What Are Your Top Five…Black Comedies


It’s Wednesday! Last week’s top five was Romantic Comedies, so this week I decided to continue with the comedy theme and go with black comedies.

I’ll get the ball rolling:

  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Dog Soldiers
  • In Bruges
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Zombieland

Drop your top five Black Comedies into the comments section below, I look forward to hearing your favourites!

29 thoughts on “What Are Your Top Five…Black Comedies

  1. Fargo
    In Bruges
    Dr. Strangelove
    Cabin In The Woods
    Shaun of The Dead
    I was hoping to seem somewhat original with Dr. Strangelove, but you beat me to it.


  2. Great topic.
    I’m numbering these but they all could be number 1
    5.In the Company of Men
    4.Welcome To The Dollhouse
    .3.Swimming with Sharks
    2.Ruthless People


  3. Great list, black comedies are my favorite. I’d add Four Lions instead of Dog Soldiers for mine, otherwise good selection.


    1. For me Dark Comedies bring taboo and contraversial subjects into movies and give it a comedic spin.

      For example Heathers deals with teen suicide, Happiness has a character who is a pedophilic, 4 Lions makes jokes about terroism, and Citizen Ruth deals with abortion.All these movies have really dark themes that could easily become dramas if the tone was changed ever so slightly. I dont see how Shaun of The Dead, True Romance,or Cabin in The Woods could be considered to be Dark comedies. They are all great movies but there was no serious topics injected into the storyline. If they do please explain to me. I’m not trying to troll this site. Just like talking about movies.


      1. They’re dark comedies in the sense that humour is formed from something with a darker theme. The scene in Shaun of the Dead where they’re throwing records at zombies is hilarious to the audience because it’s so ridiculous, and they’re discussing which records to throw at the zombies and arguing about not throwing certain records because they’re good etc. The theme – a zombie apocalypse, is dark…but it’s dealt with in an unserious, humorous matter. True Romance is all about drug use, murder, that kind of thing.
        A black comedy isn’t necessarily something with a really dark, dramatic theme that’s turned humorous, it’s more a light hearted film thats’ humour comes from misfortune, violence or similar things. Cabin in the Woods is a comedy horror, kids being picked off by murderers in a remote cabin is pretty dark and there’s lots of gore but the humour comes from the postmodern/hyperconscious elements in that the characters are aware of horror conventions and it emulates Scream in the way it mocks the genre, which is kind of a wink and a nudge to the audience.


      2. Thank you for writing back. Your views and onelittlepedal’s make a lot of sense and I appreciate you responding back with clear concise answers. Thank you


      3. I agree with you saying “really dark themes that could easily become dramas if the tone was changed ever so slightly.” Some of the movies on my list would be absolutely DEPRESSING if it weren’t for the laughs. But I think the definition is pretty flexible these days as to how dark the theme needs to be. Inglorious Basterds took something as serious as Hitler and the Nazis and made me laugh for over and hour.
        I always stand up for Lucky Number Slevin because I feel it has always been miss represented. Was advertised as an action, suspense, thriller kind of movie, but it isn’t just those things. It is a dark comedy. Violent to the nines, rival bookmakers, extremely premeditated murder…. and it’s so funny and well executed,
        I saw Ruthless People on your list – it’s been ages since I’ve seen it – and kidnapping and wanting to kill your wife aren’t very taboo things in movies these days.


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