Why use satire in films? Movies have been a prominent medium in propagating ideas and concepts. However, to make the film appeal to the masses and express itself in a coherent manner, directors resort to various methods of filmmaking. Satire is such a method. Satire presents global issues, human nature and behavior, tragedy and motives in a comedic fashion. They mock the system, toy with the characters and express their ideas with humour and zeal. Satires are characterized by simple, quirky conversations and simplify what is a complex notion. This helps to abstain from preaching to the audience and keep them entertained, yet motivated. Here is the list of top satirical movies ever made. You can watch some of these best satire movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
Honourable Mentions: MASH (1970); O Brother, where art thou? (2000); The Player (1992); American Beauty (1999); American Psycho (2000); Tropic Thunder (2008); Hot Fuzz (2007); Heathers (1988); Sunset Blvd. (1950); Bulworth (1998); Birdman (2014); The Truman Show (1998)
10. Office Space (1999)
Office Space is a satirical take on corporate jobs. It is laden with comedic elements and satirizes the plight of employees at their firm. Tired of the ingratitude and bland nature of the job where security is not certain, three co-workers decide to rise above the system and embezzle money from their company. They become rebellious, yet not as smart as they might think to be. The events encircling their attempts and frailties, give us an entertaining watch with deeply inscribed motives.
9. The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment tells the story of a lonely, singleton bachelor, C. C. Baxter who is exploited by superiors at his company who borrows his apartment for their own pleasures, regularly. Baxter is hard working and obliging, with an average job. His striving for greater opportunities in his company put in him a weak position with his superiors. However, when he does starting falling for the witty elevator girl, it soon leads to certain complications when he finds out she is romantically involved with his boss. Billy Wilder captures the dilemma and exploitations of a man, who compromises for success in his life. These compromises lead to his loneliness and yearning to connect with people around him. He uses irony where Baxter is presumed to be flamboyant man. However he is alone and often a victim of compromise of his own rights.