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Funniest movies of the 80s: Nos. 31-40



The countdown of the Top 50 funniest movies of the 80s continues today, with numbers 31-40. Pee Wee Herman makes his headlining debut today -- don't expect Big Top Pee Wee to come later on ... this is his solo appearance. (Click here to read how we compiled the list; Click here for movies 41-50.)

31. Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985): Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Dailey. "There's a lotta things about me you don't know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand."

32. Back to School (1986): Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman. "Mr. Melon, your wife was just showing us her Klimt."

33. The Blues Brothers
(1980): John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd. "They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God."

34. Coming to America (1988): Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall. "Semmi, you have disgraced yourself, and you must be punished. Confine yourself to our royal suite at the Waldorf-Astoria."

35. The Breakfast Club (1985): Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall. "You're not fooling anyone, Bender. The next screw that falls out will be you."

36. Heathers (1989): Winona Ryder, Christian Slater. "If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being. You'd be a game-show host."

37. Stripes (1981): Bill Murray, Harold Ramis. "We're all very different people. We're not Watusi, we're not Spartans, we're Americans. ... And you know what that means? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.

38. Bachelor Party (1984): Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen. "Hi, come on in! Drugs to the right, hookers to the left."

39. Broadcast News (1987): Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter. "A lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts!"

40. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983): John Cleese, Michael Palin. "Protestantism doesn't stop at the simple condom. Oh, no. I can wear French Ticklers if I want."

A surprise to me: "Stripes" so low in the list; "Breakfast Club" so high; and the fact that "Heathers" made it at all.

Sneak preview of tomorrow's list: Skeet surfing, coffee with Serge, and skiing with Lane Meyer.

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


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