When true talent is mentioned, one of the few names that come to mind is the name of the Canadian-American actor James Eugene Carrey, widely known simply as Jim Carrey. The Mask star is truly a multitalented individual with a wide variety of things he is known for. Looking at some of Carrey’s movies, some people know him as a comedian, some as a musician, while a host of others know him as a Hollywood actor. The three occupations mentioned above is only just the primary things Jim is known for, the two-time Golden Globe Awards winner is also an impressionist, producer, screenwriter, cartoonist, artist, and a painter. For sure, now you will agree with us that he truly is multitalented.
Jim Carrey began his acting career in 1980 and he has starred in 45 feature films, 3 TV films, 9 TV series, and one documentary. In this article, we shall be looking at a list of some of Carrey’s movies, ranking them from best to worst.
Jim Carrey Movies List Ranked From Best To Worst
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
In the romantic science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Michel Gondry, Jim Carrey was cast as the lead character, Joel Barish, an introvert who had a two-year relationship with Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet), and after their relationship ended, they both erased the memory they had of the other person. The director of the film’s initial choice to play Joel was Nicolas Cage but following Cage’s high demands and Carrey’s availability in addition to his funny nature, he was picked as the perfect fit to play the lead character. The film was a success and viewers really enjoyed watching it, no wonder IMDb rated the movie 8.3/10, it is one of the most highly rated Jim Carrey movies.
2. The Truman Show (1998)
Everything about this movie went right, from the production to the cast, its rating and the awards as well. Jim Carrey played the lead role as Truman Burbank, a child picked randomly out of six unwanted pregnancies. He got adopted by a corporation who tend to use Truman’s life as a live show. Unknown to Truman, his daily life is being broadcast as a live show. The movie helped win Carrey his first of two Golden Globe Awards as the “Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama”, at the 1999 Golden Globe Awards. The movie got a well deserved 8.1/10 rating by IMDb.
3. Man on the Moon (1999)
In 1999, Jim Carrey was cast in the biography comedy-drama film about the late Andy Kaufman. In the film, Carrey was cast as the lead character, Andy Kaufman. The film did perform averagely well at the box office, earning $47.4 million after being produced with a budget of $52-82 million. Its bad box office return did not stop it from having a good IMDb rating of 7.4/10. It also did not stop Carrey from winning his second Golden Globe Awards for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy”.
4. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Jim Carrey fit in perfectly into the comedy film Dumb and Dumber owing to his comedic nature. He and Jeff Daniels played the lead roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne respectively. Harry appears to be just a little bit smarter than Lloyd and is said to be the “Dumb” while Lloyd is the “Dumber”. The film was directed by Peter Farrelly and it was distributed by New Line Cinema. The film was a major success at the box office. It was shot with a budget of $17 million and it ended up grossing $247.3 million worldwide. The film no doubt helped solidify Carrey’s acting career. Many would question the 7.3/10 rating given to the film by IMDb as most viewers believe it deserves to get a higher rating.
5. The Mask (1994)
Another very interesting and successful movie Jim Carrey starred in is The Mask, a superhero comedy film which starred him as the lead character, Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask, a bank clerk who finds and wears a mask which transforms him into a wacky, zoot-suited, share the cartoon-like character. The film was another major success at the box office. It was produced with a budget of $23 million and it got a massive return of $351.6 million. The film was rated 6.9/10 by IMDb.
6. Liar Liar (1997)
It wouldn’t be a surprise to know that this film is a comedy movie knowing that it starred Jim Carrey as its lead character. Carrey is cast as Fletcher Reede in Liar Liar. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac, under the production of Imagine Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film was shot with a budget of $45 million and it grossed $302.7 million at the box office. It was rated by IMDb as 6.9/10.
7. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Yet another hilarious comedy film which starred Jim Carrey as its lead character. Carrey played the role of Ace Ventura, a pet detective who is hired to find a missing dolphin, which happens to be the mascot of the Miami Dolphins. The film was shot in the United States and released by Warner Bros. on February 4, 1994. The film was produced by Morgan Creek Production with a budget of $15 million. It grossed up a sum of $107.2 million at the box office. The movie got a rating of 6.9/10 by IMDb.
8. Yes Man (2008)
Yes man is a 104 minutes long comedy film directed by Peyton Reed. The movie was made based on the book with the same title, written by Danny Wallace. Carrey starred in the 2008 romantic comedy film as its lead character Carl Allen. Allen takes a challenge within himself to say “yes” to everything for a whole year. The film was produced with a budget of $70 million by three production companies: Village Roadshow Pictures, The Zanuck Company, and Heyday Films. It was then released by Warner Bros. Pictures, first in London on December 9, 2008, then in the United States on December 19, 2008, and in the UK on December 26, 2008. It made a big box office success by grossing up to $223 million worldwide. The film was rated 6.9/10 by IMDb.
9. A Christmas Carol (2009)
The movie is an animated drama family film. The film is based on Charles Dicken’s 1843 self-titled story. In the animation movie, Carrey voiced as Ebenezer Scrooge and he also voiced as the Ghost of Christmas Past. The film premiered in London on November 3, 2009, and was later released in the United States three days later. It was written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Imagemovers Digital. It was rated 6.8/10 by IMDb.
10. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
This movie is a biography comedy crime film in which Jim Carrey starred as the lead character Steven Jay Russell, an ex-cop turned impostor, con artist a multiple-time prison escapee who is also gay. It was made with a budget of $13 million and it earned a box office return of $20.7 million. It was rated 6.6 by IMDb.
11. Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
The dark comedy film was directed by the Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby Farrelly. It starred Jim Carrey as its lead character Charlie Bailey/Hank Evans, a cop who must protect a woman named Irene from her corrupt ex-boyfriend. Carrey’s character has a dissociative identity disorder, who goes from gentle to mental. The film did well at the box office, after being produced with a budget of $51 million, it got a return of $149 million worldwide. It was rated by IMDb as 6.6/10, following ratings by 208,610 viewers.
12. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
The comedy film is the sequel of the 1994 comedy film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In the film, Jim Carrey reprises his role as the lead and title character, Ace Ventura, a private detective who only specializes in finding missing pets. The film was made with a budget of $30 million and was released on November 10, 1995. Upon its release, it summed up a total of $212.4 million at the box office. This is one of the Jim Carrey movies that is lowly rated. It was rated by IMDb as 6.4/10 and it was rated PG-13.
13. Dead Pool (1988)
Unlike the other Jim Carrey movies listed in this article, Dead Pool is not a comedy film and it did not star Jim Carrey as its lead character. The movie directed by Buddy Van Horn is an action, crime and mystery film, and it starred Jim Carrey as Johnny Squares. The R-rated film was rated 6.3/10 by IMDb.
14. The Cable Guy (1996)
The movie is a comedy-drama-thriller film which starred Jim Carrey as Ernie “Chip” Douglas, the cable guy. The film was shot with a budget of $47 million and premiered on June 14, 1996. At the box office, it grossed up a total sum of $102.8 million. It was rated as a PG-13 film and was rated by IMDb as 6.1/10.
15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Just when the occupants of Whoville were planning to celebrate their Christmas joyfully, a vengeful and egotistical Grinch plans on ruining the holiday for the Whos. Jim Carrey plays the role of the adult Grinch in the comedy family fantasy film. The film is based on the book of the same title by Dr. Seuss. The movie was shot with a budget of $123 million and it earned a return of $345.1 million at the box office. This is one of Jim Carrey movies that is lowly rated, it was rated 6.1/10.