Readers' Poll: The 25 Funniest Movies of All TimeFrom 'Airplane!' and 'Animal House' to 'The Big Lebowski'
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Leslie Nielsen was a dramatic actor before he took on the role of Dr. Rumack in this slapstick film, which forever changed his career and the face of comedy in general. Shot on a relatively tiny budget in 1979, Airplane! spoofed the many disaster movies of the decade and managed to cram a stunning number of jokes into 87 minutes. Lines like "of course I'm serious, and quit calling me Shirley" have been quoted roughly 500,000 times since the movie hit theaters in the summer of 1980. A lot of great slapstick movies followed Airplane and some, like Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad came very close, but none have surpassed Airplane!.