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13. 48 Hrs. (1982)
Key players: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Walter Hill, Roger Spottiswoode, Larry Gross, Steven E. de Souza
Why it's great: Walter Hill isn't exactly the first name you think of as a comedy filmmaker, but he captured something combustible and amazing with "48 HRS," that moment where Eddie Murphy arrived as a fully-realized movie star. Nick Nolte was a serious, angsty actor with this dangerous physical energy, and throwing the live-wire energy of Murphy up against him led to real movie magic. The film works as a rough, brutal action movie, but it is often shockingly funny, and the moment where Murphy takes over a redneck bar using only Nolte's badge is one of the great comedy scenes of its decade.
- Drew McWeeny