Best Comedy Movies of 1987

1.

The Princess Bride

6.5
8.1/10

In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.

Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, André the Giant, Chris Sarandon
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1987-09-25
2.

Evil Dead II

6.3
7.8/10

Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from "The Book of the Dead." As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda's body.

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie DePaiva, Denise Bixler
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1987-03-13
3.

Lethal Weapon

6.0
7.6/10

Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who -- distraught after his wife's death -- has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1987-03-06
4.

Good Morning, Vietnam

6.0
7.3/10

Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson, with his irreverent take on the war. While Dickerson attempts to censor Cronauer's broadcasts, Cronauer pursues a relationship with a Vietnamese girl named Trinh, who shows him the horrors of war first-hand.

Starring: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Release date: 1987-12-23
5.

Spaceballs

5.7
7.1/10

When the nefarious Dark Helmet hatches a plan to snatch Princess Vespa and steal her planet's air, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr and his clueless sidekick fly to the rescue. Along the way, they meet Yogurt, who puts Lone Starr wise to the power of "The Schwartz." Can he master it in time to save the day?

Starring: Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, John Candy
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Release date: 1987-06-24
6.

Withnail & I

5.5
7.7/10

Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the country house of Withnail's flamboyantly gay uncle, Monty, they encounter the unpleasant side of the English countryside: tedium, terrifying locals and torrential rain.

Starring: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Michael Elphick, Ralph Brown
Directed by: Bruce Robinson
Release date: 1987-06-19
7.

Eddie Murphy Raw

5.5
7.7/10

Eddie Murphy delights, shocks and entertains with dead-on celebrity impersonations, observations on '80s love, sex and marriage, a remembrance of Mom's hamburgers and much more.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Samuel L. Jackson, Deon Richmond
Directed by: Robert Townsend
Release date: 1987-11-25
8.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

5.4
7.6/10

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.

Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean, Dylan Baker
Directed by: John Hughes
Release date: 1987-11-26
9.

Beverly Hills Cop II

5.3
6.5/10

Axel heads for the land of sunshine and palm trees to find out who shot police Captain Andrew Bogomil. Thanks to a couple of old friends, Axel's investigation uncovers a series of robberies masterminded by a heartless weapons kingpin—and the chase is on.

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Paul Reiser
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1987-05-18
10.

Barfly

5.3
7.3/10

Downtrodden writer Henry and distressed goddess Wanda aren't exactly husband and wife: they're wedded to their bar stools. But they like each other's company- and Barfly captures their giddy, gin-soaked attempts to make a go of life on the skids.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance, J. C. Quinn
Directed by: Barbet Schroeder
Release date: 1987-09-02
11.

Raising Arizona

5.3
7.3/10

The Coen Brothers tell the story of a absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to date.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Release date: 1987-03-01
12.

Radio Days

5.3
7.5/10

The Narrator tells us how the radio influenced his childhood in the days before TV. In the New York City of the late 1930s to the New Year's Eve 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the narrator's experiences with contemporary anecdotes and urban legends of the radio stars.

Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Larry David, Todd Field
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1987-01-30
13.

The Lost Boys

5.2
7.3/10

A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it's overrun by bike gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires that they suspect of a few mysterious murders and restore peace and calm to their town.

Starring: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes, Edward Herrmann
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1987-07-31
14.

Broadcast News

5.1
7.2/10

Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. Sparks fly between the three as the network prepares for big changes, and both the news and Jane must decide between style and substance.

Starring: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles
Directed by: James L. Brooks
Release date: 1987-12-16
15.

Moonstruck

5.1
7.1/10

No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny, than she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny. She tries to resist, but Ronny lost his hand in an accident he blames on his brother, and has no scruples about aggressively pursuing her while Johnny is out of the country. As Loretta falls deeper in love, she comes to learn that she's not the only one in her family with a secret romance.

Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1987-12-18
16.

The Monster Squad

5.1
7.1/10

Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.

Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan
Directed by: Fred Dekker
Release date: 1987-08-14
17.

The Brave Little Toaster

5.0
7.3/10

A group of dated appliances find themselves stranded in a summer home that their family had just sold decide to, a la The Incredible Journey, seek their young 8 year old "master". Children's film which on the surface is a frivolous fantasy, but with a dark subtext of abandonment, obsolescence, and loneliness.

Starring: Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Phil Hartman, Deanna Oliver, Timothy E. Day
Directed by: Jerry Rees
Release date: 1987-07-09
18.

Overboard

5.0
6.9/10

Heiress, Joanna Stayton hires carpenter, Dean Proffitt to build a closet on her yacht -- and refuses to pay him for the project when it's done. But after Joanna accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean sees an opportunity to get even.

Starring: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond, Mike Hagerty
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Release date: 1987-12-16
19.

Can't Buy Me Love

5.0
6.7/10

Nerdy high schooler Ronald Miller rescues cheerleader Cindy Mancini from parental punishment after she accidentally destroys her mother's designer clothes. Ronald agrees to pay for the $1,000 outfit on one condition: that she will act as though they're a couple for an entire month. As the days pass, however, Cindy grows fond of Ronald, making him popular. But when Ronald's former best friend gets left behind, he realizes that social success isn't everything.

Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Seth Green, Gerardo Mejía, Courtney Gains
Directed by: Steve Rash
Release date: 1987-08-14
20.

Adventures in Babysitting

5.0
6.9/10

When plans with her boyfriend fall through, high school senior Chris Parker ends up babysitting the Anderson kids, Brad and Sara. What should be a quiet night in, however, turns into a series of ridiculous exploits, starting when they leave the house to pick up Chris' friend Brenda. Soon, Brad's buddy Daryl is involved, and the group must contend with car thieves, blues musicians and much more.

Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Calvin Levels
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Release date: 1987-07-01

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