Top 10: Jim Carrey Movies

LeTune July 28, 2010 21

Jim Carrey has seen many box office hits over his career. Here’s a look at the ten best, based on a combination of box office revenue and response from both critics and audiences.

1. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

The first Ace Ventura is the movie that made Jim Carrey a huge star. It grossed $72 million, but had a lower budget. It has a strong 6.6 rating on IMDB and Carrey received good reviews for his performance as the bumbling pet detective assigned to rescue the Miami mascot before the Super Bowl. The sequel made more money than the original, but didn’t receive the same warm reception. The first Ace Ventura still appears on TV many times today, and is responsible for much of Carrey’s career.

2. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

This Jim Carrey hit grossed $127 million in 1994, a big chunk of money. It also scored a 7.2 on IMDB among its favorable reviews from critics. The movie is a fixture on cable television to this day, cementing its legacy as one of Carrey’s most popular movies. It also spawned a TV series and a spin-off.

3. Bruce Almighty (2003)

This is Carrey’s second highest grossing leading role, pulling in $242 million at the domestic box office. Carrey plays a struggling weatherman in Buffalo who is given the chance to play God. The supporting cast includes Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Aniston. It was a huge hit that spawned a sequel, though Carrey did not appear in that. It also received a large number of positive reviews from critics and a 6.6 on IMDB.

4. The Truman Show (1998)

Carrey entered more dramatic territory with this Peter Weir film about a man who is unaware that his whole life is a reality show. It was a highly original film that grossed $125 million at the box office. It has an 8.0 rating on IMDB puts in the Top 250 on that site. Carrey received a lot of praise for his performance in the film.

5. Liar, Liar (1997)

Prior to Liar, Liar in 1997, Jim Carrey had a couple of flops and his start was thought to be fading. Reuniting with director Tom Shadyac, Carrey played a lawyer who can only tell the truth for 24 hours. It grossed $181 million and produced solid critical and audience responses. It also restored Carrey as a box office star.

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

This was a truly unique vehicle for Carrey. Though its box office success falls short of most Carrey movies, it is arguably the most favorably reviewed movie on his resume. It has an 8.5 rating on IMDB, landing it in the top 60 movies. It also gave Carrey credibility as a purely dramatic actor. Dealing with erasing bad memories from the mind, it’s one of the more original movies of the decade.

7. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This is Carrey’s highest grossing movie, pulling in $260 million domestic. It received modest reviews, but became a popular holiday hit. It was directed by Ron Howard.

8. The Mask (1994)

No Jim Carrey movie list is complete without this comedy masterpiece. Box office earnings and ratings aside The Mask is a definite favorite of mine, along with 71,575 voters on IMDB. If this list was made based on humor genius alone, The Mask would top this list. Hands down.

9. Horton Hears A Who (2008)

Jim Carrey provided the starring voice in this hit from the Dr. Seuss library. It was a box office, critical, and audience success that has seen great sales on DVD as well.

10. Yes Man (2008)

Jim Carrey plays a man who makes a life changing decision to say yes to everything. It grossed a modest $97 million by Carrey comedy standards, but received positive reviews and a solid 7.0 rating on IMDB.


  1. What? August 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm -

    Seriously, anyone who DOES NOT PUT ACE VENTURA Number 1 is INSANE. Then, number 2 is Dumb and Dumber, and number 3 The Mask. 4. is Ace 2, and 5 is Eternal Sunshine. Then, there’s a huge drop off to Bruce Almighty and Yes Man… Wow. Is this guy crazy?

    • Alex October 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm -

      Are you kidding? This guy has the order perfect!

  2. articles September 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm -

    Love “The Mask” I can see it over and over :) but almost all the movies of Jim Carrey are awsome!

  3. amit v shukla October 2, 2010 at 6:23 am -

    Dear Jim,

    I cannot limit by saying that i like your movies this much or that much only ,but only I can say is that you are the only person who can make laugh the crying person.I saw first you as Major Nelson in the daily soap ” THE DREAM OF JINEE”. to till date. I cannot stop appreceating you. If could read my comments and reply i would understand the greatest award won by me

    Hatts off Jim

    Amit ( India)

  4. blup November 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm -

    This list is a joke…. It’s an appalling list.

    There are a few in the right place but a couple of decent movies are missing.

    Me, Myself & Irene
    The Cable Guy

    • Scottytreez March 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm -

      Completely Agree…..

      Truman Show?! Horton Hears a Who?!

      The Mask should be higher.

      Pull it together Kurt Greiger, c’mon

  5. john November 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm -

    What about “A series of unfortunate events” This would have to be one of Carreys top 3

  6. Melly November 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm -

    My favorite was definatley Truman Show (I mean come on can you image finding out your whole life was a t.v. show, way creepy and I thought he played it really way) Plus it made you think but w/o losing the funny. And I really want to see Liar Liar, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Yes Man. They sound good!

    • Rajeev January 28, 2011 at 5:34 am -

      i am agree with u but must see his dumb and dumber

  7. kart January 28, 2011 at 12:07 am -

    Jim Carrey Movies Are Great Comedy.

    I Love All The Movies.

  8. Rajeev January 28, 2011 at 5:21 am -

    jim cary is my favorite i am great fan of him i can’t hear against him. i have seen most of his movies

  9. Jignesh March 2, 2011 at 2:57 am -

    He is best comedian in the world. I love his movies.

  10. gavdaddy June 7, 2011 at 1:28 am -

    What about 23 n dumb n dumber hands down number one and cable guy was amazing a lot deeper comedy but amazing

  11. Masoud June 23, 2011 at 7:33 am -

    I think the first movie is Eternal sunshine showing the capabilities of Jim carry to play serious movies beside comedy genre. I think, since 2000s he is ruling the roast in comedy. Good gestures make him so successful.

  12. Cecil richardson September 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm -

    ita a great list i love all of them.

  13. Judith February 5, 2012 at 3:22 am -

    Jim Carrey best acting in no specific order:
    The Ridler (in Batman)
    The Truman Show
    The Mask
    Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind
    Man on the Moon
    The Majestic
    The Number 23
    (I will watch the cable guy next…)

    He is an intelligent actor. He should keep doing intelligent movies.

  14. seo company philippines May 1, 2012 at 3:54 am -

    I wanted to go on a Jim Carrey marathon. Can’t do that without this. Thanks a bunch!

  15. sai venkat May 23, 2012 at 8:19 am -

    according to me the movies are
    1.dumb and dumber
    2.ace ventura pet detective (both one and two parts)
    3.the mask,myself and irene
    5.bruce almighty

  16. Gavin July 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm -

    Bruce Almighty better than The Truman Show or Eternal Sunshine?! Huh?

    • Gavin July 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm -

      it is your opinion though :)

  17. Joseph February 5, 2013 at 11:43 am -

    This list makes me so angry…

    Top 10: Jim Carrey Movies

    1. The Truman Show (8.5/10)
    2. Man on the Moon
    3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    4. Dumb and Dumber (7.5/10)
    5. The Majestic (7/!0)
    6. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (6.5/10)
    7. The Cable Guy
    8. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (6/10)
    9. The Number 23
    10. The Mask (5/10)

    The top three are far and away his best work.