15. Ghostbusters (1984)
Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, William Atherton
It’s never a bad thing when a horror movie works just as well for grown-ass men as it does for pre-teen boys—there’s very little in life that’s more heartwarming than a father sitting on a couch next to his son while monsters and evil are infecting the TV screen before them. Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman’s supernatural matching of the 1980s’ best comedic talents (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis), is just that kind of ageless amusement.
The aforementioned funnymen are all in rare form as paranormal investigators getting paid to eradicate Manhattan’s nastiest ghosts, many of which provide Ghostbusters with its craziest moments of laughter. Slimer, for instance, munches down on hot dogs while scaring the piss out of Murray; the absurdly funny-looking Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, for its part, terrorizes New York City streets with the destructive qualities of Godzilla. And who can forget the cartoonish panther-on-steroids that chases Rick Moranis around a hotel and into the Big Apple’s busiest blocks?