Many of us probably have a bunch of Adam Sandler movies that we have grown up with, but sadly now live in a generation that is no longer familiar with these classics. So, whether you’re looking to reminisce with nostalgia or you need an idea to figure out where to start with your Adam Sandler marathon, worry not. In this blog, we give you the Top 20 Adam Sandler Movies throughout the years!
Click came out in 2006, and it revolves around the story of a man who has a remote that can control time. He ends up skipping the times he deemed boring and unimportant in life, only to eventually realize that it’s these moments that matter the most. It’s funny and sappy, maybe just a bit crude. Yet it’s more touching than one would expect.
19. I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry
This movie was famously lambasted by critics, but audiences still loved it. So, you may disagree, but that’s one of the reasons why it makes this Top 20 Adam Sandler Movies list.
The jokes may no longer fly today, seeing as how Chuck was commissioned as Larry’s domestic partner for seemingly financial gain, and both the politics and ethics of it are deeply muddled. Some parts of it are straight-up offensive. Yet, it is a comedy from 2007, and with that measure, it’s not all too bad.
18. Grown Ups
Grown Ups is basically about a group of adult men reunited, who went on to show that their childish ways still remained the same. Like many Adam Sandler movies, it will have you shaking your head, yet at the same time, you can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous some of their antics are.
Pixels was released in 2015, so it’s already considered one of Adam Sandler’s more recent films. It follows a group of friends skilled at old arcade video games, who are suddenly commissioned to save the world from aliens who came in the form of Pacman and King Kong.
The entire premise is ridiculous, but it does hold humor for those who allow themselves to let loose. If you want to enjoy this, remember: just take it as it is.
16. Jack and Jill
In this movie, Adam Sandler is both Jack and Jill, a set of twins who just couldn’t get along. It features a rather star-studded cast, including Katie Holmes and Al Pacino, and cameos from the likes of Regis Philbin and Drew Carey. It’s nothing of substance, but it’s a comedy.
15. Grown Ups 2
Yes, they did come out with a sequel, and audiences enjoyed this one more than the first. Not many can say that about second movies.
That’s because it has a pretty great cast, including Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Dave Spade, Allen Covert, Tim Meadows, Salma Hayek, and Shaquille O’Neal. Sure, it’s nothing deep and it holds no life lessons. But it will make you laugh – and that’s all the movie markets itself for anyway.
14. Anger Management
Starring Adam Sandler and David Nicholson, this movie is about a man and his anger-management therapist who end up helping each other through their issues. It doesn’t really make a lot of sense, but it doesn’t have to. It is funny and goofy, and it certainly has its moments. Some critics say that it’s a one-trick pony, but it’s one people like replaying.
13. Hotel Transylvania 2
In case you missed it, Adam Sandler is the voice of the well-loved Dracula. While all the Hotel Transylvania movies are enjoyable, especially for its audience, I’m ranking this one as 13 on the Top 20 Adam Sandler Movies list simply because it’s a follow-up to the first movie, which ranks higher.
It’s still well done and heartwarming with great songs and animation, and still really worth the watch.
12. The Waterboy
The Waterboy came out in 1998, making it one of Adam Sandler’s first movies in Hollywood. It’s the story of a waterboy for a famous college football team, who is suddenly fired from his position. He ends up with the rival team, where the coach suddenly rosters him as a linebacker. There, he excels, and it’s the story of another underestimated person rising to greatness.
It may be predictable and the storyline may be a cliche, but we love it anyway.
Blended is a great, heartwarming story about a widowed man and a divorced woman finding love with each other. But because this is an Adam Sandler + Draw Barrymore movie, expect a lot of hijinks and laughter along the way.
The bonus is that this takes place in a beautiful African resort, and it’s like the viewers were taken there with them.
10. The Longest Yard
This one is a remake, and it follows the same interesting premise of the original movie. Adam Sandler plays a disgraced football player who ends up in jail. He eventually becomes the captain of the prison’s football team, and leads them to a game against the prison guards.
They have to deal with corruption and struggles, and it brings viewers through a roller coaster of emotions – from funny to sad to funny again.
9. Murder Mystery
Murder Mystery just came out in 2019 and can easily be watched on Netflix. Here, Adam Sandler, who plays an NYPD officer, and his wife, played by Jennifer Aniston, are suddenly caught up in a European murder where they are the prime suspects. They then had to put their brains together and catch the real killer, before they get arrested or killed themselves.
It’s a uniquely funny murder mystery, and a sequel has already been ordered.
8. Just Go With It
Just Go With It is THE original Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston movie, and there’s a reason why they were paired in another movie a decade later. They have great chemistry, both of them are individually funny, and they’re just better together. It may not be the best romantic comedy out there, but the leads are great.
7. Funny People
Funny People can be credited as a success by Judd Apatow, the director. Banking on the incredible comedic skills of the leads, the film ends up being a mix of funny, sincere, mature, lonely, and happy – all at once. The performances are nuanced, and the script helps them succeed in that regard.
At the very least, it certainly has more depth than the other movies you’ve seen thus far on this Top 20 Adam Sander Movies list.
6. Hotel Transylvania
Nearly everybody loved this movie when it first came out, and if you just take the time to watch it, you would see why. A hotel for monsters? An undercover human? A teenager vampire daughter and overprotective Dracula daddy? Just sign us up!
It’s consistently entertaining, which is probably why the franchise just came out with its 4th movie, just this year.
5. The Wedding Singer
This was the first of several Adam Sandler + Drew Barrymore movies together, and though it came out in 1998, it remains a romance classic to this day.
The story goes like this: Wedding singer Robbie (Adam) got left at the altar by his fiance, and after a series of events, his friend Linda (Drew) finds out her fiance has been cheating on her. They end up finding comfort and friendship in each other but still have to go through a roller coaster of events and confusion to end up with each other.
It’s dramatic and sappy, and also really sweet and happy.
4. Reign Over Me
In this movie, Adam Sandler plays an emotional wreck of a man who lost his wife and daughters in the 9/11 tragedy. Then, one fateful day five year later, he bumps into his college best friend, and they end up becoming great support for one another amid all their struggles.
With mentions of a suicide attempt, depression, and therapy, we see a darker, deeper Adam Sandler here, and it definitely deserves a place near the top of this list.
3. 50 First Dates
50 First Dates is Adam and Drew’s second (and arguably best) movie together. The story revolves around a woman whose memory resets every evening and the man trying to woo her. Everything about it is sincere and sweet, yet at the same time difficult and challenging.
It tops all the other romcoms on this list because it shows what relationships are actually like – requiring commitment, especially through struggles, yet still full of love.
2. Punch-Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love is technically classified as a rom-com, yet everything about it is noticeably darker. It contains a whole lot of drama, which is only expected since the movie follows a man with anxiety, rage, and inner demons who ends up finding love when he least expects it.
Critics loved this movie, and it’s one of Adam Sandler’s best performances to date.
Hustle came out just this year on Netflix, and it disproves everyone who has ever said that Adam Sandler is a shallow, uninteresting, bland actor. In this movie, he goes against his typical comedian persona and takes on the role of a jaded basketball scout. His every move reflects sadness, depth, melancholy, weariness, and still, resilience and strength.
Every scene with him in it is captivating, and he is such a standout in this film. In fact, he was so good that he had fans begging him not to go back to comedy, because this is where he truly shines.
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