1.Mary and Max (2009)
Mary and Max is the story of two lonely souls: Mary, an eight-year old with strange passions, and Max, a forty-four-year old suffering from Asperger and obesity. The two of them start writing to one another in an attempt to find a friend and this correspondence goes on for several years. Even if it’s one of the best dark comedies out there, is often unnoticed by the big public. The animation is very original and the manner of storytelling is gloomy and somehow sad, yet it is full of funny and absurd jokes (like when Mary’s mother tells her that children come from beer). Besides, the way in which this movie treats people in general is brilliant: everybody is imperfect and we have to understand and empathize with them to find our own place in the grand scheme of things.
2.Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece is a clash of several stories about crime and drugs , told in a nonlinear manner , which is a characteristic of the storytelling style with the same name (Pulp Fiction).What makes this movie to be one of the greatest dark comedies in the world is the sharp dialogue , skillfully written by Tarantino , which gives color to every scene.The actors are flawless , the directing is brilliant and the soundtrack is perfect , and that’s why this movie is a cult classic.It doesn’t stand out just for the original storytelling style , but also for the random events that happen through the entire movie.
3.Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The best political satire ever made is Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.In this brilliant movie , Peter Sellers perfectly interprets three different roles and Stanley Kubrick handles the camera in the same clever manner in which he accustomed us.The movie is about a room full of politicians in U.S.A. which tries to solve a nuclear conflict with Russia , triggered by an insane general.This movie satirizes the American’s operating system , the wrong and suicidal thinking of the US Army and how foreign spies can easily infiltrate in the political scene.
One of the best movies about drugs and addiction , but also about friendship and companionship , themes presented with the help of a sadistic humor and sometimes , a bit of extreme drama.Trainspotting follows some events in the life of some heroin addicts and a defiant alcoholic.They try to earn some money by any means , but stumble almost every time upon their immaturity , their addictions and the friendship they try to keep.The movie also takes a closer look at the Scotland’s streets , full of drugs and addicts , interpreted brilliantly by the actors.
5.In Bruges (2008)
A dark comedy full of sadistic jokes , In Bruges presents the story of two hitmen , sent in a vacation in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities , Bruges.Helped by a tremendous cast , this movie can surprise you by the shameless manner in which the jokes are told.
Coen Brothers’ masterpiece , Fargo , is maybe the most cynical movie in this list.Based on a true story , Fargo follows the evolution of a sales agent , put under pressure by a crime and the investigation of a pregnant officer.The bloody events wouldn’t be so greatly revealed if the exaggerated politeness of the characters didn’t exist.
7.American Beauty (1999)
An absurd family drama , American Beauty , follows the evolution of a father (played by Kevin Spacey) who falls in love with one of his daughter’s friend and tries to change his lifestyle to impress her.Themes like homophobia and dysfunctional families are exploited to offer new dimensions to the characters , who are confronting the unmistakable absurdity of life.