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ALL-TIME BEST 10 SPOOF MOVIES

10. Hot Shots! (1991)

Lloyd Bridges is one of the funniest film Presidents of all-time. Plus, he’s not bad at hand-to-hand combat either. When this one came out, people cringed at the thought of this character leading the free world. Now, the more frightening this is that Charlie Sheen was our only hope. Tiger Blood!

9. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

While not as good as the original, “Austin Powers in Goldmember” is still awfully darn funny. There’s definitely some camp, but Fat Bastard alone lands this one in the top-10. So many great one liners…

8. Blazing Saddles (1974)

This author’s of the opinion that “Blazing Saddles” is decently overrated, and certainly doesn’t age incredibly well. Nonetheless, the movie is still very funny and has resulted in some of the longstanding pop culture catchphrases we hear today. Mel Brooks really hit the mark with this one. 

7. Spaceballs (1987)

Spaceballs is one of those movies that gets funnier every time you watch it. I mean the whole premise is ridiculous, but also spot-on as a Star Wars parody. John Candy plays Barf, a Chewbacca knock off, who helps Bill Pullman (the President from Independence Day) save the galaxy from the sinister Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). I guess they could’ve  just “nuked the bastards,”but then they couldn’t have played with their schwartz…

6. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Mel Brooks’ take on the Robin Hood saga made for amazing parody in 1993’s “Robin Hood: Men In Tights.” The film is truly a comedy classic, with Dave Chappelle front and center. More than any other role, this was the star-making performance for the gifted comedian.

5. The Naked Gun (1987)

Honestly, “The Naked Gun” is pure genius and really put Leslie Nielsen on the map, in terms of a lead comic actor. This one is really spoof-heavy and you can easily see the connections to “Airplane!.” The OJ parts are a bit disturbing, but this is overall, a hilarious movie from start to finish. 

4. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Looking back, “Austin Powers” was truly a revolutionary franchise, which changed the comedy game forever. While all three movies are very good in their own right, the original still stands as the best. This is mainly due to the darker edge it boasts over its descendants. The film also features some of the most creative toilet humor of all-time. 

3. Airplane! (1980)

Even today, “Airplane!” is such a remarkable achievement in comedic filmmaking. Looking back, it’s really amazing that audiences of the time were able to “get” the humor, much less anoint the film into classic status. While all the performances were wonderful, Leslie Nielsen steals the show. 

2. Young Frankenstein (1974)

Mel Brooks is undoubtedly the “king of the spoof,” but easily his best is “Young Frankenstein.” All the actors are incredible, but Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle are remarkable, with their perverted father-son dynamic. The ending is pure genius. 

  1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

I mean, any group whose biggest hits include “Big Bottom” and “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight,” should skip over this list completely and just head to Cleveland. The crazy thing is, Spinal Tap’s music is actually not that bad, even for a comedic rock band. The band is also so influential, they’ve been ripped-off by real-life bands. How else do you explain Nickelback?

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