Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – $234,760,478 – American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley: freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. This first film in the Beverly Hills Cop series shot Murphy to international stardom, won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Motion Picture”, was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, and even received an Academy Award nomination in 1985.
Home Alone (1990) – $281,493,907 – American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two would-be burglars played by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci.
Tootsie (1982) – $177,200,000 – American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a job. The movie stars Dustin Hoffman. Jessica Lange won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Julie Nichols. The movie earned a total of ten Academy Awards nominations and in 2000 the American Film Institute ranked Tootsie as the second funniest film of all time.
Blazing Saddles (1974) – $119,500,000 – Satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman Steinberg, and Al Uger, and was based on Bergman’s story and draft. The film satirizes the racism obscured by myth-making Hollywood accounts of the American West, with the hero being a black sheriff in an all-white town.
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) – $141,600,000 – American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity members who challenge the dean of Faber College. Upon its initial release, Animal House received generally mixed reviews from critics, but Time and Roger Ebert proclaimed it one of the year’s best. Filmed for $2.8 million, it is one of the most profitable movies of all time, garnering an estimated gross of more than $141 million in the form of theatrical rentals and home video, not including merchandising.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) – $219,194,773 After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. American comedy film starring Robin Williams (who also served as co-producer) and Sally Field and based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. It was directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup. The film was placed 67th in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America’s Funniest Movies, a list of the 100 funniest movies of the 20th century, and was also rated No. 40 on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies of All Time.