Director: Harold Ramis
Writer: Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis
Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray
Quotable: "I'm a god. I'm not the God...I don't think."
Fun Fact: Tom Hanks was Ramis' first choice for the lead role.
Who ever said that comedy can't serve a deeper purpose? Groundhog Day is a dually beneficial classic, one that provides a ton of laughs but also inspires viewers to examine their own lives and make some much-needed alterations. Not bad for a movie that features Bill Murray driving off a cliff to his death while Punxsutawney Phil rides shotgun.
Murray stars as a jerkoff TV personality who relives the same day over and over; at first, he uses the broken-record existence to indulge in women and alcohol, but he eventually realizes that he's been given a huge opportunity to better himself. Groundhog Day's script is so superb that it'd still work like a charm if everything were played deadpan straight. But then it wouldn't be on this list, would it?