Slapstick comedy is a physical form of comedy relying upon goof ups, cartoonish violence, something you would laugh at but also would not want it to happen to yourself. When done well, it can leave you in splits. Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Jerry Lewis, Peter Sellers, Mel Brooks, Leslie Nielson and many more made a career out of making and starring in slapstick comedies. It is an art form since early 1930s — even before movies had color or dialogues. Sadly, in recent times, post 90s, this form of art is lost. It has become one of those rare breed of movies that you would love to have more but sadly not many are made, especially the good ones.
Still, we can always go back the past. Here is the list of top slapstick comedies ever that people should certainly watch if they haven’t. You might be able to find some of these funniest and best slapstick movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Hot Shots! (1991)
Charlie Sheen (yes yes, Charlie Sheen!), with his then Two and a half men co-stars Jon Cryer and Ryan Stiles, gave us a near-perfect slapstick flick. The movie has a subtle humor and never takes itself seriously. Sheen is in top form as Topper Harley and Stiles as Kent Gregory, parodying Top Gun’s Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. It also parodies many other movies in between bringing out laughs. It was followed by Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), not as great as the first one but certainly fun too.
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9. A Shot in the Dark (1964)