Actor and writer Bill Hader has employed his love for the craft of filmmaking throughout his career. Frequent references to classic features and film tropes appear in his penned episodes of South Park and the actor even took a stab at portraying There Will Be Blood‘s Daniel Plainview on Saturday Night Live.

The first insight into Hader’s love of cinema came with his trip to the Criterion vaults a few years back. He selected titles like Fellini‘s Amarcord and Obayashi‘s House (he also donned a t-shirt from the film). Here, he deemed Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom a great date movie. Next, Hader found residency at Turner Classic Movies hosting a popular series known as Essentials Jr. His selections included canon comedy titles from Chaplin to Hawks but also championed lesser known works like the terrific comedy Ruggles of Red Gap starring Charles Laughton

Hader’s most recent foray into cinema can be found in Mike Sacks‘ new book “Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s top Comedy Writers.” The book includes segments from talents such as Mel Brooks, Amy Poehler, and Patton Oswalt. For his segment, Hader lists 200 films he has deemed essential to every comedy writer.

It’s an eclectic assortment featuring Schizopolis and Zero for ConductSifting through these titles is an interesting experience; it’s easy to see how something like Wet Hot American Summer or Waiting for Guffman have informed the larger comedy world Hader is part of, but the other featured films would be beneficial to any student of film. There are also uncontested masterpieces from Altman and Godard that don’t exactly scream funny.

Explore the full list below (via xojane) and watch Hader pick his Criterion titles. He can next be found in the upcoming indie from Craig Johnson, The Skeleton Twins with Kristen Wiig (our review), as well as The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and a pair of Pixar titles: The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out. Get a better glimpse of his cinephilia below with list, along with a recent 2.5-hour conversation on Kevin Pollak‘s show.

9 to 5 (1980)
1941 (1979)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
After Hours (1985)
Airplane! (1980)
Amarcord (1973)
American Graffiti (1973)
An American in Paris (1951)
Animal Crackers (1930)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Apartment (1960)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Bananas (1971)
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Barton Fink (1991)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Being There (1979)
Best in Show (2000)
Better Off Dead (1985)
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Birdcage (1996)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
Brazil (1985)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
The ‘Burbs (1989)
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Caddyshack (1980)
Catch-22 (1970)
The Circus (1928)
City Lights (1931)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
The Cocoanuts (1929)
Coming to America (1988)
The Court Jester (1956)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Dames (1934)
A Day at the Races (1937)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Design for Living (1933)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Down by Law (1986)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Duck Soup (1933)
Ed Wood (1994)
Election (1999)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Fargo (1996)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The Firemen’s Ball (1967)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The Foot Fist Way (2006)
The Fortune (1975)
Four Lions (2010)
Gates of Heaven (1978)
The General (1926)
Get Shorty (1995)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Good Morning (1959)
The Goonies (1985)
The Graduate (1967)
Grand Illusion (1937)
The Great Race (1965)
The Groove Tube (1974)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Horse Feathers (1932)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
I Vitelloni (1953)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
The Incredibles (2004)
It Happened One Night (1934)
It’s a Gift (1934)
It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)
The Jerk (1979)
Jules and Jim (1962)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
L’Atalante (1934)
The Ladykillers (1955)
The Last Detail (1973)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Let It Ride (1989)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Little Murders (1971)
Lolita (1962)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Lost in America (1985)
Love and Death (1975)
Loves of a Blonde (1965)
M*A*S*H (1970)
The Man in the White Suit (1951)
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
The Merry Widow (1934)
Midnight Run (1988)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)
Modern Romance (1981)
Mon Oncle (1958)
Monkey Business (1931)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)
Mr. Mom (1983)
Mystery Train (1989)
The Naked Gun (1988)
Nashville (1975)
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Noises Off (1992)
One, Two, Three (1961)
Orgazmo (1997)
Our Hospitality (1923)
Out of Sight (1998)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Parenthood (1989)
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Play Time (1967)
The Player (1992)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Producers (1968)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Radio Days (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Real Life (1979)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Rushmore (1998)
Safe Men (1998)
Salesman (1968)
Schizopolis (1996)
A Serious Man (2009)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Shoot the Pianist (1960)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Short Cuts (1993)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Songs from the Second Floor (2000)
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Stripes (1981)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Team America: World Police (2004)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Three Amigos! (1986)
Time Bandits (1981)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Trading Places (1983)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Twentieth Century (1934)
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
Up (2009)
Used Cars (1980)
Vernon, Florida (1981)
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
A Wedding (1978)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
What’s Up Tiger Lily? (1966)
The White Sheik (1952)
Withnail and I (1987)
You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939)
You Can’t Take It with You (1938)
You the Living (2007)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Zelig (1983)
Zero for Conduct (1933)

What do you think of the list and the conversation? How many have you seen?

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