Director: Alan Metter
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon, Robert Downey Jr., M. Emmet Walsh, Adrienne Barbeau, Ned Beatty, William Zabka
Lesson Learned: Sharing a classroom with your dad can actually make you seem cool, not like a tool.

Nearly seven years after his death, Rodney Dangerfield, if he's surfing the web in that cyber lab above the clouds, would be happy to know, on this list, he's getting his much desired respect. Though it's quite easy to appreciate the late comedy icon's work in Back To School, a sort pre-Billy Madison romp about a rich dude who voluntarily goes back to college to better educate himself.

It's a rather lightweight affair, lacking in any notable pathos or pretentious themes, and it's all the better for it. Actually given a film to play in that's, you know, good (or, in other words, the opposite of Ladybugs), Dangerfield fires off his trademark one-liners in a good-natured comedy that will forever command attention whenever it reruns on cable, which, frankly, isn't often enough.