This movie stands out as Eddie Murphy’s first big-screen project and also as one of his best comedic works. In it, he embodies multiple roles that were only a few degrees removed from each other but were quite well executed. Supporting roles from James Earl Jones, John Amos, and Arsenio Hall only add to the stellar quality of this film.
So many things make this movie wonderful. It has a unique story, which was one of a kind at the time; its main and supporting characters gave extravaganza performances, and overall it was a movie you could watch over and over again, each time discovering something new and exciting.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
In this raunchy but realistically funny comedy for adult audiences, Steve Carell stars as an amiable single guy looking for love. While on his quest, Carell's character finds himself in incredibly unfortunate situations, like when his friends convince him to get his chest waxed. Carrell's performance was laugh-out-loud funny as the titular underdog, and even with all the explicit jokes, this movie is unexpectedly sweet and full of heart.
The hilarious and sometimes ridiculous movie cracked the formula and made a simple plot line sophisticated and genius. The storyline also asked some good questions and raised interesting ideas that made the story as good as it was.
Dumb and Dumber
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star in "Dumb and Dumber" as two goofy characters who accidentally become involved in a kidnapping scheme and a never-ending series of coincidences that they're too stupid to understand. This film is unapologetically tacky, but it's also the Farrelly brothers' first movie and probably the most beloved.
The budget of the movie was $17 million. After being released worldwide, it managed to grasp a skyrocketing $250 million and was the number-one movie at the box office at the time. Jim Carry alone took $7 million into his pocket.
This charming film is based on Jane Austen's Emma, which follows teenage love and friendships. It's much more than just a teen-centric movie from the 90s, though — it's a film that can keep finding new fans for years to come. This movie still manages to hold a lot of cultural clout. With lead performances from Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, this film has so much wit.
What makes the movie more than just a high school comedy is how it implements stereotypes into the script. In "Clueless," they are not there, just by the way. Their entertainment purpose is highlighted and made a significant part of the plot. They are exaggerated and exquisite.
It Happened One Night
This screwball comedy follows a recently married spoiled heiress who gets entangled with a newspaper reporter who happens to fall in love with her. The film was directed and co-produced by Frank Capra and was welcomed by stunning reviews upon its release.
"It Happened One Night" is one of just three films to ever win all five of the major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The only two other films to ever pull that off have been "The Silence of the Lambs" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest."