In an adaptation of a beloved 1969 Broadway play written by Woody Allen, director Herbert Ross translates the brilliant screenplay to the silver screen and hits a cinematic home run. Starring Woody Allen as a neurotic, depressive movie critic who gets dumped by his wife, the movie follows his failed attempts to flirt with women, egged on by his married friends Dick and Linda (played by Tony Roberts and Diane Keaton).
Disaster ensues when Allen falls in love with Linda. The hilarious 1972 film features Woody Allen at his neurotic best, and his onscreen chemistry with Keaton is undeniable. Definitely, a must-watch if you’re a fan of Allen humor.
The 90s gave us some of the best comedy films of all time, and “The Birdcage” has to be in the top five. A hysterically funny comedy starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams; the two actors play a gay club owner and his drag queen partner who run an LGBT nightclub in Florida.
Trouble ensues when their son meets a girl from an extremely conservative family, with Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest as parents, and he asks his gay parents to pretend they’re straight for one night while they meet the potential in-laws. The performance by every cast member is downright tear-worthy and impossible not to laugh at, including a marvelous performance by Hank Azaria as a gay butler from El Salvador who can’t wear shoes because they make him trip.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
The second installment of Monty Python’s brilliantly hilarious film series, “Life of Brian,” is a true comedic masterpiece. Making fun of everything from the Bible to religion, and even the Latin language, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Michael Palin lead this film to success.
Released in 1979, many consider “Life of Brian” to be Terry Jones’s best film in the Monty Python trilogy, and considering the reaction of film critics and audiences, they’d be right. After all, what’s funnier than watching these legendary British actors play characters from the Bible while clearly having a hard time not laughing themselves and sticking to the script?
Chances are you’ve probably already seen this comedy classic, but just in case you’ve lived under a rock for the past five decades, “Annie Hall” should be next on your list. Lauded as one of Woody Allen’s best films, it follows the story of a nutty divorced comedian named Alvy Singer and his reminiscing over his ex-partner Annie Hall.
Hall, a beautiful singer with big ambitions, is played by a young Diane Keaton and represents yet one more thing in Alvy’s life that went wrong. Like his previous relationships, this one ended suddenly, too, making our main character a hopeless pessimist. But no one plays a pessimist more hilariously than Woody Allen.
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.