Top 10 Will Ferrell Movies: The Funnyman's Finest

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Will Ferrell is proving he can do anything. Of course, he is most known for his impeccable comic abilities, first shown to a wide audience on Saturday Night Live. His dramatic chops are on full display in Everything Must Go and Stranger Than Fiction. Now, he is busting out of his comfort zone with a comedy completely in Spanish, Casa de mi Padre.

Ferrell portrays the son of a rancher who adores his father, yet the family patriarch believes that Ferrell’s brother is more suited to take over when he can no longer lead. When drug dealers threaten their well being, it is Ferrell who must step up. The film is hilarious (stay with Movie Fanatic for our review March 16).

In honor of his latest film, we proudly present the Top 10 Movies of Will Ferrell.

10. The Other Guys
What started with an Oscar telecast bit evolved into an action comedy called The Other Guys. Ferrell starred with Mark Wahlberg and the pair had karmic comic chemistry. In this pairing, there was no real straight man versus comic relief. Both characters inhabited both roles and in the hands of Ferrell and Wahlberg, it is cinematic gold.

Mr. and Mrs. Gamble

9. Megamind
In Megamind, the comic actor is an animated bad guy whose hero has suddenly been defeated. Ferrell’s voice acting talents shined as Megamind’s despair and wicked wildness is what made the film.

8. Stranger Than Fiction
Starring with Oscar winner Emma Thompson, what has Ferrell done? For one, the film established him as an all-genre actor worthy of consideration for more than just slapstick and silly parts. As a writer who appears to be narrating his own story, the actor blew us away on so many levels. His dramatic scenes reveal a further depth to his cinema capacity that should not be a surprise. Talent is talent.

7. Casa de mi Padre
Again with the questions, i.e.… why is Ferrell starring in a Telenova-feeling, Spanish-language film? Because everything he does, if given the right amount of solid script and casting lucky stars, turns to gold. And Casa de mi Padre is seriously platinum. His Spanish is top notch. The story is chock full of hilarity. And overall, Ferrell has proven that there is nothing he won’t tackle.

6. Elf
One of Ferrell’s top 10 movies is also one of the Top 10 Christmas movies. What’s not to adore about Elf? The actor solidifies his reputation as a comic actor whose performance can be so grounded in reality that audiences pull for his ridiculousness.

5. Zoolander
The Ben Stiller film Zoolander gave Ferrell one of his greatest, if not his greatest, characters in Jacobim Mugatu. We hear the sequel is moving forward. One thing Stiller: More Mugatu!

4. Step Brothers
One of Ferrell’s great go-to partners is John C. Reilly. In Step Brothers, they are the titular description. You know that will be genius. The film does not disappoint as Ferrell continues his career journey into making movies that can be farcical in nature while also being surprisingly heartfelt.

3. Old School
Then there’s Old School. Talk about a film that doesn’t apologize for what it is. “We’re streaking,” Ferrell says running down the street. In that one scene the actor showed there is no limit to the lengths he’ll go to in order to get a laugh. 

2. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Speaking of going far, how about running around a racetrack in your tighty-whiteys screaming you’re on fire? In the talented embodiment that is Ferrell, Ricky Bobby became not only one of his most terrific films, but he originated a character that has become a national icon.

Burgundy and Baxter

1. Anchorman
Speaking of icons... on the local level... after having lived in San Diego for over a dozen years, staying classy was never as joyous as when we witnessed Ferrell as Ron Burgundy asking us to do it. Toss the SNL vet’s title character in with Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Christina Applegate and Fred Willard, and you have one movie that’s begging for a sequel that can’t afford the stars its cast has become.

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Will Ferrell was born in Irvine, California where he attended University High School and was the kicker for the school's varsity football team. Ferrell then went on to college at the University of Southern California where he studied Sports Broadcasting. Upon graduating in 1990, Ferrel joined the comedy group, The Groundings.

Will Ferrell's career took off when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1995 until 2002. During his impressive tenure at SNL, Ferrel had supporting roles in several movies including several SNL skits turned movies like A Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, and The Ladies Man.

However, it was after Ferrel left SNL that he had his first starring role as Frank "The Tank" in Old School. Ever since, Ferrel has been an A-list comedy star with movies such as Elf, Anchormam, Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, Land of the Lost, Casa de Mi Padre, and The Campaign.

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Will Ferrell Quotes

Hey I did my first desk pop!

Allen Gamble

(Allen finds his precious missing car has been recovered)
Cop: From bodily fluids and hair samples we determined that... a bunch of old homeless dudes had an orgy in there.
Allen Gamble: Oh God.
Cop: It's called a 'soup kitchen'. ...A mama raccoon came along and gave birth on the floor, placenta blew out all over the back window there.