Bill Hader's "200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See"

I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but Bill Hader's list from Poking a Dead Frog is really impressive. Hader is quite the cinephile, and it's a nicely varied set of films. Mostly I just wanted to see how many I'd already viewed, and it's hard to beat Letterboxd for figuring that out. :) (For the record, I've seen 135 of the 200, so I've got some work to do!)

  • 1941
  • Ace in the Hole
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • After Hours
  • Airplane!
  • Amarcord
  • American Graffiti
  • An American in Paris
  • Animal Crackers
  • Animal House
  • Annie Hall
  • The Apartment
  • Army of Darkness
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Back to the Future
  • The Bad News Bears
  • Bananas
  • The Band Wagon
  • The Bank Dick
  • Barton Fink
  • Beetlejuice
  • Being There
  • Best in Show
  • Better Off Dead...
  • Big Deal on Madonna Street
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Birdcage
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Boogie Nights
  • Born Yesterday
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Boudu Saved from Drowning
  • Brazil
  • Broadway Danny Rose
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • Bullets Over Broadway
  • The 'Burbs
  • Cabin in the Sky
  • Caddyshack
  • Catch-22
  • The Circus
  • City Lights
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Closely Watched Trains
  • The Cocoanuts
  • Coming to America
  • The Court Jester
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Dames
  • A Day at the Races
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Design for Living
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Down by Law
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Duck Soup
  • Ed Wood
  • Election
  • The Evil Dead
  • Evil Dead II
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Fargo
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Firemen's Ball
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • The Foot Fist Way
  • The Fortune
  • Four Lions
  • Gates of Heaven
  • The General
  • Get Shorty
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Gold Rush
  • Good Morning
  • The Goonies
  • The Graduate
  • Grand Illusion
  • The Great Race
  • The Groove Tube
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hail the Conquering Hero
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • His Girl Friday
  • Horse Feathers
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • I Vitelloni
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • The Incredibles
  • It Happened One Night
  • It's a Gift
  • It's Always Fair Weather
  • The Jerk
  • Jules and Jim
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie
  • The King of Comedy
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • L'Atalante