The spoof movie genre originated in the 1940s with the likes of Abbot and Costello and remains popular today. While many of today’s spoof titles are shallow and downright dumb, there have been some standout parody films over the years. Here are five of the best.
5. Naked Gun (1988)
Leslie Nielsen was a spoof comedy icon, largely because of his uncanny ability to be absolutely hilarious without saying or doing anything that was actually funny. He pulled off roles that no one else could, including bumbling detective Frank Drebin of “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad.” The character originated in the 1982 television series Police Squad!, which only ran for six ill-fated episodes. However the movie adaptation was a success, eventually leading to a pair of sequels.
4. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
In this classic mockumentary, the audience follows a bumbling, fictional British rock band called Spinal Tap. From quirky, bizarre interviews to ridiculous stage antics, the musicians portrayed in the film “This Is Spinal Tap” paint a picture of an aging, killed-a-few-too-many-brain-cells rock band that gains its comedy from the fact that it’s completely believable. Dark comedy heroes like Billy Crystal, Angelica Houston, and Dana Carvey make this movie can’t-miss.
3. Blazing Saddles (1974)
“Blazing Saddles” was a film that helped bring Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, and parody film all into the mainstream limelight. Skirting issues of political correctness, Brooks masterfully created a comedic experience that was accessible across many walks of life. The movie boasts a classic hate-worthy villain and all kinds of hilarious backfires to his plan to destroy a town for the sake of building a railroad.
2. Airplane! (1980)
In a role that would help define his career, Leslie Nielsen was the best thing about the 1980 film “Airplane!” With a convoluted story line and memorably silly dialouge, the movie keeps audiences in stitches from beginning to end. The humor is timeless as well, making this a film that will still be just as relevant for generations into the future.
1. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Another Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder masterpiece, “Young Frankenstein” remains an unparalleled piece of satirical film genius. The film is full of classic one-liners, and the delivery of the ensemble cast is spot-on at making what could be just a silly script into a phenomenal movie. With gags that should get old but don’t and jokes that should be stupid but make you laugh anyway, Mel Brooks proved this time that he is, indeed, the king of parody film.
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