Woody Allen‘s “Annie Hall” was named the funniest screenplay by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) on Wednesday.
“Some Like It Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie” round out the top five.
The oldest on the list is Charlie Chaplin‘s “The Gold Rush,” released in 1925.
“In the end, the variety of films on the list — as different as ‘Being There’ is to ‘Airplane!’ or ‘Duck Soup’ is to ‘Fargo’ — indicates how difficult it is to gauge a great comedy by any set of particular criteria,” WGA writer Paul Brownfield said on the Guild’s website.
“Better to say the best comedy writers and comedians are like astronauts, launching themselves beyond the ozone layer of the tasteful and the expected in order to find the forbidden or the outrageous or the merely uncomfortable. Whether that produces an outrageous comedy like ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ or a satire like ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ the goal is still provocation. And truth.”
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