The Funniest '80s Movies Films

The Funniest '80s Movies

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List Criteria: Comedies and dramatic comedy films released between 1980 and 1989

List of the funniest 80s movies. The best comedy films of the 1980s are listed here in order of greatness. Feel free to create your own rankings and use this list as a resource for the next time you need a pick-me-up. The 1980s was absolutely instrumental in comedy filmmaking and is the reason we have so many amazing comedy flicks today. In fact, that is why they are re-booting the hell out of them right now. We can thank Ivan Reitman, John Hughes, and Howard Ramis in particular for pioneering sheer greatness in modern American comedies. Apparently "Ghostbusters" is still so popular that people are awaiting the third in the trilogy to come out any day now. Pee-Wee also scored big laughs on the big screen in two separate films, as Woody Allen and Mel Brooks did some of their funniest movies in the 80s. This was an amazing and laugh-out-loud decade for comedy films.


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  1. 1
    + 580
    - 157
    Ghostbusters

    most listed
    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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  2. 2
    + 498
    - 137

    the people's #1
    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

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  3. 3
    + 520
    - 149

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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  4. 4
    + 532
    - 104

    ranked low on reranks
    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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  5. 5
    + 532
    - 110
    Back to the Future


    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  6. 6
    + 416
    - 117
    Beverly Hills Cop

    added by WarrenMitchell
    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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  7. 7
    + 533
    - 97


    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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  8. 8
    + 484
    - 117
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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  9. 9
    + 414
    - 101

    added by wiabux
    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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  10. 10
    + 374
    - 117


    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

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  11. 11
    + 368
    - 135
    Coming to America


    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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  12. 12
    + 355
    - 157
    Beetlejuice


    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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  13. 13
    + 324
    - 119
    Stripes


    Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

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  14. 14
    + 299
    - 135
    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!


    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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  15. 15
    + 351
    - 155
    Spaceballs


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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  16. 16
    + 330
    - 132
    Police Academy


    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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  17. 17
    + 316
    - 127
    The Blues Brothers


    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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  18. 18
    + 293
    - 101
    Big


    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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  19. 19
    + 349
    - 84
    Uncle Buck

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette

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  20. 20
    + 345
    - 100

    ranked low on reranks
    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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  21. 21
    + 285
    - 110
    Revenge of the Nerds

    added by JeffreyJamrog
    John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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  22. 22
    + 276
    - 116
    A Christmas Story


    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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  23. 23
    + 288
    - 114
    Back to the Future Part II


    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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  24. 24
    + 307
    - 144
    The Princess Bride


    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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  25. 25
    + 313
    - 127
    ¡Three Amigos!


    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman

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  26. 26
    + 289
    - 79
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    ranked low on reranks
    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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  27. 27
    + 329
    - 102
    The Breakfast Club

    ranked low on reranks
    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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  28. 28
    + 263
    - 127
    Fletch

    added by wiabux
    Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis

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  29. 29
    + 216
    - 179
    Raising Arizona

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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  30. 30
    + 289
    - 100
    Weird Science

    ranked low on reranks
    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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  31. 31
    + 225
    - 107
    Weekend at Bernie's

    added by VanessaHawelu
    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich

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  32. 32
    + 262
    - 111
    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure


    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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  33. 33
    + 189
    - 106
    Scrooged

    added by VanessaHawelu
    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis

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  34. 34
    + 192
    - 158
    This Is Spinal Tap

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston

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  35. 35
    + 221
    - 130
    Ghostbusters II


    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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  36. 36
    + 209
    - 101
    Back to School


    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison

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  37. 37
    + 173
    - 102

    added by VanessaHawelu
    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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  38. 38
    + 154
    - 124
    Stir Crazy

    added by wiabux
    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson

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  39. 39
    + 189
    - 127
    National Lampoon's European Vacation


    Chevy Chase, Anthony Michael Hall, Beverly DAngelo

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  40. 40
    + 172
    - 138
    The Money Pit


    Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Joe Mantegna

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  41. 41
    + 185
    - 128
    Better Off Dead


    John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

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  42. 42
    + 186
    - 128
    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

    added by wiabux
    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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  43. 43
    + 142
    - 104
    Porky's

    added by VanessaHawelu
    Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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  44. 44
    + 177
    - 141
    A Fish Called Wanda


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Stephen Fry

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  45. 45
    + 221
    - 95

    ranked low on reranks
    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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  46. 46
    + 142
    - 136
    Tootsie

    often listed & added by VanessaHawelu
    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis

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  47. 47
    + 157
    - 55
    Gremlins

    ranked low on reranks & added by but chickens double d
    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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  48. 48
    + 125
    - 110
    History of the World, Part I

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner

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  49. 49
    + 104
    - 37
    The Great Outdoors

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChrissyElle
    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

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  50. 50
    + 138
    - 108
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


    Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy

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