Top 10 Steve Martin Movies
Steve Martin has always been funny and I don’t care that the funniest thing he’s done in a movie the last 12 years was mispronouncing hamburger with a fake French accent in The Pink Panther movie. He will always be one of the greatest to me.
And when I saw this clip of Steve Martin on The Tonight Show I felt the need to make a list of my 10 favorite Steve Martin movies.
10. Planes, Trains & Automobiles [DVD] (1987)
When I saw this as a kid I didn’t really fall in love with it the way I have lately.
Maybe because as a kid I didn’t eat a handful of Pepto-Bismol whenever the bus was two minutes late, like I do now?
9. Grand Canyon [DVD] (1991)
It took me YEARS to see this. Who wanna see Steve SERIOUS? They advertised Pennies From Heaven with Martin in “his first serious role” and I didn’t even see it until I realized: Steve Martin is a pretty all-round guy. For a guy with that hair.
If you like Steve then give this Short Cuts premake a chance. Oh, and he has a beard in it! A glorious beard! But unlike Robin Williams he just sported a beard for one serious role and not all of them.
8. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [DVD] (1988)
I will be completely honest with you: I haven’t seen this one in ages and can’t remember much about it other than loving it to bits back in the 80’s. The line “Ruprecht… Don’t take the cork of the fork” was what we kids started saying when somebody did something wrong. If somebody fell off their bike: “Don’t take the cork of the fork”. Somebody failed a test at school? “Don’t take the cork of the fork”. Somebody married a “woman” from Thailand? “Don’t take the cork of the fork”.
7. Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid [DVD] (1982)
Even without the clever gimmick of inter-cutting stars like Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, James Cagney and MANY others from classic noir’s of the 40’s and 50’s it is a great Steve Martin performance in the hands of Carl Reiner. I wish Steve Martin would make a sequel to this now, where he inter-cuts himself into his scenes in this film.
6. Little Shop of Horrors [DVD] (1986)
Ah… It might not be the biggest part of his career but it’s one of his biggest characters because his dentist character sure knows how to steal a movie.
Side note: I sing the Dentist Song every time I’m in the shower but replaces the words dentist with director and patients with actors.
5. The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977)
His first film is a short one written by the man himself and you can watch the whole thing here:
4. The Man With Two Brains [DVD] (1983)
Only Steve can make a movie where a line like I can’t fuck a gorilla sums up how shallow human love can be.
And you may murmur about it all you like.
3. Three Amigos [DVD] (1986)
You might argue that out of the 3 amigos Steve was the least funny one BUT I’d say that… yeah, he was the least funny one. He was the straight guy that glued the comedy styles of Martin Short (the physical fall on your ass kind) and Chevy Chase (the dead pan kind) together and without him this jewel of a film would’ve been an uneven mess. And saying that you are the least funny guy in ¡Three Amigos! is like saying you are the least tanned face on Jersey Shore.
2. The Lonely Guy [DVD] (1984)
It made my Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #86 for a good and a bad reason.
The good is because the movie is great. The bad is because it means not enough people have seen it.
What’s wrong with you?!
1. The Jerk [DVD](1979)
Such a fantastic character.
I almost feel like hugging people when I see how he just radiates happiness when he sees his name in the phonebook: “Page 73, Johnson, Navin R! I’m somebody now!”
Remember now that great movies like Roxanne [DVD] (1987), Pennies from Heaven (1981) and My Blue Heaven [DVD] (1990) didn’t even make the list! And The Spanish Prisoner (1997) is damn fine but it’s a lesser Steve Martin movie… if you know what I mean?
So yeah, Steve Martin doesn’t have to prove anything to those claiming “he’s not fun any longer!” He can just lay back, play the hell out of his banjo and enjoy himself (that was not a metaphor for masturbation).
And for those of you who wonder which movies I haven’t seen and therefore didn’t make my Top 10:
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Movers & Shakers (1985)
L.A. Story [DVD] (1991) – because A.) I confuse this with Grand Canyon and B.) Sarah Jessica Parker.
A Simple Twist Of Fate [DVD] (1994)
Mixed Nuts [DVD] (1994)
Father of the Bride Part II (1995)
Sgt Bilko [DVD] (1996)
Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)
Bringing Down The House [DVD] (2003)
Cheaper By The Dozen / Cheaper By The Dozen 2 [DVD] (2003) (2005)
Shopgirl [DVD] (2005)
It’s Complicated [DVD] (2009)
And the upcoming ”The Big Year”.
So which one of these do you think I should see/avoid next?
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