This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 25:
25) The Princess Bride (4 votes, 102 points)
“Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”
Chris: It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a quarter of a century since The Princess Bride was released. It didn’t exactly do stellar work at the box office, but it really took off once it started to spread through VHS (whatever those were — J/K, I still own like 40 of them). Whether it’s Cary Elwes’ fantastic performance or Andre the Giant succeeding at being very big or Mandy Patinkin embracing the truly absurd, everything here just works. (And it has a sterling 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes to boot.)
I’m going to be putting my favorite line from each film at the top of these 1-25 write-ups, and it’s always telling when a movie has several good candidates. After all, there’s nothing here about killing fathers and preparing to die, or inconceivable not meaning what you think it does, or people being mostly dead. There are funnier movies above this on the list, but not many can say they’re more quotable.
I’m sure that other individuals or groups doing a similar list would probably rank this higher. To me, I think it’s impressive that it snuck into the top 25 despite the demographics of our panel. A true classic, and one that demands a viewing if you’ve never seen it.
Cary: When I first saw The Princess Bride, I was a young and dumb teenager who couldn’t see anything past the adorable Cary Elwes and his best-English-accent ever. It wasn’t until I re-watched it years later that its dazzling wit shone well past the Dread Pirate Roberts’ still-pretty façade. The Princess Bride wonderfully showcases how to be subtly humorous without being cruel and slap-sticky. It’s an immensely quotable film, and it has one of the best sword-fighting/fencing scenes ever in the history of le cinéma!
Michaela: Princess Bride has the perfect blend of comedy and drama to make it a classic. The characters are all memorable and quotable, and the story is pretty straightforward, yet genuine and sweet. This is easily one of the memorable comedies I saw growing up, and it has continued to be one of my favorite films – comedy and otherwise – to this day.
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