Some of Padre Steve’s Favorite Funny Movies of the 1970s and 1980s

I don’t know about you but no matter what your age some of your favorite movies might just come from the time when you were in High School or College. For me that was the 1970s and 1980s.

I have always been a fan of slapstick and silliness and in my book some of the most creative and even hysterical films ever made came out of that era.

Of course there are all of the Mel Brooks films which I have mentioned in previous articles.  I absolutely love Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs and History of the World Part I.

But I also love others such as Burt Reynolds films like the Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run films where Reynolds teamed up with people like Dom DeLouise, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason as well as The End, The Longest Yard and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

There were others such as Foul Play with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, Stripes, Caddie Shack and Meatballs with Bill Murray. Then there were was the Pink Panther series with Peter Sellers in the role of Inspector Clouseau, in a great series of comic misadventures.

Then there are the military dark comedies such as Kelly’s Heroes and the movie version of M*A*S*H, Private Benjamin and Catch 22.

I cannot ever forget the Zucker, Abrams, Zucker films, Airplane and Airplane II, the Naked Gun series with Leslie Nielsen and spoofs like Hot Shots and Hot Shots Part Deux. Then of course I cannot leave out films like the Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Animal House and English imports like Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Some of favorites include sports comedies such as Major League, Bull Durham, the Longest Yard and Slapshot, and cop comedies such as 48 Hours, and Beverley Hills Cop and then films like Trading Places.

I love these films because I get a laugh out of them and on days like today where I had to undergo more cognitive testing ordered by the Neurologist to see if the Mad Cow is getting me.

So anyway those are some of my favorites and if I took a boit more time I probably could add to these in a big way.


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2 responses to “Some of Padre Steve’s Favorite Funny Movies of the 1970s and 1980s

  1. John Erickson

    Padre- Being a Star Trek fan, you have to see Galaxy Quest. While there is a strong streak of drama in it, the constant “poking fun” at the sci-fi fan community (of which I am a long-term and repeat offender) is absolutely spot on. Tim Allen catches the self-absorbed egoism of William Shatner to a “T”, and as Sigourney Weaver’s character put it, “My only write-up in TV Guide was a 2 page story on my boobs, and how they fit into my suit!”. It’s a hoot, and well worth the price of admission.
    And hang in there, Padre. As someone who’s absorbed hours of X-Rays and ultrasounds, had more blood drawn than was spilled at Gettysburg, and had more than one doctor claim my symptoms are “all in my head” (well, no duh, they’re HEADaches!), I have an idea what you’re going through. Good luck, and remember this. Keep smiling – it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to!

    • John Erickson

      My apologies, Padre, the mental Victrola skipped a track there. Galaxy Quest is from 1999. Duh! The problem with painkillers – pain works on the neurons in the brain, but so does thought. Block out pain, and every so often, ya shut down a couple IQ points, as well. But in my (very weak) defence, it IS a movie well worth watching, even by the great unwashed masses of non-Trek fans, and DEFINITELY worth catching as a Trekkie!

      Hope your neurologist wasn’t too big a pain in the …. um … well, let’s just hope he wasn’t too big of a pain for you. Best wishes!

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