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List of Albert Brooks Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Taxi Driver (1976)
17
4
Taxi Driver
R
17
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel, Diahnne Abbott, Frank Adu, Victor Argo
2. Drive (2011)
14
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Bernie Rose
Director:
Nicolas Winding Refn
Genres:
Crime, Drama
3. Terms of Endearment (1983)
13
3
Terms of Endearment
PG
13
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. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
James L. Brooks
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
4. Defending Your Life (1991)
19
2
Defending Your Life
PG
19
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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Daniel Miller
Director:
Albert Brooks
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Meryl Streep, Lee Grant, Shirley MacLaine, James Eckhouse, Gary Beach
5. Real Life (1979)
12
2
Real Life
PG
12
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Albert Brooks
Director:
Albert Brooks
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Grodin, Dick Haynes, J.A. Preston, Matthew Tobin
6. Modern Romance (1981)
13
2
Modern Romance
R
13
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Robert Cole
Director:
Albert Brooks
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Bruno Kirby, Kathryn Harrold, Tyann Means, Jane Hallaren
7. Lost in America (1985)
15
2
Lost in America
R
15
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
David Howard
Director:
Albert Brooks
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Garry Marshall, Julie Hagerty, Candy Ann Brown, Sylvia Farrel
8. Broadcast News (1987)
12
2
Broadcast News
R
12
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Aaron Altman
Director:
James L. Brooks
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
9. My First Mister (2001)
11
2
My First Mister
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Randall - 'R'
Director:
Christine Lahti
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Pauley Perrette, John Goodman, Katee Sackhoff, Rutanya Alda, Natasha Braisewell
10. Concussion (2015)
12
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Cyril Wecht
Director:
Peter Landesman
Genres:
Biography, Sport, Drama
11. Mother (1996)
15
2
Mother
PG-13
15
2
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
John Henderson
Director:
Albert Brooks
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Debbie Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow, Paul Collins, Laura Weekes, John C. McGinley
12. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
10
2
Twilight Zone: The Movie
PG
10
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Car Driver (prologue)
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Dan Aykroyd, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath, Charles Hallahan
13. A Most Violent Year (2014)
10
2
A Most Violent Year
R
10
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
J.C. Chandor
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, Elyes Gabel, Lorna Pruce
14. Out of Sight (1998)
10
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? 

As:
Cast
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Crime, Drama
15. Private Benjamin (1980)
12
2
Private Benjamin
R
12
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Howard Zieff
Genres:
Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Goldie Hawn, Armand Assante, Harry Dean Stanton, Craig T. Nelson, Eileen Brennan, Sam Wanamaker, Armand Assante
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
20. The In-Laws (2003)
8
2
The In-Laws
PG-13
8
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry Peyser
Director:
Andrew Fleming
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ryan Reynolds, Michael Douglas, Michael Bodnar, Vladimir Radian, Robin Tunney
23. Doctor Dolittle (1998)
8
2
Doctor Dolittle
PG-13
8
2

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. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Betty Thomas
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy
24. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
10
3
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
PG-13
10
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Albert Brooks
Director:
Albert Brooks
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Penny Marshall, Fred Dalton Thompson, Victoria Burrows, Paul Jerome
25. The Scout (1994)
9
3
The Scout
PG-13
9
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Al Percolo
Director:
Michael Ritchie
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Sport
Star Cast:
Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest, Lane Smith, Anne Twomey

TV Movie(s)

Animation(s)

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.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Marlin (voice)
Director:
Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Family
Hot Wheels (1969)
Hot Wheels
As:
Cast
Role:
Kip Chogi / ... (unknown episodes)
Genres:
Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Casey Kasem, Bob Arbogast, Melinda Casey, Susan Davis
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.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
David Silverman
Genres:
Comedy, Animation, Adventure
Star Cast:
Hank Azaria, Tom Hanks, Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright
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.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Marlin (voice)
Director:
Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Comedy, Animation
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. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud
Genres:
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

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