‘Annie Hall’ Tops WGA’s List of 101 Funniest Screenplays

“Some Like It Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie” round out the top five

Last Updated: November 12, 2015 @ 6:24 AM

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.

The 1977 comedy written by Allen and Marshall Brickman starring Diane Keaton tops the list of 101 films spanning over 86 years, ranging from classics to contemporary releases.

“Some Like It Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie” round out the top five.

The most recent film on the list, 2011’s “Bridesmaids” written by Annie Mumolo  & Kristen Wiig, came in at No. 16, while Judd Apatow and Steve Carell‘s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” was No. 31.

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.”

Click here for the full list.

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