You're sitting there going through netflix's seemingly endless stores of movies and television shows wanting to find something filled with action and humor, but still remains clean at the same time. You pass from the new "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" all the way to "NCIS". You're a little frustrated now because it's just not what you want. Then, you see it! Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" flashes across your queue. You click on the silly title and encompass yourself in an all-out laughing fit that the one and only Mel Brooks can give you. Here are the top five Mel Brooks films that get you hysterical from beginning to end:
Let's just get this out of the way, Mel does a great job as President Scrooge and Yogurt. The whole movie is based off of Star Wars episode 4, and they do a great job making a timeless classic silly and outrageous. They also incorporate some Star Trek references for all you Trekkies out there. This is one movie you won't want to skip over on your Netflix travels.
2. Blazing saddles
Is what your looking for a western, but you don't want the same old John Wayne movie where he seems to act the same way every. Single. Movie? Well, look no further than Blazing Saddles. Blazing saddles is about a new sheriff in a small western town that you would usually see in a (ahem) John Wayne movie, but there's one small issue for those townsfolk: he's black. Yup, this movie has some really racist remarks in it, spitting the N-word out every other word. I'm not gonna spoil it much for you, but the town eventually warms up to him and they all save the day (yay).
3. Young Frankenstein
Everyone knows the story of Frankenstein's monster......... Right? The legendary Gene Wilder plays the role of Dr. Fredrick Fraunkenstein (said exactly how it's spelled) and adds a hint of madness in the endless classic. The movie is in black in white, but not because it's an old film, it's because the director, Mel Brooks, wanted it like that. It has an old horror movie feel to it, but has you cracking up at every corner. One of the most adored movies in my collection.
4. Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Need a movie like Robin Hood? Need another silly movie? Why not add them together? In "Men in Tights", that's exactly what you get. Cary Elwes plays the valiant leader in this humorous film. Fighting along the sides of Achoo, Blinkon the blind servant, and little "but big" John the go out to save the poor from the tyrannical rule of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham in their goofy ways. Always a good movie to have a few chuckles over, "because, unlike other Robin Hoods, I speak with an English accent."
5. The Muppets Movie
While Mel didn't direct this movie, we know that the Muppets add funny celebrities to their films and Mel just so happened to be in this one. He plays a German scientist trying to get Kermit to agree to be the poster boy for a frog legs company that goes against his morals (obviously). While his scene is short, he does add a lot of humor to his spot. Oh, and did I mention he gets his mind turned into a frog's?
Mel Brooks is a humor genius who knows how to make people laugh and lives for it. Although his movies are a little old, you can still find yourself laughing to his timeless classics.