Bill Hader's 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

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List compiled by actor Bill Hader and published in "Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers" by Mike Sacks.

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    Nine to Five

    1980 — a.k.a. 9 to 5, in 2 top lists Check
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    1941

    1979, in 1 top list Check
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    Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

    1948 — a.k.a. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, in 6 top lists Check
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    Ace in the Hole

    1951, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    After Hours

    1985, in 5 top lists Check
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    Airplane!

    1980, in 13 top lists Check
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    Amarcord

    1973, in 15 top lists Check
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    American Graffiti

    1973, in 16 top lists Check
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    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
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    Animal Crackers

    1930, in 3 top lists Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
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    The Apartment

    1960, in 26 top lists Check
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    Army of Darkness

    1992, in 6 top lists Check
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    Arsenic and Old Lace

    1944, in 7 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Bad News Bears

    1976, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bananas

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Band Wagon

    1953, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Bank Dick

    1940 — a.k.a. The Bank Detective, in 8 top lists Check
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    Barton Fink

    1991, in 8 top lists Check
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    Beetlejuice

    1988, in 4 top lists Check
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    Being There

    1979, in 13 top lists Check
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    Best in Show

    2000, in 3 top lists Check
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    Better Off Dead...

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    I soliti ignoti

    1958 — a.k.a. Big Deal on Madonna Street, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Birdcage

    1996 — a.k.a. Birds of a Feather, in 1 top list Check
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    Blazing Saddles

    1974, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Blues Brothers

    1980, in 9 top lists Check
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    Boogie Nights

    1997, in 11 top lists Check
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    Born Yesterday

    1950, in 9 top lists Check
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    Bottle Rocket

    1996, in 3 top lists Check
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    Boudu sauvé des eaux

    1932 — a.k.a. Boudu Saved from Drowning, in 9 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 20 top lists Check
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    Broadway Danny Rose

    1984, in 4 top lists Check
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    Bullets Over Broadway

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    The 'Burbs

    1989, in 1 top list Check
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    Cabin in the Sky

    1943, in 2 top lists Check
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    Caddyshack

    1980, in 4 top lists Check
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    Catch-22

    1970, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Circus

    1928, in 10 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
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    Ostre sledované vlaky

    1966 — a.k.a. Closely Watched Trains, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Cocoanuts

    1929, in 1 top list Check
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    Coming to America

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    The Court Jester

    1955, in 5 top lists Check
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    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    1989, in 12 top lists Check
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    Dames

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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