Jim Carrey is one of the greatest movie comedians of all time. His quirky and absurd humor has proven successful time and time again, and in the early 2000s, he made an effort to prove his acting chops after taking on serious roles. than. No matter how strange his views on life and spirituality, he remains a humorous figure in the film industry.
Over the past decade, Carrey has returned to his comedy roots, reprising his role as Lloyd Christmas in the 2014 film Dumb and Dumber To Misery and reversing that mistake by playing the villainous doctor Robotnik in Last year’s Sonic the Hedgehog. With Carrey’s career on the rise once again, we bring you our list of 11 of Jim Carrey’s best movies that you must see.
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The first Jim Carrey movie on this list isn’t the kind of movie you think of when you picture the actor’s goofy, contorted face. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an incredible experimental film that tells the love story of Joel (Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet, Titanic) as Joel relives their two-year affair in the depths of his mind. . If you haven’t seen it yet, we don’t want to spoil anything, just watch it!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of Carrey’s best performances simply because it’s not funny at all. Carrey proved his true acting chops here in a way he really hasn’t explored since. While it’s more fun to watch him play enthusiastic comedy archetypes, his portrayal of Joel is both honest and pensive and will stick with you long after the credits roll.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
One of Jim Carrey’s best performances was playing Dr. Seuss’s infamous character The Grinch, and he played the character masterfully. Between Ron Howard’s artistic vision of Whoville, Arrested Development’s Jeffery Tambor’s charismatic Mayor MayWho, and Carrey’s “Mean One” charm, this film is not only a Christmas classic but also a a Jim Carrey movie.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of those Carrey comedies that has more going on under the hood than initially credited, warming not only the Grinch’s little heart but ours as well. You don’t have to wait until December to see this movie, Carrey’s Grinch is accessible all year long (as long as his schedule allows). Just make sure you skip Cindy Lou Who’s solo.
3. Mask (1994)
If you think Jim Carrey movies are all about a green-faced weirdo then you clearly haven’t seen The Mask. Based on the Dark Horse Comics comic book series of the same name (the first of many comic book roles that Carrey would take on), this film follows Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss, a loner who wears a black mask The mysterious green turns him into an animated crime-fighter with the personality of a madman. Basically, Jim Carrey is a superhero.
The Mask is one of those quirky comic book movies that had a lot of 90s appeal and was almost directly responsible for the revival of swing music in that decade (seriously). The Mask went on to be adapted into an animated series, becoming the first of three animated series based on Jim Carrey that year (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber were also adapted into Saturday morning cartoons).
4. The Truman Show (1998)
One of Carrey’s most iconic films, The Truman Show is the story of a man in his 30s whose entire life has been televised since the day he was born, and if that seems too crazy to believe, the movie actually does a great job of making this absurd plot seem plausible and it’s also scary. Carrey plays Truman, who dreams of a life beyond his “hometown” with a girl he has only met briefly.
The Truman Show is an interesting look at show business and the reality TV genre. It’s almost like a weird social commentary about how obsessed we are with watching other people’s lives through screens. But be prepared, it will be heartbreaking to watch and may make you wonder if you have to live in a simulation your whole life.
5. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
One of Jim Carrey’s most beloved classics, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is one of those movies that will make you (literally) laugh out loud. Carrey plays Ace Ventura, an unorthodox Miami detective who specializes in capturing both domesticated and captive animals. The quirky tone of this film is classic Carrey and is part of its appeal.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was so successful that a sequel was released the following year (you know, the one where Jim Carrey is “born” from the back of a rhinoceros).
Interesting facts: Jim Carrey actually helped co-write this script, which explains everything you see on screen.
6. Man on the Moon (1999)
One of Carrey’s more interesting films, Man on the Moon featured him in a biographical comedy-drama role as he played the late American entertainer Andy Kaufman. The film chronicles Kaufman’s life, from his time on SNL, Late Night with Letterman and Fridays, to his role on the television sitcom Taxi and more. It’s one of Carrey’s more serious roles, but he still plays it with real comedic timing and effect.
Man on the Moon may be a lesser-known Carrey classic, but it still holds a worthy place in his larger filmography, if not only for the fact that Carrey continued to play the role. Kaufman off camera. Don’t believe us? The footage was actually adapted into the Netflix documentary, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, a few years ago.
7. Stupid and Stupid (1994)
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) star in this wacky ride, Dumb and Dumber, and if you’re wondering who’s who… well, it’s a bit unclear. Carrey stars as Lloyd Christmas alongside Daniels’ Harry Dunne as they drive from Rhode Island to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase to Mary (Lauren Holly, NCIS), which, unbeknownst to them, actually contains the ransom for their capture. kidnap her husband.
Dumb and Dumber is a cult classic that as of now you have a one in a million chance of seeing it, but if you haven’t seen it yet there’s definitely still a chance… (and if you haven’t seen it, watch it again -read the sentence this after the movie). It’s a wild ride that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe.
8. Liar (1997)
This time, Jim Carrey plays a lawyer who accidentally becomes a pathological liar. In an interesting twist, Carrey, for 24 hours, is forced to always tell the truth, due to a birthday wish from his son, Max (Justin Cooper, Brother’s Keeper). Of course, this for a lawyer who has built his entire career on lying is a disaster, but you still can’t look away.
Liar Liar is a really interesting time capsule that makes you wonder what would happen if you could only tell the truth for an entire day and then immediately realize that it could ruin your life. Carrey delivers an incredibly funny performance that rivals some of his best.
9. Well Man (2008)
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you said “yes” to literally every question or opportunity that comes your way? Jim Carrey found that out the hard way in this instant comedy classic, and if you’re wondering how an entire movie could be created from that simple idea, wonder no more! Between throwing an impromptu bridal shower, learning Korean, and joining “Persianwifefinder.com,” this movie turns the absurdity up to eleven.
Yes Man is one of Carrey’s best films because it relies heavily on the ludacris situation comedy (Carrey performed the play Sweater of Third Eye Blind is definitely the biggest highlight) and a wonderfully well-rounded cast, including Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Rhys Darby (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Terrance Stamp (Superman II) and John Michael Higgins (Fred Claus).
10. Bruce Almighty (2003)
Everyone wondered what it would be like to become God, have unlimited power, and “do things better” than the man upstairs. Well, Jim Carrey takes on the role of the almighty Bruce, and let’s just say there’s a reason why God is the one giving the orders. Whether you’re religious or not, it’s a good time to actually create a spinoff starring Steve Carell (The Office) called Evan Almighty.
Almighty Bruce is the third collaboration between Carrey and director Tom Shadyac, who also directed the Carrey classics Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar, all solid works in his filmography. Jim Carrey.
11. Cable Guy (1996)
The duo of Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) are a duo you might not think of whenever you think of comedies, but The Cable Guy is an engaging and fun film that dives deep into the mind of a stalker. The film, directed by Ben Stiller (Zoolander), features an ensemble cast including Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers), Jack Black (Nacho Libre), David Cross (Arrested Development) and Leslie Mann (Blockers).
The Cable Guy features a truly devilish Carrey in a role unlike anything he’s played before but also feels natural given the character the comedian usually plays. His role as “Chip” is definitely funny but more scary.