10. Martin Sheen — 'Hot Shots! Part Deux'
Hot Shots! Part Deux follows soldier Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen), who somehow went from expert fighter pilot to Rambo, as he leads a team in the Middle East to free Iraq War prisoners. One of the people who needs saving is his old army buddy Col. Denton Walters, played by Richard Crenna. This comedy rounds out the top 10 in more ways than one, but one of the funniest parts was when Topper is traveling up the river and monologuing to himself about his mission — until his monologue is intercepted by someone else’s monologue.
This monologue is told by none other than Martin Sheen, Charlie’s real-life father, who is reenacting his musing from Apocalypse Now. When they both pass each other, they shout out in unison, “I loved you in Wall Street,” and then Martin exits the movie. Funny moment by a talented actor.
9. Gene Hackman — 'Young Frankenstein'
Yeah, you recall Hackman in Young Frankenstein, right? You don’t? Well let me refresh your memory. Remember when the monster runs rampant in the village and comes across a blind man whose only longing is for a friend? That’s Gene Hackman. I wouldn’t be surprised if you missed him, but he’s definitely one of the funniest parts of this comedy classic.
Hackman plays a blind man who just wants a buddy to share a meal with, and that’s when the monster crashes in. The blind man invites him in for hot soup that he spills on the monster’s lap; a cup of wine that he smashes in the monster’s hand during a toast; and a puff of a cigar where the blind man accidentally lights the monster’s thumb on fire. The monster then flees from the blind man, who says one last thing: “Wait, Come back! I was going to make espresso.”
8. Hugh Jackman — 'X-Men: First Class'
Yep, we couldn’t let just one X-Men movie go Wolverine free. The producers and director decided to put Jackman in a clever, small cameo, where Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr stumble into a bar while recruiting new mutants. When they introduce themselves to Wolverine, he only has one thing to say to them: “Go fuck yourself.” Then Xavier and Erik walk away in disgust. Probably the shortest cameo on this list, but definitely one of the most memorable.
7. Stan Lee — 'Mallrats'
Yes, I know, we are all aware of the entertaining cameos that Stan Lee has made in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, but one of his best cameos has to be the one he made in Mallrats. Brodie (Jason Lee — no relation) comes across a strange old man who seems rather interested in just talking about love and relationships.
He constantly tries to give Brodie advice about his love-life and Brodie doesn’t catch on right away that the man he is talking to is legendary comic book writer Stan Lee. Stan then explains that Brodie should fight for love and then tells him that the characters he created with Marvel are all reflections of a love that he lost, before exiting the movie as this odd love sage. Man, I hope he lives for another 100 years.
6. Bill Murray — 'Zombieland'
GOD DAMMIT, BILL FUCKING MURRAY! The zombie apocalypse is upon us, the dead are walking among the living and eating people, and society as we know it has completely crumbled. But Bill Murray still likes to go out and do things like shop, golf and hang out with zombie Eddie Van Halen. The gang meet up with Murray after seeking refuge in his mansion, and they find him in complete zombie makeup so that he can walk freely among the undead. He then starts to screw around with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) as they reenact scenes from Ghostbusters.
However, the joke turns sour when Murray tries to scare Columbus (Jesse Eiesenberg) and ends up getting shot in the process. As he says, he was never much of practical joker. The gang mourn his passing as Bill reveals one of his biggest regrets: Garfield. Hey, at least he was honest.
5. Jim Parsons — 'The Muppets'
I was just as shocked and flabbergasted as everyone else when Parsons entered the scene as the human version of Muppet Walter. At a certain point in the movie, Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter share a song called "Man Or Muppet," in which they sing what it would be like to be one another. It’s a decent number and we get to see a Muppet version of Gary singing outside a store in the rain. However, the highlight of this musical is when Walter looks in the mirror and out pops Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. It’s nice to know that Parsons can play something else other than a no-it-all scientist.
4. Brandon Routh And Justin Long — 'Zack And Miri make A Porno'
Definitely one of the stranger but still funny cameos on this list. Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) attend a high school reunion where Miri hopes to connect with her old crush Bobby Long, played by Routh. While that’s going on, Zack meets this very posh, stuck-up but somewhat affable man named Brandon, played by Long, who reveals he does gay porn for a living. After an embarrassingly long time, Miri puts two and two together and realizes that Bobby and Brandon are actually a couple and she leaves disgraced.
The gay couple then has a lovers' tiff involving the subjects of humiliation, sex and trust, all while Zack joyfully watches what is transpiring. The fact that Superman and the lame kid from Dodgeball play an intense gay couple is just too hilarious to explain.
3. Christopher Walken — 'Pulp Fiction'
No, sorry, this is probably the strangest cameo on the list. Butch (Bruce Willis) is daydreaming about a moment in his childhood when a man named Captain Koons (Walken) stopped by his house to give him a something special. Koons explains that a gold pocket watch was once owned by Butch's grandfather and he went to great lengths to keep it for his son (Butch’s father), but he died during the war and had a kind villager return the watch to Butch’s grandmother. And then Koons goes a little too much into detail about the journey of said watch.
Koons explains that he was in the war with Butch’s dad, who hid the watch up his butt so that the enemy wouldn’t find it and take it away. However, when Butch’s father died, Koons had the unpleasant task of hiding the watch up his butt for two years. After telling an 11-year-old boy the story about how long a watch has been up two men’s asses, he then hands the filthy timepiece over. This cameo only lasts about three or four minutes, but it really sticks with you throughout the whole movie.
2. Tim Robbins, Luke Wilson and Ben Stiller — 'Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy'
Anchorman is kind of a miracle of a movie; just the fact that this formula of randomness, stupidness and Will Ferrell worked so well is kind of a miracle. Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, the top-rated news anchor in San Diego. The rest of his news team includes Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). They are at war with San Diego’s No. 2-rated news team, led by Wes Mantooth (Vince Vaughn).
At one point in the movie, our team is out for a stroll to clear their heads when they are suddenly ambushed by Mantooth and his news team. They are about ready to rip each other apart, when suddenly Luke Wilson enters the scene as the third-rated news team, ready to fight. Then Tim Robbins enters as the news anchor of the Public News team and finally Ben Stiller enters as the news anchor of Spanish Language News.
They all then engage in a news anchor rumble as they set each other on fire, cut each other's limbs off, throw tridents at one another and just basically kill each other. This is probably the funniest part of the whole movie; it’s ridiculous, it’s hilarious, it’s everything you could want in a cameo.
1. Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise — '21 Jump Street'
Now, even though 21 Jump Street was this raunchy comedy that really only had a few funny elements working for it, the funniest part of the entire movie was when Depp and DeLuise break out of their biker disguises as Officers Tom Hanson and Doug Penhall (reprising their roles from the '80s TV show). Hanson then goes off on a rant, explaining the hell they had to go through in order to infiltrate the biker gang, like wearing fake noses for months on end and getting tattoos on their dicks. It’s pretty funny and almost unreal.
Unfortunately, Hanson and Penhall get so sidetracked talking to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's characters that one of the bikers fatally kills them both. This is No. 1 on the list because it's a perfect way to pay homage to the past series, as well as give Depp and DeLuise's characters a proper sendoff. Two terrific cameos, one of them by an amazing actor.