20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
> Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
> Runtime: 108 min
> Rating: R
> Available on: Google Play Movies, Vudu, Microsoft Store, YouTube, YouTube Free, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, HBO Now, HBO Go, Redbox, FandangoNOW, HBO Now Amazon Channel, HBO Max
John Cleese, an alum from the Monty Python comedy troupe, wrote and starred in this zany film about four very different people who conspire to commit a jewel heist and end up double crossing each other. Kevin Kline received a Best Actor Oscar for his role as a dimwitted criminal. Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader said of the film, “Like many of the best English comedies, much of the humor here is based on character, good-natured high spirits, and fairly uninhibited vulgarity.” Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 94% Freshness rating, and 84% of audiences found the film amusing.
19. Knives Out (2019)
> Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas
> Runtime: 130 min
> Rating: PG-13
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Fandango, DIRECTV
Movie fans looking to stream a more recent movie may be interested in last year’s “Knives Out,” which boasts an ensemble cast featuring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and more. The modern whodunit — in which a detective investigates the death of a wealthy family’s patriarch — received, on Rotten Tomatoes, an exceptional 97% Freshness rating from critics, who found it clever, fun, and funny.
18. Monsoon Wedding (2001)
> Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah
> Runtime: 114 min
> Rating: R
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, DIRECTV, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video
The Bollywood comedy “Monsoon Wedding” helmed by Mira Nair (director of “Mississippi Masala” starring Denzel Washington) is about the stress of an arranged wedding as told through the experiences of a father, a wedding planner, the bride-to-be, and relatives arriving to the event from around the world. Critics Consensus hailed the film as an “exuberant celebration of modern-day India, family, love, and life.” “Monsoon Wedding” holds a 95% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 87% of audiences enjoyed the film.
17. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
> Starring: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce
> Runtime: 109 min
> Rating: R
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, Starz, DIRECTV, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Apple iTunes, Starz Play Amazon Channel
“Animal House” — about a fraternity house occupied by misfits and troublemakers — set new standards for vulgar and subversive comedy and helped launch John Belushi into movie stardom. Directed by John Landis and written by Harold Ramis and Douglas Kenney, the film remains one of the most quotable movies of all time. It holds a 90% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics, and 89% of audiences liked the movie.
16. Dazed and Confused (1993)
> Starring: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey
> Runtime: 102 min
> Rating: R
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, YouTube, Apple iTunes, AMC on Demand, Starz Play Amazon Channel, Starz, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Fandango
The film about various students on the last day of school in Texas, 1976, won over 92% of critics and 90% of users on Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s Critics Consensus calls it “a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.” The movie is also the feature film debut of Texas native Matthew McConaughey.