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'Buck up little camper:' Name the best cheer-you-up movies of the '80s



Mel-brooks-history-of-the-world_l As of midnight Sunday, the Saddest Week in Stuck in the '80s finally concludes. Tip of the the fedora with my white-gloved hand to Michael Jackson for really punctuating the theme.

And so with the new week comes the first chore ... a much needed one: Let's name the Best Cheer-Me-Up Movies of the 1980s.

You know, the flicks that you turn to on a dark day to chase away the clouds. They don't necessarily need to be comedies, but obviously those have a built-in edge. If there's a theme over overcoming a crushing breakup -- or defeating mythic Greek monsters, naturally I'm going to be tempted to award bonus points.

I really want your picks (the ones you watch and the ones you'd recommend to friends), but here are a couple that pop to my mind right away:

BETTER OFF DEAD (1985): John Cusack makes a fast and funny recovery from a breakup thanks to one of the greatest best friends of the '80s Charles De Mar (Curtis Armstrong) and uber-sexy French neighbor Monique (Diane Franklin).

HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1 (1981): How can Mel Brooks not cheer you up? The only thing sad about this movie is seeing the brilliant actors who are no longer with us -- Dom DeLuise, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn -- but definitely telling excrement jokes in the big theater in the sky.

VICTORY (1981): Maybe it's just me, but there's nothing more fun than a fictitious soccer game between Allied POWs and the Nazis held in the center of occupied Paris during WW2. If you're not on your feet at the ending, you're probably German. Or you really, really hate organized sports.

AIRPLANE! (1980): It was our top pick for best comedies of the '80s. See what other movies made the top 10.

DirtyRottenScoundrels1 DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988): One of the most criminally underrated movies of the '80s. Michael Caine + Steve Martin = comedy gold. "Oh, Lawrence! This is the happiest day of my life! I think my testicles are dropping!"

What else needs to be on the list?

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