Top Will Ferrell Movies
There are actors out there that avoid getting type cast and then there’s Will Ferrell. This guy is clearly one-note in maybe 9 out of 10 movies, but boy does he embrace that note, even master it. Yes, I’ve said it, Will Ferrell is the master of one-note comedy and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Will Ferrell is in Casa De Mi Padre right now and while that’s a movie most of you won’t see (mainly thanks to the language barrier), the guy still has dozens of flicks under his belt that you have seen. So today we shall go through the top Will Ferrell movies based on his biggest box office hits in North America (where he is so much more popular), unadjusted for inflation.
10. Curious George (2006) $58.3 million – This is a hand-drawn animated flick based on a popular children’s book series. The film follows the adventures of George, a monkey, brought from Africa to a big city. Can’t say I’ve seen this, but I think at the very least young children might enjoy Curious George.
9. Bewitched (2005) $63.3 million – Based on the popular 60’s TV show, Bewitched is not a good movie. If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman you could give it a try, otherwise skip Bewitched.
8. Old School (2003) $75.5 million – One of the taglines of this film sounds something like this: “All the fun of college, none of the education”. Old School is about 3 guys that had enough of their lives, and decide to form a campus fraternity to recapture their collage glory years. Great comedy, see it.
7. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) $85.2 million – This is something of a classic among Will Ferrell fans and I can’t say I disagree. If you’re new to his brand of comedy, then Anchorman is the perfect film to start with. If you don’t like Ron Burgundy, most of the films on this list are not for you.
6. Step Brothers (2008) $100.4 million – Here Will Ferrell teams up with old buddy John C. Reilly for a stupid yet funny comedy about two men-children that become step brothers when their single parents decide to marry. I remember laughing so much when seeing it, so Step Brothers gets my vote.
5. Blades of Glory (2007) $118.6 million – This time we have Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as a pair of ice skaters. After an incident that sees them banned from men figure skating for life, they are forced to work together in order to form a male-male pair and retake their glory. It sounds stupid because it is, yet I can’t not recommend this.
4. The Other Guys (2010) $119.2 million – I already mentioned this in another top 10 so between then and now, not much has changed. This is still a good buddy cop comedy and you should see it.
3. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $148.2 million – My favorite Will Ferrell comedy, probably because I’m a fan of motorsports and this is about a NASCAR driver. Actually forget that, I love Talladega Nights for this scene in particular and if you haven’t seen the film yet, then shame on you. And yes, that’s Sasha Baron Cohen in the clip.
2. Megamind (2010) $148.4 million – Another animated flick here, this time one of them computer generated ones, 3D and all. I’m probably in the minority here but I enjoyed Megamind more than Despicable Me, maybe because I saw it first. Unfortunately it wasn’t nearly as popular as Despicable Me. Either way it’s a good animated flick that turns superheroes into baddies and baddies into superheroes.
1. Elf (2003) $173.4 million – This film right here took Will Ferrell to new heights, ones he hasn’t reached since. Elf is a great Christmas family movie and Will Ferrell is perfect as the human who believes himself to be an elf. Zooey Deschanel is absolutely gorgeous as the love interest.
Clearly I have a soft spot for the goofy Will Ferrell so naming a few other flicks that didn’t make this list, yet totally deserved, won’t be a problem. Now all 10 films above are comedies but actually Will Ferrell has done dramatic work too, stuff like the more recent Everything Must Go or Stranger than Fiction, the later being my favorite and probably his best role yet.
So what is your top Will Ferrell movie?