The 1980s were a great decade for comedy films. Starring an abundance of comedy legends during a golden age for the genre, comedy was at the forefront of a decade of highly competitive blockbuster cinema.
Box office successes were dominated by American humor, with stand-up veterans like Steve Martin and Richard Pryor moving on to big-budget movie projects.
The Saturday Night Live alumni were also trusted to make the big screen, with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy becoming household names, while elsewhere actors mostly associated with non-comedic roles have also been fortunate enough. to show off their acting. versatility, as evidenced by the surprising but hilarious performances of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Leslie Nielsen.
Nor was the decade limited to a specific style of comedy, with the coexistence of a slapstick and subtle comedy. In order to cut down on suitors, this list will focus on the movies that made audiences laugh the most. This excludes most action comedies such as Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Back to the Future (1985), romantic comedies like Overboard (1987) and When Harry Met Sally (1989) and the many brilliant comedies on the way. into adulthood performed by the great John Hughes. , which excludes The Breakfast Club (1985) and Uncle Buck (1987).
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The first of three films directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker on this list, Ruthless People is a dark but hilarious revenge story about a kidnapping gone awry.
After his fashion designs are stolen by shady businessman Sam Stone (Danny DeVito), Sandy Kessler (Helen Slater) and her husband Ken (Judge Reinhold) make the bold and desperate decision to kidnap Sam’s wife. , Barbara (Bette Midler), in an attempt to extort the ransom money from Sam. The only problem is, Sam has no interest in getting his wife back!
DeVito excels as the lovable villain, and facing eccentric Midler, the film was destined to become a cult classic. Earning $ 76 million at the box office and currently enjoying a high 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Ruthless People has managed to achieve the primary goal of a comedy movie – making audiences laugh!