films with black humor

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  1. Charlie_M

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    I recently watched Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove and Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, and I now realize how much I love black humor! I prefer these straight-faced comedies that often deal with dark topics to most any other type of humor. They often are more intelligent, have interesting plots and/or well developed characters, and there's just something about characters taking themselves extremely seriously that can add a tremendous amount of humor to a scene.
    I haven't seen many of them, so I thought I'd ask here: What are your favorite black comedies? I'm not talking about slapstick, laugh-a-minute movies (and sitcoms with laugh tracks are the polar opposite of what I'm referring to). Black comedies are more likely to be the movies that you can watch several times and finally, on the third or fourth viewing, discover several subtle jokes you had previously missed because they were not presented in a typically comedic manner.
    Other examples I can think of are Terry Gilliam's Brazil and many Coen brothers movies (although not O Brother).
    Here are some comedies that do NOT fit this description:
    Blazing Saddles
    There's Something About Mary
    Father of the Bride
    Meet the Parents
    Spaceballs
    anything by Monty Python
    (I'm not saying these movies are bad--I love several of them. They're just not the focus of this thread.)
    Thanks for reading. So what's your favorite black comedy?
     
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    Heathers
     
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    MASH
    To Be or Not To Be (1942)
    The Apartment
    Arsenic & Old Lace
    A Fish Called Wanda
    The Trouble With Harry
     
  4. Jim Rankin

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    After Hours from Scorsese fits into this genre I believe! Also, another Gilliam film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
     
  5. Andy Olivera

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    I'll second Heathers and add Head Above Water and The Last Supper...
     
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    The Opposite of Sex
    To Die For
    House of Yes
    Fight Club
     
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    i'll second To Die For and A Fish Called Wanda
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Mike Broadman

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    Dr. Strangelove is at the top of my list.

    I'll add Ed Wood and American Psycho.
     
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    Very Bad Things
    I remember seeing this in the theater for the first time. I wasn't sure whether I should laugh or be appalled.
     
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    Man Bites Dog
    Your Friends & Neighbors
    Catch-22
    Fargo
     
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    The Hudsucker Proxie

    Snatch


    all for now
     
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    Payback
    Fight Club
    American Beauty
    The Man Who Wasn't there
    Robocop
     
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    OOOH..I'll second American Psycho as one of the funniest dark comedies around. Gotta love the Huey Lewis scene.
     
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    The Trouble With Harry.

    Although Hitchcock has famously said he has always looked at his films as comedies, it's a pity that he never made more real comedies outside of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Trouble With Harry.
     
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    Other than the obvious answer of Friday? [​IMG]
    I'd have to say either Fargo or to a leser degree Rushmore.
     
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    Swimming with Sharks
     
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    "The Loved One" with Jonathan Winters.
     
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    Dr Strangelove & MASH would be my top picks in this category.
    Also just about anything by Gilliam or the Coens is loaded with black humor.
    Not mentioned but highly recommended would be the upcoming Ladykillers from Anchor Bay. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick (Sweet Smell of Success) & starring Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers & Herbert Lom. Its an overlooked gem. [​IMG]
     
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    Surely not A Fish Called Wanda??? Just a normal British farce!!
    However, Starship Troopers might count...[​IMG]
     
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    Harold & Maude
    The Great McGinty
    A Clockwork Orange
    American Psycho
    The Bride of Frankenstein
    Re-Animator
     

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