Top 10: Best Spoof Movies of All-Time

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to grow his own movie knowledge as well as share his own thoughts with others in a streamlined fashion. As MovieBabble continues to grow, Nick hopes to one day become a reputable critic that many turn to first for a quality movie review.

16 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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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