What it's spoofing: Airplane! covers a lot of ground, with gags referencing movies like Jaws, Saturday Night Fever and Casablanca, but the main target is the big disaster movies of the 1970s like the Airport films and The Poseidon Adventure.

Why it's great: It’s not just that it is one of the most endlessly quotable films in film history . It’s not just that the team of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker managed to create a pure comedy with an ensemble filled with dramatic actors. What makes Airplane! so special is its surprising timelessness, its ridiculous humor maintaining its hilarity 34 years after it was released. There isn’t a single inch of the film that takes itself seriously - from bickering airport announcers to conversations with little boys about gladiators - and its slapstick antics are universally delightful (who could forget the singing nun knocking the IV out of the dying girl’s arm?) Let’s also not forget that it launched the spoof career of Leslie Nielsen, who went on to become one of the most important names in the genre. Airplane! may have only come out in 1980, but it’s still one of the most influential spoof movies ever.

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