Top 5 Jim Carrey Movies…

Posted by on June 20, 2011

While I haven’t seen it yet, Jim Carrey’s new movie about penguins looks ridiculous.  Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Assuming I’m not, I wanted to take a crack at a Top 5 list of Jim Carrey movies.  The criteria I used are this:

Carrey had to be the star of the movie (that eliminated a few earlier films from the list).

My test of film “greatness” is fairly simple:  how much do I think I will want to watch this movie, 10, 20, 30 years from now.

Including Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Carrey has made 35 films.    Here are his Top 5, in reverse order:


5)   The Truman Show – This represented Carrey’s first effort at a serious role, and he proved himself capable.  With Ed Harris in his role as “the Architect”, this movie was unique and thought-provoking.  And Carrey really showed his true acting chops.

4)   Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – While this was not one of my favorites, at all, for whatever reason my remote stops when I come across this movie on cable.  It introduced Jim Carrey to the world (beyond his following on In Living Color),  and it showed that he would be the king of physical (and crude) comedy.

3)   Cable Guy - Broadly looked on with disdain as “too dark”, I thoroughly enjoy this movie.  Carrey’s Chip Douglas character is so creepy and quotable, he’s wonderful.  And Matthew Broderick is the perfect straight guy for Carrey to play off of.

2)   Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – This is one of Carrey’s truly great films.  Directed by Michel Gondry and co-starring Kate Winslet, this film is complex and beautiful.  And Carrey exponentially extends his capabilities as a legitimate serious actor

1)   Dumb and Dumber – This to me is the definitive Jim Carrey movie.  It is stupid, and funny, and seared into my brain.  He exudes funny from the beginning of this movie to the end.


That’s it.  I know there are a few good movies that didn’t make my list (i.e. Man on the Moon, and I Love You Phillip Morris), but I stand by my Top 5.  Discuss…

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