Will Ferrell is known for a lot of things. Whether it be his big start on Saturday Night Live, taking his shirt off in seemingly every single movie he’s ever made, or his acting prowess. This article is going to focus on the latter of these. Here’s the top 7 movies that Will Ferrell has ever starred in.
7. Blades of Glory, 2007
Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) hate each other. Because of this hatred, they fight on stage after receiving their medals at the World Winter Sport Games, and are forever banned from singles ice skating. They must overcome their detest, and band together so that the team of Michaels and MacElroy can compete.
6. Elf, 2003
Santa delivers presents, as he does every year. This year, however, a baby climbs into his presents sack, and Santa unknowingly takes him back to the North Pole with him. The boy, whom they name Buddy, is then raised by Papa Elf. All the while, Buddy doesn’t realize that he is actually a human child, rather than his elf friends, and a whole different kind of diversity breaks out when someone finally tells him the truth. The movie is about Buddy’s return to the real world, and his attempt to fit in, in a world that doesn’t want him back.
5. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, 2006
Ricky Bobby (Ferrell), the winningest driver of his time, lives by one motto and one motto only: “If you’re not first, you’re last.” He and his best friend and teammate, Cal (John C. Reilly), either finish one-two in every race, or crash trying. After one devastating crash, however, Ricky Bobby is hospitalized and is forced to reacquire his love for racing, with the help of his old, drunk father.
4.The Producers, 2005
Mel Brooks’ first movie since Dracula: Dead and Loving It, The Producers is a remake of a 1968 rendition of the same name, also written by Mel Brooks. Will Ferrell plays former Nazi, Franz Liebkind. The movie spins off of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as well as making fun of wartime movies and situations.
3. Step Brothers, 2008
Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite in a movie perhaps twice as funny as their performance previous to it. Step Brothers pits two middle-aged men that still live with their aging single parents. When their parents decide to marry, the two must learn to coexist. The movie follows their hilarious interaction.
2. Stranger than Fiction, 2006
The only non-comedy to make this list, Stranger than Fiction is a movie about IRS auditor, Harold Crick (Ferrell). His entire life is run by the watch on his wrist until he hears a voice that sounds like someone narrating his life. When he resets his watch, the voice makes a comment that scares him and he seeks professional help. Per the advice of Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), Crick seeks to find out if his life is a comedy, or a tragedy.
1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, 2004
Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) is the one you look up to if you’re an anchorman in the ’70s. Finishing number one in countless consecutive polls, the Channel Four News Team kicks butt and takes names, literally. With a comedic cast of Steve Carell, Fred Willard, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd, accompanied by a slew of hilarious cameos, Anchorman will have you laughing from the moment you begin until the hilarious and redemptive ending.
Honorable Mentions: Semi Pro 2008, Kicking and Screaming 2005, Night at the Roxbury, 1999
Though Ferrell was a part of other, bigger blockbuster hits such as two Austin Powers movies and Starsky and Hutch, this list focuses more on the films in which he starred.