While some genres are plain and transparent, comedy charts a different territory. Even after a century of filmmaking, it remains one of the most subjective and personal film genres. After all, humor is something that clicks for some and completely misses the mark for others. But that’s okay. Because a truly transcendent comedy rises above the whole idea of interpretation to be consumed and enjoyed universally. By delivering laughter that is contagious and suitable for all ages, these movies also layer their stories with heart and inspiration.