10. Rushmore (1998)
Director Wes Anderson’s second feature (following Bottle Rocket) has Murray at his understated best. A departure from his usual manic characters, he’s still incredibly funny as a cynical millionaire feuding with an ambitious student (Jason Schwartzman).
9. Stripes (1981)
When creating the concept of the film, writer/director Ivan Reitman had originally envisioned “Cheech and Chong Join The Army”. When that didn’t work out, Reitman rewrote the characters to fit Murray and eventual co-star Harold Ramis. This military comedy was also a breakout role for John Candy. Murray and Ramis would also go on to co-star in…
8. Ghostbusters (1984)
The fact that efforts are being made to produce not one but (at least) two new films in this franchise is testament to how great and loved the first film is. While surrounded by a master class of comedic and character actors, Murray’s Venkman still managed to stand out.
7. Scrooged (1988)
Somewhere, someone had the idea “Hey, what if we made a modern version of A Christmas Carol and had Bill Murray star in it?” But, instead of just forgetting the idea and heading off to find a bag of Cheetos, they made it happen.
6. Quick Change (1990)
Often overlooked in Murray’s filmography is also the only movie he directed (albeit alongside Howard Franklin, who also directed, of all things, Antitrust). Murray is a disgruntled New York City cab driver who robs a bank (dressed as a clown), only to find that getting out of the city is nearly impossible. It also gives viewers a chance to see Randy Quaid before (supposedly) he went coocoo for Cocoa-Puffs.