Best Comedy Movies of 1981

1.

My Dinner with Andre

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.

Starring: Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler ..
Directed by: Louis Malle
Release date: 1981-10-11
2.

The Great Muppet Caper

5.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday, a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time frame Miss Piggy. It's up to Kermit and Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1981-06-26
3.

Time Bandits

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon before the Supreme Being catches up with them.

Starring: Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Mike Edmonds, Malcolm Dixon, Tiny Ross, Jack Purvis, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Sean Connery ..
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1981-07-13
4.

History of the World: Part I

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.

Starring: Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, Ron Carey, Gregory Hines, Pamela Stephenson, Shecky Greene, Sid Caesar ..
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Release date: 1981-06-12
5.

Arthur

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Arthur is the most quotable drunk millionaire that is likely to ever steal your heart. Dudley Moore portrays Arthur, a thirty year old child who will inherit 750 million dollars if he complies with his family's demands and marries the woman of their choosing.

Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry, Stephen Elliott, Ted Ross, Thomas Barbour, Anne De Salvo, Lawrence Tierney ..
Directed by: Steve Gordon
Release date: 1981-07-17
6.

Stripes

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

John Winger, an indolent sad sack in his 30s, impulsively joins the U.S. Army after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.

Starring: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles, Sean Young, John Candy, John Larroquette, John Voldstad, John Diehl, Lance LeGault ..
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Release date: 1981-01-15
7.

The Cannonball Run

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A cross-country road race is based on an actual event, the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, organized by Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit then in effect in the U.S. The Cannonball was named for Erwin G. "Cannonball" Baker, who in the roaring 20's rode his motorcycle across the country. Many of the characters are based on ruses developed by real Cannonball racers over the several years that the event was run.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Dom DeLuise, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Elam, Terry Bradshaw, Jackie Chan, Bert Convy ..
Directed by: Hal Needham
Release date: 1981-06-19
8.

Bianco, rosso e Verdone

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Three Italian have to move from their current city to vote to local elections elsewhere. Pasquale is an Italian emigrant living in Munich (Germany). He has to vote in Matera, Basilicata (south of Italy). He is genuinely happy to come back in Italy, even if just for some days; but the country he is dreaming is different from the reality he meets. Furio move from Torino to Roma with all his family. He is so niggler and heavy that Magda, his wife, is thinking to escape. Mimmo is a young good fellow, moving with his grand mother, from Verona to Roma. His trip is disturbed by worries about her health, while she is very calm. Written by 1felco

Starring: Carlo Verdone, Elena Fabrizi, Mario Brega, Angelo Infanti, Irina Sanpiter, Milena Vukoti?, Elisabeth Wiener, Andrea Aureli, Vittorio Zarfati, Giovanni Brusatori ..
Directed by: Carlo Verdone
Release date: 1981-02-20
9.

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

An Earth Man and his alien friend escape an exploding Earth, and set forth on an odd adventure across the universe with a known fugitive. Based on the book by Douglas Adams, the dialog follows the book closely. This was originally a 6-part series from the BBC

Starring: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, David Dixon, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Wing-Davey ..
Directed by: Alan J.W. Bell
Release date: 1981-02-09
Best Comedy Movies of 1981 : Kiss Me, Petruchio
10.

Kiss Me, Petruchio

3.8
8.0/10 IMDB

A documentary about the 1978 stage production of The Taming of the Shrew by the New York City Shakespeare company at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Includes scenes from the production, interviews with Meryl Streep (Kate) and Raul Julia (Petruchio) as well as an introduction by producer Joseph Papp and audience commentary.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Raúl Juliá, John Bottoms, Joel Brooks, Max Gulak, Joseph Papp, Larry Pine, Deborah Rush ..
Directed by: Christopher Dixon
Release date: 1981-01-07

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