Born to a homemaker and an accountant in Canada, the very thought of Jim Carrey being one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood is something that his parents never even imagined. Facing poverty and hardships at a young age, Carrey was able to put it all aside to leave his mark as one of the best faces of comedy to date. Take a look at the 15 best Jim Carrey movies of all time:
15. Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
After his company goes bankrupt, Richard “Dick” Harper is forced to pursue a life of crime with his wife Jane to make ends meet.
As a remake of the 1977 comedy movie of the same name, Fun with Dick and Jane stars Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni as an upper-middle-class couple.
Despite receiving mixed to negative reviews, the movie was able to earn $202 million at the global box office and owes it all to none other than the comedic versatility of Carrey.
14. The Cable Guy (1996)
With Ben Stiller as the director and Jim Carrey as the leading star, the movie will undoubtedly be one for the ages. Crossing $100 million at the box office, The Cable Guy is a satirical black comedy best known as the darkest movie starring Carrey.
Raised by television, Ernie “Chip” Douglas is a disturbed and lonely cable guy who is on a quest to find a best friend only to face dire consequences. The movie is also notable for featuring the early roles of future stars such as Owen Wilson, Leslie Mann and Jack Black.
13. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Directed by Brad Silberling and based upon Lemony Snicket’s first three novels of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the movie was one of the most unique pieces of dark comedy fantasy and featured Jim Carrey in an extremely unrecognizable role.
After their parents are killed in a massive fire, three children are given to the custody of their cousin Count Olaf. However, their welcome is anything but friendly since Olaf plans to steal the fortune of the orphans’ parents.
12. Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
The Farrelly Brothers reunite with Jim Carrey to bring Me, Myself & Irene to the silver screen. The actor portrays a cop with a serious personality disorder after years of abuse and must protect a woman on the run from her ex-boyfriend.
Though the movie had a tiring plot, it was Carrey’s marvelous acting as Charlie Baileygates and Hank Evans that picked the movie’s entire weight on the shoulders and took it to box office success.
11. The Majestic (2001)
As one of the most underrated movies starring Jim Carrey (and a surprising role if you happen to watch Jim Carrey movies for laughs only), The Majestic showcases the tale of Peter Appleton, a notorious Hollywood screenwriter who loses his memory in a car accident.
Appleton then moves in a small town to start a whole new life as he gets mistaken for a long-lost son. Despite being a forgettable movie, it manages to prove that Carrey can do a serious role too when required.
10. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Starring Jim Carrey in one of his most unlikely roles, the actor portrays the real-life con-artist Steven Jay Russell. Based upon I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love and Prison Breaks, the movie revolves around a gay prisoner.
Once he falls in love with his fellow inmate Phillip Morris, Russell feels his luck to grow only to see him get released soon. Willing to anything to be reunited with his lover, Russell escapes from prison four times to meet him.
9. Bruce Almighty (2003)
After getting angry over his life, recently fired television news reporter Bruce Nolan blames God for his frequent downfalls. Interestingly enough, God portrayed by Morgan Freeman meets Bruce and gives him his powers to show how hard it is to have the duties of a divine being.
Performing exceptionally well for a comedy movie, Bruce Almighty beat The Matrix Reloaded after its first week of release and took the number one spot at the box office. It’s one of the highest grossing Jim Carrey movies till date.
8. Yes Man (2008)
The introvert Carl Allen gets enlightenment when he attends a seminar which encourages the people in attendance to say “yes” to every opportunity thrown in front of them.
Wrongly interpreting the message, Carl begins to give positive responses to literally everything he comes across to which starts a roller coaster of melodramatic events in his life.
Seeing how his life turns around for the better, Carl begins to adopt the new technique wholeheartedly until his new girlfriend Allison portrayed by Zooey Deschanel finds out that their relationship is merely based upon a seminar program.