Albert Brooks – American Film Institute
PRIVATE BENJAMIN film still of Goldie Hawn


Starring the effervescent Goldie Hawn as a sheltered socialite whose enlistment into the United States Army becomes a hilarious comedy of errors, PRIVATE BENJAMIN (1980) was named by the American Film Institute among the funniest films of all time. The film’s production design was by AFI Honorary Degree recipient Robert Boyle. Visit the AFI Catalog...
DEFENDING YOUR LIFE film still ofMeryl Streep and Albert Brooks


From writer, director and star Albert Brooks, DEFENDING YOUR LIFE (1991) is an inspired comedy set in a waystation between our world and the next, where the recently deceased examine the choices they’ve made. Co-starring AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep, the film also features honoree Shirley MacLaine in a cameo role – as...
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TAXI DRIVER (1976) – AFI Movie Club

Appearing on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest American films of all time, as well as among the greatest screen villains, movie quotes and thrills – TAXI DRIVER (1976) features iconic work from two AFI Life Achievement Award honorees, director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro, in addition to a touchstone screenplay from...
Out of Sight Film Still - Jennifer Lopez

OUT OF SIGHT (1998) – AFI Movie Club

Equal parts romance, crime and comedy, director Steven Soderbergh’s OUT OF SIGHT (1998) features an all-star cast that includes Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Albert Brooks and Dennis Farina – anchored by the dazzling chemistry of its two central stars, Jennifer Lopez and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree George Clooney. The film was written by AFI...
Broadcast News Film Still - Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks

BROADCAST NEWS (1987) – AFI Movie Club

Written, produced and directed by AFI Trustee and AFI Conservatory Artistic Director James L. Brooks and starring Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks, BROADCAST NEWS (1987) earned a place among AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS, the American Film Institute’s ranking of the funniest films in the history of the American art form. Learn more about...