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Last updated October 26, 2021

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

1961 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who moves into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.
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A New Leaf

1971 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Self-centered New York playboy Henry Graham schemes to marry a wealthy woman -- and then kill her. But when his new bride proves to be an innocent klutz, Henry starts to change. Soon Henry is disposing of his self-serving ways instead of his wife.
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Young Frankenstein

1974 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

A laugh riot from beginning to end, this classic parody from director Mel Brooks stars Gene Wilder as Frederick Frankenstein, who detests his family history but ultimately can't resist the temptation to follow in his infamous grandfather's footsteps. Adding to the fun is a brilliant supporting cast that includes Marty Feldman as bug-eyed assistant Igor, Madeline Kahn as Frankenstein's frosty fiancée and Peter Boyle as the zipper-necked monster.
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Desk Set

1957 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Bunny is a reference librarian whose tepid long-term relationship with television executive Mike Cutler is fizzling. Enter Richard Sumner, a no-nonsense computer genius who's created a new product to automate the work of Bunny and her co-workers.
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Dr. Strangelove

1964 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When a fanatical U.S. general (Sterling Hayden) launches an air strike against the Soviets, they raise the stakes by threatening to unleash a "doomsday device," setting the stage for Armageddon in this classic black comedy that brilliantly skewers the nuclear age. The film's star-studded cast includes George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, James Earl Jones and Peter Sellers (who steals the show and copped an Oscar nod playing three roles).
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Move Over, Darling

1963 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Five years after his wife, Ellen (Doris Day), disappears at sea in a plane crash, successful lawyer Nick Arden (James Garner) decides it's time to move on: He has Ellen declared legally dead, remarries and sets off on his honeymoon. But there's trouble in paradise when Ellen -- who's in fact very much alive -- turns up to surprise the newlyweds. Day earned a Golden Globe nod for her performance in this update of the 1940 comedy My Favorite Wife.
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How to Steal a Million

1966 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Trouble ensues when noted art collector and forger Charles decides to loan his prized Cellini "Venus" -- the forged version -- to a museum. Realizing the museum won't be duped, Charles and his daughter hire a cat burglar to steal the statue back.
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1970 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Director Robert Altman's thinly veiled Vietnam War satire is indicative of when the spirit of the 1970s went mainstream, with Elliot Gould, Donald Sutherland and Tom Skerritt as Army doctors fighting military insanity and healing wounded soldiers during the Korean War. Featuring an Oscar-winning score and standout work from a huge ensemble cast (including Robert Duvall and Sally Kellerman), M*A*S*H is a masterpiece of '70s cinema.
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How to Marry a Millionaire

1953 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In this classic comedy, three New York models (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall) set up an apartment with a mission: They plan to use their looks, charm and talent to catch and marry a trio of millionaires. The gold-digging dames' outrageous man-hunting scheme does attract wealthy candidates, but, love and money don't appear to coexist; all three women must choose between the extremes.
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Charlie Chaplin Collection: Shorts

1914 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin dishes out long laughs in this collection of comedic shorts that finds the mischievous Tramp portraying a waiter, a drunk and a man mistakenly accused of shoplifting, among many other characters.
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Do Not Disturb

1965 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Doris Day stars as a wife jealous because her businessman husband spends more time with his attractive secretary than with her. Deciding to turn the tables, she invents a secret admirer. But the joke's on her when her fantasy man comes to life.
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A Night in Casablanca

1946 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Groucho, Harpo and Chico Marx pull out all the stops in this hilarious satire of Humphrey Bogart's Casablanca. Nazi loot is hidden somewhere inside the Casablanca Hotel just as Ronald Kornblow (Groucho) is hired to become the hotel's new manager. Enter Rusty (Harpo), who's valet to the Nazi (Sig Ruman) most intent on recovering the treasure. Rusty, along with Corbaccio (Chico), helps Kornblow uncover the cache and bring the Nazi to justice.
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That Touch of Mink

1962 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

When wholesome small-town girl Cathy moves to New York City and meets handsome tycoon Philip, she thinks she's found the man of her dreams. Philip assures her he's not the marrying kind, but Cathy has other ideas.
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A Shot in the Dark

1964 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Sight gags and pratfalls abound in director Blake Edwards's unadulterated farce about a sexy parlor maid accused of killing her lothario lover. Enter the bumbling Inspector Clouseau who's intent on proving the young beauty's innocence.
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Charlie Chaplin Collection

1914 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin dishes out long laughs in this collection of comedic shorts that finds the mischievous Tramp portraying a waiter, a drunk and a man mistakenly accused of shoplifting, among many other characters.
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1970 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Capt. Yossarian (Alan Arkin) tries to escape the travesties of World War II by convincing his Air Force commanders that he's crazy. Hilarity ensues -- but so does reality as he watches his close friends (Martin Sheen and Art Garfunkel) die in the ridiculousness of war. Mike Nichols directs this cinematic adaptation of Joseph Heller's scathing black comedy about a small group of flyers in the Mediterranean in 1944.
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Born Yesterday

1950 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Boorish business tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford) fears that ditsy fiancée Billie Dawn (Judy Holliday) will prove an embarrassment in the presence of politicos he wants to influence, so he hires a reporter (William Holden) to tutor the ostensibly brainless blonde in the political and social graces. Brock gets more than he bargained for, however, when the journalist transforms Billie into the backroom dealmaker's most formidable foe.
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1972 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Peter Stone's Pultizer Prize-winning musical (starring much of the original Broadway cast) about the internecine congressional squabbling that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence makes a glorious transition to the big screen. William Daniels is John Adams, Ken Howard is a statuesque Thomas Jefferson, and Howard Da Silva is hilarious as wit-cracker Ben Franklin. A very funny -- and poignant -- history lesson with a great score.
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There's No Business Like Show Business

1954 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Irving Berlin provides the tunes for this engaging musical about the singing and dancing Donahue clan as they ascend to stardom on the vaudeville circuit during the genre's last hurrah. The superb cast includes Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor and Marilyn Monroe. With splashy production numbers, Merman belting out the title song and Monroe's sultry version of "Heat Wave," this musical extravaganza bubbles over with sparkling style.
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The Inspector General

1949 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Energetic funnyman Danny Kaye stars as Georgi, a traveling medicine show schlemiel who ambles into a fraud-ridden Russian hamlet that's expecting the czar's Inspector General. Taking the snake-oil shill for the examiner, the town's corrupt officials curry favor with Georgi and shower him with bribes. What will happen when the bona fide inspector arrives? A great supporting cast, including Walter Slezak and Elsa Lanchester, adds to the merriment.
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Abbott & Costello: Colgate Comedy Hour

1951 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Prepare to be entertained as legendary comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello host these episodes of the classic variety show, "The Colgate Comedy Hour," which features funny sketches, touching musical performances and amusing specialty acts.
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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

1944 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

In this daring, slapstick farce that's become a classic, Betty Hutton plays a small-town girl who attends an all-night party and suddenly finds herself "in the family way." Trouble is, she can't remember who the father might be.
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Teacher's Pet

1958 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Hard-nosed newspaperman Jim Gannon cleverly pretends to be a night school student to woo beautiful journalism teacher Erica Stone in this classic romantic comedy. But now, after falling for her, he has to get her fiancé out of the picture.
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Nine to Five

1980 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee (Dolly Parton) -- fed up with their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss (Dabney Coleman) -- entertain fantasies about revenge. But fantasy turns into reality when the women think they've inadvertently poisoned Mr. Hart's coffee. To cover their tracks, they concoct an intricate ploy that turns the tables on the chief and shreds the patriarchal old boys' network.
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Monkey Business

1952 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers make a delicious screwball comedy team in this caper directed by Howard Hawks. Grant's a middle-aged fuddy-duddy who may have invented a fountain of youth serum in his laboratory. But when a rampaging chimp mixes it into the water cooler, Grant and wife Rogers regress to their childhood. Marilyn Monroe is also a scream as the dim-bulb secretary to Charles Coburn.
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