Bill Murray’s Best Movies of All Time | Watch Them All and You’ll Be Amazed

by Sherif Awad

There are few actors who have had as prolific and varied a career as Bill Murray. From his early days on Saturday Night Live to his more recent work in independent films, Murray has always managed to bring his own special brand of humor and humanity to every role he plays. Here are five of his best films:

Bill Murray's Best Movies of All Time | Watch Them All and You'll Be Amazed

1. Ghostbusters (1984) 

Murray plays Peter Venkman, one of a group of paranormal investigators who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. Ghostbusters is a hilarious and action-packed adventure, with Murray’s deadpan delivery and quick wit being a major highlight.

In 1984, the classic horror comedy film Ghostbusters starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. The film was met with mixed reviews, but is now considered a cult classic. It follows a team of scientists who are hired to rid an apartment building of ghosts. The ghosts are angry because their human hosts had the audacity to cross them.

The popularity of Ghostbusters (1984) has never been decreasing, with new remakes and sequels being made ever since its initial release. This film is known for its hilarious and gory humor, as well as its all-star cast. The cast is made up of comedians like Ray Romano, Bill Murray, and Dan Aykroyd, as well as actors such as Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranis. Ghostbusters (1984) is a classic that is sure to entertain any fan of comedy.

2. Groundhog Day (1993)

In this comedy, Murray plays Phil Connors, a cynical TV weatherman who finds himself stuck in a time loop, living the same day over and over again. Groundhog Day is a smart and funny film that also has a lot of heart, thanks in large part to Murray’s performance.

Fact: On October 2, 1993, an annual ritual known as Groundhog Day took place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The Groundhog Day festivities began with the observation of Phil, the town’s resident groundhog, who was believed to predict the weather for the following month. If Phil saw his shadow, then spring would arrive early; if he didn’t see his shadow, winter would continue.     This annual tradition was adapted from an 1887 essay by Valentine W. McGraw, which noted that farmers in the region believed that seeing a groundhog’s shadow meant that winter would continue.

3. Lost in Translation (2003)

Have you seen the movie Lost in Translation? It’s a great film about two people who are struggling to communicate with each other.
The movie is set in Tokyo, and follows the story of Bob Harris (played by Bill Murray), an aging movie star who is in town to shoot a whiskey commercial. He meets Charlotte (played by Scarlett Johansson), a young woman who is also struggling to find her place in the city.
The two of them form an unlikely friendship, and help each other out with their respective problems. The movie is a great study of communication, and how sometimes we need someone to help us translate what we’re trying to say.
If you haven’t seen Lost in Translation, I highly recommend it. It’s a great film that will leave you thinking about communication and human connection.
Lost in Translation is often hailed as one of Murray’s best roles, and the actor brings his trademark charisma and comic timing to the role.     Whether you’re a fan of the movie or not, it’s worth checking out.

4. Stripes (1981)

Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy. The film follows two friends who join the United States Army to earn money for college. The film was released in the United States on June 26, 1981. The film grossed over $85 million at the box office. Critical reception for Stripes was mixed. Rotten Tomatoes has a 73% rating, based on 31 reviews. The film has been cited as an influence on subsequent films, including The Hangover and 21 Jump Street.

5. Quick Change (1990)

Quick Change is a 1990 American crime comedy film directed by Bill Murray, who also co-stars with Geena Davis, Randy Quaid and Jason Robards. It was co-written by Murray and Howard Franklin.

The film was released on July 27, 1990, by Warner Bros. and received mixed reviews from critics. However, its humor and Murray and Davis’ performances were praised.

The story follows a trio of criminals who attempt a robbery in New York City. However, things quickly go awry, and the criminals find themselves on the run from the police. As they make their escape, they must contend with the city’s various obstacles, including the traffic, the heat and the people.

Despite its mixed reviews, Quick Change was a box office success, grossing over $35 million against its $18 million budget. It has since been considered a cult classic.

Recently, Geena detailed her unpleasant experiences working with Bill Murray on their 1990 crime comedy Quick Change in her memoir Dying Of Politeness.

She claimed that Murray, also screamed at her in front of ‘hundreds’ of people on set because she was allegedly late, though she says she was merely delayed by the wardrobe department.

According to a Times summary, ‘[Davis is] introduced to [Murray], she writes, in a hotel suite, where Murray greets her with something called The Thumper, a massage device he insists on using on her, despite her emphatically refusing.’

The concerning encounter was followed up by a more humiliating incident when the Royal Tenenbaums actor allegedly lost his temper while filming Quick Change.

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