I searched far and wide for lists of best dark comedy movies of all time. Criteria included the movies being ranked, not just listed, and covering all time, not just a decade. The lists were generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like Ranker.com).

I was able to find 12 lists. I took the 12 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. The total number was almost 500 including all the repeats. I experimented with different formulas, trying to balance the value of being ranked high on any list and being included on the most lists. I ended up averaging the rankings each movie got (there were 103 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that movie was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The movies that were on the most lists (out of 12) were:

  • Fargo (1996) – 11 lists
  • In Bruges (2008) – 10 lists
  • Burn After Reading (2008) – 8 lists
  • Heathers (1989) – 8 lists
  • Dr. Strangelove (1964) – 7 lists
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) – 7 lists
  • American Psycho (2000) – 7 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created: