Comedy movies are what I watch when I want to unwind. Focusing on decades at a time is another favorite. Combining the two, let’s talk about some great comedy movies from the 80s.
Ghostbusters came out in 1984 under Columbia Pictures. It is one of the most popular movies to have survived the test of time. Even today the movie is one of the most-quoted (Who ya gonna call?) and beloved films from the 80s. The script of the movie is one of the reasons for the movie’s success, the writing twists comedy with science fiction to give us this masterpiece.
2. The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers came out in 1980 under NBC Universal Pictures. The story revolves around Jake who reunites with his brother, Elwood after he is released from prison. Together they are called “Blues Brothers.”
They want to save the orphanage they grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together – which doesn’t go as expected.
3. Back to the Future
Back to the Future came out in 1985 under NBC Universal Pictures. While this time-traveling fantasy movie isn’t a comedy classification in its core, the movie moves forward graciously because of its humor.
4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came out in 1986 under Paramount Pictures. This teen comedy by writer/director John Hughes’ is one of the funniest movies you will ever watch from the decade.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off revolves around high school senior Ferris Bueller as he plays hooky from school with his girlfriend and best friend. Bueller uses the day as an opportunity to celebrate his life before college changes everything. What starts off as light comedy soon starts giving you all the feels. Which comes to show that the combination of heartfelt emotions and comedy are one of the most workable tropes out there.
5. The Purple Rose of Cairo
Taking about heartfelt emotions and comedy, The Purple Rose of Cairo came out in 1985 under MGM Studios. Woody Allen has become a household name with his beloved movies. His comedy movies of the 1980s are often highbrow humor, but what makes The Purple Rose of Cairo different is the blend of emotions along with its humor.
The story revolves around Cecilia, who goes to the movies to escape her poor life – it is set during the Great Depression. During one such movie outing, the leading man of one of the movies comes off the screen to change her life. He doesn’t quite get the differences between real life and life on the silver screen which leads to many comedy scenes in the movie.