We here at Mandatory feel that the 1980s was the decade of comedy films. By that, we mean the decade was the best 10 years for comedies. From Caddyshack to Trading Places to Three Amigos to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, we dare you to find a better 10-year period for comedies. It’s also probably the best decade for the “buddy comedy.” If you’re a fan of 1980s comedies, you’re probably keenly aware of the glut of classic buddy comedies the decade gave us.
Coming to America is one of the best of the era. If you love that movie, you’re probably happy that a sequel is dropping this week on Amazon. In honor of this long-awaited sequel, we decided to make a list of our favorite buddy comedies from the 1980s. Check them all out below and get streaming.
Christopher Osburn is a freelance writer located in Rochester, NY. He writes primarily about food and drink and has had his work appear on Uproxx, Thrillist, Food & Wine, Paste, Maxim, Men's Journal and a handful of others.