List of comedy films of the 1980s

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A list of comedy films released in the 1980s.

Title Director Cast Country Subgenre/Notes
1980
9 to 5 Colin Higgins Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda United States
Private Benjamin Howard Zieff Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante United States
Airplane! Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Robert Stack, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lorna Patterson, Lloyd Bridges, Ethel Merman United States A spoof of disaster films
Caddyshack Harold Ramis Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray, Sarah Holcomb, Scott Colomby, Cindy Morgan, Dan Resin, Henry Wilcoxon, Elaine Aiken, Albert Salmi, Ann Ryerson, Brian Doyle-Murray, Hamilton Mitchell United States
Melvin and Howard Jonathan Demme Paul Le Mat, Mary Steenburgen, Pamela Reed, Jason Robards United States Comedy-drama
History of the World, Part I Mel Brooks Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, Ron Carey, Gregory Hines, Pamela Stephenson, Spike Milligan, Shecky Greene, Sid Caesar, Mary-Margaret Humes, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner, Barry Levinson, John Hurt, Andrew Sachs United States
1981
Stripes Ivan Reitman Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, John Candy, John Laroquette, Judge Reinhold United States
1982
Airplane II: The Sequel Ken Finkleman Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Chad Everett United States
Porky's Bob Clark Kim Cattrall, Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight United States
1983
Strange Brew Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley, Lynne Griffin Canada
1984
Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson, David Margulies, Steven Tash, Jennifer Runyon, Slavitza Jovan, Michael Ensign, Alice Drummond, Jordan Charney United States
Repo Man Alex Cox Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, Tracey Walter United States
Splash Ron Howard Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy United States
This is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner United States
Top Secret! Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough United States
1985
Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, Wendie Jo Sperber, George DiCenzo, Frances Lee McCain, James Tolkan, J. J. Cohen, Casey Siemaszko, Billy Zane, Harry Waters, Jr. United States
The Goonies Richard Donner Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, John Mutuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne Ramsey, Lupe Ontiveros, Mary Ellen Trainor, Keith Walker, Curtis Hanson United States
Lost in America Albert Brooks Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty, Michael Greene, Tom Tarpey, Garry Marshall United States
Once Bitten Howard Storm Jim Carrey, Lauren Hutton, Cleavon Little United States
Summer Rental Carl Reiner John Candy, Karen Austin, Rip Torn, Richard Crenna United States
Pee-wee's Big Adventure Tim Burton Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, Judd Omen, Irving Hellman, Monte Landis, Damon Martin, David Glasser, Gregory Brown, Mark Everett, Daryl Roach, Bill Cable, Peter Looney, Starletta DuPois United States
1986
Down and Out in Beverly Hills Paul Mazursky Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss United States
Little Shop of Horrors Frank Oz Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, John Candy United States
Ruthless People Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater United States
1987
Hunk Lawrence Bassoff John Allen Nelson, Steve Levitt, James Coco, David Kurtz United States A Faustian comedy
Spaceballs Mel Brooks Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, John Candy, George Wyner, Joan Rivers, Dick Van Patten, Michael Winslow, Lorene Yarnell, John Hurt, Sal Viscuso, Ronny Graham, Jim J. Bullock, Leslie Bevis United States A parody of Star Wars
1988
Beetlejuice Tim Burton Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Annie McEnroe, Maurice Page, Hugo Stanger, Michael Keaton, Rachel Mittelman, Catherine O'Hara, J. Jay Saunders, Mark Ettlinger, Jeffrey Jones, Winona Ryder, Glenn Shadix, Patrice Martinez, Cindy Daly United States
1989
Back to the Future Part II Robert Zemeckis Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan, Jeffrey Weissman, Casey Siemaszko, Billy Zane, J.J. Cohen, Charles Fleischer, E. Casanova Evans, Jay Koch, Charles Gherardi, Ricky Dean Logan United States
Ghostbusters II Ivan Reitman Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol, Harris Yulin, David Margulies, Kurt Fuller, Janet Margolin, Wilhelm von Homburg, William T. Deutschendorf, Henry J. Deutschensorf United States

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