FOURTH WALL BREAKERS, RANKED

  1. 1.
    Alvy Singer, Annie Hall
    "Well, that's funny, because I happen to have Mr. McLuhan right here."
  2. 2.
    Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    "Incredible! One of the worst performances of my career and they never doubted it for a second."
  3. 3.
    "Jack," Fight Club
    "Tyler was a night person. He sometimes worked as a projectionist. A movie doesn't come in one big reel, it's on a few."
  4. 4.
    "Inspector End of Film," Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    "INSPECTOR END OF FILM: 'Move along. There's nothing to see! Keep moving!' Suddenly he notices the cameras. As the black maria drives away QUICK SHOT through window of all the KNIGHTS huddled inside. INSPECTOR END OF FILM (to Camera) 'All right, put that away sonny.' He walks over to it and puts his hand over the lens. The film runs out through the gate and the projector shines on the screen. There is a blank screen for some fifteen seconds.
  5. 5.
    Radio Raheem, Do the Right Thing
    "Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It's a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static."
  6. 6.
    Norman Bates, Psycho
    "Calmly, Norman places the blanket about his shoulders, as if it were a cashmere shawl. CAMERA REMAINS in a position so that our view of Norman is a FULL ONE. When the shawl is in position, and Norman is settled, we HEAR, OVER SHOT, the voice of his mother, coming from the calm of his thoughts."
  7. 7.
    Patrick Bateman, American Psycho
    "It is hard for me to make sense on any given level. My self is fabricated, an aberration. My personality is sketchy and unformed, my heartlessness goes deep and is persistent."
  8. 8.
    Frank Underwood, House of Cards
    "Francis looks up at us. The sound of CAR ALARM FADES. FRANCIS (CONT’D) (to the camera) ‘There are two kinds of pain. Good pain - the sort of pain that motivates, that makes you strong. Then there’s bad pain - useless pain, the sort of pain that’s only suffering. I welcome the former. I have no patience for the latter.’"
  9. 9.
    Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
    "Jay and silent Bob stand amidst a line of EXTRAS. Silent Bob looks O.C. goes wide-eyed, and pokes Jay, pointing O.C. Jay looks and sees-- A COLLEGE BAR set that looks like the College Bar from Good Will Hunting, complete with CLARK (the stuffy college jerk). MATT DAMON stands off to the side, loosening up for the scene. BEN AFFLECK calls to the O.C. DIRECTOR."
  10. 10.
    The cast of The Office
    SIPPEY (to the camera): "Every mockumentary that's come since has aped The Office. They all do it so well on this show but if @bjnovak put a gun to my head and told me to pick just one I'd probably say 'YOU! IT WAS YOU, OK! JESUS PUT THE FUCKING GUN AWAY,' when really I'd be thinking about Daryl."