“Annie Hall” Named Funniest Script Ever

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) released a list Wednesday of the 101 funniest screenplays ever. The list was topped by the 1977 Woody Allen classic “Annie Hall,” which previously took home the Oscar for best picture. In second place on the list of comedy scripts was director Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” (1959), which was named the funniest comedy of all time by the American Film Institute in 2000. “Groundhog Day” (1993), “Airplane!” (1980) and “Tootsie” (1982) rounded out the WGA’s top five. None of the top ten was released before 1959, which is absurd, given that everybody knows the funniest screenplay of all time is 1950’s “All About Eve.” But “Eve” is witty/funny, something most of the other screenplays on the list are not.

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