Baby boomers will probably remember this late 80s movie that superbly mocked crime TV shows from the 70s. As a bumbling investigator, Leslie Nielsen gives a great performance that will leave your ribs tickled and your cheeks sore. Even now, more than three decades later, it’s still hysterically funny with harmless slapstick and clever puns.
The movie is packed with visuals and verbal punchlines; shame, though, as they are all outdated. We are not sure how well this will work watched by the new generation; however, back then, it was one of the funniest movies around.
The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges is simply perfect as the laid-back protagonist in this Coen brothers' comedy. His character is known as "The Dude," who is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name; mishaps ensue as he gets caught up in a kidnapping ring. The film is edgy and creative, and the ensemble cast did well to create memorable characters.
Many might attribute the film's success to its pointed dialogue, but its life lessons about friendship are what make it so much more than a comedy. The movie was released more than 25 years ago and is as influential as it was back in its early days. It reminds me of the great things in Hollywood when there is no fear of crossing the lines.
When three adult men decide to start their own fraternity, it’s all achieved with chaotic enthusiasm thanks to a Frat Pack cast that includes Luke Wilson, Will Ferrel, and Vince Vaughn. The obvious standout is Will Ferrell, whose inner conflict between a middle-aged family man and party-obsessed Frank provides the film with a truly funny dynamic.
Todd Philips has since made more blockbuster movies, but "Old School" remains the benchmark for his comedic work. So, in the movie, the characters are supposed to be in their 20s; however, all main actors were well into their 30s when playing the roles. So, no need for plastic surgery. Just be funny, and it will bring on the youth.
This Is Spinal Tap
Rob Reiner's mockumentary highlights a heavy-metal band struggling to get back on the charts. With probably the most laugh-out-loud script in movie history, dim-witted characters' strong performances still remain endearing. While the pivotal music and profound lyrics set this movie apart, the script makes it as witty as it gets. Most of the lines were improvised. The script was there but only performed as a structure and baseline.
Everything else was the cast's pure imagination and talent. This made the final movie more authentic, everything looked more real and approachable. Adding on to that, it is full of laughter and gigs and deserves an honorable place on this list.
The premise follows a teen on his quest to raise money for college, so he works as a caddy for golfers at the snob-infested Bushwood Country Club. You'll encounter classic slapstick, whip-smart dialogue, and unforgettable characters. The film features many zany scenes that balance well with comedic timing from great actors like Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and Chevy Chase.
The movie shows us (among other things) what living with loads of money is all about and highlights the hilarious and sometimes awkward moments of that kind of life. The movie eventually made more than $60 million, so the characters were not the only ones with loads of bucks to their name.