DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (1985)

Madonna’s first major movie role was in this extremely 80s update of the screwball comedy.

DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993)

Teens hang on the last day of school, 1976, in Austin, Texas. Not much happens. Mostly in a good way, I promise.

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)

A surprisingly down-to-earth and enjoyable movie about a bunch of 80s teens who have no idea what they’re doing.

DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB (1964)

A spectacular, hilarious comedy about the end of the world.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935)

The Marx Brothers reinvented comedy for the sound era, but had to tone down their sheer anarchy (a little) to score their biggest hit.

BEST IN SHOW (2000)

An extremely droll documentary that features many of my favorite comedy folks and also some dogs.

ALMOST FAMOUS (2000)

This comedy/drama about a teenage Rolling Stone writer hanging out with a 1970s rock band is probably the 2000 movie I’ve watched the greatest number of times.

THE GENERAL (1926)

In which Buster Keaton almost dies over and over in the name of comedy, and also drops an actual train off an actual bridge.

LA REGLE DE JEU (1939)

A French masterpiece about upper-class romantic games, played blithely as the world teeters on disaster.