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Remember how 2011’s “Bridesmaids” was supposed to usher in a new era of female buddy comedies? Didn’t really happen, did it? Aside from the new cop caper “The Heat” (starring Sandra Bullock and “Bridesmaids” alumna Melissa McCarthy), there haven’t been too many female buddy comedies lately.
But then, that’s always been the case. The female duo or ensemble drama is rare enough, but comedies centering on two or more prominent women are rarer still. Even in the early years of film, male comedy teams like Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello flourished, while female teams like Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly (who made many shorts together) languished and were forgotten. There’s never been a shortage of funny female teams on TV (from Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance to Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, to the “Golden Girls” and “Sex and the City” casts), but seldom do movies find room for more than one funny woman at a time.
Still, over the past 30 years, a handful of funny female comedy teams have distinguished themselves on screen. They’re the ones that dominate this gallery, a countdown of 20 of the funniest female film comedy teams of the last 80 years. Let us know if you agree with our ranking, or if we left your favorite team off the list.