Friday, May 13th, 2011
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The Films of Mel Brooks, In Order

11. Life Stinks

10. Dracula: Dead and Loving It

9. Spaceballs

8. Robin Hood: Men in Tights

7. High Anxiety

6. Silent Movie

5. History of the World: Part I

4. Young Frankenstein

3. The Twelve Chairs

2. Blazing Saddles

1. The Producers

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mjfrombuffalo (#2,561)

Ah, but WHICH "The Producers"?

Br. Seamus (#217)

@mjfrombuffalo Even asking that question is heresy; besides, the musical remake was directed by Susan Stroman.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

You're going to drop this on my desk Friday at 4:30? Some of us make plans for the weekend, you know.

What knockers!

Spaceballs is criminally underrated, if nothing more than for spawning one of my favorite Onion headlines:

Jonathan Lipnicki To Star As Young 'Dark Helmet' In Spaceballs Prequel.

IF YOU CANNOT RECOGNIZE THE GENIUS OF 'HIGH ANXIETY' HOW CAN WE SPEND TIME TOGETHER?

@Choire Sicha Also, you know: The Mel Brooks movies with Madeline Kahn, and then the others, which, who cares.

@Choire Sicha So angry.

@Choire Sicha I quit.

@Choire Sicha No wait, I'M STAYING, Alex can leave.

@Choire Sicha FLAMES. BURNING. FLAMES. ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE.

jolie (#16)

@Choire Sicha THIS IS WAR, PEACOCK!

@jolie I'm sorry, I'm just so close to my menstrual cycle that I could scream!

@Choire Sicha Taffeta, darling.

jolie (#16)

@jolie @jolie OMG and Choire totally is Peacock to Balk's Mustard. ALKFHLSKFH

jolie (#16)

@jolie Stop atting yourself in public, dear.

HiredGoons (#603)

@Choire Sicha: Taffeta darrrling!

HiredGoons (#603)

@Clarence Rosario: damn.

@HiredGoons @jolie He'd better look out in library cuz I've got a lead pipe.

jolie (#16)

@Choire Sicha Balk can't hear you, he's too busy polishing his candlestick.

HiredGoons (#603)

@jolie: Kipling? Oh you'll eat anything.

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

@jolie Tell Balk to put the candle back.

DMcK (#5,027)

Choire: "You look like the piss-boy."
Balk: "And you look like a bucket of shit!"

Tully Mills (#6,486)

@Choire Sicha Please, I beg you! For safety's sake, don't humiliate him!

@Choire Sicha This is unconscionable. Harumphf!

Awl Commentators (#12,429)

@Choire Sicha [Pictured]

kellyontheporch (#116,550)

@DMcK
Choire to Balk: Oh, you are nuts. N V T S Nuts!

I was worried about High Anxiety being too low then realized the ones put ahead of it are really quite deserving. Although I've never seen 12 Chairs. And obviously Young Frankenstein is the best. Spaceballs deserves to be so low!

HiredGoons (#603)

The best film Mel Brooks has ever been associated with, however, is 'The Elephant Man.'

Charles Bogle (#8,706)

I so wanted to like High Anxiety and but so didn't. Now I really need to see Silent Movie.

HiredGoons (#603)

"You're a mute… a very big mute."

cherrispryte (#444)

@HiredGoons I was gonna make espresso!

jolie (#16)

Spaceballs ranks lower than Robin Hood: Men in Tights? Jesus Fuck, Balk, you are such a cock.

Matt (#26)

This is really the most heinous misstep in a list full of heinous missteps.

HiredGoons (#603)

Oh Madeline Kahn and Gilda Radner, how I wish you had both lived forever.

jolie (#16)

@HiredGoons snifflesob

A Snood Mood (#1,737)

@HiredGoons I'd add Marty Feldman to that list. He's the first celebrity death that made me cry.

Maud Newton (#600)

Can we all at least agree on the brilliance of The Last Supper?

cherrispryte (#444)

A significant portion of my childhood consisted soley of my parents quoting bits of The Producers to me.

melis (#1,854)

I finally saw The Producers last year at the TCM film festival, of all places, and I was kind of surprised by how much I hated it. This list is making me think I should at least watch it again, but I really don't want to.

jfruh (#713)

Though I too take issue with Spaceballs' placement, I have to give a thanks for rating the Twelve Chairs so highly. I urge everyone who hasn't to see it, it's amazing — hilarious and sad and featuring young Frank Langella.

queensissy (#1,783)

Two days ago, my boss and I simultaneously shouted, "He vass my… BOYFRIEND!"

BadUncle (#153)

Jesus, Balk. Have you been eating too much schnitzengruben? Spaceballs should be at the end of the line.

iantenna (#5,160)

#1 is actually the preview for history of the world, part 2.

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

Leaving aside my deep love for Spaceballs, RHMIT makes me laugh randomly on nearly a weekly basis. I will leave my commenting status by the door.

Mr. B (#10,093)

O.K., Balk: I stuck with you through the whole nut thing, but now you've lost me.* I mean, seriously, what the fuck. You put The Twelve Chairs at #3 but Life Stinks dead fucking last?! History of the Fucking World ahead of Silent Fucking Movie?? And Men in Tights is not a better fucking movie than fucking Spaceballs!! HOLY FUCKING SHIT.**

*Yeah, but your top four are spot-on, so, O.K.

** It's the Bushmills talking.

It's good to be da king.

I pretty much agree with the list although I'd flip 1 and 2 so the Producers is punished for the relentless flogging of it. And Blazing Saddles at number one is no crime.

Bittersweet (#765)

@NotAndersonCooper: We could threaten Balk to put Blazing Saddles first or the n****r gets it…

DennyCrane (#1,803)

No. NO NO NO.

First of all, Dracula: Dead And Loving It never happened. It does not exist. Secondly, Blazing Saddles should be #1, period, the end.

LondonLee (#922)

'The Producers' is the trendy choice and I hope I'm not the only one who finds Mostel and Wilder a little too hyper in it.

'Blazing Saddles' is the funniest film ever made. I literally had trouble breathing during the opening scene the first time I saw it.

portmanteautally (#1,015)

@LondonLee Going to see Blazing Saddles was the first Date Night my parents had been able to go on in ages, due to having my brother and I as toddlers at home. They knew NOTHING about it going in and actually thought they were going to see a Western. My mom said the whole place was HOWLING with laughter, and she almost wet her pants from giggling so hard.

Best RickRoll ever.

roastered (#12,400)

Mostly OK. High Anxiety and Silent Movie are better than History; Spaceballs is better than Robin Hood:Men in Tights. And omitted was To Be or Not to Be; that should go ahead of Robin Hood/Life Stinks/Dracula

mjfrombuffalo (#2,561)

@roastered YES! To Be or Not To Be should have been here with a couple lesser works ditched IMO.

This list is an outrage! First, The Producers is brilliant, but it is the intelligensia choice for best Brooks. Careful, unbiased inspection will reveal High Anxiety, Blazing and Young all rank higher.

And 12 Chairs in second!?? Are you just goading the internet? If so, you need to find less sacred topics for your shock humor!

How dare you? I demand the The Awl issue a retraction for this list and that ALex Balk perform self-criticism in the community room at once!

Mr. B (#10,093)

@richardrushfield: Twelve Chairs and Life Stinks are both drastically underappreciated.

*Ducks*

KarenUhOh (#19)

In my alternate universe, I married Madeline Kahn.

In Heaven, I AM Madeline Kahn.

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