Owen Cunningham Wilson is a comedy actor, writer, and producer who is well-known for his performances in a series of standout comedies. Born in Dallas to Irish-American parents, the Shanghai Noon actor grew up in Texas. Wilson teamed up with his friend Wes Anderson to write the screenplay of Bottle Rocket (1996). The offbeat comedy won the praises of the critics and paved the way for him to enter Hollywood.
Since then, he has been entertaining us with some of the smashing Hollywood comedies that we almost know by heart! Throughout his career, he has stunned the audience with his diverse acting skills and created some iconic moments across different genres.
If you are looking for some solid comedies, here’s a list of the seven films of Owen Wilson, that will always make you laugh!
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Woody Allen’s 2011 romance fantasy, Midnight in Paris won the Academy Awards for original screenplay. The blockbuster film provided Owen Wilson one of the most promising roles of his career. If you haven’t watched this film yet, you should include it in your watchlist for the mood and aura it creates in Paris!
Marley & Me (2008)
Marley & Me is a hilarious ride of a happily married couple whose entire life becomes topsy-turvy when they adopt a cute puppy, Marley. The adorable puppy teaches the family important lessons of life. Directed by David Frankel, the comedy-drama is based on John Grogan’s memoir of the same name.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Unlike the popular mainstream comedies, The Darjeeling Limited is a witty film, arguably one of the mature works of Wes Anderson. After their father’s death, three brothers who are not on talking terms with each other are forced to come together and introspect their lives. Along with Owen Wilson, the characters of Jason Schwartz and Adrien Brody make the film memorable.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Wedding Crashers is a popular romantic comedy, which follows a simple, yet unpredictable plot. Owen Wilson (John Beckwith) teams up with Vince Vaughn (Jeremy Grey) to crash weddings, and enjoy with women. They stick to their plans until Wilson’s character falls in love with Rachel McAdams (Claire Cleary), a bridesmaid at the wedding.
Shanghai Noon (2003)
Shanghai Noon is an action-comedy, where Jackie Chan (Chon Wang) and Owen Wilson (Roy O’Bannon) join hands to save Princess Pei Pei, played by Lucy Liu. In the film, Jackie Chan entertains us with his charm and aesthetics, Wilson’s American accent makes it hilarious! If you love stunts and adventure, you cannot miss this film.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson have co-written the comedy-drama, The Royal Tenenbaums. A sweet family of three siblings, who are distant from each other overcome their past traumas, and reunite. The film won a series of awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Golden Trailer Award for Best Comedy, and others for its music, costume, and screenplay making it one of the best works of the duo.
Meet The Parents (2000)
Directed by Jay Roach, Meet the Parents is a remake of a 1992 comedy of the same name. It deals with the premise of uncomfortable meetings with the potential in-laws. The film has embarrassing and awkward moments, which cracks up the audience, with stellar performances by Ben Stiller (Greg Focker) and Robert De Niro (Jack Byrnes). In the film, Owen Wilson (Kevin) plays the multi-millionaire ex-fiancee of Greg’s girlfriend Pam, played by Teri Polo.
From Indie classics to animated hits and blockbuster comedies-Owen Wilson has everything to his credit, that makes him a Hollywood legend. Despite his tumulous personal life, the No Escape actor has been delivering constant hits. He never let his relationship dramas take over his professional life.
However, many people consider him lucky because he had to audition for one film in his life, and the rest of them have been handed over to him. Needless to say, his recurring appearances in Wes Anderson’s films and the duo working together has helped both of them to flourish with some of the popular films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox, She’s Funny That Way, etc.