Best Comedy Movies of 1971

1.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary. But does Wonka have an agenda hidden amid a world of Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers?

Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Denise Nickerson, Leonard Stone, Julie Dawn Cole, Nora Denney, Peter Capell, Tim Brooke-Taylor ..
Directed by: Mel Stuart
Release date: 1971-06-29
2.

Harold and Maude

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

The young Harold lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named Maude who also lives in her own world yet one in which she is having the time of her life. When the two opposites meet they realize that their differences don’t matter and they become best friends and love each other.

Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Judy Engles, Shari Summers, Eric Christmas, G. Wood ..
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1971-12-20
3.

And Now for Something Completely Different

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

A collection of Monty Python's Flying Circus skits from the first two seasons of their British TV series.

Starring: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth, Lesley Judd, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin ..
Directed by: Ian MacNaughton
Release date: 1971-09-28
4.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07
5.

Bananas

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.

Starring: Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalbán, Nati Abascal, Jacobo Morales, Miguel Ángel Suárez, René Enríquez, Charlotte Rae, Stanley Ackerman, Dorothi Fox ..
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1971-04-28
6.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Famous organist Anton Phibes is horribly disfigured in an automobile accident while rushing to the side of his sick wife and presumed to be dead. Once Phibes learns that his wife died on the operating table, he is convinced the doctors are responsible and begins exacting his revenge on all those involved.

Starring: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas, Sean Bury, Susan Travers, David Hutcheson, Edward Burnham, Alex Scott, Peter Gilmore ..
Directed by: Robert Fuest
Release date: 1971-05-18
Best Comedy Movies of 1971 : Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus
7.

Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus

4.2
8.2/10 IMDB

Fliegender Zirkus consisted of two 45-minute Monty Python television comedy specials produced by WDR for West German television. The two episodes were first broadcast in January and December 1972 respectively and were shot entirely on film, mostly on location in Bavaria. The first episode was recorded in German and the second was recorded in English and then dubbed into German.

Starring: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Connie Booth, Alfred Biolek, Claudia Doren, Thomas Woitkewitsch ..
Directed by: Ian MacNaughton
Release date: 1971-01-01
8.

Melody

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible.

Starring: Mark Lester, Tracy Hyde, Jack Wild, Colin Barrie, Billy Franks, Ashley Knight, Craig Marriott, William Vanderpuye, Peter Walton, Camille Davis ..
Directed by: Waris Hussein
Release date: 1971-03-28
9.

A New Leaf

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, George Rose, James Coco, Doris Roberts, Renée Taylor, William Redfield, Graham Jarvis, Jess Osuna ..
Directed by: Elaine May
Release date: 1971-03-11
Best Comedy Movies of 1971 : Taking Off
10.

Taking Off

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life.

Starring: Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Linnea Heacock, Georgia Engel, Kathy Bates, Paul Benedict, Audra Lindley, Vincent Schiavelli, Ike Turner, Tina Turner ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1971-05-17

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