10 Funniest Comedy Films Of The 1980s
The first of three films directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker on this list, Ruthless People is a dark yet hilarious revenge story about a kidnapping gone wrong.
After her fashion designs are stolen by sleazy businessman Sam Stone (Danny DeVito), Sandy Kessler (Helen Slater) and her husband Ken (Judge Reinhold) make the bold and desperate decision to kidnap Sam's wife, Barbara (Bette Midler), in an attempt to extort ransom money from Sam. The only problem is, Sam has no interest in getting his wife back!
DeVito excels in the lovable villain role and opposite the eccentric Midler, the film was destined to become a cult classic. Making $76 million at the box office and currently boasting a high 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Ruthless People succeeded at accomplishing a comedy film's primary goal - making the audience laugh!