1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell
Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Vince Vaughn, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell
Quotable: "Sixty percent of the time, it works every time."
Fun Fact: The role of Champ Kind (Koechner) was actually written for John C. Reilly.
Remember when Anchorman first came out, and filmgoers exited theaters more confused than amused? At the time, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's anything-goes satire of '70s newscasters bewildered heads with its overt ridiculousness; in hindsight, though, we just weren't ready. It wasn't until the second or third time seeing Anchorman that its greatness became tangible. By then, tone was accepted and the point-that Ferrell and his collaborators did whatever they thought was funny, without any regard for mass audiences-was understood.
Now way past our 50th viewing, we're certain that Anchorman is a gift from comedy's gods. Not only is it the most quotable movie ever, it's a tour de force of absurdity, a gathering of our generation's most important funnymen (names like Ferrell, Rudd, Carell, Vaughn, Stiller, and Rogen), and a fitting way to end this list. Thanks for clicking through, fam; now go back to your homes on Whore Island.