Light hearted / corny 80s and 90s comedies

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1. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 437,462 | Gross: $118.50M

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2. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield

Votes: 98,330 | Gross: $52.93M

3. Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

PG | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

40 Metascore

Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank ... See full summary »

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Bill Byrge, Barbara Tyson

Votes: 8,468 | Gross: $25.03M

4. For Love or Money (1993)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Doug's a concierge at a luxury hotel on Manhattan. He saves all his tips towards his plan for a hotel. A potential investor seduces the girl, Doug loves, with false promises of leaving his wife. Doug's dilemma: hotel project or girl?

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Gabrielle Anwar, Anthony Higgins, Michael Tucker

Votes: 11,249 | Gross: $11.00M

5. Real Men (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A womanizing CIA agent and an insecure insurance agent are paired together to make sure a deal goes through with aliens for the future of mankind.

Director: Dennis Feldman | Stars: Jim Belushi, John Ritter, Barbara Barrie, Bill Morey

Votes: 3,492 | Gross: $0.87M

6. Greedy (1994)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy

Rich, old uncle Joe is surrounded by relatives waiting/hoping for him to die while trying to look good and backstabbing the competition. What should he do?

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kirk Douglas, Nancy Travis, Olivia d'Abo

Votes: 12,056 | Gross: $13.15M

7. Jingle All the Way (1996)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family

34 Metascore

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson

Votes: 84,715 | Gross: $60.57M

8. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

44 Metascore

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker

Votes: 9,398 | Gross: $28.20M

9. Bulletproof (1996)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

30 Metascore

Two criminals, Keats and Moses, end their friendship, when Keats turns out to be an undercover cop. Many years later, the two are forced to work together when Keats is assigned to protect Moses as a witness.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler, James Caan, Jeep Swenson

Votes: 33,453 | Gross: $21.16M

10. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,651,646 | Gross: $330.25M

11. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

37 Metascore

A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc

Votes: 259,491 | Gross: $72.22M

12. Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he disappoints his son for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly

Votes: 264,277 | Gross: $181.41M

13. Kazaam (1996)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

24 Metascore

A troubled kid inadvertently releases a genie, who must grant him any three wishes he requests.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Francis Capra, Ally Walker, James Acheson

Votes: 22,058 | Gross: $18.88M

14. Blue Streak (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

46 Metascore

A former convict poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle

Votes: 70,044 | Gross: $68.52M

15. Free Willy (1993)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

79 Metascore

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen, Jayne Atkinson

Votes: 63,954 | Gross: $77.70M

16. Scrooged (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

38 Metascore

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover

Votes: 78,325 | Gross: $60.33M

17. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 125,121 | Gross: $90.40M

18. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

44 Metascore

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 102,621 | Gross: $40.49M

19. The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene

Votes: 320,035 | Gross: $119.94M

20. Coming to America (1988)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and will.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, Garcelle Beauvais, Feather

Votes: 149,613 | Gross: $128.15M

21. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, David Forman

Votes: 79,647 | Gross: $135.27M

22. Money Talks (1997)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Chris Tucker, Heather Locklear, Elise Neal

Votes: 26,299 | Gross: $41.07M

23. Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

37 Metascore

A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins

Votes: 33,338 | Gross: $38.80M

24. Vice Versa (1988)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy

During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11 year old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father's mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Corinne Bohrer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 8,762 | Gross: $13.66M

25. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

16 Metascore

Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who killed his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta, Eugene Collier

Votes: 71,730 | Gross: $42.61M

26. The Golden Child (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child whom dark forces want to eliminate.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Eddie Murphy, J.L. Reate, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis

Votes: 47,911 | Gross: $79.82M

27. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | 90 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese

Votes: 46,357 | Gross: $40.90M

28. Major Payne (1995)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

34 Metascore

A recently discharged Major, finds himself commanding a group of mismatched Cadets.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Damon Wayans, Michael Ironside, Bam Bam Bigelow, Joseph Blaire

Votes: 28,485 | Gross: $29.41M

29. White Men Can't Jump (1992)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 70,234 | Gross: $76.25M

30. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt

Votes: 127,492 | Gross: $91.46M

31. Rush Hour (1998)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 223,991 | Gross: $141.15M

32. True Lies (1994)

R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

63 Metascore

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton

Votes: 223,152 | Gross: $146.28M

33. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp

Votes: 34,644 | Gross: $34.37M

34. Dutch (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from a prep school, only to learn that her son isn't the nicest kid.

Director: Peter Faiman | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, JoBeth Williams, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 10,898 | Gross: $4.60M



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