Funny Family Movies From The 80′s

Monday, August 1 by Jason Cuthbert

There are many memorable and funny family movies from the '80s. This is a decade that knew exactly how to grab children's attention by making the heroes kids or adults that are kids at heart. With timeless storytelling and colorful concepts, these five funny family movies are sure to last well beyond the '80s.

  1. "Back to the Future" This funny family movie from 1985 starred Michael J Fox as the teenage time-traveler Marty McFly. Much of the humor stems from McFly getting to meet his parents at high school students before they even met each other. It managed to mix science fiction, special effects and gags that any family member watching the film can enjoy.
  2. "The Goonies" Steven Spielberg produced this Richard Donner-directed comedy adventure for the whole family. When a bored group of young guys find a treasure map, they decide to go on a hunt for these hidden jewels to prevent their neighborhood from being bought out. Each kid has their own quirk including an infinitely hungry jokester and a gadget-making inventor. This is an '80s family film that future generations have continued to connect to. 
  3. "A Christmas Story" This is one hilarious family comedy that has become a timeless Christmas classic. The story of Ralphie, the blond boy with glasses that just wants a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, explores life from a kid's point of view before responsibilities factor in. Even Santa Clause himself becomes an obstacle in getting this toy firearm. Ralphie's family in this comedy film reminds us that even with all of our differences and distinctive personalities, family is very important during Christmas and all year long. 
  4. "Big" Tom Hanks stars as Josh Baskin, a boy who's wish to become "Big" is granted. He wakes up the next morning in an adult body and struggles to fit into a more mature world. This funny family film finds plenty of awkward situations to place Josh into, most notably being in an intimate relationship and working for a toy company. The well-known cliche "Be careful what you wish for" comes to life in this 1988 comedy classic, allowing family members of any age to imagine what they would do if they instantly aged. 
  5. "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" Before "Pee Wee's Playhouse" became a popular television show in 1986 Paul Reubens' man-child filled the silver screen with this family comedy. When Pee Wee's most prized possession—his tricked-out bicycle—comes up missing, Pee Wee travels all over the country searching for it. He meets many unique and often bizarre characters along the way, including a convict wanted by the law and a truck-driving ghoul. This family film from 1985 has all the humor and surreal imagery of a children's book brought to life. 

-Jason Cuthbert