Saturday Night Live starred comedians like Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy, and Billy Murray, and they've all been in some really funny movies.
Saturday Night Live will wrap up its 2022 season and the first half of its 48th season on December 17 with host Austin Butler and musical guest Lizzo. Remarkably, the groundbreaking sketch comedy series celebrated its 50th anniversary in just two years. With more than 900 episodes, SNL is a staple of American comedy and launched the careers of some of the most prolific comedians and writers. Many went on to work in television, while others made their mark in film, creating hilarious hits like Shrek, Mean Girls and Coming to America.
Among the 163 SNL cast members, including current and alumni, there is no shortage of incredible and beloved comedies starring them. So it's hard to narrow down the best, but users on Ranker chose for themselves. These ten movies are the funniest of them all.
10/10 Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)
After his tenure at SNL, Mike Myers struck out on his own by launching the Austin Powers trilogy, beginning with 1997's Austin Powers: International Mystery. In addition to starring in titular parodies of James Bond and his nemesis Doctor Evil, Miles also wrote and executive produced the film. Will Ferrell, who also stars as Evil's henchman Mustafa, is also in the SNL cast.
A typically goofy and frivolous film, it relies heavily on Meyer's talent for hilarious and idiosyncratic characters. It's the gold standard of parodies, and it still holds its own today. While it's been 20 years since Austin Powers in Goldmember, it's hoped that Myers will return for a fourth film, which could satirize Daniel Craig's tenure as Agent 007.
9/10 The Blues Brothers (1980)
Some of the best films starring SNL alumni originated on the show. There's no better example than The Blue Brothers. Original cast members Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi star as Jack "Juliet" and Elwood Bruce, a musical duo who reunite to prevent the closure of the orphanage where they grew up. Destructive car chases.
The Blues Brothers is an excellent supporting cast, including musical and screen legends such as Carrie Fisher, Steven Spielberg, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and John Candy. Music ranks The Blues Brothers as one of the best movie musicals, and this comedy hits the big time Through the duo's physicality, deadpan humor, visual gags and star quality. It's a cult classic, and it's no surprise to see it crack the top ten.
8/10 Groundhog Day (1993)
Groundhog Day was a big departure for Bill Murray from his previous work in that it was not only a fun movie on the surface. It's also unexpectedly fantastical and emotionally nuanced. In a year when it was released alongside the likes of "Jurassic Park," "Mrs. Doubt" and "Schindler's List," "Groundhog Day" also topped the list as one of the highest-grossing films of 1993, and became a touchstone of classic comedy.
Murray stars as Phil Connors, a weatherman caught in a time loop who joins SNL alumnus Chris Elliot as his photographer. Thanks to that time loop, "Groundhog Day" lets Murray's sarcastic, often nonchalant comedic style shine, and makes events repeat themselves in new and interesting ways.
7/10 Caddyshack (1980)
Although Groundhog Day was the last collaboration between Bill Murray and director Harold Ramis, their creative collaboration began at Caddyshack in the 1980s. Murray is best known for his role as Carl Spackler, a greensman with a feud with gophers, especially for his hilarious "Cinderella Story" monologue, which was completely improvised while filming. movie lines.
Bill Murray's brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, worked on SNL as a writer and performer, then did the same for Caddyshack, with Chevrolet Chase, another SNL stalwart, in the lead role. Interestingly, Caddyshack wasn't particularly well received by critics for its disjointedness, but the comedic performances were duly praised. Along with Murray's antics as Spackler and Chase's slapstick comedy, it was arguably stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield's memorable role as Al Czervik that cemented Caddyshack as a cult classic.
6/10 National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Another still interesting movie starring Chevy Chase and directed by Harold Ramis is National Lampoon's Vacation. It's also remembered for its equally hilarious sequels National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Las Vegas Vacation and, most recently, 2015's Vacation. Chase played Clark Griswold on all shows, while Randy Quaid played his cousin Eddie on season 11 of SNL. Brian Doyle-Murray is also Clark's boss.
National Lampoon's Vacation is highly relatable to many viewers due to its simple premise, made all the more interesting by the grotesque orgy the Griswold family endures just to get to the amusement park. The film's mix of irreverent humor, relatively low-stakes, and family background helps National Lampoon's holiday Stand out from the crowd.
5/10 Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Certain characters to define performers. In Will Ferrell's case, for many, it was the host of 2004's Ron Burgundy: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He revisits Ron in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and reprises the role on The Ron Burgundy Podcast. From its premise to its tongue-in-cheek nature, The Anchor feels like an SNL sketch that develops into a full-blown movie in the funniest way possible.
From Champ Kindley's inappropriate commentary to Brick Tamland's weird fixation, it shines thanks to the strong characterization and intelligence of the main crew. It amps up the inherent sensibility with absurd tangents, joke after joke, and even a climactic fight sequence filled with hilarious gags and special appearances from various comedians and other SNL alumni, including Ben Stiller. comedy. All in all, here's what makes Anchorman: The Ron Burgundy Legend one of Will Ferrell's most rewatchable films.
4/10 Wayne's World (1992)
Wayne's World is a prime example of a film based on an idea originating at SNL. It's an amazing feat to take a sketch of some teens running their public TV show and turn it into one A favorite and consistently entertaining comedy movie. Even in its longer form, it never strays too far from what makes sketches so interesting, especially the characters, and how they act and speak.
Wayne's World even jokingly employs meta-humor, as jokes and catchphrases in popular culture are still remembered. For example, the ending happened multiple times until they were happy with the final version. Its success paved the way for other films based on the SNL sketch, though none reached the same heights as Wayne's World.
3/10 Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters is a great film written by an actor, which is usually the format of many films made by former SNL personalities. As in the Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd both starred and wrote Ghostbusters. Bill Murray's Peter Venkman (Peter Venkman)'s comedic talent shines again, and he complements his co-stars, especially Aykroyd (Aykroyd) as Ray Starz ( Ray Statnz and Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett.
In addition to being consistently hilarious, Ghostbusters has also become a pop culture touchstone. It's a perfect example of combining various comedic styles with fast-paced action and creative visuals. It was the precursor to what is now the standard In the movie that most embodies the MCU, Murray will join Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Madness next year.
2/10 Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Eddie Murphy was one of the new SNL cast members introduced in the 1980s and helped save the show after its chaotic creative constraints. While still in the cast in 1984, Murphy played the hilarious Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. It made him a movie star and became the highest-grossing film of the year, even though it only opened in December.
Axel Foley is one of Murphy's most recognizable and authoritative roles, thanks to his charming confidence and witty reflexes. Even nearly 40 years after its release, "Beverly Hills Cop" still has the same sense of humor, so it's no surprise that it topped the Ranker list.
1/10 Trading Places (1983)
Currently, Ranker ranks Trading Places as the best film starring an SNL cast, combining Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, two powerhouses. It's a neat case of premise that allows for amusing slapstick ensuing, as Murphy's Billy Ray Valentine and Aykroyd's Louis Winthorpe III make a bet to see Who can live the longest.
Personally, Murphy and Aykroyd's characters are effortlessly funny and likable in their own right, but when they interact and make fun of each other, it's even better and funnier. It parodies the antics of classic early Hollywood comedies, but places its characteristics in a modern context that, while humorous, is also illuminating.