The 1980s introduced audiences around the world to fan-favorite comedies, but many of these cinematic greats are often overlooked. This decade was filled with memorable box office successes such as: Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, and Ferris Bueller Holidaythere were many notable comedies that did not get the praise and recognition they deserved. I got
Comedian extraordinaire Jim Carrey made a splash in his films when he starred as an hapless teenager targeted by a powerful female vampire. If bitten, Michael Keaton showed his hilarious skills as a performer in Ron Howard’s side-split gem night shift. Let’s take a look at some of the most underrated comedy movies of the ’80s.
9 After several hours
1985 black comedy directed by the great Martin Scorsese After several hourscenters on mild-mannered word processor Paul Hackett, who finds his nights worsening after meeting a beautiful, unwell woman who inadvertently sets off a chaotic chain of events throughout his ill-fated night. I’m here.
A low-budget independent film, Scorsese embraced a more understated, underground style of storytelling and won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. It has been highly praised by critics for its fun and wacky elements, sharp humor, and lively performances. After several hours It has been considered a widely underrated Scorsese film.
8 Something Wild
1986 action comedy with an amazing cast led by Melanie Griffiths, Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta Something Wild is one of Jonathan Demme’s often-overlooked hits before he made waves. Silence of the Lambs and PhiladelphiaThe film finds the fun-loving and spontaneous Lulu infatuated with an uptight banker. Their secret affair becomes complicated when her husband of Lulu’s dangerous ex-con shows up hoping for reconciliation.
Daniels was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance as an understated yuppie businessman, demonstrating his comedic chops and ability to embrace the zany and the queer. It helped repopulate the ball comedy genre and demonstrated Griffith’s widespread public appeal, leading to her grabbing the leading role. working girl.
7 if bitten
The always hilarious Jim Carrey landed one of his early lead roles in the 1985 teen horror comedy. If bitten, In it, he portrays a sex-obsessed high school virgin who becomes the target of a centuries-old vampire (Lauren Hutton) who must drink his blood to stay young and attractive.
A teenager finds his life turned upside down when he begins exhibiting strange desires and symptoms that make him wonder if he’s really becoming a vampire. While the film failed to make a big impact on both critics and audiences, it has since become a well-known cult classic that showcases Carey’s early star power and extraordinary range as a comedian.
6 creeping night
Two geeky teens learn this fact firsthand in the 1986 sci-fi horror comedy creeping nightFrank Decker’s flick pays homage to cinema’s B-movie past, fully embracing the slasher genre, offering gore and gore, bonkers humor, and entertaining characters to establish itself as a gripping cult classic. bottom.
All of the comedy’s main characters are named after horror film directors (George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, and more). Turn students on campus into zombies.
Five top secret!
Val Kilmer got his first big acting break when he played the lead role in the 1984 spy movie spoof comedy. top secret! The film sees him as an American rock star trying to save a brilliant scientist caught in the German underground resistance movement and captured by nefarious forces.
The Horizontal Farce was directed by ZAZ (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker). plane! and naked gunserved as a parody of popular film styles such as war and spy films. top secret! It helped establish Kilmer as a certified leading man, demonstrating his range as a performer and ability to tap into any genre.
Four man with two brains
The always hilarious Steve Martin provided some serious laughs when he played a gifted neurosurgeon whose world was turned upside down after falling in love with a femme fatale in the 1983s. man with two brainsa picture of Carl Reiner co-starring Kathleen Turner as his devious wife.
Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr meets a mad scientist at a medical conference in Vienna and begins to develop romantic feelings for one of the living brains of a mad scientist who can communicate telepathically. man with two brains Although it was a modest success at the box office, Martin’s zany performance as the lovestruck doctor in an outrageous farce was critically acclaimed, demonstrating his prodigious comedic prowess.
3 better off dead
John Cusack stars in this 1985 black comedy as a lovestruck high school student who decides to end his life after being dumped by his girlfriend. better off dead, which follows a depressed Lane Meyer and his incompetent crusader committing suicide after being completely consumed by his misery. After repeated failures, Lane instead decides to challenge her ex-girlfriend’s new suitor to a dangerous ski race, with the encouragement of a fellow oddball and a French exchange student.
better off dead was one of Cusack’s early roles, leading to the actor playing another charming loser, Lloyd Dobler, in Cameron Crowe’s beloved 1989 hit. say anything… His edgy and eccentric portrayal of Lane helped make the comedy a fun and goofy cult classic.
2 night shift
The talented Michael Keaton skyrocketed to stardom when he headlined the criminally underrated Ron Howard comedy in 1982. night shiftwill see the esteemed comedian starring alongside Henry Winkler and Shelley Long for the first time. The film tells the story of low-key night shift attendant Chuck (Winkler) as he finds a stress-free life overlooking a New York City morgue.
Loud chaos and hijinks ensue naturally when Bill hatches an outrageous plan to turn a morgue into a brothel and become a pimp. night shift Winkler was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, while Keaton became an overnight sensation and received widespread praise.
There’s no denying it’s a 1989 black comedy, heathers has become one of the greatest coming-of-age movies of all time, but the cult classic is often overlooked for its sharp, dark, and biting humor, offering a scathing commentary on high school social hierarchies. .
Winona Ryder marvels as popular girl Veronica Sawyer who has a crush on rebellious freshman JD. heathers A provocative and groundbreaking film that helped establish the young lead’s career, it was praised by both audiences and critics. Its enduring legacy has led to both a TV adaptation and a musical, with potential sequel rumors constantly swirling.