Will Ferrel Movies

Tuesday, April 19 by Joshua Wade

Characterized by hilarious comedy classics as well as heartwarming romantic dramas, these Will Ferrell movies encompass the impressive range and talent of one of today’s most beloved comedic actors. From more dramatic roles in “Melinda and Melinda” and “Winter Passing” to his well known comedic performances in “Old School” and “Zoolander” these films are some of Ferrell’s absolute best and are only the beginning of what is proving to be an illustrious career.

  1. “Winter Passing”. This Indie gem about a struggling young actress who returns home to visit her reclusive writer father stars Ferrell in one of his best roles as Corbit, an idiosyncratic musician who takes up residence in her father’s home. One of Ferrell’s more dramatic roles, the film features impressive performances by Zooey Deschanel and Ed Harris, as well as British actress Amelia Warner.
  2. “Stranger Than Fiction”. One of the best Will Ferrell movies of the past decade, this romantic comedy stars Ferrell as Harold Crick, a tax official who begins to hear a voice narrating his life. The film delivers stunning performances by Ferrell and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, backed by a powerful ensemble cast including screen legend Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.
  3. “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”. One of the most memorable early Will Ferrell movies, this hilarious satire stars Ferrell as the titular newscaster and chronicles his bizarre antics after the addition of his female counterpart to the news desk. The film features excellent comedic performances be Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, and was the first collaboration with Ferrell and filmmaker Adam McKay.
  4. “Melinda and Melinda”. Written and directed by comedy legend Woody Allen, this 2005 film follows the titular character through two stories, one tragic and one comic, as told through the eyes of two playwrights over dinner. Ferrell gives a standout performance as Hobie, a failed actor modeled after Allen himself.
  5. “Elf”. One of the most beloved Will Ferrell movies, “Elf” stars Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised by elves who seeks out his father in New York City. Ferrell is at his charming, childish best, backed by wonderful performances by a radiant Zooey Deschanel, a hilarious cameo by Peter Dinklage, and an uncharacteristic James Caan as Buddy’s father, Walter Hobbs.
  6. “Zoolander”. An absurd comedy about a dimwitted, self-absorbed fashion model who is brainwashed into killing the Prime Minister of Malaysia, this film was written, produced and directed by star Ben Stiller and stars Ferrell as sinister fashion mogul, Mugatu. Filled with the dry, biting humor for which Stiller and Ferrell are known, this satire about the modeling industry features Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, and a cameo by David Duchovny.
  7. “The Producers”. This update of the iconic 1968 film was based on the 2001 Broadway musical, written and produced by Mel Brooks. A hilarious tale about a pair of producers who seek to make money by producing a flop, this update stars Ferrell as insane Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind, a role immortalized in the original movie by comedy legend, Kenneth Mars.
  8. “Step Brothers”. One of the best Will Ferrell movies by filmmaker Adam McKay, this hilarious 2008 comedy was produced by Judd Apatow and stars Ferrell and John C. Reilly as two aimless thirtysomething losers who are forced to become roommates when their parents marry. Ferrell is at his comedic best as Brennan, coupled with the equally amusing Reilly as Dale.
  9. “Megamind”. This 2010 computer generated comedy stars the voice talents of Brad Pitt as superhero Metro Man and Ferrell as the titular super villain who, after dispensing with his nemesis decides to concoct a disaster-laden scheme to win the affections of a reporter played by Tina Fey. Bursting with delightful animation and side-splitting humor, this family friendly gem features the voices of a talented ensemble cast including Jonah Hill, David Cross, Amy Poehler and Ben Stiller.
  10. “Old School”. The best of the early Will Ferrell movies, this comedy about a hapless attorney who discovers that his house has been turned into a fraternity by his bumbling friends was written, produced and directed by comedy great Todd Phillips. The film launched Ferrell’s film career and features an amazing cast including Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Elisha Cuthbert.

- Joshua Wade

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