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100 Classic Hindi Comedy Movies
If you like a great comedy as much as I do, you will see why this list of great Hindi comedy films means so much to fans of classic Bollywood. There is something about a favourite funny movie that makes me happy to be at home, and makes the time go by. For those who constantly look for great comedy movies to watch, this list will surely help.
I organized this list chronologically so you can easily find your favorites. I hope that you find some long-lost special movies here. Enjoy!
1| Albela (1951)
The first in the list is a musical comedy film. For youngsters, this might seem a very old movie but then the songs are even heard now. Songs such as Shola Jo Bhadke..Dil Mera Tadpe, Bholi Surat Dil Ke Khote, Shaam Dale Khidke Tale etc. are as famous as they were then. Now tell me do you still find the movie old?
2| Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
This a Kishore Kumar and Madhubala starring movie remembered for the cheerful and bubbly act of Kishore Kumar. One song that I remember from the movie is Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi se.
3| Jhumroo (1961)
Again a Kishore Kumar and Madhubala feature. If you are watching Chalti Ka Naam Gadi on this weekend then include this one too.
4| Half Ticket (1962)
The sixty's and the seventy's were dominated by two people. One of them was Kishore Kumar and the other one was Madhubala. Again a film which brings both of them together with some hilarious scenes and good music (Do I even need to say that when Kishore Kumar is the lead actor).
5| Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966)
Now comes Mahmood with his awesome sense of comedy. Mehmood has a song O Meri Maina with Mumtaz which is funny and has some comical dance steps.
Mahmood in a Comedy Scene From Pyaar Kiye Jaa
6| Padosan (1968)
A film with a good story-line that makes one watch this movie over and over again. Clashes of Kishore Kumar and Mahmood with supporting roles from Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu makes for a great spectacle.
7| Bombay to Goa (1974)
Though a remake of a Tamil movie it was a bigger hit than its Tamil counterpart. Scenes like "Amma Pakoda" and the "snake goes crazy" are some which are in every movie buffs memory.
8| Kunwara Baap (1974)
Mahmood, the master of comedy once again is set to entertain you in this flick. Though the film has a serious subject dealing with polio vaccination. Mehmood, as usual, has his share of comedy scenes. Also, the song Saj Rahi Gali which is a trademark of the transgender community happens to be from this movie.
9| Chupke Chupke (1975)
Now nobody can argue the inclusion of this film in the list. A well-written story and all around excellent performance from Dharmendra and company.
10| Chhoti Si Baat (1975)
The film which gave Amol Palekar instant success. A romantic comedy film in which Amol Palekar plays the normal office goer who lacks confidence and thus he can't get his lady love. So, he sets out to meet Ashok Kumar, who is a retired army man and has made his mission to help those who are like Amol. In the end, Amol with expert advice from Ashok Kumar finally convinces her lady love and they live happily ever after.
Na Jaane Kyun - A Beautiful Song from Chhoti Si Baat
11| Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978)
A film of Sanjeev Kapoor, Vidya Sinha, and a supporting role of Ranjeeta. Ranjeet (Sanjeev) gets married to Sharda (Vidya) and all seems to go well. But the charm and the milky-white skin of Nirmala (Ranjeeta) makes the boss in charge Ranjeet to have an extra-marital affair with her. A comical take on the extra-marital affair.
12| Khatta Meetha (1978)
A film in which Ashok Kumar has lost his wife and is on the verge of retiring from work. His friend David Abraham comes to rescue by convincing him to remarry so as to fill the emptiness in his life. Seemingly different comedy movie with a moral message that everyone has the right to live his/her life as they want.
13| Golmaal (1979)
This is one such movie which you'll find in every list that is published or will be published on Hindi comedy flicks.
14| Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi (1979)
This one is only for Amol Palekar's fan, others might not find good, I say. The plot of the film is such that Amol Palekar believes that he has some serious health issues (which is his figment of imagination). And he will be dead in few months. For that, he sets out to marry his wife so that after him someone will be there to look after her.
15| Do Ladke Dono Kadke
I feel that Hera Pheri the newer one definitely has its roots in this film. Also a nice song from Yesudas which goes like this Kise Khabar Kaha Dagar...
16| Khubsoorat (1980)
This is Rekha's first movie in which she does a comedy role. Director Hrishikesh Mukherjee is a master when it comes to comedy. Rekha was honored as the best actress and the movie was selected as the best movie in the Filmfare awards 1981.
17| Chashme Baddor (1981)
A comedy film involving three college friends out of which two (Ravi Baswani and Rakesh Bedi) waste time only in chasing girls. Whereas one (Farooq Shaikh) is interested in studies and in his love interest (Deepti Naval).
18| Naram Garam (1981)
Some time ago someone suggested me to see this one. And I must say this was an enjoyable watch. Especially the scenes involving Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar.
19| Satte Pe Satta (1982)
The story of seven brothers who live shabbily until the eldest brother (Amitabh) falls in love with Hema Malini who changes them. Also, a suspense involving two roles of Amitabh. One of the best comedy scenes from the movie is where Amjad Khan inebriates Amitabh Bachchan and the following dialogues.
Daru Peene Se Liver Kharab hota hai
20| Shaukeen (1982)
The story of three friends in their sixties who think they are in their twenties and want to have alcohol, smoke, and young women. Ultimately their con is caught by one of the friend's wife.
21| Angoor (1982)
A classic comedy dealing with two pairs of twins and how they meet and the confusion that happens as they are interchanged with each other.
22| Namak Halaal (1982)
One more for the Amitabh fans. I mean who is not an Amitabh fan, we all love him because of such films and his gentleman-like conduct in everyday life.
Famous lines from the movie :
Sir I can talk english, I can walk english, I can laugh english because english is a very phunny language. Bhairav becomes Byron and Byron becomes Bhairon .... because their minds are very narrow.....
23| Jaane Bhi do Yaaro (1983)
A film exposing the wrongdoings in the society and how everyone involved is corrupt in some or the other way. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee even has a book published by the same name.
24| Kissi Se Na Kehna (1983)
Utpal Dutt plays a character of a person who hates western culture and westernized girls, also he wants his son played by Farooq Shaikh to marry a goan ki chori. But his son is already in love with Ramola played by Deepti Naval. See for yourself how Utpal Dutt is made to believe that Ramola is indeed a village girl who doesn't know anything about city life and English.
25| Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)
An unusual comedy film of Anil Kapoor, Amrita Singh, Pankaj Kapoor, Om Prakash and Amjad Khan. Master Pahelwan (Om Prakash) wants Charandas (Anil Kapoor) to be a Brahmachari but Charandas falls in love with Chameli (Amrita Singh). Advocate Harish (Amjad Khan) comes to the rescue and teaches Charandas how to convince Chameli.
25| Peechha Karro (1986)
A comedy thriller starring Amjad Khan and Ravi Baswani.
27| Baat Ban Jaaye (1986)
A multi-star cast comedy flick. A must watch for some funny scenes from Utpal Dutt and Raj Babbar.
28| Anubhav (1986)
A movie from which Shekhar Suman got much attention. There are some funny scenes in the movie that make it one time watchable.
29| Pushpak (1987)
A silent movie (no dialogues, no music only background music) but you won't stop laughing. Kamal Hasan does an excellent job and this one is definitely a must watch. Lately, I haven't seen this movie appearing on T.V. This is a classic from the pre-1990's era.
30| Maalamaal (1988)
Naseeruddin Shah one fine day finds that he has inherited a large amount of money from his grandfather. But there is a clause attached that he should spend all the money in 30 days, there also some semi-clauses attached on how he should spend this money.
31| Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri (1990)
Although it is a serious kind of film the scenes of Kadar Khan along with Shakti Kapoor are rib-tickling. Especially when they plan and con people.
32| Chamatkar (1992)
Though not a complete comedy I have included this one because some moments in the movie are very well done.
33| Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993)
An Aamir Khan starring film which was a tremendous hit where he shares the screen with Juhi Chawla.
34| Raja Babu (1994)
Now comes Govinda with his awesome comic timing. The list has many Govinda films. Although he did serious roles as well, his comedy movies were major hits.
35| Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
An ultimate laugh riot in which every scene is filled with laughter. Famous dialogues with melodious songs make the movie watchable even ten times. Below is one such comedy scene where Aamir and Salman come to meet Paresh Rawal.
The 3-Minute Meeting
36| Coolie No. 1 (1995)
Again a Govinda movie in which he plays a role of a Coolie but marries a rich girl (played by Karisma Kapoor), the daughter of Hoshiyar Chand (Kadar Khan) with help from Shaadiram Gharjode (Sadashiv Amrapurkar).
37| Taqdeerwala (1995)
A good plot and some excellent comedy. A must watch if you haven't.
38| Judaai (1997)
Again not completely comedy movie but there are some great comedy scenes that makes one go laughingly fall from the chair.
Funny Clip From Judaai
39| Judwaa (1997)
A story of twins one becomes a posh educated lad whereas the other one is a thief. The comedy arises when they meet and the revelation of the same.
40| Deewana Mastana (1997)
The story where both the lead characters try to make the other a lesser mortal. One-upmanship goes on till the last minute but ultimately a third one takes the Heroine.
41| Hero No. 1 (1997)
A remake of the old film Baawarchi. Though the director might say the story is only 'inspired' but the second half is exactly same.
42| Chachi 420 (1997)
Kamal Hasan comes with yet another character in which he looks as if it is not the character, but everything is happening in actuality. He gets into this one with ease.
43| Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998)
One more movie based on the concept of twins; played by Govinda and Amitabh. One pair is a loyal police officer, and the other ones are loyal thieves.
44| Dulhe Raja (1998)
Govinda makes the life of Kadar Khan a hell. Click the above link to cherish it once more.
45| Aunty No. 1 (1998)
In the ninety's Govinda was a part of many comedy films. This is one another one in which he plays a woman character.
46| Khoobsurat (1999)
A Sanjay Dutt starring comedy.
47| Biwi No.1 (1999)
Again one of my favorite films. I don't have any other reason to include this one. Do you agree with this inclusion? If not, then let us know in your comments.
48| Hello Brother (1999)
For some over-the-top comedy watch Hello Brother. Don't give much of a thought to justify some scenes. Just laugh about it.
49| Hera Pheri (2000)
One of the greatest comedy movies ever made. Let me remind you some of the famous characters of the movie: Paresh Rawal as Babulal, Sunil Shetty as Shyam, Akshay Kumar as Raju, Om Puri as Khadaksingh and Gulshan Grover as Kabira.
50| Jodi No. 1 (2000)
Govinda and Sanjay Dutt play best friends who scam rich people until they accidentally kill a dreaded gangster's brother. To avoid being caught they take refuge in a different city and fall in love.
51| Style (2001)
This film belongs to Sharman Joshi. The entire movie holds you up with its interesting story-line.
52| Love Ke Liye Kucch Bhi Karega (2001)
A light-heart comedy movie with a serious plot. I mean this is one of the movies which I regret not watching in a cinema hall. Kisses for Sonali Bendre for doing a role of a rich pampered brat. I think Sonali is one of the best looking actresses out there. Before I go overboard about Sonali let me remind you about Aslam Bhai. Shahrukh Shakkar Hai To.......you know what follows!
53| Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar (2001)
Whose home is it? Is it of Dayashankar Pandey (Sunil Shetty) or Saraswati (Mahima Choudhary). Funny role of Paresh Rawal as an Inspector. One of the films where I liked Mahima's performance.
54| Awara Paagal Deewana (2002)
Paresh Rawal at his best. To remind you, Paresh Rawal has a problem of not remembering names, he calls Chatri as Khatri, Paramjeet as Biswajeet; to add to that he even forgets his own name.
55| Fun2shh... Dudes in the 10th Century (2003)
Chindi chor played by Gulshan Grover is an infamous thief who manages to steal Maharaja Babushah's crown and the blame comes on to two security guards. What follows is how they escape from the city and end up time-traveling to the tenth century.
56| Hungama (2003)
Hungama does complete justice to its name, all around Hungama is what awaits you. Let me remind you one funny scene of the movie, Anjali (Rimi Sen) comes to seek a job from industrialist Radheyshyam Tiwari (Paresh Rawal), seeing the resume he says "M.A kiya hai, B.A bhi kiya hai......S.S.C nahi kiya hai".
57| Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
Again a laugh riot with great songs and fine performances.
58| Xcuse Me (2003)
A sequel to the 2001 hit movie Style. Though not on par with the first one but still a one time watchable.
59| Run (2004)
Now, this inclusion is because of the performance of Vijay Raaz. He nails it hands-down. Though it is a word-to-word copy from a Tamil film. But who cares we are here to enjoy. So, here is a video lined up for you from the film.
60| Masti (2004)
Three friends, their marriage, a plan and then Sikandar.
61| Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004)
If I remember it properly before this Salman didn't have any films in the comedy genre. This marks as the first comedy movie of Salman Khan. But Akshay overshadows the role of Salman.
62| Hulchul (2004)
Again a multi-star cast filled with comedy scenes here and there. Also Farha's comeback movie to the big screen.
63| Hyderabadi Nawab (2005)
A Hyderabadi-Hindi movie. Sometime back this was suggested by one of my friends, and this turned out to be one of the greatest comedy that I have seen. Get this movie right away and enjoy it over your weekends. This is high-quality stuff.
64| No Entry (2005)
Press reporters (Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan) make no mistake to catch famous people betraying on their wife and make it a front page news. When they try to do the same with their long-time friend Prem (Salman) they fall into the unknown territory of Prem. True to his name, Prem, has a knack for getting girls. Prem plants a girl, Bobby (Bipasha Basu) to havoc their life. A heavy dose of comedy at the climax.
65| Garam Masala (2005)
A movie of Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. This is the first movie of John Abraham where he tries comedy.
66| Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
A village girl and a boy want to make it big in life. First they try their hand by genuine methods, instead, find they have been conned. So they set their targets and start to con people and thus become famous or should I say infamous.
67| Kya Kool Hai Hum (2005)
A sex-comedy movie with many funny and double-meaning scenes. Watch if you like such type of comedy.
68| Golmaal : Fun Unlimited (2006)
Golmaal wasn't properly publicized when it was releasing, probably the director did know that the film will anyway do well regardless of spending money on publicity.
69| Angrez (2006)
A sequel to the 2005 hit film Hyderabadi Nawaab. This is really rib-tickling, ridiculous over-the-top comedy. Some double-meaning dialogues.
70| Phir Hera Pheri (2006)
Doesn't do full justice to its predecessor but as many say it is still a one-time watchable movie.
71| Malamaal Weekly (2006)
A poor village where only one person is educated who starts a lottery business. One fine day a drunkard wins the lottery and in the joy of winning one crore, he dies. Nobody except the lottery seller knows at first but slowly and steadily each person of the village knows about it.
72| Bhagam Bhag (2006)
The return of Govinda to the big screen with a bang.
73| Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
Many sequel movies don't do very good. Both in terms of the collection as well as the script this one beats its predecessor. Hope to see the third one anytime soon.
74| Chupke Chupke (2006)
The inclusion of this movie is debatable. Still, I'm going ahead as it has wonderful comedy from Rajpal Yadav and Paresh Rawal.
75| Dhamaal (2007)
One such movie where you will laugh till you fall. I can watch this hundred times! Treasure hunting the fun way. Watch the below video to see one of the many idiotically laughable moment.
Where is My Pizza!
76| Dhol (2007)
One more hit movie from Priyadarshan. Most of Priyadarshan's Hindi movies are laugh riots, this one is no different. Interesting script to add to the fun.
77| Welcome (2007)
A huge star cast and excellent comedy from Nana Patekar. Though Paresh Rawal is good Nana Patekar definitely takes this one.
78| Heyy Babyy (2007)
A cute baby, cute story, and some cute laughs.
79| Partner (2007)
Frankly, I don't find this one comedy. Many disagree and many may agree with me. Which side are you?
80| Bheja Fry (2007)
This is one such movie where you'll laugh till you cry.
81| Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)
A film with a relatively low budget which made a good collection at the box office. Shreyas Talpade does a good job and is supported well by others.
82| Hyderabadi Bakra (2008)
One more Hyderabadi-Hindi movie which is more or less funny. Do not watch if you don't like double-meaning dialogues.
83| One, Two, Three (2008)
The movie certainly didn't have script writers. There is no such thing as a "script" in this movie. But that doesn't stop this one from one of the better comedies. Remember Papas and Sunil Shetty's Your left or my left dialogue.
Papas and Pintos
84| Golmaal Returns (2008)
A pun on the saas-bahu serial watchers with a backdrop of a murder.
85| Sunday (2008)
This is an amazing movie with awesome comedy from Arshad Warsi and Ajay Devgun. This movie is a real treat to watch. Highly recommended.
86| Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
Story based on a real-life thief. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee and has Abhay Deol and Paresh Rawal in lead roles.
87| All the Best (2009)
Again a film directed by Rohit Shetty. He does it so well in directing a comedy movie. Also, he has proved that he can do equally great in the action genre by directing Singham. Don't try to find the reason behind some scenes in this movie, they are illogical but comical.
88| De Dana Dan (2009)
A huge star cast with laugh out loud comedy.
89| 3 Idiots (2009)
One of the biggest hits of all time. So many moments of laughter with a deep message. Mocks the current education system and how there is a rat-race for becoming doctors and engineers.
90| Khosla Ka Ghosla (2009)
A small budget film which brings forward how the builder mafia operates. Written by Jaideep Sahni of the Chak De India fame.
91| 99 (2009)
Yes, 99, that's the movie name. Based on the India-South Africa cricket betting is a good one. The script is very well done and you'll definitely laugh at this one if you haven't watched this one.
92| Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
Missed this one in the first edit. Including this romantic comedy. Chartbuster romantic songs is another reason to watch this one.
93| Golmaal 3 (2010)
If the first two movies in the series were not enough then here comes the third one. Specifically, the act of Johny Lever is fabulous.
94| Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010)
One more small budget film that did wonders at the box office. Story of an NRI who is a victim of the recession and comes to India to sell his ancestral property. But a small-time gang kidnaps him, see how he is traded and finally ends up in the nets of a gangster turned minister. The below video from the movie is a pun on "come and speak English fluently" syndrome.
95| Tere Bin Laden (2010)
A local TV reporter wants to migrate to the U.S but he does not have the required money nor he is getting a visa. So he is stuck with a local TV channel until he finds an Osama Bin Laden lookalike.
96| Khatta Meetha (2010)
Story of a middle-class Indian and his attempt of making it big in the 'who gives bribe is allowed first society'.
97| Housefull (2010)
The film has positive as well as negative reviews. I second both the opinion.
98| Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010)
Ajay Devgun and Konkana Sen Sharma at the receiving end of Paresh Rawal, quite literally.
99| Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2010)
First time director Ali Abbas attempt at comedy with his writing and direction.
100| Thank You (2011)
Three best friends and business partners. Another thing that is common between them is that although they love their wives they also love many other girls. One of the friend's wife suspects something fishy and hires a private detective in order to expose them.
101| Ready (2011)
One of the biggest hits of 2011. Salman charms once again and it is a complete paisa vasool movie.
102| Delhi Belly (2011)
Comedy movie for the newer generation.
103| Fukrey (2013)
Story of four good for nothing friends and their quest to make money.
104| Grand Masti (2013)
The description of this movie can't be written on this family viewing site. I hope you got the gist of it.
105| Chennai Express (2013)
The biggest blockbuster movie of 2013. Shahrukh Khan's biggest box-office hit. The movie is good with comedy scenes here and there and the performance of Deepika is commendable.
The beautiful picturisation and the soundtrack of the film are equally good. Nikitin Dheer does justice to the role of Tangabali and Tamil's movie's former lead actor Satyaraj's debut role of Deepika's father who is a Don are more than one reason to watch the film.
106| Go Goa Gone (2013)
A bold film on which a movie in India was never made on. Yes, a zombie comedy and how excessive indulgence in drugs can make an easy life a hell. Excellent role of a Russian mafia / Delhi wala played by Saif Ali Khan stands-out.
107| Kick (2014)
If Chennai Express was the biggest hit of 2013 then Kick turned out to be the one for 2014. Songs received unprecedented views on Youtube and box office collection was more than 230 crore.
108| Queen (2014)
A movie which changes the whole perspective of a person.
109| PK (2014)
Each of Aamir Khan's movie challenges the happenings of the society. Tries to give a message in a rather funny way and often succeeds at it.
110| Kis Kisko Pyar Karoon (2015)
Enter Kapil Sharma in the movie world. After his successful stint in stand up comedy, and the all famous comedy show it is all the more natural to make a movie. And this one does not disappoint as a comedy movie.
111| Freaky Ali (2016)
The surprise package of the year. Nawazuddin in a comedy based on golf. Now, that's unusual, I say.
112| Golmaal Again (2017)
The boys do it again.
I Hope You Liked This List of Great Hindi Comedies
I had fun putting this guide together, and I hope you had fun reading it. Now I think we both have a lot of classic comedy films to watch!
© 2012 Kannan
Rohit Gupta on September 01, 2015:
I love you chi chi
kapil on February 28, 2014:
vk on January 28, 2014:
govinda ka most pic.h
manoj on October 31, 2013:
only Chi chi (Govinda )gr8 entertainer
Shrikrishna Potdar from Bangalore on September 23, 2012:
Excellent list of movies :) I was checking which all I have watched and which I have missed. Many old movies I will watch from this list.
Thanks for this collection :)
Sravan on July 15, 2012:
Everybody has their own choice of favourites @Nasir
nasir on June 30, 2012:
i guess people have less knowledge about comedy who have voted this is for sure that there is no doubt that no.1 comedy actor in history of hindi cinema is mahmood.
Awara Paagal Deewana on May 09, 2012:
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Fun Aur Masti comedy scene - funny chase scene - YouTube on May 04, 2012:
Fun Aur Masti comedy scene - funny chase scene - YouTube