Coneheads

#5. Coneheads

Perhaps one of the most heartwarming Saturday Night Live movies every made, Coneheads is a movie about family through and through. It truly has a lot of heart among the alien family played by Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Michelle Burke, but making this movie even more of a delight is the cavalcade of SNL stars and other comedians who pop up. Sinbad, Phil Hartman, David Spade, Michael McKean, Dave Thomas, Eddie Griffin, Drew Carey, Adam Sandler, Kevin Nealon, Jason Alexander, Chris Farley, Jan Hooks, Julia Sweeney, Garret Morris, Laraine Newman, Tim Meadows, Tom Arnold and Ellen DeGeneres all pop up. It might be worth a rewatch, right?

#4. Wayne’s World 2

Wayne's World 2

In some ways, this comedy sequel starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey is superior to the original. It relies less on the gags that made the sketch characters famous and features some extremely memorable spoofs of The Graduate and Jurassic Park. However, it also treads the exact same territory storywise as another scheming executive comes along to take Wayne’s girlfriend Cassandra away. It helps that it’s Christopher Walken as the bad guy this time, but it just can’t top the original, which is coming later.

#3. MacGruber

MacGruber

This movie may have bombed hard when it hit theaters in 2010, earning just over $8 million at the domestic box office in its entire theatrical run, but it has found quite a sizable audience since hitting home video, rightly taking it to cult comedy status. Will Forte is a comedy tour de force as the title character, a less-skilled MacGyver knock-off with a serious attitude problem, but everyone makes this movie far better than it had any business being. It’s absolutely hilarious, and it even looks good. Plus, Val Kilmer as the villain? If you haven’t seen this movie, remedy that immediately. KFBR392.

#2. The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

Easily one of the best and most iconic comedies ever made, this one is a real classic. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are one of the best duos to ever grace the big screen, and what’s even more impressive is that their musical antics aren’t just funny, but also worthy of busting some moves on the dance floor. The Blues Brothers is a road trip and chase movie with plenty of musical interludes, and while it feels a little dated, you can’t help but get caught up in the wackiness and pumping soundtrack. It’s a timeless slice of Hollywood and comedy history.

#1. Wayne’s World

Wayne's World

I’ve loved Wayne’s World since an age when I probably shouldn’t have enjoyed a movie like this and should have been watching a Disney movie or something instead of developing my first big screen crush on Tia Carrere. And in rewatching it several times each year, it still holds up magnificently. Surely there will be many who don’t think it tops The Blues Brothers, but we can chalk that up to a generational thing if necessary. Plus, if it makes anyone feel better, I could probably flip-flip the top two movies on this list and still not feel like I was betraying myself.

But Wayne’s World defines a generation, perfectly skewering the pop culture of the decade (including a phenomenal Terminator 2: Judgment Day joke that never gets old) but without feeling overly dated. If anything, the film almost feels like it was created intentionally as a time capsule of the 90s with the bits still working 23 years later. It even has fun with the medium by endlessly breaking the fourth wall and delivering so many classic meta bits.

Fun Fact: A trailer for the movie was created just for audiences seeing The Addams Family, and you can watch it right here:

What’s your favorite of the Saturday Night Live movies?

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