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The Funniest '80s Movies

Updated December 14, 2020 196.7k votes 9.4k voters 472.8k 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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  • Vacation1
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    Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1983

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation2
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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  • Caddyshack3
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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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  • Back to the Future4
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Trading Places5
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    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Beverly Hills Cop6
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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  • Coming to America7
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off8
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Airplane!9
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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  • Police Academy10
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    Police Academy

    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg

    Released1984

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles11
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Spaceballs12
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    Spaceballs

    Joan Rivers, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • Stripes13
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    Stripes

    Bill Murray, John Candy

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • The Princess Bride14
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Uncle Buck15
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    Uncle Buck

    Macaulay Culkin, John Candy

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Ghostbusters16
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • Weird Science17
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Major League18
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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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  • The Goonies19
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!20
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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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  • Big21
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • Beetlejuice22
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • ¡Three Amigos!23
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Revenge of the Nerds24
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    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

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  • The Blues Brothers25
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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