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The King of Comedy
A legend in his own mind, Rupert Pupkin is so pathetic it's easy to forget that he's really Robert De Niro, putting in another amazing performance, this time as an intensely delusional would-be comic who kidnaps his idol. Despite a small cult following, this slapstick commentary on celebrity and obsession may be one of Scorsese's most overlooked films. In addition to De Niro, it features fantastic performances by Sandra Bernhard and, in a straight role, Jerry Lewis.