8. 'The Producers'
Like Orson Welles with Citizen Kane, Mel Brooks moved into film after dabbling in theater and created a debut movie that polarized critics at first but is now seen as an absolute masterpiece. The Producers is the story of a struggling Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) who conspires with his accountant (Gene Wilder) to create the biggest flop of all time and oversell shares in it so they can emerge rich once it closes in an instant. The play, Springtime for Hitler, turns into a surprise hit and totally ruins their plans. Having fun with the Third Reich is always tricky, but nobody can pull it off like Mel Brooks. A musical adaptation opened on Broadway in 2001 and shattered records for ticket sales, and earning raves for its co-stars, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, as well as winning 12 Tony Awards.