Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He's most well-known for his slapstick comedy and impressions, and many people associate his older movies with happy nostalgia. Although Carrey has mostly done comedy in the past, he has also starred in several movies where he has charmed audiences with more serious roles. Here are my top 9 movies that Jim Carrey has starred in.
9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, usually referred to as The Grinch, is a cute family Christmas movie. It's a little bit weird but it's fun for kids and one of the best Christmas films out there.
Carrey plays the Grinch, a heartless and bitter creature living on top of a mountain who hates Christmas so much that he decides to steal all the gifts from Whoville and ruin everyone's holiday. It's only the inquisitiveness of a sweet little Who named Cindy Lou that might save the Grinch from himself.
This film is nostalgic for many 90s kids and a classic to watch at Christmastime. Carrey was one of the few actors who could have pulled of the Grinch's comical and silly role.
8. The Number 23 (2007)
This drama thriller is one example of Carrey taking on serious roles. A man (Carrey)'s discovery of a strange book leads him on a descent into darkness where he sees the number 23 everywhere. Funny coincidences become an obsession and he finds that the book holds dark consequences for its main character.
I'll admit when I first watched this movie it took a while for me to take Carrey seriously, but he played a convincing role and this conspiracy thriller was an interesting watch.
7. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a book series for teenagers about three children who are orphaned after their parents tragically die in a fire. They are sent to live with a distant relative, Count Olaf, who turns out to be an abusive and evil.
Carrey played Olaf and although there was some of his signature slapstick present in his role, he nevertheless played the greedy and loathesome Count Olaf very well, making for an entertaining movie. Recently, a TV series of A Series of Unfortunate Events was also released in 2017, but they cast Niel Patrick Harris and his performance just wasn't as convincing.
This movie is good for families and although it has dark undertones, it isn't (necessarily) scary for children.
6. The Truman Show (1998)
This is a very famous movie starring Jim Carrey that is unlike any other movie I've seen. Insurance salesman Truman Burbank (Carrey) is unknowingly being watched 24 hours a day in a TV show. His sweet personality makes him an endearing character you want to know more about.
I don't believe a theme has been done before or since; it's weird and a bit creepy, but also a feel-good movie and thought-provoking, too.
5. The Mask (1994)
It seems like The Mask is a movie that almost everyone has seen, and it's a classic also starring one of my favourite actresses, Cameron Diaz. Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey) finds a strange mask that completely transforms him when he puts it on. His persona is a cheeky, crazily dressed and oddly charming clown-like character who is completely different from Ipkiss' rather average personality.
I really love this movie as it's entertaining, silly, and suitable for the whole family. There isn't any other movie quite like it and Carrey's fun performance made the movie an instant classic.
4. Bruce Almighty (2003)
Bruce Nolan (Carrey) feels underappreciated at work and at home and believes that God is picking on him. When he actually meets God, he is given divine powers and God lets him do whatever he wants with them.
This family-friendly comedy is really fun to watch and Carrey gives an entertaining performance where he's a silly and likeable average joe suddenly granted amazing powers. Pursuits of revenge, romance, and random things like parting his tomato soup like Moses make for an entertaining film that deserved its awards.
3. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
This is another serious movie with Carrey as a policeman named Steven who leaves his wife to get rich in Texas after he realises he's gay. He makes money as a swindler and in jail, meets a blond-haired, blue-eyed prisoner called Phillip (Ewan McGregor) who sweeps him off his feet.
I wasn't expecting much from this movie but it was really heartwarming and Steven was a charmer and a cheater but genuinely loved Phillip. It's probably the only Jim Carrey movie that has reduced me to tears. It's great to watch if you love heartwarming dramas and is actually based on a true story. Not for kids.
2. Liar Liar (1997)
Liar Liar is a classic movie about a lawyer Fletcher Reede (Carrey) who keeps letting his five-year-old son, Max, down by not showing up to spend time with him. Often, he lies about why he can't make time to see him. Frustrated by his dad constantly disappointing him, Max wishes on his birthday that for 24 hours, his dad can't lie. Fletcher's life is suddenly turned upside-down when he discovers he can't do anything dishonest for one day, but he soon finds that the truth may be what he needs to not lose his son.
This is one of those films that I can watch again and again. Jim Carrey is really funny and a little slapstick in the film, but you can tell how much Fletcher really loves his son. This family film is just great and one you'll definitely enjoy if you're a fan of Jim Carrey.
1. Yes Man (2008)
This is my favourite Jim Carrey movie of all time. Carl has hit a rut in his life - he's divorced and purposely avoids hanging out with friends. When he's forced to attend an unusual "YES!" convention, he changes his life by saying "yes" to everything. He starts to see his life transform due to his new choices.
I love this film because it really shows the potential of what your life can become if you are more open-minded and say "yes" to more things. Every time I watch this movie, I want to go out and live life. This film's suitable for children but is probably better for those aged 14 and up.
Jim Carrey continues to bring joy and laughter to his fans year after year and it's great that he can also play convincing serious roles. It seems he's mellowing out as he's getting older but we still look forward to his future works.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on August 19, 2017:
Thanks for commenting! I really appreciate it. I've not seen Once Bitten, maybe I'll check it out sometime :)
Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on August 19, 2017:
I've seen four on your list and love Jim Carrey! Once Bitten pretty cool. I enjoy that one, Liar Liar and the Mask.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 19, 2017:
That was really interesting to read. I love Jim Carrey. I liked him in Bruce Almighty. That was a really good film.