Best Comedy Movies of 1969

1.

Hello, Dolly!

5.2
7.1/10

Matchmaker, Dolly Levi takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to see the "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire," Horace Vandergelder. While there, she convinces him, his two stock clerks and his niece and her beau to go to New York City.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Louis Armstrong, Marianne McAndrew
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Release date: 1969-12-12
2.

Take the Money and Run

5.2
7.3/10

Virgil Starkwell is intent on becoming a notorious bank robber. Unfortunately for Virgil and his not-so-budding career, he is completely incompetent.

Starring: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde, Lonny Chapman
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1969-08-18
3.

The Italian Job

5.2
7.3/10

Charlie's got a 'job' to do. Having just left prison he finds one his of friends has attempted a high risk job in Torino, Italy, right under the nose of the mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far, so Charlie takes over the 'job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal a fortune in gold and escape in the chaos.

Starring: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Margaret Blye, Raf Vallone
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1969-06-02
4.

Paint Your Wagon

4.8
6.6/10

A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnapping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boom town. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. They even find time to do some creative gold mining.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell, Ray Walston
Directed by: Joshua Logan
Release date: 1969-10-15
5.

Support Your Local Sheriff

3.9
7.5/10

A quick-witted drifter wanders into a lawless town in the midst of a gold rush. Shocked by the prices of food and meals he reluctantly takes the job of sheriff by amazing the Mayor with his lightning quick, dead eye pistol accuracy. He makes the town council know that he is really just passing through on his way to Australia and he will pull up and leave anytime he chooses (including at the first sign of real trouble). His first day on the job he takes on the biggest, meanest ranching family and meets his klutzy love interest.

Starring: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1969-03-26
6.

The Secret of Santa Vittoria

3.8
7.4/10

During World War II, Italian villagers hide their wine from the German army.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Giancarlo Giannini, Virna Lisi, Hardy Krüger
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1969-01-01
7.

Sweet Charity

3.8
7.0/10

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr., Chita Rivera
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Release date: 1969-01-01
8.

Cactus Flower

3.8
7.2/10

Distraught when her middle-aged lover breaks a date with her, 21-year-old Toni Simmons attempts suicide. Impressed by her action, her lover, dentist Julian Winston reconsiders marrying Toni, but he worries about her insistence on honesty. Having fabricated a wife and three children, Julian readily accepts when his devoted nurse, Stephanie, who has secretly loved Julian for years, offers to act as his wife and demand a divorce.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn, Jack Weston, Rick Lenz
Directed by: Gene Saks
Release date: 1969-12-16
9.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown

3.7
7.3/10

Poor Charlie Brown. He can't fly a kite, and he always loses in baseball. Having his faults projected onto a screen by Lucy doesn't help him much either. Against the sage advice and taunting of the girls in his class, he volunteers for the class spelling bee...and wins!

Starring: Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger, Andy Pforsich, Sally Dryer
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1969-12-04
10.

Hannibal Brooks

3.7
6.6/10

A POW in World War II is put to work in a Munich zoo, looking after an Asian elephant. The zoo is bombed by the Americans and the director of the zoo decides it is not safe for his Asian elephant Lucy to remain there. So he sends Brooks to safety with Lucy. They escape and go on the run in order to get to Switzerland.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Michael J. Pollard, Wolfgang Preiss, Karin Baal, Helmuth Lohner
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1969-04-30
11.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

3.7
6.7/10

Bob and Carol Sanders are best friends with Ted and Alice Henderson. After attending a weekend self-help/ self-discovery getaway, Bob and Carol feel newly enlightened, and want their friends to feel the same way.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon, Horst Ebersberg
Directed by: Paul Mazursky
Release date: 1969-09-17
12.

Oh! What a Lovely War

3.7
7.1/10
Oh! What a Lovely War
Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time.
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, John Mills, Corin Redgrave
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1969-03-10
13.

How to Irritate People

3.6
6.9/10
How to Irritate People
A pre-Monty Python mockumentary, written by and presented by John Cleese, that provides tips on learning how to really bug people.
Starring: John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Gillian Lind
Directed by: Ian Fordyce
Release date: 1969-01-21
14.

Putney Swope

3.6
7.0/10

Swope is the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, and is accidentally put in charge after the death of the chairman of the board.

Starring: Arnold Johnson, Stan Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Archie Russell, Ramon Gordon
Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.
Release date: 1969-07-10
15.

Bambi Meets Godzilla

3.6
6.8/10
Bambi Meets Godzilla
Bambi is nibbling the grass, unaware of the upcoming encounter with Godzilla. Who will win when they finally meet?
Directed by: Marv Newland
Release date: 1969-01-01
16.

Carry On Camping

3.5
6.6/10

Sid and Bernie keep having their amorous intentions snubbed by their girlfriends Joan and Anthea, so when they decide to take them on a holiday to Paradise Camp, they think they're off to a nudist colony - but they couldn't be more wrong, and meet up with the weirdest bunch of campers you can imagine! Coach-loads of sex-starved schoolgirls and a party of hippies all add to the laughs.

Starring: Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Terry Scott
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1969-05-29
17.

The Assassination Bureau

3.5
6.6/10
The Assassination Bureau
The Assassination Bureau has existed for decades (perhaps centuries) until Diana Rigg begins to investigate it. The high moral standing of the Bureau (only killing those who deserve it) is called into question by her. She puts out a contract for the Bureau to assassinate its leader on the eve of World War I.
Starring: Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Curd Jürgens, Philippe Noiret
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1969-03-09
18.

The Reivers

3.5
6.7/10

In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, an 11-year-old boy comes of age as two mischievous adult friends talk him into sneaking the family car out for a trip to Memphis and a series of adventures.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Sharon Farrell, Michael Constantine, Ruth White, Clifton James
Directed by: Mark Rydell
Release date: 1969-12-25
19.

Crooks and Coronets

3.4
6.0/10
Crooks and Coronets
Two crooks are hired to rob an eccentric old lady's estate, but once they get to know her, they can't bring themselves to do it.
Starring: Telly Savalas, Edith Evans, Warren Oates, Cesar Romero, Harry H. Corbett
Directed by: Jim O'Connolly
Release date: 1969-04-02
20.

Monte Carlo or Bust!

3.4
6.2/10
Monte Carlo or Bust!
Sequel to "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines". This time an international car rally from England to Monte Carlo provides the comedic farce.
Starring: Bourvil, Lando Buzzanca, Walter Chiari, Peter Cook, Tony Curtis
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1969-04-28

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