18. Bridesmaids

Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Wendi McLendon-Covey

It’s been a dismal year for major studio comedies, from the all-out despicability of The Hangover Part II and The Sitter to the ho-hum mediocrity of Bad Teacher and Horrible Bosses. Thank heavens for Kristen Wiig, then, the star and co-writer of the year’s funniest movie, mainstream or not: Bridesmaids.

Assembling an ace ensemble (powered by scene-stealers Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne), Wiig and director Paul Feig (creator of Freaks And Geeks) took a bunch of chick-centric themes (bridal party stresses and demands, feeling one’s internal clock ticking while others get married) and stripped them of all gender bias. Simply a hilarious, as well as disarmingly profound, comedy, Bridesmaids is good-hearted fun for everyone. And the smash hit that single-handedly saved Hollywood’s funny movie genre from completely shitting the bed in 2011.