Let’s be frank – the 1980s were a golden era for cinematic hijinks. But look past the big names and you’ll find some seriously underrated gems.
10. Penn & Teller Get Killed
The quirky magicians had a widely-panned 1989 comedy outing (director Arthur Penn’s last) but in hindsight it’s a solid flick with some dynamite gags.
9. Young Einstein
Aussie comedian Yahoo Serious sold his car to raise funds for this 1989 comedy, which was a huge success in the Land Down Under but tanked here.
8. Midnight Madness
Michael J. Fox made his big screen debut in this charming Disney comedy about an all-night scavenger hunt organized by a reclusive genius.
7. The Ice Pirates
This sci-fi satire has some lowbrow jokes that fall flat, but its willingness to embrace the cheap-ass nature of its own existence is charming.
6. Night Of The Comet
When the Earth passes through the tail of a comet, it unleashes a zombie apocalypse in this 1984 cult hit.
5. After Hours
Martin Scorsese’s 1985 black comedy was inspired by a monologue by legendary radio voice Joe Frank and, although audiences didn’t flock to it, has aged very well.
The 80s were the MTV decade, so this Tim Robbins / John Cusack flick spoofing the video biz was very much a creature of its era.
3. True Stories
Talking Heads frontman David Byrne had tons of creative control over this quirky musical comedy pulled from the tabloid headlines.
Chevy Chase became an icon with the Vacation movies, but his role as a newspaper reporter with a knack for disguise might have been even better.
Weird Al Yankovic’s sprawling spoof of low-budget TV tanked in theaters but has enjoyed cult status in the intervening decades.