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Best fourth-wall breakers

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Pardon us while this Showdown has a strange interlude. We’re hunting for the most excellent movie meta-comments (to use a term coined by serial fourth-wall-breaker Michael Palin). From conspiratorial heroes to an Eddie Murphy side-eye, from Alfie to Amelie, and from the metaphorical to the physical —“I’m workin’ for Mel Brooks!”—list your picks for the top ten narrative films that make the best use of the camera’s role as an audience avatar. (Yes, Duckie, you.) Extra points if your list includes at least one female fourth-wall-breaker (what is it with dudes and lenses?). I’m ready for my close up.

Most mentioned

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Deadpool
  • Fight Club
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Amélie
  • Spaceballs
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Funny Games
  • GoodFellas
  • The Big Short
  • Annie Hall
  • Wayne's World
  • High Fidelity
  • The Emperor's New Groove
  • American Psycho
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Deadpool 2
  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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