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50 funniest films of the 80s: The Top 10



And now, the top 10 movies on our list of 50 funniest movies of the 80s.

Today's star, Chevy Chase, appears in three of the top 10 films. Bill Murray comes in a close second with two films in the top 10.

(Click here to read how we compiled the list; click for movies ranks 11-20, 21-30, 31-4041-50.)


10. Caddyshack (1980): Chevy Chase, Bill Murray. "He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga."

9. Vacation (1983): Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo. "I gotta be crazy! I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose. Praise Marty Moose!"

8. Big (1988): Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins. "Do you mean sleep over?  Well, okay... but I get to be on top."

7. A Fish Called Wanda (1988): Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis. "It's K-K-K-Ken c-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me."

6. This is Spinal Tap (1984): Michael McKeen, Christopher Guest. "I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem may have been, that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf." (Spinal Tap podcast)

5. Fletch (1985): Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker. "You using the whole fist, Doc?" (More on Fletch)

4. Ghost Busters (1984): Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd. "I've been slimed."

3. Beetle Juice (1988): Michael Keaton, Geena Davis. "Not so fast, round boy. We're gonna have some laughs."

2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986): Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones. "It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school." (Ferris podcast)

1. Airplane! (1980): Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays. "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?"

Technically, there was a tie in votes received for Ferris Bueller and Airplane. I cast the tie-breaker in favor of Airplane because I felt it was a truer comedy and served as a big influence on many of the films that followed in the 80s, including Naked Gun and Top Secret-- both top 50 comedies as well. (Ferris influenced the creation of two short-lived TV series - "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" was the better of them -- and Broderick next appeared in Project X. So go figure.) Click here to hear our Airplane podcast with a compilation of the best quotes from the movie.

Most followers of the Stuck in the 80s blog and podcast may be shocked that I didn't pick Ferris. But the whole ending with Cameron and his dad's car -- that typical John Hughes ending -- hurts its overall comedy rating.

So there you go, feel free to leave a comment on the list. Agree, disagree, whatever. I'm all ears.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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