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A couple of Honorable Mentions:

 

WAR OF THE ROSES - the best black comedy of the decade

 

UNFAITHFULLY YOURS - Preston Sturges remake can't touch the original but it's still pretty damn funny. My favorite Dudley Moore performance

 

BRONCO BILLY - Clint sends up his image with fun screwball touch

 

MODERN ROMANCE - A Kubrick fave, who wants to argue with that?

post #152 of 190

can't believe that we spaced on 'Beverly Hills Cop'.  Jesus, are we all on DOPE???

 

The only one that I was really debating on was 'Fletch Lives'.  I adore the original, but the sequel is inconsistent as hell.

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can't believe that we spaced on 'Beverly Hills Cop'.  Jesus, are we all on DOPE???

 

We had a banana in our collective tailpipe.

 

post #154 of 190

No Throw Momma from the Train either! Guess this list just goes to show that the 80's were a fantastic decade for comedies.

 

Sleeplesslumber, any chance of posting the final list?

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No Throw Momma from the Train either! Guess this list just goes to show that the 80's were a fantastic decade for comedies.

 

Sleeplesslumber, any chance of the posting the final list?


shit.  Damned funny movie.

 

'I'm gonna kill the bitch.  You want anything?'

'Can you get me a Chunky?'

 

post #156 of 190

Fuck, no Momma either, and War of the Roses!

 

I was debating Modern Romance for myself, Elvis.

post #157 of 190

 

Final list. Separated into groups of 10 because I find it can make lists easier to absorb.

 

1. Diner (1982)  d. Barry Levinson 

2. Ghostbusters. (1984)  d. Ivan Reitman 

3. Caddyshack (1980)  d. Harold Ramis.

4. Airplane! (1980)  d. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

5. This is Spinal Tap (1984)  d. Rob Reiner

6. Midnight Run (1988)  d. Martin Brest

7. Lost In America (1985)  d. Albert Brooks

8. Raising Arizona  (1987)  d. The Coens

9. The Princess Bride  (1987)  d. Rob Reiner

10. Fletch (1985)  d. Michael Ritchie

 

11. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)   d. Charles Crichton

12. Top Secret! (1984)  d. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

13. Better Off Dead (1985)  d. Savage Steve Holland

14. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)  d. Frank Oz

15. Beetle Juice (1988)  d. Tim Burton

16. Trading Places (1983)  d. John Landis

17. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)  d. John Hughes

18. Real Genius (1985)  d. Martha Coolidge

19. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)  d. John Hughes

20. Back to School (1986)  d. Alan Metter

 

21. Roxanne (1987)  d. Fred Schepisi 

22. The Blues Brothers (1980)  d. John Landis

23. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)  d. Jeff Kanew

24. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)  d. John Landis

25. Evil Dead II (1987)   d. Sam Raimi

26. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)  d. Frank Oz

27. The 'burbs (1989)  d. Joe Dante

28. Back to the Future (1985)  d. Robert Zemeckis

29. A Christmas Story (1983)  d. Bob Clark

30. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)  d. Harold Ramis

 

31. Clue (1985)  d. Jonathon Lynn

32. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)  d. Rob Reiner

33. Coming to America (1988)  d. John Landis

34. Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)  d. Tim Burton

35. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)  d. Robert Zemeckis

36. 48 Hrs. (1982)  d. Walter Hill

37. Broadcast News (1987)  d. James L. Brooks

38. Used Cars (1980)  d. Robert Zemeckis

39. Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)  d. Bill Cosby

40. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)  d. Joe Dante, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss

 

41. Scrooged (1988)  d. Richard Donner

42. Ruthless People (1986)  d. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

43. Tootsie (1982)  d. Sydney Pollack

44. Richard Pryor Live On The Sunset Strip (1982)  d. Joe Layton

45. The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983)  d. Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas

46. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)  d. Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam

47. Time Bandits (1981)  d. Terry Gilliam

48. The Naked Gun (1988)  d.  Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

49. Hollywood Shuffle (1987)  d. Robert Townsend

50. Big Trouble  In Little China (1986)  d. John Carpenter

 

51. Withnail and I (1986)  d. Bruce Robinson

52. Risky Business (1983)  d. Paul Brickman

53. Shock Treatment (1981)  d. Jim Sharman

54. After Hours (1985)  d. Martin Scorsese

55. Stripes (1981)  d. Ivan Reitman

56. Real Men (1987)  d. Dennis Feldman

57. Innerspace (1987)  d. Joe Dante

58. My Favorite Year (1982) d. Richard Benjamin

59. Tapeheads (1988)  d. Bill Fishman

60. Heathers (1988)  d. Michael Lehmann

 

61. Repo Man (1984)  d.  Alex Cox

62. The Sure Thing (1985) Rob Reiner

63. The Man With Two Brains (1983)  d. Carl Reiner

64. Say Anything… (1989)  d. Cameron Crowe

65. Valley Girl (1983)  d. Martha Coolidge

66. An American Werewolf in London (1981)  d. John Landis

67. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1981)  d. Jamie Uys

68. Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983)  d. Bruce Gowers

69. Bagdad Cafe (1987)  d. Percy Adlon

70. Weird Science (1985)  d. John Hughes

 

71. Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)  d. Hugh Wilson

72. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)  d. Keenen Ivory Wayans

73. Johnny Dangerously (1984)  d. Amy Heckerling

74. Night Shift (1982)  d. Ron Howard

75. Down And Out In Beverly Hills (1986)  d. Paul Mazursky

76. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)  d. Amy Heckerling

77. Big (1988)  d. Penny Marshall

78. Local Hero (1983)  d. Bill Forsyth

79. Get Crazy  (1983)  d. Allan Arkush

80. Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam (Turkish Star Wars) (1982)  d. Cetin Inanc

 

81. Hopscotch (1980)  d. Ronald Neame

82. Stir Crazy (1980)  d. Sidney Poitier

83. Summer School (1987)  d. Carl Reiner

84. Student Bodies (1981)  d. Mickey Rose

85. Things Change (1988)  d. David Mamet

86. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)  d. Jeremiah S. Chechik

87. Porky's (1982) d. Bob Clark

88. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)  d. Woody Allen

89. Something Wild  (1986)  d. Jonathan Demme

90. Sixteen Candles (1984)  d. John Hughes

 

91. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)  d. Stephen Herek

92. Brazil (1985)  d. Terry Gilliam

93. Space Balls (1987)  d. Mel Brooks

94. Mystery Train (1989)  d. Jim Jarmusch

95. Biloxi Blues (1988)  d. Mike Nichols

96. Tin Men (1987)  d. Barry Levinson 

97. Gremlins (1984)  d. Joe Dante

98. Flash Gordon (1980)  d. Mike Hodges

99. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) d. Sammo Hung

100. UHF (1989)  d. Jay Levey

 

Honorable mentions

(Movies that aren't quite good enough or films we just plain forgot about.)

 

9 to 5 (1980)  d. Colin Higgins

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)  d. Martin Brest

Bronco Billy (1980)  d. Clint Eastwood

Into the Night (1985)  d. John Landis

The Goonies (1985)  d. Richard Donner

Married to the Mob (1988)  d. Jonathan Demme

Modern Romance (1981)  d. Albert Brooks

Police Acadamy (1984)  d. Hugh Wilson

Running Scared (1986)  d. Peter Hyams

Spies Like Us (1985)  d. John Landis

Throw Mamma from the Train (1987)  d. Danny DeVito

Unfaithfully Yours (1984)  d. Howard Zieff

War of the Roses (1989)  d. Danny DeVito

 

I've added 9 to 5 because that would have been my next choice had the list not ended before I got online today.

 

The Goonies is also my addition just because I have an irrational love for the movie even though it doesn't hold up to viewings as an adult

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ETA: SONOFABITCH, SLEEPLESS!

 

 

1. Diner (1982)  d. Barry Levinson 

2. Ghostbusters. (1984)  d. Ivan Reitman 

3. Caddyshack (1980)  d. Harold Ramis.

4. Airplane! (1980)  d. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

5. This is Spinal Tap (1984)  d. Rob Reiner

6. Midnight Run (1988)  d. Martin Brest

7. Lost In America (1985)  d. Albert Brooks

8. Raising Arizona  (1987)  d. The Coens

9. The Princess Bride  (1987)  d. Rob Reiner

10. Fletch (1985)  d. Michael Ritchie

11. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)   d. Charles Crichton

12. Top Secret! (1984)  d. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

13. Better Off Dead (1985)  d. Savage Steve Holland

14. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)  d. Frank Oz

15. Beetle Juice (1988)  d. Tim Burton

16. Trading Places (1983)  d. John Landis

17. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)  d. John Hughes

18. Real Genius (1985)  d. Martha Coolidge

19. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)  d. John Hughes

20. Back to School (1986)  d. Alan Metter

21. Roxanne (1987)  d. Fred Schepisi 

22. The Blues Brothers (1980)  d. John Landis

23. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)  d. Jeff Kanew

24. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)  d. John Landis

25. Evil Dead II (1987)   d. Sam Raimi

26. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)  d. Frank Oz

27. The 'burbs (1989)  d. Joe Dante

28. Back to the Future (1985)  d. Robert Zemeckis

29. A Christmas Story (1983)  d. Bob Clark

30. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)  d. Harold Ramis

31. Clue (1985)  d. Jonathon Lynn

32. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)  d. Rob Reiner

33. Coming to America (1988)  d. John Landis

34. Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)  d. Tim Burton

35. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)  d. Robert Zemeckis

36. 48 Hrs. (1982)  d. Walter Hill

37. Broadcast News (1987)  d. James L. Brooks

38. Used Cars (1980)  d. Robert Zemeckis

39. Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)  d. Bill Cosby

40. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)  d. Joe Dante, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss

41. Scrooged (1988)  d. Richard Donner

42. Ruthless People (1986)  d. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

43. Tootsie (1982)  d. Sydney Pollack

44. Richard Pryor Live On The Sunset Strip (1982)  d. Joe Layton

45. The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983)  d. Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas

46. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)  d. Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam

47. Time Bandits (1981)  d. Terry Gilliam

48. The Naked Gun (1988)  d.  Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

49. Hollywood Shuffle (1987)  d. Robert Townsend

50. Big Trouble  In Little China (1986)  d. John Carpenter

51. Withnail and I (1986)  d. Bruce Robinson

52. Risky Business (1983)  d. Paul Brickman

53. Shock Treatment (1981)  d. Jim Sharman

54. After Hours (1985)  d. Martin Scorsese

55. Stripes (1981)  d. Ivan Reitman

56. Real Men (1987)  d. Dennis Feldman

57. Innerspace (1987)  d. Joe Dante

 

58. My Favorite Year (1982) d. Richard Benjamin

59. Tapeheads (1988)  d. Bill Fishman

60. Heathers (1988)  d. Michael Lehmann

61. Repo Man (1984)  d.  Alex Cox

62. The Sure Thing (1985) Rob Reiner

63. The Man With Two Brains (1983)  d. Carl Reiner

64. Say Anything… (1989)  d. Cameron Crowe

65. Valley Girl (1983)  d. Martha Coolidge

66. An American Werewolf in London (1981)  d. John Landis

67. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1981)  d. Jamie Uys

68. Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983)  d. Bruce Gowers

69. Bagdad Cafe (1987)  d. Percy Adlon

70. Weird Science (1985)  d. John Hughes

71. Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)  d. Hugh Wilson

72. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)  d. Keenen Ivory Wayans

73. Johnny Dangerously (1984)  d. Amy Heckerling

74. Night Shift (1982)  d. Ron Howard

75. Down And Out In Beverly Hills (1986)  d. Paul Mazursky

76. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)  d. Amy Heckerling

77. Big (1988)  d. Penny Marshall

78. Local Hero (1983)  d. Bill Forsyth

79. Get Crazy  (1983)  d. Allan Arkush

80. Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982)  d. Cetin Inanc

81. Hopscotch (1980)  d. Ronald Neame

82. Stir Crazy (1980)  d. Sidney Poitier

83. Summer School (1987)  d. Carl Reiner

84. Student Bodies (1981)  d. Mickey Rose

85. Things Change (1988)  d. David Mamet

86. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)  d. Jeremiah S. Chechik

87. Porky's (1982) d. Bob Clark

88. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)  d. Woody Allen

89. Something Wild (1986) d. Jonathan Demme 

90. Sixteen Candles (1984) d. John Hughes

91. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) d. Stephen Herek

92. Brazil (1985) d. Terry Gilliam

93. Spaceballs (1987) d. Mel Brooks

94. Mystery Train (1989) d. Jim Jarmusch

95. Biloxi Blues (1988) d. Mike Nichols

96. Tin Men (1987) d. Barry Levinson

97. Gremlins (1984) d. Joe Dante

98. Flash Gordon (1980) d. Mike Hodges

99. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) d. Sammo Hung

100. UHF (1989) d. Weird Al Yankovic

 

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ETA: SONOFABITCH, SLEEPLESS!

 


Sorry man, I know it takes time to compile it. I tend to do my longer posts in text edit so I can refresh my browser page and check for any new posts before copy and pasting it into the reply box.

post #160 of 190

So I took another look at the AFI's list of the "funniest" 100 comedies of all time, and of the 22 80's comedies on the list, only six went unmentioned by our 100 nor the honorable mentions:

 

Private Benjamin

Arthur

Victor/Victoria

Good Morning, Vietnam

Moonstruck

Bull Durham

 

And I just remembered that S.O.B. went sadly undetected here.

post #161 of 190

Major League

post #162 of 190

Good Morning Vietnam occurred to me. But then I realized, "Robin Williams is not represented on this list. And that is entirely appropriate."

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Good Morning Vietnam occurred to me. But then I realized, "Robin Williams is not represented on this list. And that is entirely appropriate."



I get a kick out of the shut out, too, but I thought about THE SURVIVORS.

 

post #164 of 190

Crap, my honorable mention: Three O'Clock High

post #165 of 190

FUCK.  Totally forgot about 'S.O.B.' and 'Victor/Victoria'.  Robert Preston takes both of those movies into the stratosphere, especially 'S.O.B.'

post #166 of 190

S.O.B. does for the film industry what Network did for TV news, and I LOVE Robert Vaughn basically playing Robert Evans.

 

And Three O'Clock High is awesome too. Forgot that one.

post #167 of 190

A few I forgot about:

 

Prizzi's Honor

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Zelig

Broadway Danny Rose

All of Me

Moscow on the Hudson

 

post #168 of 190

Darn it! I totally meant to throw in All Of Me! Lily Tomlin got robbed!

 

That movie holds up extremely well. Can't say the same for Prizzi's Honor. 25 years on, John Huston's once witty charmer of a black comedy is revealed to be a surprisingly amateurish endurance test. When it was released in 1985, the novelty of seeing the (then) white hot combo of Nicholson & Turner playing gangster played a large part in what fueled the film's popularity. Removed from that sense of star power, the film is a plodding bore with Nicholson giving a performance so tunelessly kitschy, it makes Tom Wilkinson's Carmine Falcone look like Pacino's Michael in Part II.


Edited by Art Decade - 8/12/11 at 11:44pm
post #169 of 190

Yeah, it's been several years since I last watched Prizzi's Honor. I don't remember it very well to be honest.

post #170 of 190

Whatever. I saw "Prizzi's Honor" for the first time last year and I loved it. Good movies don't get outdated.

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Whatever. I saw "Prizzi's Honor" for the first time last year and I loved it. Good movies don't get outdated.


Interesting. I guess it's just a matter of taste then.

 

One last honorable mention:

 

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This movie shouldn't exist, much less work. The plot is embarrassingly stupid. Mind-blowingly so. But Nimoy, directing from a smarter than usual screenplay, works a minor miracle here & turns the 4th entry of the sci-fi action franchise into a gripping, hilarious romp.

post #172 of 190

We're on the same page with that one. I just watched it again recently and the comedy is really what works best in it. I find most of the first and third acts (which are basically just tying up loose ends in plot) rather dull, but all the comedy in the middle is pitch-perfect. Almost every character has a standout comedic moment, from Spock's difficulty lying, to Scotty's magic plastic formula, to Chekov's submarine/hospital adventure, to Dr. McCoy's disgust at '80s medical practices.

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Chewer's 100 Funniest Films of the 80's 2011-08-13 19-14-26.png

 

That's a collage of all the films picked. I collated the list on Listal.

 

http://www.listal.com/list/chewers-100-funniest-films-80s

 

Bigger version here, http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/s20110813191426.png/ and attached

 

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Edited by Spike Marshall - 8/13/11 at 11:30am
post #174 of 190

Brilliant.

post #175 of 190

Bravo.  Really, good job.

post #176 of 190

Yeah, that's awesome Spike!

post #177 of 190

OK, I missed this and the action list. Nice job, everybody... but what's next?

post #178 of 190

I think we can come up with something more creative than "Best ______ film of the ____s." Characters?

post #179 of 190

I'd really like to see a "Best Motion Picture Scores of the ____s" list.

 

 

post #180 of 190

As long as it's nothing to do with the fucking 1980s.

post #181 of 190

A Best Scores Of The 80s list might be interesting from #1-40 but, yeah, #41-100 will likely look like an advertisement for Casio keyboards.

post #182 of 190

Yeah the best ____ film of the 80s is getting tired, but a new best of list has to be pretty well defined catigory mcnooj82. Something as vague as best thriller will fizzle out, restrctions bring out the most creative movie picks. 

 

I'm trying to think of a good catigory, here are some off the top of my head.

 

Bad Girls (best movies with a female antihero)

Greatest One Location films (Films taking place at one location for 80% or more of it's runtime)

And then there were none (Best films where all or most of the mian characters die.)

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A Best Scores Of The 80s list might be interesting from #1-40 but, yeah, #41-100 will likely look like an advertisement for Casio keyboards.



I was talking in general, I really can't stand the 1980s or 1990s cinematically.

post #184 of 190

How about something more obscure which might cause chewers to search out older films? Like 100 best films of the 1930s.

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How about something more obscure which might cause chewers to search out older films? Like 100 best films of the 1930s.


Absolutely brilliant. I'm already thinking about some buried treasures from the 40s.

post #186 of 190

Started a 1930s thread. I'm interested in seeing how many movies are chosen.

post #187 of 190
I watched Airplane! in its entirety for the first time in probably a decade during the holiday break and boy howdy does it still do the business. In fact I laughed so hard at Robert Stack's delivery of "No ... that's just what they'll be expecting us to do" I literally puked in my own mouth. I don't mean "literally", I mean literally. I was laughing so hard it rasped my throat up so I started coughing, which combined with the laughing fit to trip my good old gag reflex and I threw up a few chunks and some bile, forcing me to bolt for the bathroom.

And it was totally worth it. And I mean totally.


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4. Airplane! (1980) d. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Arguably the funniest film ever made. It serves as the original blueprint & gold standard for the Modern American Comedy while influencing seminal works from The Simpsons to Anchorman.
post #188 of 190

MOONSTRUCK should absolutely have been in the original 100. IMNSHO, it's one of the top 5 comedies of the decade, and one of the best of all time. Perfect writing, delivery, pacing, and consistency of theme. Plus the final breakfast scene combines tears, tension and howling one-liners effortlessly.

post #189 of 190

"Jack, tell me a story?"

"F--k you!"

"oh, that's one of my favorites."
 

post #190 of 190
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Don't leave out...

My favorite Year

the first National Lampoon Vacation move

The Toy

See No Evil Hear No Evil

Water

When Harry Met Sally

Repo Man

Brewster's Millions

Stripes

 

too many to pick a #1

Though Airplane Is right up there.

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