The Funniest Movies of the Eighties, Nineties, and 2000's - From Ghostbusters to Anchorman
Funny films aren't defined by critics, they're defined by the fans, the people that actually watch them. That's why this top ten eight list of the funniest comedies from 1980 onward will have many people in full agreement - these films are still funny, and among the greatest. Some of the films we'll review here include Caddyshack, 40 Year Old Virgin, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Animal House.
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1984's highest grossing film, starring Eddie Murphy
"He's been chased, thrown through a window, and annoyed. Eddie Murphy is a Detroit cop on vacation in Beverly Hills."
1984's highest grossing film, Beverly Hills Cop, was a huge smash for the entire decade of the 80's. It cemented the career of Eddie Murphy, former SNL albumni, and the star of films like Shrek and Coming to America. This poster features Eddie Murphy's character, Axel Foley, on the hood of a Mercedes holding a pistol.
1998 funny cult class movie - Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
"That rug really tied the room together."
Released in 1998, this movie didn't fare too well at the box office. However, since its release, it has become a cult classic film. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Julianne Moore, the film focuses on the Bridge's character, "The Dude," who is caught up in a case of mistaken identity, kidnapping, and bowling alley drama.
Hit 1984 comedy featuring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, and others
From the movie: "Hi, this is Larry King. The phone-in topic Today: 'Ghosts and Ghostbusting.' The controversy builds, more sightings are reported, some maintain that these professional paranormal eliminators in New York are the cause of it all."
Some comedies don't stand up over time, but the wit, absurdity, and fun of Ghostbusters has held up amazingly well. The dry wit, strangeness, and of course, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. If you grew up in the 80's, there's no escaping this film. If you haven't seen it, do yourself the favor and watch it. Ghostbusters III is scheduled for a 2012 release date.
One of the funniest drinking movies of all time!
If you've ever been hungover, truly, sickeningly hungover to the point of blacking out, then you can relate to this movie. Alcohol and bachelor parties in Las Vegas are a horrendously good/bad mix of fun, strippers, and hysteria. The Hangover follows the lost weekend's escapades, as the group tries to backtrack and find out why they are left with a baby (and a tiger) and have no idea where their friend is. Unanimously, this movie is already being hailed as a comedy classic. Hang this ode to drinking and fun on your wall, and get inspired to have a cocktail or three.
One of the funniest comedy movies of the 2000's - launchpad for Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Steve Carrell
This movie was a breath of fresh air to comedies in 2005. It starred up-and-comers Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carrell, and had some of the most graphic waxing scenes ever to be recorded (and it was real!). The movie was a huge box office smash, and gave birth to the popular "calm comedy" style in which people talk about awkward topics in a calm, relaxed manner. This poster features lead actor Steve Carrell tied to a chair, with the text, "the longer you wait, the harder it gets."
An all time comedy classic featuring Chevy Chase
"We watch his program. We buy his toys, we go to his movies, he owes us! Doesn't he owe us, ha? He owes the Griswolds right? F***ing-A right he owes us!"
Dead Grandmas, skinnydipping, and a trip to Wally World by gunpoint...what more could you want from a movie? This 1983 hit movie starred Chevy Chase in one of his most famous roles. As the Griswold family traveled across the country on a road trip to Wally World, they meet their fair share of obstacles, strange incidents, and strange people, making for a great comedy movie.
The Legend of Ron Burgundy
"They bring you the news... so you don't have to get it yourself."
The 70's were a time that political correctness did not exist, and what better angle to poke fun of than action news? Anchorman takes place in the irreverent times of the 70's in San Diego, starring Will Ferrel as Ron Burgundy and Christina Applegate as Veronica Cornerstone. The cast also included Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Fred Willard. It was voted one of the top funniest movies of all time by Bravo. As Ron Burgundy tries his best to seduce Veronica Cornerstone, his new co-anchor, a number of problems, sexual episodes, and seventies spoofing antics ensue.
"Wait up, girls; I got a salami I gotta hide still. "
This was the film that launched Rodney Dangerfield into mainstream movies, with more successful hits into the 90's. It also starred SNL cast members Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, as well as Ted Knight and Michael O'Keefe. The movie was a big box office smash, propelling the careers of all of its cast. The movie was followed up in '88 with the dud Caddyshack II (don't bother seeing it!). This poster features the cast and the infamous, golf course wrecking gopher that Murray's character, Carl Spackler, chases throughout the movie.
Released in 1978 - just shy of making the 80's
"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!"
Bravo lists Animal House as #1 on its list of the 100 funniest movies. It is indeed, a pretty funny movie, even today. The college experience is always an interesting one, and when you combine all of those moments into a "best of" lasting around 109 minutes, you get some pretty hysterical moments. The plot follows the journey of two freshman looking to get into a fraternity, but settling for Delta Tau Chi House. The neighboring fraternity wants to get shut down Delta, and that's where the fight and funny moments begin. As the Delta house tries to do everything in its power to stay intact, they pull out all the stops, from sabotaging a parade to dumping a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet. Starring John Belushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky, the film is a true comedy classic.
Classic comedies on posters to hang in your bedroom, office or dorm
These classic comedies never get old, and some of them aren't even that old. If you're a fan of comedy, then you must know these films! Perfect to hang in your bedroom, office, dorm room, finished basement, or mancave, these posters are all shipped fast and ready to order.
This is one of the funniest Will Ferrell movies, and really showcases the gut busting laughter that John C. Reilly can induce on moviegoers.
In case you were living under a rock, The Hangover is a phenom that topped box offices for weeks. It's the tale of a weekend bachelor party in Vegas gone wrong... in other words, just about every Vegas bachelor party. This poster shows the One Man Wolf Pack himself, ready to party.
Luke Wilson, Will Ferrel, and Vince Vaughn teamed up for this comedy hit that cemented career of Will Ferrel and Vince Vaughn in the early 2000's.
Dodgeball is life. Another classic from the "Frat Pack" of comedy.
Napoleon Dynamite was truly unique, and that's why it was such a huge hit. The tale of an odd Idaho high school student named Napoleon, this focuses on the strange and typical high school drama as seen through a ultra nerd's point of view.