7. Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Two dimwitted friends Llyoyd Christmas and Harry Dunne embark on an epic journey in an attempt to return a briefcase full of money to its owner but get pursued by criminals who are after it.
As the directional debut by the Farrelly Brothers, Dumb & Dumber is one of the funniest movies of its time and a must-watch for every comedy fan.
The movie gained a cult following and even spawned an animated series and a prequel. Interestingly enough, a sequel was released twenty years later titled Dumb & Dumber To in which Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels repriced their roles of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, respectively.
6. The Mask (1994)
Before comic book film adaptations were even a thing in Hollywood, it was director Chuck Russell who made a drastic movie by making The Mask a global icon.
Based upon the Dark Horse comics, Stanley Ipkiss is a loser in Edge City whose life takes a quick turn after finding a magical mask that makes his darkest desires come true.
Proved to be ahead of its time with amazing visual effects and an incredible green-faced character, the movie proved that its greatness can never be replicated as evident from the 2005 stand-alone sequel Son of the Mask without Jim Carrey which was outrageously worse movie.
5. Liar Liar (1997)
Jim Carrey hilariously proves that there is not much difference between a lawyer and a liar by starring as Fletcher Reede, a career-focused lawyer who will do anything it takes to win a case; including lying non-stop.
After his son Max makes a birthday wish that leaves his father incapable of lying for an entire day, Fletcher finds himself in great trouble and distress as he is given the responsibility of tackling one of his most tough cases in the court.
4. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Among his earliest movies, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective showcases one of the finest performances by Jim Carrey. Starring as the title character, Carrey plays an energetic yet annoying detective who specializes in animals.
When the mascot dolphin of the Miami Dolphins is abducted, it is up to Ventura to solve the case. The movie was a success and spawned a sequel and animated series along with gaining a massive cult following.
3. Man on the Moon (1999)
Andy Kauffman was one of the most brilliant, exceptionally creative, entertaining and controversial comedians of his time. Yet he preferred to be called as a “song-and-dance man”. Jim Carrey brings the legend of Kauffman to life as he portrays the deceased entertainer in the biographical comedy-drama movie Man on the Moon.
The movie excellently mirrors Kauffman’s rise and fall as an entertainer by including several of his well-known incidents such as Elvis Presley impersonation, wrestling feud with Jerry Lawler and being one step ahead of the audience during his performances.
2. The Truman Show (1998)
Long before reality television even existed, it was director Peter Weir’s 1998 science-fiction comedy-drama movie The Truman Show that shed some light on the concept.
The movie centers around Truman Burbank, a man earning his bread and butter in an insurance business, living with a beautiful wife and spending a happy life.
That may seem normal enough but there is one twist: he is unaware that his whole life is being broadcasted worldwide as he is star of a reality television show and everyone he knows including his wife and best friend – is a paid actor.
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Jim Carrey is best known for his comedy films for many reasons. One being that his roles having a serious tone do not always perform well as compared to the comedy ones. Movies such as The Number 23 and The Majestic failed to be a milestone for the actor but the same cannot be said about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Part science fiction, part romance and of course given a slight touch of comedy, the movie is a proof that Carrey can do amazingly well in serious roles provided the story is a worthy one.
The movie revolves around a couple who keep on running into each other despite their memories erased. Apart from winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, it is undoubtedly the best movie starring Jim Carrey.
We cant help but mention these titles as well while going through the list of Jim Carrey films till date:
- The Number 23 (2007)
- Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
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