74. The Lady Eve (1941)
It’s a romantic comedy from the 1940’s that’s still entirely funny and the one reason for that is Preston Sturges, a comedy filmmaker far ahead of his time. Very few people mix together slapstick with dialogue driven comedy as well as Sturges, and absolutely nobody performed it more fantastically than Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda do here. Even though we know these two people will literally tear each other apart if they lived their entire lives with one another, we want it to happen because it’s just so damn enjoyable.
73. Bad Santa (2003)
Can you say “best Christmas movie of all time”? No? Well, I’ll say it for you. “Bad Santa” is the best Christmas movie of all time. ALL. TIME. There isn’t a single one that’s funnier than this film while also still delivering a very upbeat and positive message by the end. And the reason why the message works is because the film has the balls to show just how terrible of a man Billy Bob Thorton’s “Santa” is throughout most of his life. How does a man go from a drunken loser who pisses himself constantly to a caring father figure? Watch the movie, laugh your ass off, and find out for yourself.
72. Memento (2000)
It’s impossible to just watch “Memento”. Each time you turn the film on you discover it all over again. The reverse narrative of the film ensures that your brain never turns off for a moment and engages you at every act break. The performances are all stellar and the directing is air tight. If all you know of Chris Nolan is his Batman films, check “Memento” out now. It’s a work of true artistry.
71. The Brother’s Solomon (2007)
I know that like “MacGruber” putting this film on the list is about as close to sacrilege as I can possibly get, especially when I’m leaving off films like “The Godfather” or “Citizen Kane”. But understand something, I don’t care. Is “The Brother’s Solomon” more well made than Citizen Kane? Hell, no. But I sure do feel a lot happier watching this film than I do when I watch “Kane”. On a leve of sheer enjoyment, few films make me laugh as hard and often as this film. Will Arnett and Will Forte are absolutely perfect as the titular brothers and play the dumb card better than even Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in “Dumb and Dumber”. Indeed, “The Brother’s Solomon” is the sequel that “Dumb and Dumber” never got, but should have.
70. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The best World War Two movie ever made. Period. Hell it might even be the best war movie ever made. No other film is as gut-wrenchingly real and tragic. And no matter how many times I watch the opening D-Day invasion scene, I always feel queasy.