"Comedic genius" might be strong words to use to describe some of these movies, but if the following films were people I'd give them all hugs. My brother and I grew up laughing to tears from '80s comedies, and they'll always have a special place in my heart for creating great memories and inducing instant chuckles and/or guffaws.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off. One of the most obvious choices, but also one of the great films that unites generations of students who went through the ridiculousness that was high school.
- Spaceballs. A must-see for any Mel Brooks fans. For me, the cherry on top is Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. And let's not forget about Pizza the Hut, who locked himself in a car and ate himself to death.
- Overboard. I don't care how many chick-flicks/silly movies J. Lo has been in — she'll never top Goldie Hawn's millionaire-turned-mother-of-four.
- Back to the Future. I still have a little crush on the edgy but sweet Martie McFly. I also still love the Huey Lewis and the News theme song.
- Working Girl. A favorite guilty pleasure from the eighties.
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Steve Martin comedies never get old, and he's the perfect actor to take on a role as a con-man in training.
- A Fish Called Wanda. I didn't see this one until college, and for weeks after my friends and I would try to quote our favorite parts only to burst out laughing.
- Back to School. If you can get past the fact that you have to see Rodney Dangerfield in swimming trunks, this is kind of the eighties precursor to Billy Madison.
- Earth Girls Are Easy. This used to run on Comedy Central all of the time. It's so bad it's good, and Jeff Goldblum as the "sexy" alien is funny enough in and of itself, but then you get Jim Carrey as his alien pal as an added bonus!
- When Harry Met Sally. SIGH...in my opinion, this movie wins first place for the greatest dialogue between two characters. It's sharp, sweet, heart-warming and funny, and I'll never get tired of watching it.
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