Being a comedian can be a very serious business and most actors struggle not to get pigeon-holed in one type of role during their career. The late, great Gene Wilder had no problem staying outside the box during the course of his two-and-a-half-decade-long career, focusing on successful partnerships with other talented comedians in order to raise his game and deliver on some memorable roles. It is hard to pick out his best films and performances, which is why this list is extremely biased from my own point of view.

In no particular order, these are five of Gene Wilder's best films among a sea of originality and brilliance.

Young Frankenstein

In an era where Horror comedies were nearly unheard of, Gene Wilder partnered with Mel Brooks to give us a hilarious spoof of the age old story of Frankenstein. The movie featured epic performances from Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle, while the humor remains top of the line to this day. Young Frankenstein was definitely one of Wilder's best films, and it is also one of the best horror comedies ever made.

The Producers

A film about a failed Broadway show went on to become one of the biggest Broadway shows of all-time. Although Gene Wilder had played a minor part in Bonnie and Clyde, The Producers remains the true debut of this comedic genius, one that instantly introduced the world to one of the funniest actors to ever take center stage.

Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles is widely regarded as one of the funniest films of all-time, regularly topping lists around the world.

This western-comedy classic starred Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder in the lead rolesand ended up taking a dig at everything important in the 70's, including racism and sexism. Wilder delivered on an important performance in this film, and it ended up cementing a hugely successful partnership between him and Mel Brooks.

Start the revolution without me

Start the revolution without me is probably the most under-rated film starring Gene Wilder.

The story is set during the time of revolution in France, and it follows two peasants who are mistaken for swordsmen, as they are dragged into the midst of one of the most turbulent events of their time. It featured intelligent commentary about the nature of the French revolution, while also drawing from important literary works of its time to add more finesse and upscale humor.

Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory

Gene Wilder is probably most famous for his turn as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. The eccentric character demanded an actor with the range and skill level of Gene Wilder, and he delivered with near perfection.

Even as remakes of the popular story continue to be made, Wilder's take remains the definitive one to this day.

What was your favorite film featuring the legendary Gene Wilder?

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