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Best contemporary comedies

Stacker Logo By Molly Pennington of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: Uplifting movies don’t shy away from heartbreak. In fact, they often immerse their audiences in conflicts with characters who face loss and suffering. Happy endings can be bittersweet, and sometimes they’ll make viewers cry—often with tears of joy. That emotional release is all part of the magic of heartwarming, uplifting movies. These are the films that celebrate the stamina and resilience of the human spirit. They take audiences through universal struggles and universal joys, showing the power of human relationships and the strengths that come from love. Sentimental movies are sometimes undervalued, but the ones on this list enraptured and impressed viewers. Stacker looked at the highest-rated comedies on IMDb with at least 5,000 votes and ranked the top 50 according to the IMDb user rating, with ties broken by Metascore. For the sake of sticking to comedies that err on the more uplifting side, dark comedies and dramedies that are more drama than comedy, i.e., "In Bruges" and "Parasite," were removed. The list, from late March 2020, features films from the past 20 years, reflecting their contemporary cultural moments, as well as nostalgic and satirical homages to films of the past. The list has side-splitting parodies and spoofs, as well as the best superhero movies—especially those with a wry, comic style. There are romantic comedies and quirky indie films with relatable characters who inspire. Rankings also feature idiosyncratic dramas with characters that will charm cynics and draw audiences into their worlds from the first frames. While there are films with adult themes and boisterous violence, all of them have an uplifting, escapist energy. They’re sure to bring laughter, often while yanking on the heartstrings. Comics and cartoons inspire the live-action films on the list, while the animated ones are often dramatic and deeply human. These best uplifting comedies include a fair share of animated movies, many featuring hand-drawn, stop-motion, and computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation techniques known for their brilliant visual design. Animated films aren’t just for kids. The ones here have dual layers that fuse adult themes with childlike wonder for all. Their whimsical, rousing visuals inspire, while their characters evoke strong emotions. Click ahead for movies that are sure to soothe the soul and make you laugh. You may also like:  50 best space movies of all time

Best contemporary comedies to lift your spirits

Uplifting movies don’t shy away from heartbreak. In fact, they often immerse their audiences in conflicts with characters who face loss and suffering. Happy endings can be bittersweet, and sometimes they’ll make viewers cry—often with tears of joy. That emotional release is all part of the magic of heartwarming, uplifting movies. These are the films that celebrate the stamina and resilience of the human spirit. They take audiences through universal struggles and universal joys, showing the power of human relationships and the strengths that come from love.

Sentimental movies are sometimes undervalued, but the ones on this list enraptured and impressed viewers. Stacker looked at the highest-rated comedies on IMDb with at least 5,000 votes and ranked the top 50 according to the IMDb user rating, with ties broken by Metascore. For the sake of sticking to comedies that err on the more uplifting side, dark comedies and dramedies that are more drama than comedy, i.e., "In Bruges" and "Parasite," were removed. The list, from late March 2020, features films from the past 20 years, reflecting their contemporary cultural moments, as well as nostalgic and satirical homages to films of the past.

The list has side-splitting parodies and spoofs, as well as the best superhero movies—especially those with a wry, comic style. There are romantic comedies and quirky indie films with relatable characters who inspire. Rankings also feature idiosyncratic dramas with characters that will charm cynics and draw audiences into their worlds from the first frames. While there are films with adult themes and boisterous violence, all of them have an uplifting, escapist energy. They’re sure to bring laughter, often while yanking on the heartstrings.

Comics and cartoons inspire the live-action films on the list, while the animated ones are often dramatic and deeply human. These best uplifting comedies include a fair share of animated movies, many featuring hand-drawn, stop-motion, and computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation techniques known for their brilliant visual design. Animated films aren’t just for kids. The ones here have dual layers that fuse adult themes with childlike wonder for all. Their whimsical, rousing visuals inspire, while their characters evoke strong emotions. Click ahead for movies that are sure to soothe the soul and make you laugh.

You may also like: 50 best space movies of all time

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