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Spinal Tap is 'funniest flick ever'

SPOOF music documentary This Is Spinal Tap has been ranked the greatest comedy movie of all time by experts.

The 1984 film, featuring a cast of unknowns, triumphed in a poll for Time Out magazine ahead of Airplane! and Life Of Brian.

A panel of comedy stars including Dan Aykroyd, Jackie Mason, Stephen Merchant and Jack Whitehall compiled the top 100. Spinal Tap was released to little fanfare and some viewers were convinced the group -- which had a knack of losing drummers in freak accidents -- were a real band.

The full list is: 1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984); 2. Airplane! (1980); 3. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979); 4. Annie Hall (1977); 5. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975); 6. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004); 7. Withnail And I (1987); 8. Groundhog Day (1993); 9. Some Like It Hot (1959); 10. The Jerk (1979).