ByBJ Hall, writer at Creators.co
I write Comedy, Do Stand-up, Travel Through Time, and enjoy the FUCK out of a good movie! Twitter: @InitiallyDirty FB: https://www.facebook.
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I love a good laugh and a good story, but when I can get both in one movie... well, it makes it sort of special. I wouldn't know personally how hard it would be to write something that combined the sort of convoluted story-lines movies about spies tend to invoke, and the sort of chuckling laughter and razor sharp wit I love to laugh at but damn it, do I applaud it. Which is what this list is about, some of the greatest comedy filled espionage flicks of all time. At lest the ones I have seen, and if you have seen funnier my hope is, is that you put it in the comments section so I can check it out for myself. Also there is that sliver of hope some millennial out there in the nexis will happen across this, squint his young eyes, and experiences the sort of realization that... he/she can... laugh again with just a click of a grey iTunes button, a quick search, and a little bit of money (or by raiding the blue ray bin at their nearest Wal-Mart). So what are we waiting for? Its time to strap in folks because here comes some of the funniest films I know that take the seriousness of spying and turn it on its head leaving us with nothing but mystery and sore cheeks.

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#8 If Looks Could Kill (1991)

You should watch this movie just to see Richard Grieco in his natural post 80's habitat. When I was a kid I loved this movie just for the outlandish "The Man Who Knew Too Little" (we'll get to that beautiful beauty later) style of teenage espionage movie, but now that I am older I sort of feel like the crocodile hunter watching an endangered species from a distance all while being really excited about it. This 21 Jump Street alumni broke out of the decade of Americas experiment with cocaine without even messing up his hair and tried to brake into Hollywood films by being in one of the best 90's attempts at making a spy movie both funny and entertaining forthe Pepsi generation. Only its real magic is the fact that the farther away we get from 1991 the funnier the movie tends to be.

In real life a teenager given an 1990 Lotus Esprit SE [Type 85] is dead within the first 2 minutes of driving one. We call this "Movie Magic"
In real life a teenager given an 1990 Lotus Esprit SE [Type 85] is dead within the first 2 minutes of driving one. We call this "Movie Magic"

Richard Grieco plays a hapless slacker who is failing highschool, not because he is stupid (which he is) but mainly because he gives zero fucks about learning a foreign language in order to pass with the bare minimum requirements for a diploma, and in order to do that he has to take a class trip to France. Which honestly is the whitest of white people problems ever problemed inside a movie that spent $12 million to make Grieco look good along with some creative special effects but only grossed just over $7 million. Which honestly I can see how it would, because I am sure at the time it was stupid. Although, I remember picking this up at a video store down the block from my house at around 9 or 10 years old and laughing my ass off at just how much fun the story was (I didn't live in a family where books were a thing, so I guess I improvised). Honestly though folks it is still a fun movie to watch if not for nostalgia's sake just do it for the fun of it and watch as you are introduced to a fun group of villains, goofy gadgets, and a plethora of post 80's slang.

If this poster doesn't do it for ya... I just dont know what will.
If this poster doesn't do it for ya... I just dont know what will.

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#7 The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)

This is just one mans opinion in the giant sea of consciousness that is the human race but I find ANY movie with George Clooney sporting a mustache to be pretty damn funny. Its as if the mustache is a signal to the audience that even though his facial tone might be ridged there is laughing to be done. Especially in this movie based on a book by the same name that the Clooney-stache as an ex-psychic spy who can incapacitate you with a stare and loves dance. (He just does, don't argue with him.) Since the internet is ingrained into the culture now as much as pooping while sitting down, I am almost sure most of you reading this have heard of the MK-Ultra program. It was established during the cold war when we were trying to make sure our cocks were as big as Russia's, and it was an experiment is seeing just how much (if any) use there was in training psychic spies. There are tails of these experiments involving remote viewing, telekinesis, and other things dealing with LSD and hotel rooms on the 10th floor. Its messy and probably not as much, or maybe just as much fun as this movie makes it out to be. Either way folks, this movie is wild but I would bet a pretty penny the book was even more fun.

Did I not meantion it had a hippy dippy Jeff Bridges in it? Oh I didn't? Well.... it so does
Did I not meantion it had a hippy dippy Jeff Bridges in it? Oh I didn't? Well.... it so does

This movie follows an reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) who goes to Iraq to prove to himself he can do it but cant get a story to save his life. That is until he meets up with Clooney's character Lyn Cassady, a dude who claims to be a former member of a U.S. Army's weird division called the "New Earth Army". Lyn is searching for his former commander Bill Django played by Bridges. Basically the movie is told in the present and filled with flashbacks from the past telling of the origin of the "New Earth Army", even giving the supposed back story of the in use slogan of the US army 'Be All that You Can Be, in the Army'. Its a pretty wild story as the reporter accounts his tag along of this mysterious Lyn who seems to both know absolutely nothing and absolutely everything at the exact same time. The pace of the movie is a bit slow, and I for one do not like Ewan in a lot of things (besides Trainspotting of course), but I will say that this movie intrigued me and made me laugh. Hell even the funny side of Kevin Spacey gets in on the action as a vengeful geek who could never quite get the friendly side of the "New Earth Army" and decides to push the program into dark places. Its fun folks and I am almost sure you will enjoy this mixture of both fiction and non-fiction. Is it true? I don't really think it matters... and you probably wont either.

Not sure why they used "No Goats, No Glory." but don't let it fool ya.
Not sure why they used "No Goats, No Glory." but don't let it fool ya.

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#6 Sneakers (1992)

There are power line ups in films that can't go unreconized. This movie is one of them. With a cast of not only fun characters but these fun characters are being played by seasoned actors such as Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier, Sir Ben "Mo-fuckin" Kingsley, River Phoenix, David "Not Typically this Funny" Strathairn, and the quite beautiful Mary McDonnell. That my friends is the very definition of a powerhouse and if you were to tell me this was the line up in a comedy involving early 90's computers and espionage I would have laughed based solely on the fact you mentioned Robert Redford, Dan Akroyd, and comedy in the same sentence. Although upon witnessing the movie I would have laughed at my own ignorance at the range in which Redford can act. This movie is a lot of fun because Robert Redford you might know plays a great "Good Guy who knows more than you and doesn't mind letting you know it" type of character but in this film he really has fantastic on screen chemistry with every one of the co-stars. Even Sir Ben Kingsley, who plays the villain, seems to even get along with him for most of this game of cloak and dagger.

this movie's working title was "Quip-pocalypse"
this movie's working title was "Quip-pocalypse"

This complex tail of both espionage and computing, centers around two old school hacking geniuses who called themselves 'Sneakers'. The two men are younger versions of both Sir Ben Kingsley and Robert Redford who use the schools magnetic tape computer systems to hack into the funding of conservative leaders and allocating them to certain democratic causes. It is all fun and games until Redford's character goes out for pizza only to return to see his friend being busted and having to flee as a fugitive, changing his name, and then going on with his life. Twenty-three years later they are reunited through a series of events involving the now grown Robert Redford's security company and the two NSA agents who threaten to turn him in in exchange for a Top Secret telecommunications object known as "The Black Box", which basically teats every firewall like a speed bump. Redford's character then devises a plan to steal it. After he succeeds he realizes the can of worms he has opened and tries to close them with the help of his friends. This movie is tremendously interesting and amusing while being saturated in a tub of witty retorts. I am sure they had a lot of good times making this movie judging by the on screen attitudes and I am doubly sure you folks will enjoy it just as much.

The most unSneaky poster ever....
The most unSneaky poster ever....

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#5 007: Goldfinger (1964)

You may wonder why I am not listing Peter Sellers classic Casino Royale (1967) and instead throwing in a James Bond flick that doesn't even have Roger Moore dressed as a clown. If you are, well, I completely understand your wonder. I will even say, if you want to skip forward to the next movie on the list by all means please continue your scrolling. For those of you willing to hear an explination I will just say this: In this movie the world is saved by James Bonds dick more than anything else - Q's gadgets, diplomacy (Dickplomacy?), or high handed karate chops to the neck - none of these things matter more in this movie more than the way in which James Bond's cock swings into misogynistic action. Also it has a very ingenious but goofy villain who takes James Bond captive in a very very polite manner... I mean, come on folks, if that doesn't spell comedy I may as well give up because a movie that is shot in a very serious manner that has a plot solely relying on borderline rape (Disclaimer: Not borderline rape in the 60's) to turn the tide and save the planet from heading into financial oblivion makes me chuckle just thinking about it.

No Mr. Bond.... I expect you to....die... well in the very least be de-cocked by this very slow moving laser here
No Mr. Bond.... I expect you to....die... well in the very least be de-cocked by this very slow moving laser here

The main plot in the third installment of the adventures of a top MI6 agent centers around Sean Connery's Bond investigating a gold bullion dealer who goes by the apt name of Goldfinger. The British government wants to know how he is able to smuggle gold internationally and our bright Brit doesn't waste any time in finding one of Goldies employees to bang. Doing so thrusts him into his life head first which results in Bonds subsiquent capture and detainment. Like I said, all of this happens very politely with only the promise of harm. So James goes into Goldfingers custody while other clueless agents search for him to no avail. Bond during the movie basically sits tight waiting for the rescue that will never come only to have events play out around him. meanwhile its extra helpings of being very cordial and polite, as well as witty, but he basically does nothing. He tries to find out more about Goldfinger's plan to rob the federal reserve (or so he thinks) up until the point another one of Goldfiger's most trusted female employee's falls to James Bond's last weapon, his overwhelming ability to turn a No into a Yes on top of a hay stack. I normally dont like to give away the ending, so I have included the rest of this in a spoiler below. If you stop reading here though just know I really think you will find this just as hilarious as I do and even more so now since you will be thinking about it.

After he has sex with thefemme fatale on the hay stack the world still looks bleak, up until out of no where she decided to sabotage Goldfinger's plan. If she wouldn't have the entire world economy would have collapsed but I guess there is just something world changing when being sexed on by aman who carries a Walter PPK and still has confidence.

JUDO CHOP YO-FAAAACE!!!!
JUDO CHOP YO-FAAAACE!!!!

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#4 The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

This Bill Murry gem's name spoofs a classic Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much" starring the wonderfully accented Jimmy Stewart. Although "The Man Who Knew Too Much" was a very serious and thrill filled flick, the spoof we are talking about here really is more akin to another one of Alfred Hitchcock's movies "North by Northwest" from 1959 combined with an earlier mentioned movie "If Looks Could Kill"'s plot of mistaken identity turned spy story. I dig the hell out of this romp of mistaken identity, and truthfully I believe the film's overall appeal is found in no other place but the creative writing of Robert Farrar (who wrote the book the movie is based on named "Watch That Man") and the wonderful wimbsey of none other than Bill "I'm Damn Good in Everything" Murry as the hapless protagonist Wallace Ritchie.

"So, I guess... yeah... I'm awesome."
"So, I guess... yeah... I'm awesome."

The film centers around the misadventures of an American tourist Wallace Ritchie as he travels to London to celebrate his brothers birthday. The thing is though, his brother James Ritchie (played by Peter Gallagher) had no idea he was coming and had a business dinner planned. Attempting to pretend he is a class higher than his Iowa birth would naturally place him, and even though he is happy to see Wally, he becomes paranoid his lovable brother might get in the way. So James gets the idea that since Wally always had dreams of being an actor he would hook him up with an interactive improv theater business, the "Theater of Life", which promises to treat Wally as a character in a crime plot that happens in the real world. Its complicated but Wally, thinking he is in a fake story of espionage surrounded by controlled environments and actors, treats the threats of actual thugs and spies as if they were fake. Which in turn creates confusion within the thuggish, spying community trying to kill him. In the formentioned "If Looks Could Kill" the character is mistaken for a spy but knows he is not one. In this movie however the protaginst is mistaken for a spy who knows hes a regular guy pretending to be the spy they precieve him to be....yeah, its hard to explain but funny as hell. Clueless to the end Wally basically saves the world through a series of pitfalls, misses, and small successes. Like I said earlier I dig the shit out of this film, and while its no Wes Anderson/Bill Murry mixture, it is still a damn fine motion picture.

Peter Sellers would be proud.
Peter Sellers would be proud.

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#3 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2009)

Lets be honest here, if you were approached by the CIA to be a hitman only a few of us would have the willingness agree to do it, much less have enough gumption in order to stay alive as long as the famed Chuck Berris. Yes folks this wonderful piece of George Clooney (probably mustache-on) directed film-making is based on the actual auto-biography of Chuck Berris himself who even helped Clooney with the production. I love this film, not only for its phenomenal acting by Sam Rockwell as Berris but also for its daring camera shots. A lot of the scenes meld together, but not because of editing but because of live set changes that happen within the film. The one-shot transitions leave me speechless and I can only imagine the amount of coordination needed to do them since some of the sets are so large and covered in details.

The Mustache is where his funny grows!
The Mustache is where his funny grows!

Chuck Berris was an innovator people, and we can think him for not only the growth but possibly the decline of television to be honest. According to his auto-biography though we should also thank him for killing a lot of bad guys aiming to put us and our freedoms in peril. That is atleast what he wants us to believe as he tells us the story of his life working his way up the entertainment latter at a bustleing NBC in the late 50's. He finally gets a chance to pitch the ever popular "Dating Game" but is shot down and goes to get drunk and fight like and good American man did in the 60's during a time of failure. But he quickly bouces back after a run in with George Clooney's chracter Jim Byrd a C.I.A agent of the clokey kind. He recruit him as an assassin in which case his show is picked up immediately the next day from ABC (the true American conglomerate). Its a back and forth as he progresses in his career in television parallel to his career and badassness as an assassin. Things get crazy as he swims in the waters of his own destruction and ascension. I love this movie and am actully glad the 80's version by the same name was going to get made with Johnny Depp as the main character, but fell through. Because Rockwell really blows it out of the water and I highly recommend picking up the book as well as watching the movie. I assure you it is an obscure ride into possible fantasy or possible reality, we will really never know the truth but I like to believe the fantasy.

.The cover should basically explain the attitude of Rockwell as Berris.... he goes from 100 fucks to exactly zero fucks the older he gets.
.The cover should basically explain the attitude of Rockwell as Berris.... he goes from 100 fucks to exactly zero fucks the older he gets.

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#2 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

The motha-fukin' Destroyer son!! Well you will probably only know him as Remo if you only see the movie, but I tell ya when i came upon this movie in my younger days my head almost sa-sploded. I am talking full on, "Oh my god, where have you been all my life?" type of vibe going on. I grew up on movies like 3 Ninjas, so seeing this grown up take on what the 90's would call "the mysteries of the (insert any Asian nationality here)" but when I was that young i never really thought about how weird that was, because all i saw was badass kay-ra-fuckin-tay. To go from the Karate Kid to this grown up kung-fu assassin version really had my attention. Then some time went by and I found out it was a book series that Guy Hamilton pulled straight out of the pages of a pulp novel. I picked it up and it has been the best. Not only are Remo and Chuin's adventures spliced with pure awesome, Remo is a stright killer and I would like to see another director to pick up the series and make another, because i believe it could be a real fun to see them try it out now. Although it would be nice to see its original cast composed of Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley reprise their rolls, but time machines are complicated. All of them are members of the C.U.R.E organization. Only made up of the three men, this organiztion is the only thing allowed to operate outside of the constitution, but its not what they are its really how they do it thats the beauty.

Mid-80's bullet dodge! Just let go the fact its an American guy playing an old Korean martial arts master.... the 80's didnt mean it... he won awards.... that make it better?
Mid-80's bullet dodge! Just let go the fact its an American guy playing an old Korean martial arts master.... the 80's didnt mean it... he won awards.... that make it better?

This story is about a NYC cop who gets killed on duty... well killed to the rest of the world. He actually wakes up in a hospital down town with a new face and a random name given to him by the surly man dressed as a general, his name is Conn MacCleary and he is full of mystery and hard iron. He also has a penton for making inside jokes to himself as he sends Remo to the man in charge of C.U.R.E that reports only to the president, Dr. Harold Smith played by none other than Wilferd "Dia-beat-us" Brimley. He's an old man who sits behind the the only computer with a crime finding deduction machine, or what I like to call "Google Crime Fighter 1.0". It is seriously groovey to see him as a grouchy old American button man. Fred Ward does a great job as the square jawed killer in training. Under the tutelage of Chuin he learns the anchient (made up) art of sinanju of which all other martial art are just shadows; or so the old Korean says as he enables Remo to perform almost supernatural acts through training and discipline. Things a Brooklyn born dead cop is not to happy to participate in but sees the benefits of and sort of puts up with it. Not that he has much of choice since the other option is death at the hands of an elderly Korean who might just pull out his fat American heart so fast he might mistake it for someone else's. It's great ladies and gents and if you can find it experience it because the story is one that you will enjoy seeing lay out before you in a spectacle of comedic 80's glory.

I love hand painted posters!!
I love hand painted posters!!

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#1 Spies Like Us (1985)

We have been on quite a journey, good to have ya and thanks for reading, but hey lets move forward one more time and I will have come to the end of our quest through humorous espionage flicks. This one here is made of pure gold ladies and gents, because when you put Chevy Chase in a movie with Dan Akroyd you might as well be printing money. I mean these guys were in their prime. probably due to heavy cocaine use and getting a guy named Babaloo to help you write it. The film is fantastic in both its allowance to let Chevy and Akroyd just basically run free and comedic call backs to old TV shows and movies. It posses an over all sarcasm for authority, and both of them work very well as a team of bumbling inexperienced spies on a suicide mission they aren't even aware of to begin with and hilarity ensues once they are parachuted into Afghanistan inside a tomato crate filled with beer strapped to recliners. Its... just....great.

Arguably one of the funniest scenes in movie history.
Arguably one of the funniest scenes in movie history.

This classic chuckelfest is about two sort of to smart for their own good type of guys. Akroyd plays Austin Millbarge, a low level code breaker stuffed into a basement in the pentagon overseen by bureaucrats who dont even want him to advance because they really enjoy pushing him around. Chevey plays Emmett Fitz-Hume, who is Milbarge's exact opposite, who is the son of an envoy that is basically a clerk. They both go into a testing room to take the "Foreign Service Exam" as strangers and come out partners recruited to be the offensive measure aginst the Russian front, or so they think when it turns out the bureaucrats only need them to provide as decoys to the actual mission. Things become crazy in this John Landis directed cinema classic, and it's a lot of fun to watch it play out. The cast of characters are a lot of fun and the cloak and dagger is exaggerated and bent in such a fun way its easy to love from beginning to end. The quips, the cracks, and the physical humor from Chevey combined with the strightman profomance of Akroyd is a force of nature. If you haven't seen it, and I mean this much more for this movie but you really should give it a go. I can pretty much guarantee you will enjoy the hell out of it just Iike i do every time I get a chance to watch it.

Barely even scratches the surface of this movies greatness
Barely even scratches the surface of this movies greatness

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Well we are all finished folks, and I really hope if this list didn't enlighten you to some unknown cinematic goodies you had as good of a time reading it as I did in its conception and writing of this list of espionage comedy classics.

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