Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: No one ever needs an excuse to watch the great Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day. But as far as excuses go, celebrating every February 2nd with a rewatch of this classic is a perfectly fine life choice, and we totally support that.
So if you’ve got some extra time on your hands this weekend, here we have Groundhog Day and 10 more Bill Murray films you should watch immediately:
The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man
Release Date: 2018
Director: Tommy Avallone
Starring: Bill Murray
Rating: 94% RT, 7.1/10 IMDb
Bill Murray isn’t just a movie star, he’s a legend. If you haven’t seen this documentary about the laissez-faire way he lives his life, then you’re in for a real treat.
This HBO miniseries from 2014 cast Murray in a smaller supporting role, but that is no reason to discount it. Through the course of 25 years, Olive sees her sleepy New England hometown for the tragic reality that it is.
Isle of Dogs
Type: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Animation
Release Date: 2018
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Bill Murray
Rating: 78% RT, 7.5/10 IMDb
Wes Anderson’s latest film allows Murray to flex his voice-acting muscles once again. This time, he plays a member of a group of wayward pups attempting to help the young pilot, Atari Kobayashi, to find his missing dog.
This forgotten 1990 comedy is Bill Murray’s one and only directing credit. With a career as long as his, that fact is surprising. Especially because this crime caper is totally hilarious. Maybe in his golden years, Murray will return to directing? (With his continued acting success though, we seriously doubt it.)
Type: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Family
Release Date: 1984
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Rating: 97% RT, 7.8/10 IMDb
Wes Anderson is not the only director that found a muse in Bill Murray. Director Ivan Reitman happens to be the director of many of Murray’s early hits, not the least of which is 1984’s fan-favorite Ghostbusters.
While Murray has starred in more Wes Anderson movies than we can count, Rushmore is probably the one that single-handedly changed his career.
Speaking of career-changers, Lost in Translation is a sleepy Sofia Coppola drama which allowed Murray to show off his more dramatic side while starring opposite Scarlett Johansson.
This 1980s adaptation of Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, finds Murray battling ghosts yet again. This time, the ghosts come in the form of the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas future.
Hot off of SNL, Bill Murray jumped into movie stardom with this Ivan Reitman project as down-on-his-luck army recruit John Winger. Though this film is nearly 40 years old, the humor is no less side-splitting.
Starring alongside Melissa McCarthy in this 2014 dramedy, Murray plays a curmudgeonly old retiree who winds up babysitting his neighbor’s son. This sweet film is elevated from mediocre status by the caliber of the performances.
This early-nineties Bill Murray flick is undoubtedly the reason you’re all here, and is one of the only films in Murray’s career that has reached cult status. The beautiful thing about this movie is that it never gets old, despite the fact that it’s about a grumpy weatherman who is forced to live the same day over and over.