Top 10: Best Spoof Movies of All-Time

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

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  1. What’s great about Galaxy Quest is that it spoofs and pokes fun at the sci-fi, Star Trek genre whilst also being an amazing sci-fi film. You can tell it really respects the genre and I think it has the perfect balance. For the same reason, I think Spy is does a great job at making fun of all the usual spy tropes whilst also being an amazing spy film. So Spy would definitely be the top of my list.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I really like Spy! I wouldn’t necessarily categorize it as a spoof movie, but it certainly plays with those tropes!

  2. Fantastic list full of hilarious films. I’m glad you included Galaxy Quest because it’s actually a great film driven by proper characters as well as the affectionate Star Trek reference points.

  3. jimbelton says:

    I would argue Monty Python’s Holy Grail transcends the spoof genre; it’s definitely my favourite on your list.

    My second favorite, Austin Powers, is a true spoof. So many scenes are straight from over the top James Bond films. You watch them thinking they’re ridiculous, but if you go back to the original films, they are actually spot on. E.g. Dr. No *is* the only person wearing a radiation suit. James Bond does kill every baddy with on pistol shot in Thunderball, while dozens of Spectre goons armed with submachine guns can’t hit him.

    Finally, Galaxy Quest not only sends up Star Trek, it also spoofs the fandom and the cast of the classic series brilliantly. While I enjoyed Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’s spoof of Star Wars, Alien, and Planet of the Apes, Galaxy Quest is on another level.

    Monty Python’s Life of Brian is by far a better send up of the genre than Brooks’s History of the World, IMO.

    A recent spoof that I really liked was the film American Ultra. While it is arguably its own thing, it manages to send up the Bourne films wonderfully. I had much more fun watching a couple of stoners become activated sleeper agents that I did watching the last episode of Matt Damon’s ever declining franchise.

    Another great spoof: The TV series “Chuck”, where a lowly Big Box employee becomes the CIA’s secret weapon.

  4. Great list! Airplane!, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Blazing Saddles, History of the World Pt 1 and This is Spinal Tap are among my favorites. I hate when people write “I would add…” on my Top 10 posts, so I won’t do it. I’ll just say two others that are among my personal faves are “Young Frankenstein” and Neil Simon’s “Murder By Death.” That film has an incredibly dumb plot, but some of the best comedic lines ever.

  5. jasonbleau says:

    I love this list, but I would have added in Spaceballs. I feel like this list is incomplete without it really. I’m glad you avoided the Scary Movie tropes though. Parody and spoofs are an art unto themselves. The Scarry Movie style parodies are kind of an insult to the subgenre in my opinion. They take the formula perfected by movies like Airplane and do nothing creative with it. Monty Python is a good #1 but I personally see Airplane as the godfather of parody films.

  6. I’m kind of surprised that you left Young Frankenstein (where it riffs on classic, black-and-white horror) and Spaceballs (a poke “mainly” at Star Wars, though there’s also a dash of Star Trek & Alien in there) weren’t included. Oh, well. It is your opinion, after all.

    • MovieBabble says:

      Those were last second omissions!

      • I understand. It only crossed my mind because it seems like good spoof movies have decided to take most of the 21st Century off. In this time frame, they’ve been lightyears between.

      • MovieBabble says:

        Couldn’t agree more! They’ve all been pretty terrible for the most part

  7. Several of these are favorite comedies for me, along with one guilty pleasure not listed here which I shan’t reveal.

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