It was a decade of comedy in the 90s, and many of these movies are still popular today. Nevertheless, there are many who fall between the cracks and demand more attention.
Groundhog Day, Grumpy Old Men, Happy Gilmore, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Full Monty, Mrs. Doubtfire, Wayne’s World, Loaded Weapon, and a slew of more comic classics made their debuts in the 1990s. There were hundreds of comedies published between 1991 and 1999 despite the fact that this decade is often defined by a few.
To be fair, not all of them were outstanding. Some of them, on the other hand, were excellent comedies that are underappreciated and should be seen again.
1. Death Becomes Her
It’s one of many movies from the ’80s whose box office success was mostly overlooked by critics but has since gained a cult following, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community.
It’s a black comedy about two women who try to achieve perpetual youth by drinking a magic elixir. As a result, they turn into walking, talking corpses instead. In addition to Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, the film included Bruce Willis as well.
2. What About Bob?
According to Bravo, What About Bob?is one of the 100 funniest movies of all time. It stars Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. As Bob, a patient of Dr. Marin’s (Richard Dreyfuss), Murray portrays a patient who follows Dr. Marin on vacation and then proceeds to irritate him endlessly by befriending members of his family.
The picture received positive reviews and did well at the box office, earning Buena Vista the title of the year’s top grossing live-action feature.
3. Private Parts
Howard Stern, the “shock jock,” featured in his own movie in 1997, yet many people are unaware of this fact. Autobiographical comedy based on Stern’s book of the same name was made in 1993.
In this book, the author narrates the narrative of how Stern went from a little boy to a popular radio DJ. Although it was well-received in the theatre, and even acclaimed by critics, so many people have completely forgotten about it.
4. Father Of The Bride
Featuring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Kimberly Williams as well as Martin Short and B.D. Wong, this indie film was released in 1991. It’s a remake of the 1950 film, Martin, about a businessman who has to face the fact that his daughter has grown up and is about to get married.
It was charming, funny, and heartfelt all at the same time, owing to the wonderful cast that included Steve Martin and Martin Short’s wedding planner role.
5. Billy Madison
As popular as this decade’s Happy Madison flicks are, it’s easy to overlook the two films that started it all. Adam Sandler’s production firm, Happy Gilmore Productions, is named after one of his most successful films, Happy Gilmore. “Madison” is a reference to Billy Madison, another film that characterized Sandler’s rise to stardom.
Sandler plays the spoiled, indolent son of a wealthy businessman in the slapstick flick. To show his father that he is ready to take over the family business, he decides to skip grade school and high school in order to demonstrate his maturity as a man child. A certain amount of hilarity may be expected when an adult Billy attends high school with a class full of innocent and naughty grade schoolers and rebellious high schoolers.
6. Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead
Married…With Children’s Kelly Bundy was a huge part of Christina Applegate’s success in the 1990s, and she took some time out of her busy schedule to star in this cute and fun black comedy about a 17-year-old who is forced to take care of her siblings after the babysitter dies.
Although the 1991 film was not well received when it was first released, it has since gained a devoted fan base. Despite the fact that it wasn’t considered one of the best comedies of the decade, this is a picture that brilliantly captures the spirit of its day.
7. Can’t Hardly Wait
There were so many teen comedies released in the 1990s that many people have forgotten about this 1998 gem. In addition to Ethan Embry, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green and Jennifer Love Hewitt, the picture also featured a stellar ensemble cast that included a number of unknown actors at the time.
A standard teen rom-com storyline was covered in this film. Students in high school are followed as they prepare for their major graduation party. The soundtrack toCan’t Hardly Waitis as good as the film itself.
8. Hot Shots!
In the best decade of Charlie Sheen’s film career, he was at his peak. Top Gun, Gone with the Wind, and Dances with Wolves are all riffed on in Hot Shots!, a 1991 parody film written and directed by Airplane! co-writer and co-director Dan Aykroyd.
Greetings, sharpshooters! The sequel, released in 1993, is just as amusing as the original. You may binge both if you’re in need of a nice, hearty laugh, but the original picture is the funniest of the year in 1991.
9. Sister Act
Whoopi Goldberg was one of the most sought-after comedic actors of the 1990s, starring in a number of comedic films during that time period. When it comes to the best comedic films of the ’90s, Sister Act is one of the most well-known, but sometimes overlooked, examples.
As part of her witness protection, Goldberg must join a convent as a former lounge singer. Second Sister Act: Back in the Habit was released in 1993, followed by a musical version of the film. A third film is expected to be released on Disney+, and fans may have forgotten about the first one, but they’ll be reminded soon enough.
10. So I Married An Axe Murderer
If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on one of the most memorable comedies of the 1990s. Although the film was widely lambasted by critics, it is one of those movies that fans find funny and funnier each time they watch it.
He plays a solitary spoken word artist who meets the woman of his dreams but becomes terrified that she could be a serial killer when she turns out to be nothing but that. As his elderly father, he has a thick and heavy Scottish accent.