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.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
This is an example of a movie that’s perfectly titled since it seems like the only appropriate definition for the lead characters’ personalities. A remake of the 1964 comedy film “Bedtime Story,” starred by Marlon Brando, 1988’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” stars Michael Caine and Steve Martin as two lying conmen that trick rich women in the French Riviera and steal their money.
But things go awry when Martin and Caine meet and realize they can’t possibly be working in the same area, so they place a bet to decide who leaves. They both try to con a wealthy heiress, and the adventures that ensue are absolutely hilarious. Directed by Frank Oz, once a master puppeteer and colleague of “The Muppets” Jim Henson, this film is definitely worth a watch.
It’s 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. 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 the village is being taken over by bandits.
The plot is hilarious, with the three iconic comedy actors doing what they do best while battling a warlord named El Guapo. That, combined with the ridiculous accents and Randy Newman’s cameo as a bush that sings, makes this movie worth watching more than once.
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) who is 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.
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.