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50 Best Movie Spoof Moments

Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

The Moment: Having woken up after being frozen for 30 years, Dr Evil (Mike Myers) discovers that all of his evil plans are somewhat outdated.

What’s It Spoofing: Blofeld from the Bond films.

Why It’s Great: It sort of makes us love Dr Evil – he tries so hard, and it’s not his fault he’s behind the times.

Hot Shots! (1991)

The Moment: Charlie Sheen and Valeria Golino get down and dirty on the kitchen floor, slathering each other with food.

Best bit? He fries an egg on her stomach.

What’s It Spoofing: The sexy culinary scene from 9 ½ Weeks.

Why It’s Great: It’s funny and sexy. Right ?

Young Frankenstein (1974)

The Moment: That unforgettable sequence in which Gene Wilder dances in top hat and tails with his monster while crooning ‘Putting On The Ritz’.

What’s It Spoofing: Monster movies ( Frankenstein , Bride Of Frankenstein ) and monochrome musicals.

Why It’s Great : It’s a simple idea delivered with po-faced elegance.

Blazing Saddles (1974)

The Moment: Taggart (Slim Pickens) and his men take a time out around a campfire and eat beans – with explosive results.

What’s It Spoofing: Any scene from an old Western in which cowboys gather around a campfire.

Why It’s Great: Alright, it’s pretty puerile, and there are loads of other gags in the film that are just as funny. But for getting us to giggle like five-year-olds, it earns top marks.

The Man With Two Brains (1983)

The Moment: Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin) knocks over Dolores (Kathleen Turner), and instructs a little girl to call an ambulance – only his instructions are somewhat convoluted.

What’s It Spoofing: Any scene from a movie in which a character orders another character to call an ambulance. Normally they keep things a little simpler than Hfuhruhurr.

Why It’s Great: The little girl remembers Hfuhruhurr’s instructions exactly!

High Anxiety (1977)

The Moment: A man reads his paper while birds flock to a climbing frame behind him.

The worst part? Bird poo…

What’s It Spoofing: The Birds.

Why It’s Great: It’s a fun response to the one thing Hitchcock never addressed in his film – just how much crap that many birds would produce…

Spaceballs (1987)

The Moment: “Not again,” groans John Hurt as an alien bursts from his chest. Things are a little different second time around, though, as this mini ET comes with a top hat and cane…

What’s It Spoofing:
Alien ’s chest-bursting scene.

Why It’s Great: Not only is it a funny send-up, Mel Brooks scored a cinematic touchdown by getting John Hurt to reprise his most famously blood-splattered role.

Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid (1982)

The Moment: Private investigator Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) disguises himself as a svelte blonde and meets up with Neff (Fred MacMurray) in a hilarious pastiche of Double Indemnity.

What’s It Spoofing: Film noir as a whole, but this scene pays particular attention to Double Indemnity.

Why It’s Great: It seamlessly blends the old with the new, making for a bizarre but clever (and funny) viewing.

The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

The Moment: In the film’s opening scene, Frank (Leslie Nielsen) and co take down bad guys in a station…

What’s It Spoofing: The Untouchables.

Why It’s Great: It’s a parody of a scene from The Untouchables which was itself a tribute to the Odessa Steps scene in Battleship Potemkin . How’s that for layered?

Airplane! (1980)

The Moment: Old dear Barbara Billingsley steps in to help when a flight attendant finds it impossible to understand a passenger’s jive speak.

What’s It Spoofing: Street slang in general.

Why It’s Great: Billingsley is phenomenal. “Just hang loose, blood…”