London, September 7: Spoof disaster 'Airplane' is the funniest film ever, generating three laughs a minute on an average, a new study has revealed.
The movie starring Leslie Neilsen, which features classic one liners such as 'I am serious....and don't call me Shirley', came out top in research conducted by a panel of members of movie subscription service Lovefilm.
They calculated the precise number of 'laughs a minute' for the top 10 comedies chosen by Lovefilm members.
The panel recorded the total number of times each film generated a laugh, before dividing it by the films' total length in minutes to calculate the precise 'laugh a minute' rating for each movie.
With a 'laugh a minute' score of three, 'Airplane' beat nine rival comedies to top the list which has been created to mark 'The Hangover' becoming available to stream on Lovefilm Instant.
The Las Vegas man-movie featuring the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties marked its arrival onto the Lovefilm Instant service by scoring a 'Laugh A Minute' rating of 2.4.
'The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad' completed the top three with a 'laugh a minute' score of 2.3.
Foul-mouthed Superbad managed a 'laugh a minute' score of 1.9, followed closely by the outrageous and least politically correct movie ever made, Borat, with 1.7.
Modern classic 'Anchorman' landed in at sixth place. This battle of the sexes in a newsroom has spawned a whole range of one liners and manages to make audiences laugh 1.6 times per minute on average.
"After many heated debates about whether The Hangover really is the funniest movie ever, we asked our members to vote for the 10 movies that make them laugh the most, and then conducted our own research into how many times those included in this list made us giggle," the Daily Mail quoted Helen Cowley, editor of Lovefilm, as saying.
The top 10 funniest films are:
Airplane - 3 Laughs A Minute
The Hangover - 2.4 Laughs A Minute
The Naked Gun - 2.3 Laughs A Minute
Superbad - 1.9 Laughs A Minute
Borat - 1.7 Laughs A Minute
Anchorman - 1.6 Laughs A Minute
American Pie - 1.5 Laughs A Minute
Bridesmaids - 1.4 Laughs A Minute
Shaun of the Dead - 1.3 Laughs A Minute
Life of Brian - 1.2 Laughs A Minute (ANI)