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.
National Lampoon’s Animal House
This 1978 John Landis classic is a delight to watch, not just because of the film’s hilariously well-written script, but also thanks to the performances of John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, and Stephen Furst. When Hulce and Furst arrive at college, they try to join a snobby fraternity but are turned down outright.
So they decide to try another less prestigious fraternity called the Delta Tau Chi House and are welcomed with open arms. The problem is that the college’s dean will stop at nothing to close down the Deltas, and they’re not letting that happen. The film is the original “college comedy movie” in what would become a long line of successors.
A Fish Called Wanda
This absolute gem of a comedy film was released in 1988 to rave reviews and massive commercial success. Written by Charles Crichton and comedy genius John Cleese, “A Fish Called Wanda” is the perfect heist comedy film with brilliant writing, hilarious scenes, romance, adventure, and a stunningly gorgeous Jamie Lee Curtis as the star female lead.
Playing the seductive con artist Wanda, Curtis teams up with Kevin Kline to con a wealthy barrister, played by John Cleese. However, she’s also trying to con Kline and their other gang partner – hell breaks loose when the plan starts to entangle, and it’s simply impossible not to laugh and enjoy every minute of it.
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?
Play It Again, Sam
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.