Holocaust Comedy

by glennspetgang | created - 18 Jan 2017 | updated - 02 Feb 2018 | Public

Movie comedy that is about or refers to the Jewish Holocaust. I have so far only seen The Great Dictator, Jacob The Liar, Life Is Beautiful, and parts of To Be Or Not To Be and The Three Stooges and Bob Watson playing Hitler. I am very thankful to Lawrence Baron, author of Projecting the Holocaust Into the Present, for help in providing titles for this list.

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1. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 189,903

2. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, War

86 Metascore

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart

Votes: 24,482

3. Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Walter Slezak, Albert Dekker

Votes: 2,452 | Gross: $0.86M

4. Me and the Colonel (1958)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, War

Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England. Jurgens learns to appreciate Kaye, despite their ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Danny Kaye, Curd Jürgens, Nicole Maurey, Françoise Rosay

Votes: 563

5. Margin for Error (1943)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Drama, War

It is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein is given the duty of guarding the German consulate run by Karl Baumer; neither Moe nor Baumer is too happy with ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Joan Bennett, Milton Berle, Otto Preminger, Carl Esmond

Votes: 197

6. Nazty Nuisance (1943)

Passed | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Germany's Adolf Hitler, with his Axis-stooges, Italy's Mussolini and Japan's Suki Yama, although he tried to avoid taking them, is on his way, via submarine, to a tropical country to ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Tryon | Stars: Bobby Watson, Joe Devlin, Johnny Arthur, Jean Porter

Votes: 228

7. You Nazty Spy! (1940)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, War

In a country, munitions manufacturers maneuver a wallpaper hanger to become dictator with his compatriots as his personal staff.

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Don Beddoe

Votes: 736

8. To Hell with Hitler (1940)

Unrated | 82 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Shortly after the start of World War II, a ukelele player (George) takes the wrong boat and finds himself in (still uninvaded) Norway. He is mistaken for a fellow British intelligence agent... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Varnel | Stars: George Formby, Phyllis Calvert, Garry Marsh, Romney Brent

Votes: 237

9. The Devil with Hitler (1942)

44 min | Short, Comedy

Adolf Hitler, Benito and Suki Yaki are placed in a series of Three-Stooges routines, with the premise that the Board of Directors of Hell has put the Devil on notice they intend to replace ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Alan Mowbray, Bobby Watson, George E. Stone, Joe Devlin

Votes: 196

10. Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in renewing her romance with an old flame who's now the college president. Their attempts ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Arden

Votes: 606 | Gross: $1.13M

11. Aren't We Wonderful? (1958)

108 min | Comedy

The movie explains Germany from 1913 until 1955 by example of two contrary characters: The idealistic journalist Hans (H.-J. Felmy) loses his work during the Third Reich, whereas ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Hoffmann | Stars: Johanna von Koczian, Hansjörg Felmy, Wera Frydtberg, Robert Graf

Votes: 383

12. The Cow and I (1959)

TV-PG | 118 min | Comedy

In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Fernandel, Pierre-Louis, Ellen Schwiers, Ingeborg Schöner

Votes: 1,254

13. Bad Luck (1960)

92 min | Comedy

The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Bogumil Kobiela, Maria Ciesielska, Helena Dabrowska, Barbara Lass

Votes: 944

14. Everybody Go Home! (1960)

122 min | Comedy, Drama, War

When Italy surrenders to the Allies, part of the Italian army is dispersed and soldiers begin to return to their homes.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Serge Reggiani, Carla Gravina, Martin Balsam

Votes: 879

15. Candide (1960)

88 min | Comedy

Based on the classic novel "Candide" by Voltaire, but set in the World War II era. In this story, Candide, a young Westphalian born in the castle of Thunder-ten-tronckh, is driven out of ... See full summary »

Director: Norbert Carbonnaux | Stars: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Pierre Brasseur, Daliah Lavi, Michel Simon

Votes: 112

16. The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, War

A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed "Aryan controller" of a Jewish widow's store.

Directors: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos | Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková, Martin Hollý

Votes: 7,481

17. The Two of Us (1967)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

In Nazi-occupied France, a Jewish child is sent away from his family and conceals his religious affiliation from the anti-Semitic elderly man that takes care of him.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Préboist, Luce Fabiole

Votes: 1,818 | Gross: $0.05M

18. The Producers (1967)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Music

96 Metascore

A stage-play producer devises a plan to make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars

Votes: 47,685 | Gross: $0.11M

19. The Producers (2005)

PG-13 | 134 min | Comedy, Musical

52 Metascore

After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

Director: Susan Stroman | Stars: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell

Votes: 39,415 | Gross: $19.38M

20. The Day the Clown Cried (1972)

90 min | Drama

A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Peter Ahlm, Lars Amble, Harriet Andersson

21. Harold and Maude (1971)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 67,527

22. Undercovers Hero (1974)

R | 107 min | Comedy

In this comedy, set during the Nazi occupation of France, Peter Sellers plays most major male parts, so he stars in nearly every scene, always bumbling in inspector Clouseau-style. As ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Peter Sellers, Lila Kedrova, Curd Jürgens, Béatrice Romand

Votes: 572

23. Seven Beauties (1975)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 4,665 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Jacob the Liar (1974)

100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Vlastimil Brodský, Erwin Geschonneck, Henry Hübchen, Blanche Kommerell

Votes: 1,119

25. Au bout du bout du banc (1979)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

Four generations of Oppenheim men gather in Paris for Isaac's 90th birthday. He's "Romeo," still a lady's man, waiting to hear from a woman to whom he has proposed, threatening suicide if ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kassovitz | Stars: Victor Lanoux, Jane Birkin, Georges Wilson, Henri Crémieux

Votes: 45

26. Son of Hitler (1979)

92 min | Comedy

The leader of a right-wing German political party discovers that an illiterate woodcarver is actually the son of Adolf Hitler. He kidnaps the young man from a mental institution and ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Amateau | Stars: Bud Cort, Peter Cushing, Felicity Dean, Leo Gordon

Votes: 81

27. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

63 Metascore

In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 21,145

28. Order (1980)

96 min | Drama

This off-beat psychological drama by Sohrab Shahid Saless dissects German post-war society with a cutting edge. Herbert (Heinz Lieven) is a solid, middle-class engineer who one day quits ... See full summary »

Director: Sohrab Shahid Saless | Stars: Heinz Lieven, Dorothea Moritz, Ingrid Domann, Peter Schütze

Votes: 38

29. The Lucky Star (1980)

PG | 110 min | Drama

In the war-torn Netherlands, a local Jewish boy has vivid escapist fantasies of being in a Hollywood western where good always triumphs.

Director: Max Fischer | Stars: Rod Steiger, Louise Fletcher, Lou Jacobi, Brett Marx

Votes: 116

30. The Last Hole (1981)

92 min | Drama

Comedy shot without a script on Super-8mm as a silent film, with intertitles later inserted between scenes. What unfolds is a familiar Achternbusch tale in which the protagonist (here his ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Achternbusch | Stars: Herbert Achternbusch, Annamirl Bierbichler, Franz Baumgartner, Gabi Geist

Votes: 46

31. Ace of Aces (1982)

100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sport

In 1936, a French boxer on his way to the Berlin Olympic Games befriends a local Jewish boy and decides to save him from the Nazis.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marie-France Pisier, Rachid Ferrache, Frank Hoffmann

Votes: 2,842

32. Balkan ekspres (1983)

102 min | Comedy, War

Group of petty criminals is trying to make some money under the disguise of musical band in Nazi-occupied Serbia.

Director: Branko Baletic | Stars: Dragan Nikolic, Bora Todorovic, Tanja Boskovic, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic

Votes: 1,985

33. To Be or Not to Be (1983)

PG | 107 min | Action, Comedy

61 Metascore

At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.

Director: Alan Johnson | Stars: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Ronny Graham, Estelle Reiner

Votes: 9,754 | Gross: $13.03M

35. Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

28 Metascore

When the son of a gun-wielding woman is murdered by neo-Nazi surf punks in the post-apocalyptic future, his Mama hunts them down for some bloodthirsty revenge.

Director: Peter George | Stars: Gail Neely, Robert Harden, Barry Brenner, Dawn Wildsmith

Votes: 4,840

36. Rented Lips (1988)

R | 82 min | Comedy

A documentary filmmaker, who has spent the last 15 years making films like "Aluminum: Our Shiny Friend," is finally given the chance to make the documentary on Indian farming he has always ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Downey Sr. | Stars: Martin Mull, Dick Shawn, Jennifer Tilly, Edy Williams

Votes: 276

37. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Bill Bernstein, Claire Bloom

Votes: 52,065 | Gross: $18.25M

38. The Nasty Girl (1990)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, History

When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Lena Stolze, Hans-Reinhard Müller, Monika Baumgartner, Elisabeth Bertram

Votes: 2,323 | Gross: $2.28M

39. Uranus (1990)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Gérard Depardieu, Michel Blanc, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 1,128 | Gross: $0.34M

40. Baxter (1989)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family.

Director: Jérôme Boivin | Stars: Lise Delamare, Jean Mercure, Jacques Spiesser, Catherine Ferran

Votes: 1,753

41. Europa Europa (1990)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Solomon Perel, Marco Hofschneider, René Hofschneider, André Wilms

Votes: 14,351 | Gross: $5.58M

42. Selling Hitler (1991– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

The true story of the biggest fraud in publishing history - the Hitler diaries.

Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Alexei Sayle, Alison Doody, Julie T. Wallace

Votes: 109

43. Freud Leaving Home (1991)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

The Jewish Cohens live in Stockholm. Rosha's 60th birthday is up and her husband and 3 kids will be there. 25 y.o. Angelique, a psychology student called Freud, still lives at home. Rosha's told, she's got cancer with weeks to live.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Ghita Nørby, Gunilla Röör, Palle Granditsky, Philip Zandén

Votes: 168

45. Der Papagei (1992)

90 min | Comedy

This intriguing movie shows how a simple salesman gets involved in the Neo-Nazi political movement. The title "The Parrot" refers to how he parrots the official neo-Nazi claims.

Director: Ralf Huettner | Stars: Harald Juhnke, Dominic Raacke, Ilse Zielstorff, Ludwig Haas

Votes: 103

46. Schtonk (1992)

115 min | Comedy

The slightly fictionalized story of an art forger, a journalist desperate for a big story, and the biggest press scandal in German history: the Hitler Diaries.

Director: Helmut Dietl | Stars: Götz George, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Christiane Hörbiger, Dagmar Manzel

Votes: 3,167

47. Terror 2000 - Intensivstation Deutschland (1992)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Horror