Steven Spielberg’s 10 funniest movies

Steven Spielberg is currently receiving Oscar hype and some of his best reviews ever for his deeply personal coming-of-age dramedy The Fabelmans. Ever since his World War II farce 1941 became the first critical and commercial bombshell of his career, Spielberg has tended to avoid directing straight forward comedy. But that doesn’t mean his films aren’t funny.


From the Cat and Mouse Caper of Catch Me If You Can to the funny one-liners of the Indiana Jones Films based on the dry humor of the Coen brothers Bridge of SpiesSpielberg has directed many hilarious films throughout his career.

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10/10 The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Tintin and Captain Haddock at sea in The Adventures of Tintin

Spielberg tried his hand at cutting-edge motion capture animation to bring Hergé’s classic stories to life The Adventures of Tintin. The film draws on the dynamic of the “odd couple” of Tintin and Captain Haddock to punctuate its dazzling action sequences with humor.

The film also has a lot of fun starring the clumsy detective duo Thomson and Thompson, played by the perfect pairing of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

9/10 The BFG (2016)

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Spielberg’s big-budget adaptation of The BFG It might not have been a huge hit when it was first released, but it’s destined to become a family favorite. It focuses on a giant who is driven out by the other giants and befriends another misfit: a young orphan.

Like every Roald Dahl story, this lighthearted fantasy tale is told with a healthy dose of humor. Thanks to Mark Rylance’s warm portrayal, the titular giant is suitably endearing.

8/10 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana Jones confronts a swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark

The masterpiece that introduced the world to Indiana Jones is revered as one of the finest entries in the action-adventure genre. Hunter of the lost treasure has plenty of mind-blowing stunts and meticulously edited car chases, but it also has plenty of laughs.

From shooting the swaggering swordsman dead to landing in a snake pit, Indy has plenty of hilarious moments between the old-school action set-pieces robber.

7/10 The Terminal (2004)

Tom Hanks smiles in The Terminal

In a time of uncertainty and paranoia, Spielberg made his heartwarming dramedy the terminalstarring Tom Hanks as a tourist forced to live at John F. Kennedy Airport when civil war erupts in his own country and he is denied entry to the United States.

The film’s main tone is dramatic, but it also takes time to wring some humor from its whimsical fish-out-of-water premise.

6/10 1941 (1979)

John Belushi in a fighter pilot's uniform in 1941

The only straight comedy of Spielberg’s career, 1941, isn’t nearly as bad as its reputation suggests, as the director’s first bombshell might suggest. This darkly comedic farce focuses on Los Angelesos’ panicked reactions to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The ensemble cast showcases the comic styles of some of the funniest actors of all time: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, John Candy, Slim Pickens.

5/10 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Short Round with Indy's hat in Temple of Doom-1

With its cult villains and gruesome ritual sacrifices, the 1984 prequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is notorious for being Indy’s darkest, most gruesome adventure. But it still has a lot of the series’ signature humor, thanks to Spielberg’s wacky comedic sensibilities.

There’s a monkey brain dinner buffet, wild set pieces like escaping a plane crash in a rubber dinghy, and a hilarious young sidekick who accidentally sets off booby traps by leaning harmlessly against the wall.

4/10 Bridge of Spies (2015)

Tom Hanks uses a payphone in Bridge of Spies-1

Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller Bridge of Spies tells the true story of an American lawyer who defends a covert Soviet spy and brokers a prisoner swap. The film is full of suspense but also uses comedy to make the characters and their relationships more believable.

Screenwriter Matt Charman handled much of the historical plot, but the Coen brothers injected the Oscar-nominated screenplay with a hefty dose of their usual dry, dry humor.

3/10 Jurassic Park (1993)

Jeff Goldblum smiles in Jurassic Park

Spielberg broke the record for the highest-grossing film of all time for the third time with his dinosaur-infested hit Jurassic Park. The film is aware that its premise of a theme park full of live dinosaurs is pretty ridiculous.

Mainly, Jurassic Park is an intense monster film. But it has a lot of comedic moments, like “Dodgson! We’ve got Dodgson here!” or the introduction of Mr. DNA or one of Jeff Goldblum’s one-liners in the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm.

2/10 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy and his father are tied up in a room on fire

The third Indiana Jones Adventure is probably the funniest in the whole series. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade sees Harrison Ford’s Indy and his father, a fellow adventurer, played by Sean Connery. Ford and Connery’s authentic father-son chemistry sells the momentum.

Spielberg creates a hysterical juxtaposition of life-threatening Nazi danger and constant bickering between an estranged father and son trying to get along on a road trip.

1/10 Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Frank disguises himself as a pilot with flight attendants in Catch Me If You Can

Based on the life of Frank Abagnale, Jr., Catch Me If You Can is a hilarious game of cat and mouse starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a young con artist and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent behind him. After the cash register failure of 1941, Catch Me If You Can is Spielberg’s closest thing to yet another full-blown comedy.

Featuring the character-driven comedy where Hanks plays the federal agent with stuffed shirts and egg on his face, and DiCaprio plays the con artist who’s always one step ahead of him, Catch Me If You Can is by far Spielberg’s funniest film.

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