Two years after his debut film “Bottle Rocket,” which became a cult classic but was a financial flop, director Wes Anderson directed “Rushmore.” The 1998 film was far more successful than his first and follows the story of Max (played by Jason Schwartzman), an odd, kind-hearted student who is great at everything but school.
He ends up falling for a teacher, only to have his heart broken when he finds out his mentor (Bill Murray) is in love with her, too. With a cast that also includes Owen and Luke Wilson and Olivia Williams, Wes Anderson weaves a genius comedy that is made ever-so-great by his signature color patterns and eye for aesthetics.
It is a movie that shows class division with excellent comedy. Worth a dime.
You think it would be hard to go wrong when you have a comedy directed by John Landis, starring Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short as three washed-out silent-era film stars; however, some things he did go pearshaped. In the movie, they travel to a remote Mexican village in the hopes of reprising their once-famous roles as “The Three Amigos” but end up leading a revolt when they realize bandits are taking over the village.
The plot is hilarious but sometimes misunderstood, with the three iconic comedy actors doing what they do best while battling a warlord named El Guapo. Combined with the ridiculous accents and Randy Newman’s cameo as a bush that sings, this movie is worth watching, but only once.
This one is good to watch and then forget. Waste of time.
A Night at the Opera
No movie starring the Marx brothers can be anything but hysterically funny, and “A Night at the Opera” is one of their best. Released in 1935, the film follows two opera singers who have two insane friends and a cheeky business manager who help them get out of a career slump and climb the success ladder by embarrassing their snobby enemies.
Chico, Harpo, and Groucho use their signature slapstick and comic riffs to wow audiences and critics alike. If you’re a fan of comedy, and especially the black-and-white cinema of the 30s, this is definitely one you shouldn’t miss.
The movie was considered culturally significant, and we see why. Worth a dime.
Of course, a film by comedy master Mel Brooks had to be on this list, especially when it comes to one of his masterpieces – “The Producers.” Starring acting legends Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel (who played Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”), this brilliant film follows a scamming stage producer (Mostel) and his quirky accountant (Wilder).
The twist? Mostel hatches a plan to get wealthy by creating the biggest failure of his career as a producer. The 1967 black comedy wasn’t exactly a financial success, but it conquered the hearts and laughter of both critics and audiences and set Mel Brooks on a wildly successful career as a director.
With no doubt, Mel Brooks's breakthrough. Worth a dime.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
The “Austin Powers” film series became some of the most popular comedy films of the 90s, with the one-and-only Mike Myers as British spy Austin Powers, who is cryogenically frozen so he can travel back in time. The cheeky, ridiculous humor and the star-studded cast made the film an instant cult classic.
The first installment of the series, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” released in 1997, was a hit amongst audiences. The fact that the leading woman was a beautiful and young Elizabeth Hurley also made the film a commercial success. Playing Austin Powers and the infamous Dr. Evil, Myers’ career was launched by this fan-favorite character.