A dark comedy or black comedy is the sub genre of comedy and satire which deals otherwise serious and solemn subjects of life and addresses them in a light humorous way. This genre of movies is much loved and popular among movie junkies. We today have compiled a list of 15 best black comedy movies of all time that deserve a watch:
15. Heathers (1988)
Heathers is a black comedy film about a girl named Veronica. She is one of the most popular girls in her High School with three best friends, all with the same first names: Heathers. Despite being the most popular group in school, they are both feared and hated. Veronica seeks a way out of the whole drama of Heathers when she meets Jason as Jason mesmerizes Veronica.
Veronica’s hatred for Heathers and love for Jason leads to a twisted cycle of murder, hate and revenge.
14. Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club is an American movie based on the novel with same name by American novelist, Chuck Palahniuk. It is about an insomniac salesman who finds a way to let his frustrations out. By forming a shocking new therapy group he calls ‘Fight Club’, he then initiates something he never intended to do.
The club becomes popular and more and more people start joining him to let their frustrations out by fighting each other. Soon this becomes a country wide phenomena and results in destructive and untamable Project Mayhem which he himself doesn’t seem to stop.
13. Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a British crime film directed by Guy Ritchie about four London’s working class lads who find themselves heavily in debt after putting high stakes in a card game. Now they have one week to gather half a million pounds.
This leads them to swim in the dangerous waters where a sensible man would never dare to swim in. To pay off their high debts, they just may have to rob the biggest drug dealer in town.
12. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are employed by Marsellus Wallace to retrieve a suitcase stolen from him. Vincent is to take Wallace’s wife out after Wallace himself has left the city. In another storyline, Butch Coolidge is a boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next game. These seemingly unrelated characters get woven into a complicated web of murder, theft and funny bizarre incidents.
Pulp Fiction has a feeling of violent intensity and dark humor to it which makes the movie stand out from the most other black comedy movies out there.
11. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical starring Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter. The story revolves around Benjamin Barker who is deeply in love and happily married to lovely Lucy. Benjamin and Lucy have a child named Johanna.
A corrupt Judge Turnip finds Lucy attractive and tries to take her away from Benjamin by accusing him of crimes he didn’t commit. He manages to get him exiled and gets the custody of both Lucy and Johanna and abuses Lucy to his will. Benjamin comes back fifteen years after his exile under a new identity, Sweeny Todd, and plans to take revenge against the people involved in ruining his life and taking his beloved Lucy away from him, who had committed suicide by then.
10. In Bruges (2008)
Ray and Ken, two hit men from London, have the orders from their boss Harry to stay in Bruges, a city of Belgium, and keep their heads down to avoid attention due to the innocent bystander’s death that happened when they were doing their job. Ray is rather disturbed because it was his first job and he feels haunted by the innocent death.
The death of an innocent child leads to unforeseeable circumstances for both Ken and Ray where one is ordered to kill the other, and in the complicated turns of event, both end up trying to save each other from the determined Harry on their tail.
9. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the dead is a dark comedy about a man who is trying to bring some order to his life by trying to get his girlfriend back and resolve his differences with his mother. He is, however, offered a different sort of challenge, something he has never been prepared for. He has to handle the people he, and everyone in his area, thought long to be dead; he has to deal with zombies.
8. Trainspotting (1996)
Based on the novel of Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting is a dark comedy movie about Mark Renton, a rent boy and a heroin addict, who tries to live a better life by giving up drugs despite peer pressure and addiction.
Mark goes through a tough life, lands himself in jail and goes through the struggle of living a life of sobriety and away from the shadows of his past, but the past is hard to give up on and a series of events create problems for him due to his bad company and deeds of the past.