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.
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.
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.
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.
The King of Comedy
This gem from 1982, directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, features Robert DeNiro as Rupert Pupkin, an out-of-his-mind wannabe celebrity that hosts an imaginary talk show in his mother’s basement. Even though it’s classified as a drama because it does have its incredibly sad moments, there are plenty of scenes that will make you bowl over with laughter.
Especially after DeNiro’s character meets actual talk show host Jerry Langford, played by Jerry Lewis, and gets a newfound false hope that it might be his big career break. But obviously, Lewis isn’t interested in the least.“The King of Comedy” is a perfect blend of drama, crime, thrill, and comedy, starred by A-list actors, including Martin Scorsese himself.