haggard, Richard Quine, Peter Sellers | Stars: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, David Tomlinson, Sid Caesar

Votes: 1,807 | Gross: $10.70M

32. May Fools (1990)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Miou-Miou, Michel Piccoli, Michel Duchaussoy, Bruno Carette

Votes: 2,416 | Gross: $1.58M

33. The Missionary (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy

In 1905, after ten years of missionary work in Africa, the Reverend Charles Fortescue (Michael Palin) is recalled to England, where his Bishop gives him his new assignment, to minister to ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 1,951 | Gross: $7.24M



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