Scene-Stealing Comedy: 20 Films With One Moment That Left Us Gasping For Air

Comedy is a tricky genre. Comedy movies may seem easy with no fixed plots and insistence on being logical. Still, their execution has to be just right to impact the audience.

For some films, the timing and delivery are so good that one scene has you gasping for air. It is all about the timing and delivery, and these movies hit the bullseye!

1. Rat Race (2001)

Rat Race.
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Rat Race is on the top of the list of having not one but multiple scenes that will leave you breathless with laughter. Amongst these is the Hitler car scene, or when the Welcome WWII Veterans scene was revealed. You bet you will explode and cry with laughter as the characters race to find a hidden treasure.

2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
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Orion Pictures.

This movie is about two con men trying to deceive a wealthy heiress. There is wit, charm, and comedy in the best possible way. But beware! Fans claim they almost “died laughing” while watching it, especially the scene where Steve Martin is pretending his legs are paralyzed! Classic comedy; you won’t regret it.

3. Bruce Almighty (2003)

Bruce Almighty.
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Though the star of this movie is Jim Carrey, popular opinion says that Steve Carrel takes the cake when it comes to his deliverance of the most perfect scenes in comedy. Carrel’s news anchor gibberish scene is a fan favorite. Some fans claim that the comedic jokes translate just as well in other languages! It is truly a masterpiece.

4. What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

What We Do in the Shadows Movie.
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Vampires are always associated with being classy, but we all think about how they deal with being hundreds of years old and adjusting to modern life. If you have this question, this movie will answer most of your questions. The opening scene will leave you crying with laughter, and from then on, watch as these vampires share a flat and tackle modern life.

5. Hot Rod (2007)

Hot Rod

Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.Starring the wonderful Andy Samberg, Hot Rod is filled with humorous stunts, making this movie so high on the list. Anytime these characters do a stunt, such as Bill Hader air drumming while waiting to be picked up, it will leave you gasping for air because of the sheer ridiculousness.

6. Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest.
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This one is for those who love sci-fi comedy. Starring the famous Alan Rickman, the film is about a group of actors mistakenly recognized as superheroes by an alien race. Every scene with Rickman is perfect because of his on-time delivery of the lines. Anticipate tummy-aching laughter while watching this one!

7. Tropic Thunder (2008)


Tropic Thunder.
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Jack Black has undoubtedly made his mark in the comedy world because his performance is nothing short of perfect in this genre. While exaggerating the absurdity of Hollywood actors, this movie is packed full of scenes that you will remember, such as when Downey’s character undergoes surgery to get darker skin so he can play a black actor. It’s a little controversial but absolutely hilarious.

8. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

Terry Gilliam in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).
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Packed with full of classic British sarcasm, this movie is a favorite for those who genuinely appreciate British humor. It is based on witty wordplay and a unique way of delivering the most ridiculous lines. The one scene that is just comedy gold is Lancelot storming the castle but running in the same place for one minute straight. Beware! You might have to take a break because you will be gasping for air at the sheer stupidity.

9. Borat (2006)

Borat (2006).
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Borat is a one-of-a-kind comedy movie because it blurs the line between reality and fiction. Don’t be fooled by the mockumentary tag. This will still have you rolling with laughter, so much so that you may miss some funnier lines. At least that’s what the fans say! The hotel fight is a fan favorite in the whole movie.

10. Anchorman (2004)

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As the name suggests, this movie is about an anchorman called Ron Burgundy, played by Will Ferrell. Ron is a self-absorbed news anchor in the 70s, so watch him work through a competitive journalism industry. The bit of the evil man punting Baxter will have you in stitches.

11. The Nice Guys (2016)


The Nice Guys.
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This one is one of the newer movies to make the list, but the story takes place in the 1970s. Starring Hollywood legends like Russell Crowe, the acting and the comedy is world-class. Especially the Ankle Gun scene, it is perfectly set up and is executed to perfection. Everything just hits the mark with this one.

12. Kung Pow (2002)


Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.
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The first Kung Pow movie was released in 2002, breaking the box office as one of the best martial arts comedy films. It is a parody of a 1976 Chinese Martial arts film called Tiger and Crane Fist. The best-rated scene in this movie is when a lady rolls a baby down the hill – believe me, with context, this scene will have you gasping.

13. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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A comedy sequel is rarely as good as the original movie. Still, Jim Carrey carries the role with the same hilarity as a pet detective called Ace Ventura. Amongst the many ridiculous scenes, the one scene with the rhino is said to be the funniest Jim Carrey scene ever. Fan accounts say it had the wheezing for air!

14. Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz.
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Another British comedy contender for having the best comedy scenes ever! This movie successfully takes a jab at action movies and is the perfect parody. Pretty much every scene of the film will have you passing out with laughter, and when you see a swan vibing in the backseat after a whirlwind of a climax, you may just lose it. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

15. The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (1998).
Image Credit: Gramercy Pictures.


No matter what you do, you cannot eliminate the classics like the infamous The Big Lebowski movie. This movie is a must-see, especially with friends, and you will all be up in stitches; that’s a promise! When you see the scene where the characters throw away the ashes, but the wind is not cooperating, you will laugh out loud.

16. Team America (2004)


Team America.
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Team America is a satirical comedy film created by the creators of South Park. This movie is the first on the list of being an incorrect political comedy. If you are a South Park lover, you will find this movie hilarious, too. It plays well with the tone and timing of dialogue, such as the passive line while the Panama Canal explodes. It is all in the timing.

17. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)


A Fish Called Wanda.
Image Credit: Prominent Features.

Everybody loves a good heist movie, but everyone will remember a comedy heist. That is the best summary for this movie! If not the scenes, you will remember this movie’s characters and humor for a long time. It has the best of both worlds: British and American heist comedy.

18. Super Troopers (2001)

Super Troopers.
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This movie packs a punch from its opening scene and will have you hooked for the rest of the time. Suppose you watch this cult classic comedy movie without knowing the context. In that case, fan testimonials say your abs may be sore for a week from cry-laughing, so be warned and be strong!

19. Dumb And Dumber (1994)

Dumb and Dumber.
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Dumb and Dumber is a unique movie that follows the misadventures of two intellectually challenged friends on a cross-country trip. Of course, with Jim Carrey in it, the film is a fan favorite, and picking the best scene is difficult, but the scene with the Rocky Mountains is a strong contender.

20. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street.
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The Wolf of Wall Street is a biographical black comedy starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This movie has some dark humor to showcase what happens within one who has a lot of greed and is involved in corruption. The scene where DiCaprio takes Quaaludes and proceeds to demonstrate an exaggerated version of the drugs’ effects will have you bust out laughing.

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Mortal Kombat (1995).
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