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10 Great '80s Comedies You Can Stream Right Now

Jake Rossen
Bill Pullman and Rick Moranis face off  in 'Spaceballs' (1987).
Bill Pullman and Rick Moranis face off in 'Spaceballs' (1987). / © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc
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When it comes to drama, the 1970s were perhaps the best decade in film. For comedies, it might be the 1980s. In addition to blockbusters like Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, and Caddyshack, the time period was ripe with enduring comedy classics. Take a look at 10 you can stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and Disney+ right now.

1. The Golden Child (1986)

Eddie Murphy continued a string of box office successes with this supernatural comedy about a social worker who tries to protect a Tibetan child from those who want to harness his powers for themselves. Murphy met with George Miller (Mad Max) to direct, but ultimately decided on Michael Ritchie (Fletch).

Watch it: Hulu

2. Stripes (1981)

Bill Murray and Harold Ramis co-star as friends who see opportunity in joining the U.S. Army. Director Ivan Reitman originally conceived of the movie as a Cheech and Chong vehicle.

Watch it: Netflix

3. Spaceballs (1987)

Mel Brooks sends up Star Wars in this big-budget satire starring Bill Pullman and John Candy. George Lucas gave Brooks his blessing for the spoof, provided Brooks didn't try to make money off merchandising.

Watch it: Prime Video

4. Easy Money (1983)

Rodney Dangerfield stars in this crude classic about a loser who needs to quit all his favorite vices in order to collect a $10 million inheritance. Director James Signorelli also helmed commercial parodies on Saturday Night Live.

Watch it: Prime Video

5. Airplane! (1980)

An aerial crisis sends the passengers and crew of a commercial aircraft into a tailspin in this surreal classic from the minds behind The Naked Gun. Star Robert Hays is actually a licensed pilot.

Watch it: Hulu

6. “Crocodile” Dundee II (1988)

Paul Hogan returns as the affable outback dweller in this sequel to the surprise 1986 hit. This time, Dundee and his girlfriend (Linda Kozlowski, who married Hogan in real life in 1990) run afoul of drug dealers.

Watch it: Netflix

7. Real Genius (1985)

Val Kilmer stars as an eccentric-but-brilliant college student who rebels against a government that's been tapping their brain power for national defense purposes. Kilmer has said he nearly lost the role because he was in character during his meeting with producers for an audition—and the character is kind of a jerk.

Watch it: Hulu

8. Major League (1989)

Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, and Tom Berenger star in this hit about a ragtag sports team expected to lose so the franchise can move to a new city. The problem? They're pretty good. While the actors went through a kind of baseball boot camp, Sheen was already good with a baseball: He was once offered an athletic scholarship to the University of Kansas.

Watch it: Hulu

9. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

Elisabeth Shue stars in this definitive all-ages comedy about a babysitter who navigates a hazardous night in Chicago with her young charges. Producers had considered Molly Ringwald for the lead role.

Watch it: Disney+

10. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Rick Moranis started a franchise with this family comedy about a scientist who manages to shrink his children to a quarter-inch tall. The film was a big hit, and it may have had Batman (1989) to thank. Some box office observers noted that moviegoers hoping to see the Tim Burton movie and seeing it was sold out opted to head for Honey instead.

Watch it: Disney+

A version of this story ran in 2021; it has been updated for 2022.

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