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Parody movies. What I love about them is that they are not your typical comedy movies. These are the movies with the sole purpose of pulling legs of the cliché movies. The satires, the spoofs, the gags, and when you connect all these to the original movies, they become even funnier.
Best Spoof Movies like Airplane! (1980)
Airplane! (1980) is the best parody movie of all time and also one of the best comedies of all time. The movie is full of gags, almost one every minute. It offers outrageous humor and lots of laughs. In whole, it's one hell of a ride right from takeoff to landing.
Here is a list of best parody movies similar to Airplane! :
1. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
This parody of James Bond movies is good fun to watch
A 1960's British hipster secret agent Austin Powers is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest arch-enemy Dr. Evil into the 1990s. 30 years later, Austin was then released and is now thawed back into action to once again battle Dr. Evil where he wakes up somewhere in Nevada and steals a nuclear weapon and holds the world hostage. After Austin is woken up to stop Dr. Evil he gets a new sexy sidekick Miss Vanessa Kensington, his ex-partner's daughter and they go to Vegas where they must stop Dr. Evil's outrageous plot to control the world for 100 billion dollars!
2. Young Frankenstein (1974)
This is one of the best parody movies of all time like Airplane!... a real delight from Mel Brooks
When the will of Victor Frankenstein, the famous scientist who attempted to reanimate dead bodies, is opened, his grandson, Frederick, who's become a skilled neurosurgeon and teacher and has cut most ties with his family name due to his grandfather's experiments, is given the castle where all the experiments were made. Upon his arrival, Frederick finds and reads through his grandfather's book about his theories and experiments and discovers that they might in fact work. Assisted by Igor, the grandson of the Igor who assisted Victor Frankenstein, and Inga, an attractive lab assistant, he successfully reanimates a body which soon escapes and creates havoc...
3. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Arguably a parody as good as Airplane!, this movie will definitely give you lots of laughs
Lt. Frank Drebin and his Police Squad are put in charge of security when it's announced that Queen Elizabeth II will be visiting Los Angeles. Frank visits the event organizer, rich developer Vincent Ludwig, who is also reputed to be a criminal mastermind who may also be responsible for putting one of Drebin's men, Norberg, in the hospital. Stopping the plot to assassinate the Queen, solving the attack on Nordberg and romancing Jane Spencer are all in a day's work for Drebin, along with several laughs along the way.
4. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Maybe not a direct parody, this movie mixes horror and humor into zombie genre perfectly
Shaun is a 29-year-old with no real ambition in life, much to the consternation of his friends, family, and fed-up girlfriend. With only a loyalty to his lazy best friend Edgar, a dead-end job where his employees step on him, and the good-ol' days, Shaun isn't exactly putting his best foot forward. But when the flesh-hungry undead start to rise in numbers around modern-day London, Shaun must come to the rescue of his girlfriend and mother before all hell breaks loose. With loyal Edgar at his side to fight the good fight, the two will have to pave their way through zombie-ridden London as Shaun must take on the first real challenge in his life--with comical results.
5. Blazing Saddles (1974)
This spoof of Westerns is one the best and funniest works of Mel Brooks
In this raucous parody of the Western film genre, greedy land developer, Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) greases palms of insane Earl Long/Blaze-type governor ('Mel Brooks') to induce his help to snatch land to build Hedley's railroad. A key piece of land, Rock Ridge, is inhabited by a flock of Johnsons, all deeply entrenched in the town. The governor tries to help Hedley rid himself of the townspeople; first, he appoints black sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) for Rock Ridge. Next, Hedley sics Lili von Shtupp (Madeline Kahn), "Teutonic Twit" on Bart. With the help of his sidekick, The Waco Kid (Gene Wilder), Bart fights for his new town. But, the politicos (and the WB studio) fight back.
6. Scary Movie (2000)
If you are familiar with teen horror flicks, this parody is a must watch
Six friends - Cindy Campbell, Bobby Prinze, Buffy Gilmore, Greg Phillipe, Ray Wilkins, and Brenda Meeks - are being stalked by a serial killer. A serial killer that is after them because of an accident that they caused last Halloween. A serial killer that seems to have come out of every other scary movie. The body count has already started with Drew Decker, the local town slut, and it's starting to build up. The friends are going to have to escape from both the killer's clutches and annoying news reporter Gail Hailstorm if they plan on living to the sequel...
7. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
'We're men...we're men in tights...YES! we roam around the forest looking for fights!'. There's no one better than Mel Brooks when it comes to parodies
The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights.
8. History of the World: Part I (1981)
One of the most underrated works of Mel Brooks, this movie is really really funny
From the dawn of man to the distant future, mankind's evolution (or lack thereof) is traced. Often ridiculous but never serious, we learn the truth behind the Roman Emperor, we learn what REALLY happened at the Last Supper, the circumstances that surrounded the French Revolution, how to test eunuchs, and what kind of shoes the Spanish Inquisitor wore.
Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.
9. Hot Shots! (1991)
In a parody of Top Gun, Dances with Wolves and many more similar movies, Charlie delivers a masterpiece performance
Ace pilot Topper Harley is asked to come back to the Navy for a special assignment (he dropped out to go live with Native Americans after an incident made him doubt his abilities). He has personality conflicts with the other Top Gun, as they are both romantically interested in the same woman. An aerospace company's owner is trying to sabotage the mission so the current fighter jet will be scrapped in favor of his jets.
10. Spaceballs (1987)
Another gem by Mel Brooks, Spaceballs is a must watch parody movie like Airplane!
The planet Spaceball, home planet of the evil Spaceballs is running out of air and the planet's ruler President Skroob has devised a evil scheme, where he plans to steal the air from the atmosphere of the peaceful planet Druidia. But Druidia is surrounded by a defense shield to prevent the Spaceballs from stealing the air. When Druidia's ruler King Roland's beautiful daughter Princess Vespa and her loyal droid Dot Matrix flees from Druidia during her wedding to Prince Valium, The evil commander of the Spaceball fleet, Dark Helmet captures Princess Vespa so King Roland will be forced to give them the access code to the defense shield. But heroic space pilot Lone Starr and his sidekick, Barf (A Mog half man-half Dog) comes to Princess Vespa's rescue. With help from wise and powerful master of the magic ring "The Schwartz" Yogurt, Lone Starr, Barf, Dot and Princess Vespa set out to save Druida and foil Dark Helmet and President Scroob's scheme and prevent them from stealing the air from Druidia.
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 26, 2020:
Thank you for sharing :) Another one is Token, a spoof of the Taken Franchise and Tucker and Dale vs Evil. There are so many out there. :) Airplane is a classic :)
Sam Dreiberg (author) from India on June 28, 2017:
Well.. Mel Brooks is the undisputed king of parody.
Robert Sacchi on June 28, 2017:
I see. As it is Mel Brooks has 6 out of the 10.
Sam Dreiberg (author) from India on June 27, 2017:
Thanks Robert. Yes I have eliminated the sequels on purpose. Otherwise the entire list would have been filled with Naked Gun and Austin Powers...
Robert Sacchi on June 25, 2017:
Did you consider sequels or eliminated them from consideration? You do have a very good list. Thank you, I enjoyed the memories.
Sam Dreiberg (author) from India on November 29, 2016:
Haha.. Fook Mi.. Fook Yu..
Yong Kuan Leong from Singapore on November 29, 2016:
Austin, and the Fook sisters, top the list.