The first Ace Ventura is the movie that made Jim Carrey a huge star.
It grossed $72 million, but had a lower budget. It has a strong 6.6
rating on IMDB and Carrey received good reviews for his performance as
the bumbling pet detective assigned to rescue the Miami mascot before
the Super Bowl. The sequel made more money than the original, but didn’t
receive the same warm reception. The first Ace Ventura still appears on
TV many times today, and is responsible for much of Carrey’s career.
2. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
This Jim Carrey hit grossed $127 million in 1994, a big chunk of
money. It also scored a 7.2 on IMDB among its favorable reviews from
critics. The movie is a fixture on cable television to this day,
cementing its legacy as one of Carrey’s most popular movies. It also
spawned a TV series and a spin-off.
3. Bruce Almighty (2003)
This is Carrey’s second highest grossing leading role, pulling in
$242 million at the domestic box office. Carrey plays a struggling
weatherman in Buffalo who is given the chance to play God. The
supporting cast includes Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer
Aniston. It was a huge hit that spawned a sequel, though Carrey did not
appear in that. It also received a large number of positive reviews from
critics and a 6.6 on IMDB.
Carrey entered more dramatic territory with this Peter Weir film
about a man who is unaware that his whole life is a reality show. It was
a highly original film that grossed $125 million at the box office. It
has an 8.0 rating on IMDB puts in the Top 250 on that site. Carrey
received a lot of praise for his performance in the film.
Prior to Liar, Liar in 1997, Jim Carrey had a couple of flops and his
start was thought to be fading. Reuniting with director Tom Shadyac,
Carrey played a lawyer who can only tell the truth for 24 hours. It
grossed $181 million and produced solid critical and audience responses.
It also restored Carrey as a box office star.
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
This was a truly unique vehicle for Carrey. Though its box office
success falls short of most Carrey movies, it is arguably the most
favorably reviewed movie on his resume. It has an 8.5 rating on IMDB,
landing it in the top 60 movies. It also gave Carrey credibility as a
purely dramatic actor. Dealing with erasing bad memories from the mind,
it’s one of the more original movies of the decade.
No Jim Carrey movie list is complete without this comedy masterpiece.
Box office earnings and ratings aside The Mask is a definite favorite
of mine, along with 71,575 voters on IMDB. If this list was made based
on humor genius alone, The Mask would top this list. Hands down.
9. Horton Hears A Who (2008)
Jim Carrey provided the starring voice in this hit from the Dr. Seuss
library. It was a box office, critical, and audience success that has
seen great sales on DVD as well.
Jim Carrey plays a man who makes a life changing decision to say yes
to everything. It grossed a modest $97 million by Carrey comedy
standards, but received positive reviews and a solid 7.0 rating on IMDB.