A couple of months back, I decided to watch ‘The Jerk (1979)’ for the first time. Acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick had called it his favorite comedy, which was the base cause of my attraction. What I got was more than just a good film. Through this picture, I developed an immediate interest in its star and writer Steve Martin’s entire filmography. How I wish to see another great comedy in theaters written by this legend, because it has been far too long. As an actor and comedian, few others have displayed the expressiveness and charm visible in their characters like Martin has. Even when handling roles that should come of as unlikable, his signature guarantees a connection with the viewer. With excellent comedic timing and energy, Steve Martin only outdoes his already excellent self with his terrific writing skills. Every screenplay he’s written is funny, and I find it hard to not laugh when his memorable and punchy lines come through on screen. Here is the list of top 12 Steve Martin movies, many of which he wrote the script for as well.
12. The Man With Two Brains (1983)
The collaborations between Steve Martin and legendary director Carl Reiner have always been a thing to behold. One of their most memorable works is ‘The Man With Two Brains’, a comedy in which Martin plays a brain surgeon who falls in love with a woman as well as a dismembered brain. The absurdity in the humor is prevalent throughout the picture, which is filled with sight gags that are both obvious and subtle. I think his performance here is the funniest Martin has ever been in his entire career. Kathleen Turner, who plays the femme fatale co-star gives a performance that is both sensual and comedic, playing a woman who seems to be innocent and charming on the outside, while being evil and manipulative on the inside. If you think about it, the jokes here are based on complete nonsense, and it’s as stupid as it is hilarious. If you’re a fan of wacky, crazy films, then you’re gonna have a great time with ‘The Man With Two Brains’!
11. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)