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16 Camp Classics That Keep Us Laughing

Batman: The Movie (1966)
Long before the caped crusader went dark (with Tim Burton) and darker (with Christopher Nolan), Batman was a campy TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. In this film version of the series, Cesar Romero’s Joker, Frank Gorshin’s Riddler, Burgess Meredith’s Penguin and Lee Meriwether’s Catwoman prove that villains don’t need to be pathological when they’re this much fun.

 

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Yeah, baby, yeah! Mike Myers’s groovy time-tripping secret agent from the 1960s hit audiences like a ton of psychedelic bricks in this first of three sexy, campy comedies. Myers’s inspired comic creation is a twisted spoof of the wildly popular secret agent films of the ’60s — and popularized the term “fem-bot.”

 

Barbarella (1968)
Based on a lusty French comic, this film starring an oversexed, scantilyclad Jane Fonda in outer space is a camp classic for the ages, featuring a beautifully built and winged John Phillip Law, and the villain Durand-Durand — whose name inspired that ’80s band.

 

Down With Love (2003)
This campy, candy-colored homage to Doris Day and Rock Hudson rom-coms of the 1960s stars Renée Zellweger as a feminist author and Ewan McGregor as the rakish playboy who tries to seduce her. David Hyde Pierce is a hoot in the type of prissy, proto-gay role played by Tony Randall in the original films.

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