Even when he was just a cast member of Saturday Night Live way back in the 1970s, Bill Murray always stood out due to his unique take on the comedy genre. Whether he is busting ghosts in New York or reliving Groundhog Day over and over again in Pittsburgh, the comedy legend never fails to make the audience burst into laughter. Take a look at the 15 best Bill Murray movies of all time:
15. The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
When Wallace Ritchie agrees to participate in an improv theatre performance in exchange for a role in a crime drama, the last thing he was expecting was to get himself involved in a real-life secret mission.
Due to a haphazard mix-up, Wallace gets mistaken for a real spy and must stop a fiendish plot to assassinate international leaders. Despite the cautious significance of the situation, Wallace believes the entire scenario is merely an extended part of the improv performance.
14. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
It is no secret that Bill Murray is the most frequent collaborator of critically acclaimed director Wes Anderson. In fact, Murray gives the film-maker an “automatic yes” whenever he offers him a role.
Among their nine collaborations so far, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is the weakest yet quite entertaining. Though the movie was a commercial and critical failure upon release, it has gained a cult following.
13. Scrooged (1998)
While most people watch Home Alone or It’s a Wonderful Life during the Christmas season, Scrooged is not too much far behind. Based on the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol but with a modern spin, it is undoubtedly the second-best ghost flick starring Bill Murray.
Though the entire movie is pretty much predictable due to the protagonist’s incoming meetings with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the addition of Murray’s comedy makes Scrooged immensely worthwhile.
12. Caddyshack (1980)
Intended for a mere cameo role but later transformed into a principal character, Caddyshack is a testament to Bill Murray’s comedic performance. When director Harold Ramis found the actor to be immeasurably hilarious in his minor role, he offered him to stick around for a few more days so he could include him in more scenes.
Believe it or not, Murray filmed all of his scenes in just six days and he did not even require a script as all of his dialogues were ad-libbed. Even his iconic “Cinderella speech” – that made it to AFI’s 100 Movie Quotes – was spoken on the spot.
11. Meatballs (1979)
As one his earliest stepping stones, Meatballs is the very first movie that starred Bill Murray in a leading role and he did not disappoint. Additionally, it was also the first time that the actor paired up with director Ivan Reitman and Meatballs served as the inception of more great movies by the duo.
On an interesting note, Murray’s reputation for being illusive elusive goes way back. According to the movie’s writer Harold Ramis, director Reitman was uncertain about Murray being in the movie until the day he arrived for shooting.
10. Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Often described as a comedy legend, it is easy to negate the fact that Bill Murray can very well handle other movie genres with equal ease. In Mad Dog and Glory, the actor portrays mob boss Frank Milo.
With a star-studded cast of Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman, the movie received positive reviews and owes a great deal to Murray. As Frank Milo, it was definitely interesting to see him executing his acting skills by terrifying the audience by portraying the villain for a change.
9. Quick Change (1990)
After a successful bank heist in midtown Manhattan, the trio of Grimm, Phyllis, and Loomis are overjoyed. With $1 million in the palm of their hands, they plan to escape the city but fate has different plans stored for them.
Apart from his starring role, Quick Change is Murray’s first and so far, the only movie he has directed. Though the movie underperformed at the box office, it received critical praise.
8. What About Bob? (1991)
It is a shame that What About Bob? usually gets overlooked when it comes to Bill Murray’s finest works. Revolving around the annoying patient Bob Wiley, he follows his psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin, when the latter travels to his family’s home for a vacation.
As Bob constantly irritates Dr. Marvin and befriends his family members, it is only a matter of time when the psychiatrist finds himself on the brink of mental breakdown.