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Thursday, 9 August, 2001, 05:05 GMT 06:05 UK
Cross-dressing classic tops poll
Some Like It Hot
Curtis (left) and Monroe are top again in Some Like It Hot
Comedy classic Some Like It Hot - starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe - has been voted the funniest film ever made by American film critics.

The 1959 movie beat Tootsie (1982) and Dr Strangelove (1964) in a survey of more than 1,500 film experts by the American Film Institute.
Critics' top 10
Some Like It Hot - 1959
Tootsie - 1982
Dr Strangelove - 1964
Annie Hall - 1977
Duck Soup - 1933
Blazing Saddles - 1974
M*A*S*H - 1970
It Happened One Night - 1934
The Graduate - 1967
Airplane! - 1980

But in a simultaneous poll, the American public voted 1982 college caper Porky's as the funniest film ever.

Only two films made it onto both lists: Blazing Saddles and Airplane!

And only five films from the last decade are included in the critics' top 100 - of which the highest rated is 1998's There's Something About Mary, which starred Cameron Diaz.

Other recent films approved by the critics were Fargo (1996), City Slickers (1991) and Groundhog Day and Mrs Doubtfire - both from 1993.
American public's top 10
Porky's - 1982
Dumb and Dumber - 1994
Blazing Saddles - 1985
Life With Father - 1947
The great Race - 1965
The Jerk - 1979
Back To The Future - 1985
Airplane! - 1980
The Princess Bride - 1987
Raising Arizona - 1987

The critics' top 10 goes as far back as the Marx Brothers' classic Duck Soup from 1933 and 1934's It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

The critics' list is identical to a similar American Film Institute poll in 2000.

In a striking contrast, half of the American public 's top 10 were from the last 20 years, including Dumb and Dumber, The Jerk, Back To The Future and Raising Arizona.

No British-funded films were eligible for inclusion, though the Anglo-American production A Fish Called Wanda - starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis - made it to number 21 on the critics' list.

The critics' list will form the basis for a Channel 4 programme, 100 Years - 100 Laughs, to be shown on Saturday.

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