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Top 10 Best Will Ferrell Movies Collection: You Must See

John William Ferrell is an actor, comedian, producer, and writer from the United States. He rose to prominence in the mid-1990s as a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, where he appeared from 1995 to 2002 and has since appeared in films such as Elf (2003), Kicking & Screaming (2005), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Semi-Pro (2008), and Land of the Lost (2009).

In 2007, he and his writing partner Adam McKay created the humor website Funny or Die. Other noteworthy film roles include Curious George (2006) and Megamind (2018), as well as the animated flicks The Other Guys (2010), The Campaign (2012), Get Hard (2015), Holmes & Watson (2018), and The Campaign (2012).

Ferrell is part of the "Frat Pack," a group of prominent Hollywood comedic performers who rose to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and the Wilson brothers, Owen and Luke.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on Saturday Night Live, as well as three Golden Globe Awards for his roles in The Producers (2005) and Stranger than Fiction (2006), as well as producing Vice (2018). In the British GQ Men of the Year awards, he was also voted the finest comic of 2015. On March 24, 2015, Ferrell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on Saturday Night Live, as well as three Golden Globe Awards for his roles in The Producers (2005) and Stranger than Fiction (2006), as well as producing Vice (2018). In the British GQ Men of the Year awards, he was also voted the finest comic of 2015. On March 24, 2015, Ferrell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on Saturday Night Live, as well as three Golden Globe Awards for his roles in The Producers (2005) and Stranger than Fiction (2006), as well as producing Vice (2018). In the British GQ Men of the Year awards, he was also voted the finest comic of 2015. On March 24, 2015, Ferrell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Wedding Crashers (2005)

A little Will Ferrell goes a long way in David Dobkin's 2005 blockbuster Wedding Crashers, which featured the comedian as Vince Vaughn's erstwhile wedding crashing instructor Chazz Reinhold in the third act. Chazz is shown as a 40-something guy who still lives with his mother and has been reduced to attending funerals to pick up women, wearing a red silk kimono that reveals his strong chest hair.

Ferrell shines in the plum role, which is more than a cameo but not quite a supporting role. Chazz brags about his adventures and yells at his mother for meatloaf, and you can't help but chuckle watching Ferrell play the scene-stealer. Wedding Crashers' success helped resurrect the popularity of R-rated comedy about male camaraderie, so we can thank it for films like The Hangover, Pineapple Express, and 21 Jump Street.

Semi-Pro (2008)

With the release of Semi-Pro in early 2008, Will Ferrell delivered us one of his worst greatest films. The film follows one-hit wonder Jackie Moon (Ferrell) as he acquires a nascent American Basketball Association when the league merges with the National Basketball Association. Moon tries to make his way to the successful end of the merger via a confusing and idiotic sequence of events. The sequel, like the team depicted throughout, is a catastrophe.

I watched this movie when it first came out more than a decade ago, and the poker scene, which begins with Ferrell and company exchanging light insults until the tide changes when one character labels another a "jive turkey," is still one of my favorites. What follows is one of Will Ferrell's most funny and stressful scenes in his career. It's just a pity the rest of the movie wasn't as entertaining as this one moment.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Marc Forster's brilliant 2006 picture has to be on our list, according to my Collider colleagues, since it was Ferrell's first major dramatic performance, and he was cast alongside Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Ferrell portrays Harold Crick, an IRS employee who starts hearing a voice that recounts his whole life in real time, positioning him as the protagonist of a book that culminates with his dying, something he frantically wants to avoid. Hoffman portrays the literary expert who assists Ferrell's protagonist in making sense of what's going on, while Maggie Gyllenhaal portrays Ferrell's love interest.

Forster directs Zach Helm's clever screenplay with a light touch, and Ferrell gives a restrained performance that, like the picture itself, is built on the small things we frequently overlook. Sure, Ferrell's casting is a bit odd, but his performance is honest and genuine, and he manages to make us cheer for an IRS employee a near-impossible accomplishment in and of itself, worthy of placement on this holy list.

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

On a wet Saturday afternoon, Kicking & Screaming is one of those movies you watch because you can't reach the remote to change the station. Sure, it's entertaining, but it doesn't make it a great or even excellent film. Between Anchorman and Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell produced a few terrible and forgettable films, and this is one of them. Bewitched, the other, wasn't even worth including on this list. It's terrible, so terrible that we didn't realize it existed until we went through Ferrell's career.

Phil Weston, played by Ferrell, is an ordinary guy coping with the mental and physical wounds left by his overbearing father, Buck Weston (Robert Duvall). Phil believed that as an adult, he would be free of his father's torture, but when his father used his own grandson as a bench warmer on his young soccer team, Phil coached his own squad, which includes his son.

The Other Guys (2010)

With the 2010 buddy police picture The Other Guys, Will Ferrell extended his impressive run of box office successes. The film, which co-stars Mark Wahlberg, recounts the tale of two New York City detectives from diverse backgrounds and personalities who are compelled to work together to discover a huge financial scheme.

The Other Guys performed well at the box office, grossing over $170 million worldwide, but it's one of the Will Ferrell films that many of us overlook when considering his most memorable performances. Throughout much of the film, Ferrell's character, Detective Allen "Gator" Gamble, is portrayed as a mild-mannered and inexperienced forensic accountant who fumbles through procedural police duties while on the beat, but when Wahlberg's Detective Terry Hoitz tries to calm him down by comparing himself to a lion and Gamble to a tuna, he drops all niceties. In one of the film's most amusing moments, Gamble immediately flips the situation around and describes (in great detail) the extent to which he would go to fight, kill, and devour the lion.

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

I've adored Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back since I was 17 years old, thus this was the "one for me" option. Ferrell portrays Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly, who claims authority over an escaped orangutan and conducts a search for "the world's two most dangerous men." Kevin Smith's screenplay has a humorous appeal to it, particularly during the major standoff sequence between our two heroes and law enforcement, and Ferrell sells the tone wonderfully with Judd Nelson's help. We see how ridiculous it is for Marshal Willenholly to misinterpret an orangutan for a little kid, yet we accept it due to Ferrell's performance.

Willenholly is then victimized by a lighthearted tribute to The Fugitive before going to Hollywood to locate the lost monkey and get the evil guys. who turn out not to be men at all. Then everyone heads to Morris Day and the Time's party. If that isn't enough of an incentive to see this film, which was released a month before Zoolander, I don't know what is, but Ferrell's moments with then-Daily Show host Jon Stewart may be worth the price of admission on their own.

Zoolander (2001)

The only reason Zoolander isn't higher on our list is because it doesn't devote enough time to Will Ferrell's devious Jacobim Mugatu and his plot to have Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) murder Malaysia's prime minister.

When Ferrell co-starred in this Ben Still-directed film satirizing the modeling industry, he was still in the midst of his run on Saturday Night Live. Ferrell's short screen time in this feature picture shows that he would eventually become a comic superstar, and even before he was delivering us memorable line after memorable line in his leading parts, he still offered us the famous "I feel like I'm on crazy drugs" remark.

The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have excellent chemistry in The Other Guys and Daddy's Home, but they're hardly a screen couple for the ages. Ferrell and John C. Reilly are the actors who originally joined together in the NASCAR classic Shake and Bake.

Ricky Bobby is played by Will Ferrell, who grew up dreaming of one thing: racing, just like his father (Gary Cole), who taught him that "if you ain't first, you're last." Ricky has become a capable racecar driver over the years, particularly when partnered with his closest buddy, Cal (Reilly). All bets are off when a French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen) joins the squad, and Ricky Bobby must battle to reclaim all he has lost, including his relationship with Cal.

In Talladega Nights, it's more essential to race well than it is to finish first, particularly in the eyes of your family. Particularly if your boys' names are Walker and Texas Ranger. Ferrell shines as an arrogant jerk who pisses greatness every morning but still has no idea what to do with his hands when he's on camera. I'd want to see the Magic Man and El Diablo ride one more, and if Jesus, Allah, or my Jewish God can't assist me with that simple request, I'll have to appeal to Tom Cruise himself.

Step Brothers (2008)

Released two years after Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly teamed up for some “Shake and Bake” action in Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, the comedy duo returned to the silver screen with another summer hit with 2008’s Step Brothers.

If you thought a movie centered around two grown men who live at home after their parents get married to one another would be more toned down than Talladega Nights, then you would be mistaken. This movie is insane while not really making any sense at the same time.

Most of the scenes in this film seem like Ferrell and Reilly were just playing off one another in a manic improv exercise and for the most part, it works out. The drum scene, the “did we just become best friends” moment, and the entire music video reveal are just three of the scenes that stick out the most in this regard.

Elf (2003)

All I want to do is smile. Smiling is one of my favorite things to do. And this seasonal classic will put a grin on your face and offer you the sort of festive embrace that makes your tongue expand. Buddy, a human who was adopted and nurtured by Santa's elves, is played by Will Ferrell. When he finds out that his biological father (a grumpy James Caan) is in New York City, he sets out to see him while spreading Christmas joy in a cynical society.

The Elf was initially conceived as a much darker production starring Jim Carrey, but director Jon Favreau imbues the proceedings with a sense of warmth, with Ferrell playing the red-hot yule log on which the whole film burns. Zooey Deschanel is a wonderful love interest for Buddy, while Ed Asner's Santa and Bob Newhart's Papa Elf will always be favorites of mine.

Ferrel improvised the song he sings in the midst of Santaland at Gimbels, and in Elf, Favreau utilized force perspective to make Buddy seem even larger in comparison to the other elves, highlighting the actor's stature. Many of you are enamored with Elf and don't care who knows it. It's simply good to know there are others that like elf culture as much as I do.

Unfortunately, there will be no sequel to Anchorman, Zoolander, or Daddy's Home, and the same can be said for Old School and Step Brothers, which may be a good thing considering the sequels to Anchorman, Zoolander, and Daddy's Home.

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