Best Comedy Movies of 1976

1.

Murder by Death

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Lionel Twain invites the world's five greatest detectives to a 'dinner and murder'. Included are a blind butler, a deaf-mute maid, screams, spinning rooms, secret passages, false identities and more plot turns and twists than are decently allowed.

Starring: Peter Falk, Eileen Brennan, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Truman Capote, James Coco, Nancy Walker, Estelle Winwood ..
Directed by: Robert Moore
Release date: 1976-06-23
2.

The Bad News Bears

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Ben Piazza, Vic Morrow, Erin Blunt, Jackie Earle Haley, Gary Lee Cavagnaro, Joyce Van Patten, Jaime Escobedo, Scott Firestone ..
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Release date: 1976-04-07
3.

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk, Colin Blakely, Leonard Rossiter, André Maranne, Byron Kane, Howard K. Smith, Dick Crockett ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1976-12-15
4.

Family Plot

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Spiritualist Blanche Tyler is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend George Lumley, an unemployed actor. The man they seek, Arthur Adamson, is posing as a legitimate jeweler while kidnapping wealthy people for a ransom in diamonds, and is assisted by his girlfriend, Fran.

Starring: Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, William Devane, Ed Lauter, Cathleen Nesbitt, Katherine Helmond, Warren J. Kemmerling, Edith Atwater, William Prince ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1976-04-09
5.

Silver Streak

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty, Clifton James, Ray Walston, Stefan Gierasch, Len Birman, Valerie Curtin ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1976-12-03
6.

Bugsy Malone

4.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers - all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster dances and sings her way into our hearts.

Starring: Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi, Martin Lev, Paul Murphy, Sheridan Earl Russell, Albin 'Humpty' Jenkins, Paul Chirelstein, Andrew Paul ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1976-07-22
7.

Silent Movie

4.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio's creditors attempt to thwart them.

Starring: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar, Harold Gould, Ron Carey, Bernadette Peters, Carol Arthur, Liam Dunn, Fritz Feld ..
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Release date: 1976-06-17
8.

Freaky Friday

4.5
6.3/10 IMDB

School girl Annabel is hassled by her mother, and Mrs. Andrews is annoyed with her daughter, Annabel. They both think that the other has an easy life. On a normal Friday morning, both complain about each other and wish they could have the easy life of their daughter/mother for just one day and their wishes come true as a bit of magic puts Annabel in Mrs. Andrews' body and vice versa. They both have a Freaky Friday.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Barbara Harris, John Astin, Patsy Kelly, Dick Van Patten, Vicki Schreck, Sorrell Booke, Alan Oppenheimer, Ruth Buzzi, Kaye Ballard ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1976-12-17
9.

The Front

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Starring: Woody Allen, Michael Murphy, Herschel Bernardi, Andrea Marcovicci, Zero Mostel, Danny Aiello, David Margulies, Lloyd Gough, Charles Kimbrough, Remak Ramsay ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1976-09-17
10.

Next Stop, Greenwich Village

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

An aspiring Jewish actor moves out of his parents' Brooklyn apartment to seek his fortune in the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in 1953.

Starring: Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, Lois Smith, Christopher Walken, Dori Brenner, Antonio Fargas, Lou Jacobi, Helen Hanft, Mike Kellin ..
Directed by: Paul Mazursky
Release date: 1976-02-04

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