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10 Best Carl Reiner Films

In celebration of the Nicest Man In Hollywood.

Warner Bros.

One doesn't have to go far to celebrate the work and life of Carl Reiner. Not only does so much of it live on and maintain the kind of timeless quality the best of 1960s mainstream culture, he also served as comedy's straight man. And as a the straight man, his job wasn't to deliver the joke so much as set it up. It's what made him an indelible part of the 2000-Year-Old-Man routine and also a perfect comedian's director. Carl helped solidify the comedic talents of friend Mel Brooks, Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin.

Only a handful of celebrities carry the moniker the nicest man in Hollywood, and fewer still live up to it, but research has yielded not a single negative thing about him.

And Reiner worked until the end, last appearing briefly in the closest you can get to a "himself" role in Toy Story 4, further cementing his mark on yet another generation of fans.

Surprisingly, for such a mult-faceted talent, Reiner only worked behind the camera on 15 films. True to his nature, several of them were vehicles intended to showcase someone else's talent. Few, fortunately, didn't succeed. He simply knew how to tap into what made certain comics and celebrities funny, then get the best from them.

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Kenny Hedges is carbon-based. So I suppose a simple top 5 in no order will do: Halloween, Crimes and Misdemeanors, L.A. Confidential, Billy Liar, Blow Out He has his own website - thefilmreal.com - and is always looking for new writers with differing views to broaden the discussion.