Known by generations old and new, Bill Murray has managed to stay relevant throughout the years since he began his career in the mid 1970s. And today is a special occasion because now he's 71 years young. After decades of success in the industry, Bill Murray is still working on great projects with the highly anticipated release of "The French Dispatch" coming later next month. In honor of this acting icon's birthday, we've handpicked three of the best Bill Murray movies that you absolutely can't miss.
Lost in Translation
Here we have one of Murray's more serious roles which earned him a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and many other awards for Best Actor. He plays a character named Bob Harris, a movie star whose career is on the ropes. He's living in Tokyo trying to make a living appearing in ads for a whisky company. Bob ends up forming an unlikely friendship with a younger woman. They bond over the same cultural struggle of trying to adapt to a foreign world. The two discuss life, from the perspective of someone who's already been through half of it to someone's who's just getting started. We would consider it to be one of Murray's most fine, serious performances and his most decorated role.
If you look up any movie list for best time loop films or best films where the day repeats itself, this gem will undoubtedly be number one on the list. Of all the Bill Murray movies here, this one is where we get to see Murray let out his wild side. His character is reliving the same day over and over again with no consequences. Essentially, there's no tomorrow. So just imagine the stages of grief that Murray's character goes through. In one scene he'll be gorging himself with as much food as he can eat because...who cares about cholesterol? In another he'll be driving home drunk from a bar when he gets the sudden urge to play chicken with a moving train. It's the most unhinged version of Murray you'll ever see.
The actor has had many roles that he's famous for. But there's no question his performance in this film as Dr. Peter Venkman is what turned him into a certified superstar. This movie is full of action and surprises. But what makes it great is Murray's ability to slide into each scene bringing his trademark witty, snarky, comic relief, which makes the film so iconic. Murray solidifies himself as the king of one-liners. His character is a doctor/scientist who's most versed in delivering sarcastic comments and pick-up lines.
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