John Landis Moviesby jackallen-67055 | created - 24 May 2017 | updated - 24 May 2017 | Public
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1. Schlock (1973)
PG | 80 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A small town is terrorized by "The Banana Killer", which turns out to be the missing link between man and ape.
Goofily amusing early effort from a solid comedy director.
2. The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
R | 83 min | Comedy
A series of short, highly irreverent, and often tasteless skits.
It's easy to spoof cliches; it's something else again to string them together with the insight into narrative structure these boys evidence.
3. Animal House (1978)
R | 109 min | Comedy
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.
Votes: 101,988 | Gross: $0.20M
The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.
4. The Blues Brothers (1980)
R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.
Votes: 162,287 | Gross: $57.23M
Too over the top for its own good, but ultimately rescued by the cast's charm, director John Landis' grace, and several soul-stirring musical numbers.
5. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 78,457 | Gross: $30.57M
Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis' horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker's astounding make-up effects.
6. Trading Places (1983)
R | 116 min | Comedy
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Votes: 118,652 | Gross: $90.40M
Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.
7. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.
Votes: 29,254 | Gross: $29.50M
The Twilight Zone: The Movie suffers from the typical anthology-film highs and lows; thankfully, the former outnumber the latter.
8. Into the Night (1985)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Over the course of one night, a beaten down L.A. engineer accidentally meets, falls for and tries to help a beautiful jewel thief on the run from some extremely dangerous people.
Votes: 9,283 | Gross: $7.56M
Maybe what the movie needed was more professional discipline and less geniality. As a rule, it's probably better to throw the party after the filming is finished.
9. Spies Like Us (1985)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy
Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.
Votes: 39,251 | Gross: $60.09M
Landis never bothers to account for the friendship that springs up spontaneously between these two antipathetic types, but then he never bothers to account for anything in this loose progression of recycled Abbott and Costello riffs.
10. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western
Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.
Votes: 60,625 | Gross: $39.25M
You know it's a boring comedy when you find yourself laughing only at the lead actors' costumes.
11. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A spoof 1950s science fiction movie, interspersed with various comedy sketches concerning late night television.
Votes: 9,134 | Gross: $0.55M
Satirists are in trouble when their subjects are funnier than they are.
12. Coming to America (1988)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance
An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife who he can respect for her intelligence and will.
Votes: 139,748 | Gross: $128.15M
Starts on a bathroom joke, quickly followed by a gag about private parts, then wanders in search of something equally original for Eddie Murphy to do for another couple of hours.
14. Oscar (1991)
PG | 109 min | Comedy, Crime
A gangster attempts to keep the promise he made to his dying father: that he would give up his life of crime and "go straight".
Votes: 26,647 | Gross: $23.56M
Only occasionally flirts with the breathless lunacy of well-conceived farce - and there are huge, painful gaps in between the few worthwhile gags.
15. Innocent Blood (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Marie is a vampire with a thirst for bad guys. When she fails to properly dispose of one of her victims, a violent mob boss, she bites off more than she can chew and faces a new, immortal danger.
Votes: 8,262 | Gross: $4.97M
Innocent Blood is an uncomfortable marriage of vampires and mobsters; it doesn't work on either the supernatural or the criminal level.
16. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.
Votes: 68,287 | Gross: $42.61M
The mix of violence and laughs never gels, the rejoinders are snapless, the pace slack.
17. The Stupids (1996)
PG | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy
An incredibly dull-witted family unknowingly stumble upon an illegal weapons deal while on the trail of their "stolen" garbage.
Votes: 6,010 | Gross: $2.42M
The title says it all. Totally not funny.
18. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Elwood must reunite the old band, with a few new members, and go on another "Mission from God."
Votes: 28,756 | Gross: $13.98M
Blues Brothers 2000 isn't anywhere close to the landmark its predecessor was, but it's still enjoyable.
19. Susan's Plan (1998)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Susan wants her reprehensible ex-husband dead and, in several bungled attempts by henchmen, tries to accomplish the deed. First her boyfriend hires two dim-witted hitmen. Then she hires a ... See full summary »
21. Burke and Hare (2010)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Thriller
A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.
Votes: 17,913 | Gross: $0.00M
Rarely has the ratio of quality talent to dismal returns been as high as in "Burke & Hare,'' a macabre British period piece that's nowhere near as funny as it thinks.