Classic Comedy Films UK

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1. Passport to Pimlico (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

Residents of a part of London declare independence when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a "Passport to Pimlico".

Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray, Paul Dupuis

Votes: 4,028

2. The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

In London, when Australian gangsters disguised as "Bobbies" rob British criminals, the panicked British mobsters seek an alliance with Scotland Yard in order to eliminate the foreign competition and return things to "normal".

Director: Cliff Owen | Stars: Peter Sellers, Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins, Davy Kaye

Votes: 1,728

3. Paradise Lagoon (1957)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy

In 1905, Lord Henry Loam, his family and his servants are shipwrecked on a deserted island where the survival of the fittest renders the rigid class system irrelevant.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Cecil Parker, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 1,371

4. The Promoter (1952)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy

In Edwardian Staffordshire, charming rogue Edward "Denry" Machin (Alec Guinness), the son of a washerwoman, believes he must give destiny a hand to rise in the world.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark

Votes: 1,343

5. Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Henry Hobson (Charles Laughton) is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson

Votes: 6,581

6. Heavens Above! (1963)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting | Stars: Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Isabel Jeans, Ian Carmichael

Votes: 1,355

7. Only Two Can Play (1962)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Peter Sellers, Mai Zetterling, Virginia Maskell, Kenneth Griffith

Votes: 975

8. The Square Peg (1958)

85 min | Comedy, War

A British road repairman gets into a feud with the Army, gets drafted and is mistakenly parachuted into Nazi occupied France where his physical resemblance to the local German commandant triggers a hilarious chain reaction.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Honor Blackman, Edward Chapman, Campbell Singer

Votes: 1,346

9. Go to Blazes (1962)

80 min | Comedy

After yet another smash-and-grab goes wrong, a bungling trio of small-time crooks flash an idea of using a fire engine as a getaway vehicle. But they keep being mistaken for genuine firemen and it starts to become a flaming nuisance.

Director: Michael Truman | Stars: Dave King, Robert Morley, Daniel Massey, Dennis Price

Votes: 223

10. Billy Liar (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A lazy, irresponsible young clerk (Sir Tom Courtenay) in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne

Votes: 5,858 | Gross: $0.04M

11. Make Mine Mink (1960)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy

Zany collection of misfits led by aging military man (Terry-Thomas) go on a spree of robbing mink coats. An unlikely trio of women (Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, and Elspeth Duxbury) find ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Asher | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 986

12. Up in the World (1956)

87 min | Comedy

A friendly window cleaner works at an English country estate where he saves the owner's son from kidnappers.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Maureen Swanson, Jerry Desmonde, Michael Caridia

Votes: 631

13. Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

When a millionaire practical joker dies, he divides his fortune among four heirs who must carry out his zany instructions to cash in.

Director: Mario Zampi | Stars: Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Guy Middleton, George Cole

Votes: 1,383

14. The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 3,883

15. Two Way Stretch (1960)

TV-PG | 78 min | Comedy, Crime

Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers) has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 1,839

16. Trouble in Store (1953)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

Norman (Norman Wisdom) is working in the stock room of a large London department store, but he has ambition (doesn't he always?). He wants to be a window dresser making up the public ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Margaret Rutherford, Moira Lister, Derek Bond

Votes: 933

17. The Punch and Judy Man (1963)

96 min | Comedy

Dark comedy about a seaside Punch and Judy man driven to distraction by his social climbing wife and his hatred for the snobbery of local government. He is persuaded to go to the Mayor's gala evening but it's all too much for him.

Director: Jeremy Summers | Stars: Tony Hancock, Sylvia Syms, Ronald Fraser, Barbara Murray

Votes: 354

18. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

A distant poor relative of the Duke D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 34,445

19. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 26,408

20. I'm All Right Jack (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 3,557

21. Local Hero (1983)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson

Votes: 21,546 | Gross: $5.90M

22. Call Me Genius (1961)

105 min | Comedy

Tony Hancock gives up his day job to become an artist. He's a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics dislike his work. Nevertheless, he impresses a talented artist.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Tony Hancock, George Sanders, Paul Massie, Margit Saad

Votes: 1,005

23. Miss Robin Hood (1952)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Crime

Henry Wrigley (Richard Hearne) is happy writing stories for a children's' comic. Then he meets Miss Honey (Dame Margaret Rutherford), who encourages him to go into minor crime.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Richard Hearne, Edward Lexy, Fanny Rowe

Votes: 276

24. Big Time Operators (1957)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit", and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers

Votes: 1,792



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