Blazing Saddles (1974)
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Mongo only pawn in the game of life...
"where them white women at!" scene is classic :D
With Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks broke new ground (and new wind), calibrating a tone that allows audiences to laugh at aberrant racism, punching up, now down, and it's perhaps a mark against how little attitudes towards race have evolved in the past 50 years that it still feels edgy and relevant. It might not have worked without charming performances from Cleavon Little as Black Bart, the West's first and only black sheriff, and the fallen Waco Kid played by Gene Wylder who, along with Madeline Kahn's German showgirl, I find a lot more interesting than the buffoonish villains. And despite the anachronisms, slapstick, metatextual humor, and scenes right out of Looney Toons (Bart is nothing if not Bugs Bunny in this), it's got a fun story you want to follow and that sends up westerns without feeling overly familiar. It stands up.
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This movie ranks #6 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
This movie ranks #20 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #30 in IMDb's Western Top 50
This movie ranks #40 in Geoff King's Film Comedy
This movie ranks #56 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #72 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #88 in Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century
This movie ranks #96 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #109 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #115 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #208 in Reddit Top 250
This movie ranks #462 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #578 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #823 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films