With a trail of hit comedy movies under his belt, Adam Sandler is considered as the most divisive comedians of Hollywood. Never a favorite of the critics, Sandler’s movies still are commercially successful. He is undoubtedly one of the most bankable actors. He started his movie career in 1989 with ‘Going Overboard’. In 1990, he gained fame when he scored a spot in ‘Saturday Night Live’ which lasted five years. During these five years on the show, Sandler created various much-loved characters like Canteen Boy, Opera Man, and Cajun Man.
Sandler has made a vast number of movies in the two decades, while majority of them have been box office success, there have still been many that were clearly major failures. Most of his recent releases have been misfires but Sandler has now found home on Netflix. Since the premiere of ‘The Ridiculous Six’ on Netflix, subscribers have reportedly streamed more than half a billion hours of this movie! In 2014, Netflix signed Sandler to a four movie deal and have now signed him again for another four movie deal.
While we wait for Sandler’s movies to release on Netflix, let’s take a look at the 15 best Adam Sandler movies of all time:
15. Airheads (1994)
Chazz, Pip and Rex are aspiring rock musicians and have resolved to get their demo tape played on air. In their desperation to make it big, they sneak in to a radio station where the manager is hostile towards them. The musicians try to threaten him with realistic looking water guns and the situation soon gets out of hand.
An original plot, great acting and good humor, this movie grossed a total of $1.9 million on the opening weekend. As with almost of all Sandler’s movies, it received negative reviews from the critics. This is one of Sandler’s earliest movies and he gave an outstanding performance. This movie quickly gained a cult following.
14. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)
In order to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a hairstylist, the commando decides to fake his own death. Even with mediocre reviews, this movie did well at the box office by generating a total of $201 million on a $90 million budget.
13. The Longest Yard (2005)
This sports comedy is a remake of the movie of same name released in 1974. Paul Crewe is a disgraced ex-professional quarterback who gets forced into forming a football team of prison inmates to play against the guards.
This movie was one of the biggest movies of Sandler’s career. It generated $47.6 million on its opening weekend, it was second to ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. Eventually, this movie grossed $158.1 million in U.S. and $190 million worldwide. Of all the remakes released, ‘The Longest Yard’ is the highest grossing comedy remake in the modern box office (1980 onwards).
12. The Waterboy (1998)
This sports comedy revolves around a waterboy for a college football team. He soon discovers that he possesses a distinctive tackling skill and eventually becomes a part of the team.
The crude and blunt humor in this movie clearly didn’t do well for the critics but was a hit with Sandler’s fans. Some entertaining and endearing moments in this movie helped in solidifying it as one of the most memorable Sandler’s movies. It was a major hit at the box office and generated $161.5 million in North America alone. Sandler won the MTV movie award for Best Comedic Performance for this movie.
11. Click (2006)
This movie is about a father who discovers a magical remote control which enables him to fast forward through boring parts of his life or watch baseball games using picture-in-picture whenever he wants. However, he soon learns a valuable life lesson.
The critics didn’t go easy on this movie but it still grossed $237 million at the box office. Sandler won the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star for this movie.
10. Big Daddy (1999)
Sonny Koufax, a thirty two year old tollbooth attendant, spends his life shunning all of his responsibilities. When his girlfriend leaves him for an older man, Koufax adopts a five year old boy, who lost his mother to cancer, to show his girlfriend how grown up he is. He fails miserably to impress her and gets stuck with the kid.
Even with a grim setup, Sandler managed to make this movie light hearted and surprisingly sweet. This movie was a hit at the box office grossing about a quarter of a billion dollars. This was also Sandler’s last movie before he started his own production company.
Sandler won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Comedy Actor, MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance, and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star for this movie. The movie itself won the Favorite Movie Award in Kids’ Choice Awards.
9. Billy Madison (1995)
Even though Sandler starred in a few movies before ‘Billy Madison, his career really started in 1995 after getting fired from the Saturday Night Live show. This movie is about an irresponsible, spoilt and lazy man-child who spends his days and nights partying and drinking.
His father, fed up of his irresponsible son, issues an ultimatum. Madison has to repeat grades 1 – 12 over again in order to inherit his father’s hotel empire. Another movie not positively received by the critics but debuted number one at box office, generating $26.4 million worldwide.
8. 50 First Dates (2004)
After massive success of ‘The Wedding Singer’ Sandler and Drew Barrymore teamed up once again in this romantic comedy. The story revolves around playboy Henry who falls for Lucy. However, Lucy suffers from short term memory loss and forgets everything each morning.
Sandler and Barrymore’s chemistry is indeed outstanding making the movie a massive hit earning $196.5 million at the box office. Sandler and Barrymore won the MTV Movie Award and People’s Choice Award for Best On-Screen Team and Favorite On-Screen Chemistry respectively.