Comedy films

Top 10 Comedies of the 90s

Every era has its own comic superstars. In the 90s, that meant comedians like Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Robin Williams and others dominated the cinematic landscape.

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Many movies have used a combination of strong characterization and slapstick comedy to not only build a movie with laughs, but also tell gripping stories at the same time. It’s a decade worth remembering; full of comedy classics that continue to pay dividends today.

10) Friday

Source: Friday, New Line Cinema

Many viewers may think that Friday is a weed movie… which it is. In fact, the film’s most memorable line was simply about getting high when there was nothing else to do.

However, Friday is also a very strong character drama about growing up and standing up for yourself. It also had a hilarious cast that went on to have very entertaining careers, while also introducing several key catchphrases that continue to resonate today.

9) Mrs. Doubtfire

Source: Mrs. Doubtfire, 20th Century Fox

The idea of ​​dressing up Robin Williams as an old British woman is a hilarious premise in itself. However, Mrs. Doubtfire goes further by also offering a very touching story about family ties, and the importance of fatherhood.

In many ways, the film was ahead of its time in that it depicted an atypical family dynamic. In the end, husband and wife don’t come together as a happy ending, but it does find a way to at least have a happy ending for the sake of the kids.

8) Tommy Boy

Source: Tommy Boy, Paramount Pictures

It’s a shame Chris Farley died when he did, because he was absolutely tearing up the 90s with hilarious content. Probably no movie he did was funnier than Tommy Boy.

The story is about a good-for-nothing son who must step in and save his father’s business. While Chris Farley plays the clumsy blunderer to perfection, it’s also a very heartwarming story about triumph despite all odds.

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7) Happy Gilmore

Source: Happy Gilmore, Universal Pictures

Saturday Night Live has really pumped up a lot of excellent stars over the years, and it’s hard to imagine a more versatile one than Adam Sandler. He was very successful early in his career, and Happy Gilmore definitely stands out among them.

This goofy golf comedy is packed with great lines from start to finish, and not just from Sandler himself. The supporting cast is equally hilarious, and even the villain has some memorable quotes as well.

6) Austin Powers

Source: Austin Powers, New Line Cinema

There has been plenty of satirical content about James Bond over the years, but none has gone to extremes. Austin Powers has. It takes every aspect of the hit spy franchise and makes fun of it.

In addition to being an excellent parody, Austin Powers is also a great showcase for Mike Myers as a storyteller and comedic actor. He does a great job embodying so many different roles that it’s hard to see the franchise exist without him.

5) Groundhog Day

Source: Groundhog Day, Columbia Pictures

Bill Murray absolutely dominated the 1980s as a comedic tour de force, but it wasn’t until the ’90s that he starred in one of his most important and memorable – albeit understated – comedy films. esteemed – of all time.

In addition to setting the bar for the time loop genre, groundhog day took it to a comical extreme with an extremely philosophical stance. There have been countless analyzes written about the film’s themes and Murray’s performance as a man stuck in purgatory.

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4) As Ventura

Source: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Warner Bros. Pictures

Some characters are so memorable that they instantly become synonymous with the actor. That’s exactly how Ace Ventura is when it comes to Jim Carrey, especially with his signature hair and Hawaiian shirt.

The film depicts a completely over-the-top and goofy animal detective as he attempts to track down the kidnapped Miami Dolphins mascot. The crazy thing about the hilarious comedy is that it also functions as a great detective story, as Ace continually outshines the normal police.

3) Billy Madison

Source: Billy Madison, Universal Pictures

Outraged Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison solidified Adam Sandler as a 90s comedy icon. His ability to play a degenerate buffoon is absolutely amazing. Yet there’s still a charismatic charm to his character that’s hard not to root for.

The story follows a spoiled heir to a hotel fortune who must prove to his father that he is worthy of his inheritance by returning to elementary school. It creates some truly ridiculous and uncomfortable moments in which Sandler completely shines.

2) Dogma

Source: Dogma, Miramax Films

Dogma is awesome for so many reasons it’s hard to count them all. The film has an excellent all-star cast that completely nails every line and scene. On top of that, there’s also action, horror, and all on a low indie budget.

But above all, the film is actually on Something. It takes a very relevant topic – religion – and tries to dissect it with something deep and important to say. Sure, it contains completely immature jokes, but that doesn’t mean a movie can’t have a strong theme either.

1) Dumb and Dumber

Source: Dumb and Dumber, New Line Cinema

True to its name, Stupid and even dumber packs a hilarious punch into every scene. It’s almost impossible not to find something funny every ten seconds. It has a completely absurd road trip plot that involves hit men, lots of money, and two goons who are completely unaware of pretty much everything going on around them.

Many of the movie’s characters try to play it straight, but it’s clear that the movie’s two protagonists won’t let that happen. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels give absolutely outstanding performances, and it must have been incredibly difficult to film scenes with them without bursting into laughter.

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