Are any dark comedy fans around?
While there is no hierarchy as to which is better, dark comedy can be said to be a slightly more complex form of comedy. Rather than things that are obviously funny, for instance, slapstick, one needs to think and see past the surface to understand why something so grim could come off as being funny.
Dark comedies provide an interesting way to approach serious topics whether it’s politics, crisis, or even things like death. In a way, the genre enables people to discuss the topics without being restrained by the social taboos and stigmas linked with discussing such things.
Maimovie ranked the best dark comedies with “quick and witty dialogue.” Sure, there are plenty of unpleasant things in our lives, but if we can’t necessarily overcome them instantly, why not poke a bit of fun at ourselves or society and laugh through the pain?
The following list was based on Maimovie on April 07, 2022, under the “dark humor” “Comedy” and “quick and witty dialogue” Keytalks. Check out the Maimovie app or website to discover more movies and shows.
2011, 1h 20m
After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim’s parents invite Zachary’s parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
2009, 1h 46m
It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances Sy Ableman.
1991, 1h 39m
In a post-apocalyptic world, the residents of an apartment above the butcher shop receive an occasional delicacy of meat, something that is in low supply. A young man new in town falls in love with the butcher’s daughter, which causes conflicts in her family, who need the young man for other business-related purposes.
A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove more difficult than expected.
2012, 1h 50m
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
2004, 1h 39m
Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.
1970, 1h 56m
The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
1999, 1h 43m
Jim McAllister, a well-liked high school government teacher, can’t help but notice that successful student Tracy Flick uses less than ethical tactics to get what she wants. When Tracy runs for school president, Jim feels that she will be a poor influence on the student body and convinces Paul, a dim-witted but popular student athlete, to run against Tracy. When she becomes aware of Jim’s secret involvement in the race, a bitter feud is sparked.
2017, 1h 47m
Proclaimed the funniest political comedy of the year (The Daily Beast), The Death of Stalin delivers a brutally executed parody of Cold War Russia. When the tyrannical ruler Stalin dies, his hapless inner circle scrambles to come up with the next evolution of the revolution ? but it’s clear everyone is really out for themselves. Written and directed by Emmy® Award winning and Oscar® nominated Armando Iannucci, Rolling Stone calls the film a brilliant satire from a crack ensemble (including Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Andrea Riseborough and Michael Palin). Proof that comedy, like politics, is all in the execution.
2009, 1h 46m
The US President and the UK Prime Minister are planning on launching a war in the Middle East, but—behind the scenes—government officials and advisers are either promoting the war or are trying to prevent it.