'The Skeleton Twins' & 7 More Great Movie Collaborations From the Stars of 'SNL'

If your life's been lacking some dysfunctional family comedy, I have some good news: Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's new movie, The Skeleton Twins , opens Sept. 12. About a depressed twins who reunite after years part, the film won raves at Sundance and is already receiving great early reviews. Yet even if Twins didn't look so good, I'd probably still be dying to see it; as a general rule, when Saturday Night Live actors make movies together, the results are always worth seeing.

That said, "worth seeing" and "genuinely good" can sometimes be two very different things. For every Anchorman, a sharp, funny collaboration starring seven SNL alum, there's a Grown Ups 2, which is... Grown Ups 2. Hopefully, The Skeleton Twins will fall firmly into the first camp, and join these seven other great movies by SNL cast members.

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SNL cast: Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Chris Parnell, Fred Armisen, Jerry Minor, Laura Kightlinger, Ben Stiller

Why it’s great: One of the most SNL-filled comedies ever made is also one of the best. 10 years later, we’re still quoting every crazy, dirty, hilarious one-liner.

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SNL cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph

Why it’s great: It’s Bridesmaids. What more explanation do you need?

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'Wayne's World'

SNL cast: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Farley

Why it’s great: It made “that’s what she said,” “party on,” “not!” and a million other catchphrases a thing. And, I mean, it’s Wayne’s World.

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SNL cast: Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray

Why it’s great: Brilliant lead actors, dozens of one-liners, and the introduction of the cultural icon that is the Marshmallow Man. Ghostbusters is the best.

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'Baby Mama'

SNL cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Martin, Will Forte, Fred Armisen

Why it’s great: Sure, it’s not the best movie ever made, but try keeping a straight face every time Fey and Poehler are in a scene together. They’re just too good.

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SNL cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy

Why it’s great: It established Dreamworks, won an Oscar, and made every kid in America want a donkey as a best friend. Mediocre sequels aside, Shrek is perfection.

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'Mean Girls'

SNL cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer

Why it’s great: Burn books, hot dogs, toaster strudels, foot cream, Kalteen bars… you get the point. No SNL-collaboration list would be complete without the Queen Bee of them all, Mean Girls.

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