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Allen's character, standing in line to see a movie with Annie and listening to a man behind him deliver misinformed pontifications on the significance of Marshall McLuhan's work, leaves the line to speak to the camera directly. The man then steps out of the queue and speaks to the camera in his own defense, and Allen resolves the dispute by pulling McLuhan himself from behind a free-standing movie posterboard to tell the man that his interpretation is wrong.
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Clive Owen breaks this wall in the beginning of the film, giving him an omniscient persona.
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"Daffy Duck" who is tormented by a seemingly sadistic, initially unseen animator, who constantly changes Daffy's locations, clothing, voice, physical appearance and even shape. Pandemonium reigns throughout the cartoon as Daffy attempts to steer the action back to some kind of normality, only for the animator to either ignore him or, more frequently, to over-literally interpret his increasingly frantic demands.
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In one of the first well-known uses of the technique, Charlie Chaplin stops the movie and gives a heartfelt plea to the audience about the need to do something about Hitler and the growing threat of fascism.
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Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) speaks to the camera several times, and, at one point, rides his horse past a full orchestra playing the score for the movie. An old woman takes a break from being beaten by thugs to remark to the audience, "Have you ever seen such cruelty?" Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) asks rhetorical questions while looking into the camera, then says, "Why am I asking you?" Later Lamarr tells his group of henchmen, "You will only be risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor!" Near the end of the film, the characters leave the fictional realm of Rock Ridge and enter the actual Warner Bros. studio, literally breaking a wall in the process. One character, just before he punches the director of another film, shouts "Piss on you! I'm working for Mel Brooks!" When Lamarr tries to escape into a movie theater, the movie he watches turns out to be Blazing Saddles itself, and he sees that the hero is still on his trail.
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The single most genius use of the convention, this entire film is narrated by the protagonist (played by Robert Downey Jr.), who breaks the fourth wall almost every time he opens his mouth. He forgets to mention things, only to bring them up later while admonishing himself for telling the story wrong. One moment involves him resurrecting Abe Lincoln, Elvis, and the Easter Bunny, and the film ends with a videotaped apology by the main characters apologizing for swearing so much.
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Robert Hays, as Ted Stryker, looks into the camera and says "What a pisser." Also Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who plays the copilot, breaks character (within the script) to make a reference to his real career in basketball.
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At the end of the movie, when Bill and Ted (who barely know how to play guitar) are practicing with their band, "Wyld Stallyns", Rufus turns to the camera and says apologetically, "They do get better."
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During the end credits they show animated bloopers where characters screw up as if they were real actors.
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Igor looks into the camera several times, and even speaks entire lines to the audience.
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After seeing himself commit the same act on his television set, Max Renn (James Woods) gets on his knees, points a gun at his head, looks directly at the viewer and says the now infamous catchphrase "long live the new flesh." As soon as he pulls the trigger, the screen goes blank. Also, some characters (Renn included) will look straight into the camera sometimes.
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Henry Hill addresses the audience in the final courtroom scene.
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Breaking the fourth wall is when a character acknowledges their fictionality, by either indirectly or directly addressing the audience. Alternatively, they may interact with their creator (the author of the book, the director of the movie, the artist of the comic book, etc.). This is more akin to breaking one of the walls of the set, but the existence of a director implies the existence of an audience, so it's still indirectly Breaking The Fourth Wall. This trope is usually used for comedic purposes.

http://filmbabble.blogspot.com/2007/08/here-i-go-again-with-another-meta-movie.html
http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/series/BreakingTheFourthWall.php
http://www.film.com/features/story/breaking-fourth-wall-top-ten/29236923
http://www.artandpopularculture.com/List_of_films_that_break_the_fourth_wall

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Posted: 6 years, 12 months ago at Mar 1 12:05
I have added notes on the movies I have seen.
Posted: 6 years, 12 months ago at Mar 1 21:25
Just a tip for later: In the upcoming Deadpool movie, the titular protagonist will break the fourth wall as he does in the comics.
Posted: 6 years, 12 months ago at Mar 2 6:34
"Duck Amuck" is one of the greatest cartoons ever & my favorite example for breaking the 4th wall.

To add: Man on the Moon, Kuffs, The Science of Sleep, Wanted, Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different, High Fidelity, History of the World Part 1, Robin Hood Men in Tights, Kentucky Fried Movie, Layer Cake, and I think they broke the 4th wall in every Marx Bros. movie.
Posted: 6 years, 12 months ago at Mar 2 7:32
Great idea for a list!
Posted: 6 years, 12 months ago at Mar 2 12:54
You left out "Wanted", "Airplane!", "The Omen" (1976) and Freddy vs Jason.
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Mar 2 22:17
maybe u could add inspector gadget although it's pretty bad. :P Nostalgia critic approves ;)
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Mar 4 0:02
Easy A (2010) and Men at Work (1990) are a couple of other ones.
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Apr 18 17:03
i thought to make a similar list too, nice one ;)
i think you have to add "pirates of caribbean", but i don't remember which one XD (there is a pirate that look and talk at the camera)
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Apr 24 22:01
Hi, may I suggest Rango? :) For example, there are four narrator owls who talk to the audience in that animation.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Jul 14 17:34
wow thats quite a research :) great list! didnt know about breaking 4th wall term. :)
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Apr 23 18:15
I recommend Taste of Cherry. I asked about films that broke the fourth wall on Reddit, and you can find more movies for your list there.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Oct 22 7:21
Very cool list!
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Jul 3 4:00

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