Five Favorite Films

Marlon Wayans' Five Favorite Films

by | January 29, 2016 | Comments

Premiere Of Open Roads Films' "Fifty Shades Of Black" - Red Carpet
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


Movie audiences have always been able to rely on Marlon Wayans as one of the folks who take the Movie of the Moment and skewer it with some good, old fashioned silliness. The same applies to his latest film that he wrote and stars in, Fifty Shades of Black, that takes sex, relationships, and Florence Henderson, and gives you a night to remember. When we spoke to him, he was so passionate about five films not being enough to cover it that he added honorable mentions. He also made sure to point out that he really loves his films White Chicks, Scary Movie, and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, but he decided that adding them wasn’t fair. But just know they are among his favorites.

Groundhog Day (1993) 96%

This is one of my favorite movies ever, because of the writing. I’m a big Bill Murray fan, and I just think any comedy that can last over two hours and keep your attention, even though it was the same situation over and over, and get funnier every time — this is probably my favorite movie of all time.

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) 64%

This inspired me to want to write parodies and do parodies. I read it on the bed as a kid — I was eight years old when [his brother] Keenen [Wayans] sent me that script, and I [had] never laughed so hard. It inspired me. I knew that was what I wanted to do. It’s really my number one — I mean, I think it’s crazy if I put my brother as number one. You’d think I was being biased, of which I probably am, but I’m not, because I really love that movie and my brother. I think he’s a brilliant genius.

Meet the Parents (2000) 84%

The scene with the volleyball when he [Ben Stiller] hit her in the nose and she started bleeding, that worst case scenario was one of the funniest things in the world. And I love Ben Stiller’s performance, he was so genuine, and all he wanted to do was be in the father’s good graces but he couldn’t help but [****] it up. That movie made me laugh from the inside out.

Hollywood Shuffle (1982) 88%

An African American filmmaker [Robert Townsend] and being Keenen’s little brother inspired me to want to do movies. It really told the whole truth about African-Americans in the struggle, in a funny way, without all of us banging on the door going, “Hey Hollywood, love us.” Through laughter, it erased color lines, and is one of my all time favorites. I love when you do a movie with people doing multiple characters. That’s something I do and love to do, and I find that it’s one of the hardest things to do and still be grounded as a regular person in a movie. I’m inspired to do movies like that in my next phase.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984) 82%

Eddie Murphy was so appropriate. Comedy is the magic of learning to be appropriate. In terms of his performance, he was so damn appropriate. He knew when to play what, and he let the situation lead him into being broad. Because of the situation, he did what he had to do, he was Bugs Bunny talking his way out of situations. That for me is another movie that I would like to do, it made me say, “Damn, I wanna do that.”

Honorable Mentions, to round out the Top Eleven: The Mask, There’s Something About Mary, Airplane!, Liar Liar, Austin Powers, and The Nutty Professor.

Fifty Shades of Black opens this week.

  • For someone that makes some shitty films, he does have good taste.

  • Bret Osborne

    One of the least surprising 5 favorite films list so far. It’s a list my 13 year old son would come up with.

  • BlackAdamForPresident

    I remember a time in the mid to late 80s when having the name “Wayans” attached to a project meant it would actually be funny. “In Living Color”, “Eddie Murphy – Raw”, “Hollywood Shuffle”, “Earth Girls Are Easy”…….those days are gone, dead and buried.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    Beverly Hills Cop is a fine comedy, but this list only reinforces this hack frauds “creativity”. He is god awful. I am tired of his hateful and belligerently ignorant films.

  • ArielVronsky

    You were In Requiem For a dream,FOR the love of God and the human race,Show some dignity !!

  • Thescaredshadow

    Why do people keep giving him money?

  • Malter Watthau

    C’mon, Marlon! No Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Vampire in Brooklyn or Blankman??? Dude, pretty crappy list imo and it’s crystal clear, you don’t know nothing about quality films, man! Have some taste, bro! LOL

    Kazaaam 4 LIFE!

  • Jan Terri

    No Gangster Squad?

Tag Cloud

green book TCA 2017 hist politics revenge Hallmark YA crime drama FOX cartoon Premiere Dates ESPN adaptation versus Opinion Cosplay DC Universe anime werewolf Hallmark Christmas movies Comic Book Captain marvel Classic Film Amazon Prime Video Interview crime Certified Fresh sitcom 45 Crunchyroll spy thriller GLAAD romantic comedy Paramount Valentine's Day Acorn TV Superheroe Teen Red Carpet Family dragons Emmys Disney+ Disney Plus The Purge Oscars Western Character Guide The CW Columbia Pictures Infographic MSNBC scary movies boxoffice Pirates Box Office Winter TV Amazon Comedy Central psychological thriller Rocketman social media Watching Series CNN Toys CBS All Access Cartoon Network Animation Film Festival cults psycho CMT medical drama Mystery Set visit vampires kids mutant rotten movies we love spanish language National Geographic south america comics Funimation Rocky YouTube movie Women's History Month based on movie Musicals Logo Television Academy Fantasy Marvel LGBTQ Masterpiece NYCC dceu crossover Mary Tyler Moore dc dramedy diversity Amazon Studios Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt doctor who facebook historical drama Calendar free movies Warner Bros. spider-man Discovery Channel aliens Ellie Kemper crime thriller disaster Music SXSW universal monsters Podcast First Reviews Lucasfilm Apple TV+ zombie Nominations natural history Netflix FX on Hulu finale award winner Thanksgiving Spectrum Originals TBS Winners Reality Competition jamie lee curtis Drama WarnerMedia Peacock zero dark thirty BBC richard e. Grant witnail space USA Network adventure HBO Max 20th Century Fox screenings political drama streaming 21st Century Fox TCA Winter 2020 ITV Holiday independent Lionsgate Baby Yoda A24 comic Elton John tv talk Showtime DC streaming service Super Bowl American Society of Cinematographers Schedule Lifetime Action supernatural strong female leads Comics on TV cats Christmas Arrowverse Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Sci-Fi APB docudrama A&E sag awards serial killer Mary Poppins Returns BET New York Comic Con Marvel Studios PBS ghosts movies sequel TV foreign Anna Paquin See It Skip It sports hispanic Holidays YouTube Premium Mindy Kaling YouTube Red 2016 E3 cinemax Universal Nickelodeon science fiction Martial Arts directors DC Comics Nat Geo Disney Channel Pop TV Year in Review name the review TCA Food Network 24 frames animated FX television OWN El Rey IFC Avengers mockumentary canceled TV shows BBC America Trivia Mudbound robots elevated horror thriller Disney Star Wars Fall TV justice league CBS toy story President Chernobyl RT21 Epix cancelled television video Writers Guild of America series Reality Disney Plus Hulu 2019 First Look Rock Summer theme song MTV cancelled TV shows discovery Disney streaming service cancelled TV series ABC Tumblr Sneak Peek Ovation slashers TLC canceled Adult Swim Freeform festivals The Witch Fox News Tarantino Awards Tour TNT Pride Month Spike Kids & Family reviews reboot 007 Marathons E! halloween Grammys unscripted TCM joker dogs christmas movies VH1 teaser Paramount Network Countdown anthology 2018 Shondaland Vudu RT History Pop cops Film Cannes Election FXX true crime Creative Arts Emmys Turner GoT children's TV MCU transformers Musical Rom-Com blockbuster Comedy 2015 breaking bad cooking harry potter Spring TV The Walking Dead The Arrangement quibi Biopics franchise Endgame Tubi HBO binge DGA IFC Films Quiz Trailer Star Trek travel 2017 Song of Ice and Fire technology documentary zombies Sony Pictures CW Seed Pixar blaxploitation Mary poppins stand-up comedy Marvel Television war Turner Classic Movies talk show Bravo OneApp Esquire VICE USA Emmy Nominations Binge Guide Britbox Syfy game of thrones batman Sundance Now latino ratings what to watch SDCC Extras biography Shudder 2020 Sundance TV Photos Black History Month PaleyFest AMC singing competition golden globes WGN spinoff NBC Dark Horse Comics police drama Video Games Horror spain casting Brie Larson Sundance Academy Awards 71st Emmy Awards LGBT miniseries Polls and Games Trophy Talk ABC Family screen actors guild nature TruTV Tomatazos cancelled game show comiccon composers book DirecTV GIFs Apple X-Men TV Land SundanceTV Country Ghostbusters Crackle Lifetime Christmas movies Walt Disney Pictures Amazon Prime Black Mirror romance Stephen King TV renewals Apple TV Plus Pet Sematary Starz San Diego Comic-Con Best and Worst Awards cars period drama renewed TV shows indie Netflix Christmas movies TIFF Travel Channel Heroines Superheroes History