Directed by Gene Saks, this 1968 comedy classic is truly a treasure for any lover of comedy or films in general. Starring real-life buddies Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau, these two end up sharing an apartment after having marriage problems with their respective wives. Matthau is a rude, messy person, while Lemon is an OCD clean freak, and their chemistry onscreen is to die for.
For nearly two hours, you’ll tear up with laughter just seeing what these two get up to while trying to make things work in their semi-bachelor apartment. The film is a nice preamble to their hit “Grumpy Old Men” film series from the early 90s.
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.
Considered by many to be one of the Coen brothers' best films, 1987’s "Raising Arizona” is definitely high up on the list of classic must-watch movies. It stars a young Nicolas Cage, who plays a convict who falls in love with a cop, played by Holly Hunter.
The couple wants to have kids but realizes they can’t, so ultimately, they decide to steal a baby from a rich family with quintuplets. John Goodman, Frances McDormand, Randall Craig Cobb, and Sam McMurray also appear in this hilarious yet deep film with a golden script and laugh-out-loud plot twists that make it one of a kind.
The Man With Two Brains
Since the early 80s, Steve Martin established himself as an iconic comedy actor with a career that has continued to climb the success ladder at full speed. One of these early movies that made the actor’s career was “The Man With Two Brains”, released in 1983.
The film follows Michael (played by Steve Martin), a brain surgeon who has recently lost his wife and decides to remarry a gold-digger named Dolores (played by Kathleen Turner). But chaos ensues when Martin falls in love with a bottled brain he finds in Vienna. You can only imagine what craziness ensues with a plot like this one and Steve Martin playing the lead role.
One of the best things to come out of the 80s was the comedy thriller “Midnight Run,” starring acting legends Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin. The film follows bounty hunter Jack Walsh (played by DeNiro), who has to track down an ex-mob member (played by Grodin) and bring him back into custody for a very large sum of money.
DeNiro has to put up with Grodin’s unbearably whiny and crazy character while he is transporting him back to California all the way from New York, but that's not all of it. He also has to be on the lookout for a lunatic mob boss and the FBI, who are also after Grodin.