Saturday, February 11, 2012

Top 5 Best Steve Martin Movies

Steve Martin is one of my favorite comedians.  His stand-up is witty and his sketches and movies are usually brilliantly clever and funny.  It's really tough to narrow it down, but here's the top 5 Steve Martin movies.

5: Leap of Faith (1992) - Maybe my favorite (but not the best) on the list, this movie is based (in part) on the expose of televangelist Peter Popoff by Johnny Carson and James Randi.  Martin is a Christian evangelist whose bus breaks down in a one-horse town.  He and his crew are stuck, so they decide to make the most of the situation by scheduling some revivals.  Things go great until a skeptical sheriff forces Martin into more ridiculous "miracles" and signs.

4: Father of the Bride (1991) - Martin's daughter (and best friend) is getting married (and leaving him behind).  This movie is cute, really funny, and touching.

3: Roxanne (1987) - Martin plays a fire chief with an enormous nose who falls in love with a local gal who is herself falling for a dumb-but-handsome firefighter serving under Martin.  Martin feeds this dummy lines and makes his love fall in love with the dummy.  She eventually learns the truth, and... no spoilers.  This has the added bonus of having been written by Martin as well.

2: Three Amigos! (1986) - Martin teams up with Chevy Chase and Martin Short as actors who play the Three Amigos--typical white-hat cowboys in a series of films.  Finding themselves falling on hard times, they take an in-person gig down in Mexico, but get more than they bargained for when they discover the townspeople mistook the movies for real life, the Amigos for real heroes, and are expecting real saviors from the dreaded El Guapo.  There are a ton of great skits and one-liners from this movie, but not as many as from...

1: The Jerk (1979) - Steve Martin is at his funniest playing this idiot who stumbles into great fortune, great misfortune, and great fortune again, while finding love (and his "special purpose") along the way.  Things that make me lol: "He hates these cans!"; "I'm picking out a thermos for you..."; and "Bring us some fresh wine, the freshest you've got--no more of this old stuff!"

Yeah, there are a bunch of really good movies that didn't make the list.  I was very torn on a few, but had to make my cut.  Argue for your missing favorite in the comments below...

11 comments:

  1. One might say there were a plethora of good Steve Martin movies.

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  2.  There is one major omission! The best ever: Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

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  3. All of Me!  One of the funniest movies EVER!

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  4. @be9b8e50ebed648782b46ceb31fb3160 Never saw it--yeah, I know--no need to lecture me on making a list of the "top whatever" when I haven't experienced everything there is to experience.  Whatever.  :)
    Johnny_Majic Good movie, but I think these 5 (and a few others are better).  But John Candy definitely deserves props.
    @cb9f1e8138deaf2685f81c0e63d14258 Do you know what "plethora" means?

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  5. Can't help but notice the movies happen to be in chronological order. Looks like his movies are going downhill. No need to watch anything new from him!

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  6. Not really a fan of "Leap," but loved the big-hearted "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," the amazingly constructed "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," and the sweetly magical "L.A. Story."

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  7. @1b07b31c9b49618767a6a598b8c40c18 I think L.A. Story is good, but Steve Martin's hallmark is comedy.  This post was not named appropriately--maybe it should have been "...best funny movies..."
    @95154f3e017fad5ccf0d1ef05e61fe00 Interesting hypothesis...

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  8. my blue heaven?

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  9. Excellent call.  I was thinking about that yesterday and thinking that maybe I should have included it!  

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  10. would you say i have a plethora of sweaters??? Three Amigos!!!

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  11. "Do you even know what a plethora is?"

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