“Airplane!”, “Ghostbusters”, “Tootsie.” Whether they trafficked in juvenile humor, whip-smart social satire, wacky hijinks or all points in between, American movies experienced a comedic heyday during the 1980s. As proof, check these 10 funny films from the decade that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
HANNAH AND HER SISTERS
Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for a movie to set a scene in a music shop, usually to emphasize the “indie” nature of the characters. But once upon a time, everybody went to the record store to get their music—and the scenes featuring stores were woven into movies so seamlessly, you might not have noticed them. Remember “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Scanners,” and “Taxi Driver”? This Record Store Day skip the usual chatter about “High Fidelity” and “Pretty in Pink” and impress your friends with your deep knowledge of hot wax … in the movies.
Anytime Woody Allen releases a new film, moviegoers naturally debate where it ranks on his filmography. Is it a triumphant return to form like last year’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, or a dud like 2009’s WHATEVER WORKS? Is it a vibrant echo of his early masterpieces, or a dispiriting reminder that he’s now 76 and his best years may be behind him? There’s rarely a middle ground: It’s either Good Woody or Bad Woody.