War is Heck

by Qurmudjin | created - 23 Dec 2011 | updated - 13 Jan 2012 | Public

Military comedies

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1. MASH (1970)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

80 Metascore

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 63,794 | Gross: $81.60M

2. Catch-22 (1970)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, War

70 Metascore

A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel

Votes: 20,381 | Gross: $24.91M

3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 419,093 | Gross: $0.28M

4. The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

Unrated | 126 min | Comedy, War

Without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith

Votes: 7,268 | Gross: $21.69M

5. Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A satirical alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London and England must band together to prevent a full-on invasion.

Directors: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry | Stars: Hugh Fraser, Alexander Armstrong, Rory McHenry, Ewan McGregor

Votes: 1,185

6. Stripes (1981)

R | 106 min | Comedy, War

68 Metascore

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates

Votes: 59,603 | Gross: $85.30M

7. Private Benjamin (1980)

R | 109 min | Comedy, War

59 Metascore

A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber

Votes: 21,858 | Gross: $69.85M

8. Biloxi Blues (1988)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern, Corey Parker

Votes: 13,506 | Gross: $43.18M

9. Renaissance Man (1994)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

A failed businessman is hired by the army to teach a group of underachieving recruits in order to help them pass basic training.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 15,833 | Gross: $24.33M

10. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

TV-PG | 175 min | Comedy, War

Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 44,187

11. Air America (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Comedy

33 Metascore

A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. airlift organization operating in Vietnam War-era Laos.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins

Votes: 25,444 | Gross: $31.05M

12. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

R | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana

Votes: 117,405 | Gross: $123.92M

13. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

34 Metascore

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

Votes: 29,485 | Gross: $31.76M

14. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 11,360 | Gross: $23.30M

15. No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | 119 min | Comedy, War

Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he's driving everyone around him crazy, no one more than Sergeant King.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 3,409

16. F Troop (1965–1967)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Western

The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote U.S. Army outpost in the Wild West.

Stars: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry, Melody Patterson

Votes: 2,205

17. The Sad Sack (1957)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy

Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Phyllis Kirk, David Wayne, Peter Lorre

Votes: 553

18. Never Wave at a WAC (1953)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

A shallow society matron is urged by her senator father to join the Women's Army Corps.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas, Marie Wilson, William Ching

Votes: 366

19. This Is the Army (1943)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Musical, War

In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: George Murphy, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Alan Hale

Votes: 886 | Gross: $20.83M

20. The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)

G | 92 min | Comedy, War

During WW2, Sgt. O'Farrell's Pacific unit is demoralized when a Japanese submarine torpedoes an American supply ship containing beer.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jeffrey Hunter, Mylène Demongeot

Votes: 451

22. In the Army Now (1994)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, War

Two misguided youths join the reserves to make some money for their entrepreneurial dreams. No sooner than they finish basic training are they called up to do their part to save the free world.

Director: Daniel Petrie Jr. | Stars: Pauly Shore, Lori Petty, Andy Dick, David Alan Grier

Votes: 11,975 | Gross: $28.86M

23. At War with the Army (1950)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Mike Kellin, Jimmie Dundee

Votes: 1,962

24. Fearless Fagan (1952)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

A man brings his devoted pet with him when he is drafted into the army. The pet happens to be an adult lion, named Fearless Fagan. Based on a true story.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Janet Leigh, Carleton Carpenter, Keenan Wynn, Richard Anderson

Votes: 202 | Gross: $0.95M



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