10 Best Comedy Movies Under 90 Minutes, Ranked

Films vary greatly in length, with many taking two hours or more to fully develop complex storylines and characters. However, in a world where attention spans are seemingly shrinking and people lead increasingly busy lives, it’s easy to understand the appeal of shorter films as well. With the constant barrage of information and distractions, it’s sometimes a challenge to commit to a long cinematic experience.

Shorter comedy movies offer a quick and effective dose of laughter that can be squeezed into even the busiest of schedules. In just a few minutes, these movies provide a pleasant escape, making us burst out laughing without requiring a significant investment of time. They are like little entertainments, perfectly suited to our modern, fast-paced lives, where humor and brevity go hand in hand to provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The 10 best comedy movies under 90 minutes are ranked below.

10 Scary Movie 2

82 minutes

Dimension Movies

Despite the dismal reviews, if you’re a fan of the Wayans brothers’ unique brand of crass and irreverent comedy, the horror spoof, Scary Movie 2, definitely worth watching. In fact, it’s probably the last entry in the franchise worth watching, as even the aforementioned fans will find it hard to find any redeeming qualities in its sequels.

This one, however, manages to retain the tongue-in-cheek spirit of its predecessor, delivering a relentless barrage of slapstick humor and satirical jabs at various horror films and pop culture. With a running time of just 82 minutes, it never overstays its welcome. Scary Movie 2 gleefully parodies iconic moments from movies like The Exorcist, Poltergeistand The Hauntingand even dips into the supernatural with a fun twist The Amityville Horror. It still remains one of the best spoof comedies of its era.

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9 Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

72 minutes

the little shop of horrors

the little shop of horrors

Release date
August 5, 1960

Director
Roger Corman, Charles B. Griffith, Mel Wells

Cast
Jonathan Hayes, Jackie Joseph, Mel Wells, Dick Miller, Myrtle Vale, Karyn Kupsinet

Rating
NR

Main genre
Comedy

Genres
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The 1960s Little Shop of Horrors may not be the most famous iteration of this dark comedy story, but it’s undeniably a hidden gem that has left an indelible mark on cinema. Running just 72 minutes, this black-and-white cult classic is a must-see for cinephiles and fans of unconventional storytelling. Directed by the legendary Roger Corman, it has a low-budget charm that adds to its appeal.

Little Shop of Horrors laid the groundwork for future shows and influenced an entire horror comedy genre, culminating in the famous musical adaptation years later. With its eccentric characters and a man-eating plant named Audrey Jr., this strange film is perfect for those of us who are looking for something fun but only have a limited amount of time to enjoy it.

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8 Johnny English

88 minutes

Johnny English

Johnny English

Release date
March 14, 2003

Director
Peter Howitt

Cast
Rowan Atkinson, Tasha de Vasconcelos, Ben Miller, Greg Wise, Douglas McFerran, Steve Nicholson

Rating
PG

Main genre
Action

Johnny English is a delightful British spy comedy that follows the clumsy but likeable titular character played by the talented Rowan Atkinson, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Bean. This 2003 film is a tongue-in-cheek look at the world of espionage, where the inept Johnny English becomes the unlikely savior of his nation.

With a perfect blend of slapstick humor and sharp wit, the film offers a fresh and catchy take on the spy genre. Most of the laughs come from Atkinson, whose impeccable comic timing and physical humor do Johnny English a riotous parody of the suave and sophisticated James Bond archetype that keeps audiences laughing throughout its 88-minute running time.

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7 Shakes the clown

87 minutes

Bobcat Goldthwait as Shakes the Clown
IRS Media

Shakes the clown is a dark and crude comedy that delves humorously and satirically into the world of professional clowns. Released in 1991 and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who also stars as the titular character, this film offers a decidedly unconventional take on comedy. Shakes, a drunk and party-loving clown, finds himself entangled in a web of strange circumstances, including a rivalry between clowns, a clown support group, and a criminal group with clown motives.

With its offbeat humor and cast of eccentric characters, Shakes the clown offers a unique and sharp perspective on the lives of artists. It’s a cult classic that’s not for the faint of heart, but for those who appreciate unconventional and dark humor, this film is a hidden gem worth exploring, if not just to witness an early screen appearance of Adam Sandler as a clown.

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6 The Naked Gun: From the Police Squad Files

85 minutes

The Naked Gun: From the Police Squad Files

The Naked Gun: From the Police Squad Files

Release date
December 2, 1988

Director
David Zucker

Cast
Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, OJ Simpson, Susan Beaubian

Rating
PG-13

Genres
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Run by the same Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker trio responsible for the groundbreaking sod Airplane!, The naked gun was the next logical step in Leslie Nielsen’s career. After evolving from a dramatic to a comedic actor and demonstrating his impeccable comedic timing and fearless humor, the way was paved for his transformation into the iconic role of Detective Frank Drebin.

like Airplane!, The naked gun continued the tradition of slapstick humor and sharp parodies, but this time with Nielsen in the lead as the hilariously inept police officer. The film took absurdity and puns Airplane! to new heights, establishing Leslie Nielsen as a comedy legend. With its relentless gags and clever satire, the film doesn’t hold back the laughs in its tightly packed comedy classic.

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5 Scary Movie

88 minutes

scary Movie

Scary Movie

Release date
July 7, 2000

Director
Keenan Ivory Wayans

Rating
R

Main genre
Comedy

Writers
Sean Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Boman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

In the late 1990s, the horror film renaissance was in full swing with the emergence of numerous iconic films and franchises. It was in this cinematic landscape Scary Movie found its niche, offering outrageously hilarious parodies of some of the most famous horror films of the era, all within the tight confines of under 90 minutes.

With its clever mix of humor and horror, the film gave lie to many headlines like Vik, I know what you did last summerand The sixth sense with remarkable wit and irreverence. Scary Movie managed to poke fun at the entire genre with a series of back-to-back punchlines, proving that a shorter comedy can pack a punch while delivering laughs that last much longer.

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4 This is a spinal tap

82 minutes

A scene from This is Spinal Tap
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Arguably the film that started the fake documentary, This is a spinal tap is entertaining from start to finish and remains so even after nearly 40 years. Whatever your musical taste, it’s almost impossible not to smile when you see ‘the loudest band in England’ trying to come to terms with the fact that they accidentally got the measurements of the Stonehenge props wrong and now have an 18-inch replica stage instead of 18 feet.

One of the most impactful films of all time, which in just 82 minutes perfectly manages to capture the ridiculousness of some of the rock band attitudes of the time and the documentaries sensationalizing these bands in the making.

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3 Office space

89 minutes

Office space

Office space

Release date
February 19, 1999

Director
Mike Judge

Cast
Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herrmann, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, Stephen Root

Rating
R

Genres
Comedy, Crime

Immortalized by countless memes and references in popular culture, Office space has become a true cult classic. Directed by Mike Judge, the creator of everyone’s favorite music critics Beavis and Buttheadthe film acts as the perfect satire of office life at the turn of the century.

While 90 minutes in an office can feel like an eternity, here it feels like the perfect amount of time, as in just 89 minutes Office space captures all the quirks and frustrations of office life: that one incompetent boss, that employee of questionable mental stability, that one who’s just annoyingly optimistic, and that damn printer jam! Judge played with these real-life experiences and allowed viewers to live out certain fantasies that most would never have the courage (or downright audacity) to act out in real life.

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2 Zombieland

88 minutes

Zombieland

Zombieland

Release date
October 7, 2009

Director
Ruben Fleischer

Cast
Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

Rating
R

Main genre
Comedy

A modern masterpiece, Zombieland introduces audiences to a world overrun by the undead where survival becomes an art form. Full of quirky characters, each navigating the zombie-infested landscape with their own set of eccentricities. Woody Harrelson’s Twinky-loving Tallahassee and Jesse Eisenberg’s neurotic Columbus offer a perfect yin and yang of personalities in this unlikely partnership.

With its quick-witted humor and memorable moments, the film keeps the laughs coming while providing unexpected heart and character development. It’s a fast-paced and blood-filled adventure that guarantees both thrills and laughs, delivering exactly what you need from a zombie comedy in less than 90 minutes.

1 Airplane!

88 minutes

plane

plane

Release date
July 2, 1980

Director
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Cast
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Julie Haggerty, Robert Hayes, Leslie Nielsen

Rating
PG

Genres
Comedy

Main genre
Comedy

In just 88 minutes, Leslie Nielsen’s life changed forever. Known for his serious and dramatic performances in film and television during the early stages of his career, he experienced a seismic shift in trajectory thanks to the uproarious comedy Airplane!. Released in 1980, the film captivated audiences, redefining the spoof movie genre and paving the way for a whole new comedic version of Nielsen.

Building on his previous reputation as a dramatic actor, he brilliantly uses Nielsen’s deadpan delivery and gravitas to comedic effect, turning him into an unexpected comedy sensation. After his success in Airplane! Nielsen embraced his newfound comedic prowess and went on to star in a string of beloved slapstick comedies such as The naked gun series and appearances in Scary Movie franchise, establishing himself as the king of parody.

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