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The Funniest '80s Movies 

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List Rules 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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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Hughes

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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

Released: 1983

Directed by: Harold Ramis

National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, ...more

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#24 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #107 of 1 699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #5 of 1 030 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
wiabux added Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Landis

Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street ...more

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#33 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #327 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #23 of 84 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars ...more

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After A Contentious Six-Month Production, It's A Miracle 'Coming To America' Even Exists #32 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #6 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

Released: 1980

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, ...more

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#83 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #28 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #90 of 1 699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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National Lampoon's Chris... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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The Funniest Quotes From 'Airplane!' #85 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #38 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
WarrenMitchell added Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

Released: 1984

Directed by: Martin Brest

Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to ...more

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#9 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #95 of 726 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #21 of 84 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Planes, Trains and Autom... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon, John Candy

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Hughes

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive, who ...more

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#74 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #51 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #151 of 1 699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

Released: 1984

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

Police Academy is a 1984 comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson, and starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, and G.W. Bailey. It grossed approximately $146 million worldwide and spawned six more ...more

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#72 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #170 of 1 699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #52 of 1 030 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more

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Big is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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'Big' Is Actually An Existential Nightmare #26 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #15 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Landis

¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman. The plot is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film ...more

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#116 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #132 of 1 030 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #79 of 1 209 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tim Burton

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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Stripes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first ...more

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#131 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #70 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #402 of 1 699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Naked Gun: From the ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

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#171 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #76 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #209 of 1 699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

Released: 1989

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#52 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #160 of 1 699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #91 of 1 030 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
JeffreyJamrog added John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

Released: 1984

Directed by: Jeff Kanew

Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The film stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, with Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia ...more

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#126 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #73 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #694 of 1 699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1980

Directed by: John Landis

The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more

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#57 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #69 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #43 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bob Clark

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