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These Are The Best Parody Movies of All Time

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It isn’t easy making a good parody movie. While it’s one thing to poke fun at other movies, its another to make an actually entertaining movie that stands out on its own in the process. Plenty of genres have been parodied throughout the years to varying degrees of success. Whether it be the biopic or hit action movies, parody movies have long been a staple genre that have produced some truly classic films.


The movies on the following list not only poked fun at familiar films and genre tropes, but produced compelling stories and laugh-out-loud jokes that have stood the test of time. While some parody films make the mistake of simply poking fun at random movies without any real reason, these movies actually took the time to craft a real story and stand out of the shadow of the films they are making fun of in the first place. These are the best parody movies of all time.

This article was updated by Dara Drapkin-Grossi on September 17, 2022. If you are a fan of parody movies, you are in luck as this article has been recently updated.

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12 Scary Movie

The Wayans family has added plenty to the world of comedy with their various films and television shows. The Wayans were led by their eldest brother Keenan Ivory Wayans for much of their success. It was Keenan who, in fact, directed one of their funniest films Scary Movie. This spoof of 90s slasher movies such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer was a hit with audiences that spawned multiple sequels.

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11 Not Another Teen Movie

Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 teen comedy that parodies popular films from the 80s and 90s. The plot is essentially a mash-up of films like American Pie, She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Breakfast Club. Every teen movie trope is stuffed into one, and the tagline for the movie was “The Teen Mother Of All Movies.” Although the film doesn’t have the best ratings, the raunchy comedy is truly a product of its time and warrants a watch for fans of the teen comedy genre and of its star-studded cast.

10 Hot Shots!

Hot Shots! directed by famed spoof director Jim Abrahams brilliantly parodied Top Gun and other popular films including Gone With the Wind and Marathon Man. The hilarious action comedy starred Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino, Cary Elwes, and John Cryer. The movie followed Topper Harley, played by Sheen, as he struggles with his own personal demons as a fighter pilot, albeit in hilarious and goofy fashion. The movie spawned a sequel, Hot Shots Part Deux.

9 Austin Powers Trilogy

The story of a womanizing English spy fighting a bald maniac with a liking for cats may bring memories of countless James Bond movies, but some might associate that with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Mike Myers created this parody of James Bond and other spy films. His dual role of Austin Powers and his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil was a highlight of the 90s comedy era.

8 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

If there was a specific genre that needed to be taken down a peg, it was that of the biopic. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story not only took the genre to task, but managed to tell an epic story that stood out on its own. John C. Reilly played legendary musician Dewey Cox in this Judd Apatow production. The film parodied such films as The Doors and Walk the Line while telling a surprisingly touching story that spans decades of rock n roll music. While the film didn’t set any box office records, it garnered a well-earned cult following.

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7 The Naked Gun

The Naked Gun actually began as a series created by the team of Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and Adam Zucker, and starring Leslie Nielsen. While the series known as Police Squad! didn’t last, the feature adaptation of the series became an instant hit that led to two sequels. Nielsen played Lieutenant Frank Drebin, a police officer caught in a conspiracy involving the Queen of England in this spoof of the police procedural.

6 I’m Gonna Git You Sucka

Before Scary Movie, Keenan Ivory Wayans directed and starred in the Blaxploitation spoof I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. The 1988 film parodied Shaft and the all around aesthetic of the 1970s Blaxploitation films. The movie followed would-be hero Jack Spade as he tries to save the ghetto from the grip of the crime lord Mr. Big. I’m Gonna Git You Sucka was Wayan’s directorial debut and the film debut of Chris Rock and Marlon Wayans in small supporting roles. The film even included past Blaxploitation actors such as Jim Brown and Bernie Casey.

5 This is Spinal Tap

“Hello Cleveland!” Those famous words bring back memories of this mockumentary classic. When it comes to mockumentaries, few come anywhere close to the level of This is Spinal Tap. The film, written by mockumentary master Christopher Guest and directed by Rob Reiner told the hilarious story of hair-metal band, Spinal Tap, a band whose lack of self awareness really made this one of the most legendary examples of mockumentaries.

4 Blazing Saddles

Usually touted as a movie that could only be made at the time of its release, Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles is an uproarious parody of the western genre, filled with gags and set pieces that didn’t pull any punches. While the language was as blue as it gets, the message was delivered brilliantly by Brooks and his cast led by Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder. This wasn’t some singing cowboy movie, this was the wild west presented unapologetically.

3 Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Monty Python rarely missed and their film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail was no exception. The hilarious send-up on the Knights of the Round Table was a strange, hilarious and epic moment in comedy history that has stood the test of time. Monty Python’s trademark humor made this an instant and rewatchable comedy classic for the ages.

2 Airplane!

As far as all-time great comedies go, Airplane! typically tops the list. It is easily the greatest parody of all time. Each scene is perfectly executed with an extremely quick-witted number of gags, all poking fun at the disaster genre. It was Airplane! that truly cemented David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams as masters of parody. A legendary performance by Leslie Nielsen as Dr. Rumack and a hilarious cameo by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Roger the Co-pilot made Airplane! the greatest parody of all time.

1 Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein is a horror comedy from the 1970s that is a director parody of the horror classic Frankenstein, which was the second release within the Universal Monster films. Gene Wilder embodies his role as a young doctor who moves into his grandfather’s castle, only to inherit a book that outlines reanimating dead bodies. The late Peter Boyle plays The Monster, and breathes life into a once lifeless corpse. The film offers little frights, but is a parody that has withstood the ages.

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