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The Funniest '80s Movies

Updated October 13, 2020 189.3k votes 9.1k voters 465.8k views314 items

List RulesComedies and dramatic comedy films released between 1980 and 1989

Looking for a great classic comedy? This list of the funniest 80s movies is here to the rescue. The best comedy films of the 1980s are listed here in order of greatness by fans just like yourself. 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 amazingly funny '80s 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. Woody Allen and Mel Brooks did some of their funniest movies in the '80s. The 1980s was an amazing and laugh-out-loud decade for comedy films.

There are movies on the list that a few might consider cheesy but that doesn't make them any less hilarious. Be sure to vote up your favorite '80s comedy films and vote down the ones you don't think are that funny.

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  • 1
    Vacation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1983

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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  • 2
    National Lampoon's Christm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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    Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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  • 4
    Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 7
    Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • 8
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 9
    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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  • 10
    Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Police Academy

    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg

    Released1984

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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  • 11
    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Spaceballs

    Joan Rivers, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • 12
    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 13
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 14
    Stripes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Stripes

    Bill Murray, John Candy

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • 15
    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 16
    Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Uncle Buck

    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 17
    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • 18
    Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 19
    Big is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • 20
    Major League is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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  • 21
    The Naked Gun: From the Files  is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Released1988

    Directed byDavid Zucker

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  • 22
    ¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • 23
    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

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  • 25
    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest '80s Movies
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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