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List of Albert Brooks Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Taxi Driver (1976)
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4
Taxi Driver
R
18
4

Depressed and insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle drives taxi in New York City at night. He ruins his budding romance with Betsy, beautiful presidential campaign volunteer, by taking her to the adult theaters he frequents during the day. After he witnesses an adolescent prostitute being forced by her pimp, he is determined to rid mankind of the engulfing decadence.

Starring:
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel, Diahnne Abbott, Frank Adu, Victor Argo
Directed By:
2. Terms of Endearment (1983)
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3
Terms of Endearment
PG
15
3

The multiple Academy Award-winning movie features widowed Aurora Greenway and daughter Emma, who share a deep bond despite their frequent squabbles. Lonely after Emma’s marriage, Aurora finds love with neighbor Garrett. Emma, who is facing marital discord and difficulties in managing children, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. As Garrett breaks up with Aurora, she keeps her pain aside to be with Emma. 

Directed By:
James L. Brooks
3. Drive (2011)
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2
Drive
R
14
2

Hollywood stuntman by day, getaway driver by night, the hero, known simply as 'driver', is a loner who gets roped into defending his ladylove and neighbour, Irene, and her son, from her ex-convict husband's crimes. Driver is lifted by its colourful supporting cast, and of course, the car chases.

Role:
Bernie Rose
Directed By:
Nicolas Winding Refn
4. Defending Your Life (1991)
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2
Defending Your Life
PG
21
2

Defending Your Life is a romantic comedy fantasy film which revolves around an advertising executive in Los Angeles, who dies in a car accident on his 39th birthday. He soon arrives in Judgment City, where he learns that based on the decisions he took in his life, he will be either reincarnated, or sent to the next phase of existence.

Role:
Daniel Miller
Starring:
Meryl Streep, Lee Grant, Shirley MacLaine, James Eckhouse, Gary Beach
Directed By:
Albert Brooks
5. Real Life (1979)
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2
Real Life
PG
13
2
Role:
Albert Brooks
Starring:
Charles Grodin, Dick Haynes, J.A. Preston, Matthew Tobin
Directed By:
Albert Brooks
6. Modern Romance (1981)
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2
Modern Romance
R
13
2
Role:
Robert Cole
Starring:
Bruno Kirby, Kathryn Harrold, Tyann Means, Jane Hallaren
Directed By:
Albert Brooks
7. Lost in America (1985)
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2
Lost in America
R
17
2

Lost in America is a comedy film which tells the story of David and Linda, a couple living in Los Angeles, who are dissatisfied with their lives. While David works at an advertising agency, Linda works for a departmental store. David ends up losing his job, after he insults his boss for not giving him a promotion. He convinces Linda to quit her job as well, and the two decide to sell their assets, drop out of society and set out on a soul searching journey across the country.       

Role:
David Howard
Starring:
Garry Marshall, Julie Hagerty, Candy Ann Brown, Sylvia Farrel
Directed By:
Albert Brooks
8. Broadcast News (1987)
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2
Broadcast News
R
14
2

Brilliant but not-so-telegenic reporter Aaron Altman, whose work mostly goes unappreciated, is secretly in love with Jane, the talented but high-strung news producer. The new inexpert anchor Tom Grunick’s good personality attracts Jane, though she despises the trend of entertainment news he represents. With Aaron considering Tom as personal and professional rival, Jane must take the difficult decision between style and substance. 

Role:
Aaron Altman
Directed By:
James L. Brooks
9. My First Mister (2001)
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2
My First Mister
R
11
2

Jennifer, a seventeen year old high school graduate, who is a total misfit, is in need of a job. She is eventually hired by Randall, an overweight middle-aged man, as a clerk, for his clothing store. Despite having very little in common, they develop an unlikely friendship. However, she is in for a shock after learning that Randall is suffering from leukemia, and doesn’t have very long to live.

Role:
Randall - 'R'
Starring:
Pauley Perrette, John Goodman, Katee Sackhoff, Rutanya Alda, Natasha Braisewell
Directed By:
Christine Lahti
10. Concussion (2015)
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2
Concussion
PG-13
12
2

While conducting autopsy on former NFL soccer player, Mike Webster, Dr. Bennet Omalu is puzzled how he can degenerate so quickly. Looking into his brain, he discovers neurological deterioration akin to Alzheimer's disease, eventually coming to conclusion that it is due to repeated concussions suffered by football players in the course of normal games. But NLF is not ready to accept the truth. 

Role:
Dr. Cyril Wecht
Directed By:
Peter Landesman
11. Mother (1996)
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2
Mother
PG-13
16
2

A science fiction writer gets quite fed up of his life after two unsuccessful marriages. He eventually decides to give life another chance, and therefore, he moves in with his mother, hoping that this can improve his chances of having a successful relationship.

Role:
John Henderson
Starring:
Debbie Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow, Paul Collins, Laura Weekes, John C. McGinley
Directed By:
Albert Brooks
12. A Most Violent Year (2014)
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2
A Most Violent Year
R
11
2

During the 1980s, immigrant Abel Morales, who owns a heating-oil distribution company in New York, is trying to expand his business with honesty in face of rampant corruption and illegal practices. As he tries to secure loan for expansion, his trucks are hijacked, oil is stolen, and drivers are beaten up. Abel must protect his business and family, but time is running out.

Starring:
David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, Elyes Gabel, Lorna Pruce
Directed By:
J.C. Chandor
13. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
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2
Twilight Zone: The Movie
PG
11
2

The anthology film is based on the landmark supernatural TV series of the same name (1959-1964), and comprises of remake of three episodes of the original series and one new story, each directed by different stalwart directors. The film’s horror and science-fiction segments, portraying eerie, unsettling situations, include-- prologue, ‘Time Out,’ ‘Kick the Can,’ ‘It’s a good Life,’ ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,’ and epilogue.

Role:
Car Driver (prologue)
Starring:
Dan Aykroyd, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath, Charles Hallahan
14. Out of Sight (1998)
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3
Out of Sight
R
10
3

Jack Foley, a bank robber, breaks out of jail along with a friend, and ends up kidnapping Federal Marshal Karen Sisco, who happens to witness their escape. But the mutual attraction, which develops as they both travel in the same car-trunk, doesn’t deter Sisco from hunting him as he plots his final big job. Can she bring herself up to arrest him? 

Starring:
Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Samuel L. Jackson, George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Michael Keaton, Viola Davis
Directed By:
15. Private Benjamin (1980)
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2
Private Benjamin
R
13
2

Private Benjamin is a war comedy film which revolves around a Jewish American woman named Judy Benjamin, who is devastated after her husband drops dead on the night of their wedding. She soon enlists in the Women’s Army Corps, on a whim, thinking of it as a vacation. But military life proves to be much harder than her expectations.

Starring:
Goldie Hawn, Armand Assante, Harry Dean Stanton, Craig T. Nelson, Eileen Brennan, Sam Wanamaker, Armand Assante
Directed By:
Howard Zieff
16. Unfaithfully Yours (1984)
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2
Unfaithfully Yours
PG
11
2
Role:
Norman Robbins
Starring:
Dudley Moore, Nastassja Kinski, Armand Assante, Cassie Yates
Directed By:
Howard Zieff
17. I Love You, Daddy (2017)
9
2
I Love You, Daddy
R
9
2
Starring:
Charlie Day, Edie Falco, Helen Hunt, Louis C.K., John Malkovich, Rose Byrne
Directed By:
18. This Is 40 (2012)
9
2
This Is 40
R
9
2

A spin-off of the movie Knocked Up, the comedy follows Pete and Debbie, whose complicated married lives are under severe stress as they both turn 40. Besides a stale marriage, they also need to contend with financial struggles and two bickering young daughters Charlotte and Sadie, and not kill each other.

Starring:
Megan Fox, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader, John Lithgow, Jason Segel
Directed By:
19. Critical Care (1997)
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2
Critical Care
R
9
2
Role:
Dr. Butz
Starring:
Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, Kyra Sedgwick, James Spader
Directed By:
Sidney Lumet
20. The In-Laws (2003)
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2
The In-Laws
PG-13
9
2

The daughter of a mild mannered doctor Jerry is about to get married to the son of a spy named Steve who is chasing international smugglers. However, soon Jerry is suspected by the FBI to be involved with the smugglers as well.

Role:
Jerry Peyser
Starring:
Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas, Michael Bodnar, Vladimir Radian, Robin Tunney
Directed By:
Andrew Fleming
21. The Muse (1999)
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2
The Muse
PG-13
9
2

The Muse

Role:
Steven Phillips
Starring:
Jennifer Tilly, Sharon Stone, Steven Alexander Wright, Rob Reiner, Jeff Bridges, Andie MacDowell, James Cameron
Directed By:
Albert Brooks
22. I'll Do Anything (1994)
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2
I'll Do Anything
PG-13
9
2
Role:
Burke Adler
Starring:
Joely Fisher, Julie Kavner, Nick Nolte, Rosie O'Donnell, Ian McKellen, Woody Harrelson, Anne Heche
Directed By:
James L. Brooks
23. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
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3
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
PG-13
10
3
Role:
Albert Brooks
Starring:
Penny Marshall, Fred Dalton Thompson, Victoria Burrows, Paul Jerome
Directed By:
Albert Brooks
24. Doctor Dolittle (1998)
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3
Doctor Dolittle
PG-13
8
3

Dr. Doolittle, a noted surgeon, hits his head on the windshield while swerving his car to avoid running over a dog. It triggers in him a long dormant gift, enabling him to understand what animals and birds are saying and communicate with them. Although initially skeptical, he finally learns to appreciate his gifts and starts treating both animals and humans. 

Starring:
Eddie Murphy, John Leguizamo, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Tambor, Ossie Davis, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Rock
Directed By:
Betty Thomas
25. The Scout (1994)
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3
The Scout
PG-13
9
3

Al, a baseball scout discovers a talented player named Steve Nebraska, a young American, who can not only pitch well, but also hit better than anyone else. He decides to sign him up, but it soon seems that Steve is both immature and unstable. Therefore, he decides to take Steve to a psychiatrist named Doctor H Aaron. She finds that Steve is deeply troubled as he was severely abused during his childhood. However, Al requests her to clear him for playing. She agrees on the condition that Steve sees her every day.  

Role:
Al Percolo
Starring:
Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest, Lane Smith, Anne Twomey
Directed By:
Michael Ritchie

TV Movie(s)

1. General Electric's All-Star Anniversary (1978)
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2
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary
11
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
James Whitmore, Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, John Wayne, Alex Haley, Henry Fonda

Animation(s)

The Simpsons (1989)
The Simpsons
TV-14
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Gary Coleman, Jon Hamm, Will Arnett, Anne Hathaway, Michael Cera, Fred Armisen
Directed By:
Mark Kirkland, Steven Dean Moore, Bob Anderson, Matthew Nastuk, Jim Reardon
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo
G
Plot:

Marlin, a clown fish, is horrified after his son, Nemo, who has a lame right fin, is captured by underwater sea divers. He sets out on a perilous journey to rescue Nemo, accompanied by Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss. Meanwhile, Nemo hatches an escape plan with the other fishes in a dentist's aquarium.

Role:
Marlin (voice)
Starring:
John Ratzenberger, Allison Janney, Erik Per Sullivan, Ellen DeGeneres, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana, Willem Dafoe
Directed By:
Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Hot Wheels (1969)
Hot Wheels
Role:
Kip Chogi / ... (unknown episodes)
Starring:
Casey Kasem, Bob Arbogast, Melinda Casey, Susan Davis
The Little Prince (2015)
The Little Prince
PG
Plot:

The Little Prince is an animated fantasy film, which revolves around a little girl, who is taken by her neighbor, the Aviator, to a magical world, the world of the Little Prince. 

Starring:
James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Rachel McAdams, Vincent Cassel
Directed By:
Mark Osborne
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
The Simpsons Movie
PG-13
Plot:

Due to his negligence, Homer Simpson ends up contaminating the lake of Springfield town which consequentially gets imprisoned in a large glass dome by the EPA. The angry residents attack the Simpson family who escape but return later when the EPA head decides to destroy the town. A selfish Homer, too, has a change of heart and decides to save his town from destruction.

Starring:
Hank Azaria, Tom Hanks, Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright
Directed By:
David Silverman
Finding Dory (2016)
Finding Dory
PG
Plot:

Dory, a regal blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss, regains some memory of her parents during a field trip and embarks on a journey to reach Jewel of Morro Bay, California, across the ocean. She is accompanied by her new family, clownfish Marlin and his son Nemo, and makes more friends along the way.

Role:
Marlin (voice)
Starring:
Diane Keaton, Kate McKinnon, Kaitlin Olson, Eugene Levy, Sigourney Weaver, Idris Elba, Ellen DeGeneres
Directed By:
Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets
PG
Plot:

A spoilt Jack Russel Terrier named Max finds himself in trouble because of the cat Ozone, when he tries to get rid of Max, his owner’s new dog. When they are rescued on their way to the pound by the leader of abandoned pets, a rabbit named Snowball, they must find a way back to their home. 

Starring:
Ellie Kemper, Jim Cummings, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan, Tara Strong, Kevin Hart, Jaime Camil
Directed By:
Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

TV Shows and Videos

Saturday Night Live (1975)
Saturday Night Live
TV-PG
Starring:
Kristen Wiig, Norm MacDonald, Justin Long, Elijah Wood, Michael Palin, Olivia Wilde, Bill Murray
Directed By:
Ben Stiller, Dave Wilson, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Don Roy King, James Signorelli
Insight (1960)
Insight
Starring:
William Devane, Gene Hackman, Marion Ross, Melissa Sue Anderson, James Franciscus, Elinor Donahue, Cindy Williams
Directed By:
Richard C. Bennett, Paul Stanley, Hal Cooper, Ralph Senensky, Michael Ray Rhodes
The Odd Couple (1970)
The Odd Couple
TV-G
Starring:
Teri Garr, Betty White, Jack Klugman, Alice Ghostley, Leif Garrett, Jean Simmons, Dina Merrill
Directed By:
Bruce Bilson, Alex March, Charles R. Rondeau, Alan Rafkin, George Tyne
Weeds (2005)
Weeds
TV-MA
Starring:
Bob Odenkirk, Alanis Morissette, Martin Short, Zooey Deschanel, Kevin Sussman, Daryl Sabara, Lee Majors
Directed By:
Craig Zisk, Michael Trim, Scott Ellis, Julie Anne Robinson, Eric Jewett
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Starring:
Cloris Leachman, Carrie Snodgress, Frank Langella, Tom Selleck, Gena Rowlands, Patrick Wayne, Mel Ferrer
Directed By:
Steven Spielberg, Marc Daniels, Leo Penn, Hollingsworth Morse, Jeannot Szwarc
The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971)
The New Dick Van Dyke Show
Starring:
Richard Dreyfuss, Barry Van Dyke, Dick Van Patten, Richard Dawson, Charles Nelson Reilly, Luciana Paluzzi, Dick Van Dyke
Directed By:
Noam Pitlik, John Rich, Alan Rafkin, George Tyne, Peter Baldwin
Love, American Style (1969)
Love, American Style
Starring:
Bob Denver, John Amos, Anne Meara, Steve Allen, Lorna Luft, Flip Wilson, Larry Hagman
Directed By:
Charles R. Rondeau, Bruce Bilson, Leslie H. Martinson, Gary Nelson, Richard Michaels
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo
E
Role:
Marlin (archiveFootage) (voice)
Starring:
Allison Janney, Ellen DeGeneres, Erik Per Sullivan, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Erica Beck