10 Funniest Movie Quotes of the ’80s

Most people know these 10 funniest movie quotes of the ‘80s, and some of the quotes have become classic pop culture references. One or two of them are so unforgettable they could even be considered as some of the funniest movie quotes of all time.

  1. “I’ll have what she’s having.” -Older female customer in “When Harry Met Sally” (1989). The woman who said this line was Estelle Reiner, mother of director Rob Reiner.
  2. “Yes, it’s true. This man has no dick.” -Dr. Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters” (1984). Dr. Peter Venkman, played by Bill Murray, is one of the best comedic characters from the era. The deadpan delivery of this line is part of why it’s included in this list of funniest movie quotes of the ‘80s.
  3. “These go to eleven.” -Nigel Tufnel in “This is Spinal Tap” (1984). This line from Christopher Guest has made it into everyday vernacular.
  4. "Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!" -Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack” (1980). The longest line to make the list of funniest movie quotes of the ‘80s, and also the second from Bill Murray.
  5. “Fra-gee-lay! That must be Italian!” -The old man/Mr. Parker in “A Christmas Story” (1983). It’s possible that every person in the United States knows at least on guy who makes this joke whenever he sees the word “Fragile.” Darren McGavin’s ecstatic delivery as he’s opening his box makes this one of the funniest movie quotes of the ‘80s.
  6. “It’s K-k-ken c-c-coming to k-k-kill me.” -Otto West in “A Fish Called Wanda” (1988). Kevin Kline can play a really great jerk, and he’s at his best with this line, making fun of another character with a severe stutter.
  7. “Last night at the dance, my little brother paid a buck to see your underwear.” -Randy in “Sixteen Candles” (1984). In this movie, Molly Ringwald’s character had the worst 16th birthday ever.
  8. “Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…” -Economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986). Ben Stein’s famous, monotone delivery of this line makes it extremely quotable.
  9. “Gee, I’m real sorry your mom blew up, Ricky.” -Lane Myer in “Better Off Dead” (1985). John Cusack states this wonderfully funny line after one of the character’s mothers literally does blow up.
  10. “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.” -Dr. Rumack in “Airplane!” (1980). As any “Airplane!” fan could tell you, there are innumerable quotes that could have made the list of funniest movie quotes of the ‘80s. This one made the cut because it’s become so widely referenced in pop culture.
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