On the heels of the exciting announcement on Conan that there is going to be a sequel to Anchorman – featuring one of the best Will Ferrell characters ever in Ron Burgundy – I would like to offer you up his 10 best movies of all time.
Will Ferrell has made an impact with many memorable scenes in every movie he has ever acted in. We all remember stuff like “MA! THE MEATLOAF!!” in Wedding Crashers; Lance the oiled up Greco Roman Wrestler in The Ladies Man; and the bumbling Park Ranger in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.
So, in terms of criteria, the list begins and ends with the best movies he has starred or co-starred in. I did put a bit more weight on how much I liked the character he played than the overall quality of the story and other things people think fall short in a lot of comedies.
Keep in mind most of these clips are NSFW for bad language. But that is also one of Will Ferrell’s talents in comedies: that even his dirty mouth is oddly funny and does not sound forced.
(Full Disclosure: As of writing this I have not seen Casa De Mi Padre, which is in theaters now but only has a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes)
10. Blades of Glory (2007)
This is a sports blog, so let’s get it started with a sports movie (?) in Blades of Glory.
I know a lot of people (non-skate fans) who loves this movie mostly because Ferrell is in the starring role. He plays one of the top world men’s figure skaters Chaz Michael Michaels.
The on-ice scenes are cheesy and completely ridiculous. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
In particular, an on-ice brawl with a competitor, Jimmy MacElroy (played by Jon Heder), starts the story off by getting them both banned from men’s figure skating. They don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, except about the fabulous Jenna Fischer.
9. Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2005)
If you don’t like Anchorman (yes, they are out there) then you won’t like The Lost Movie. If you liked Anchorman and have not seen this, you will love it. It was shot at the same time as Anchorman and has a completely different plot, plus some different cast members to tie a new story together.
Among more misogynistic TV news anchor shenanigans, the crew has to save Veronica Corningstone from a group of bank robbers who kidnap her while she is trying to investigate their identities.
Most of the movie is on YouTube and was first available on Anchorman DVDs. Below is the first part.
8. Semi-Pro (2008)
This movie wouldn’t have been much without it starring Will Ferrell.
The bit roles and supporting cast members (Woody Harrelson, Tim Meadows, Will Arnett, Andy Richter, Kristen Wiig) around Will Ferrell are great in their limited screen time. The on-court scenes weren’t too cheesy and nonathletic. From the Old Spice deodorant and light beer commercials by Jackie Moon, to his ineptness in the owner/player position for the ABA’s Fort Wayne Tropicals, Will shines as a comedic genius.
The scene below (language NSFW) almost made me puke laughing when I saw it in the theater.
7. Step Brothers (2008)
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are perfect side by side in comedies.
In this movie they are a stupid, immature but overgrown, hate-filled combination of newly acquainted step-brothers competing for dominance. The movie is written by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, so Anchorman fans always love it.
Most of the movie is Brennan and Dale fighting over something stupid, but even when they get along as brothers they embarrass themselves.
Here they tag team a presentation to potential investors for their start-up business:
6. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
The only deliberately serious movie in this top ten for Will Ferrell is Stranger Than Fiction.
The movie great all around from acting, writing, and directing. Will proves he has the acting chops to star in a drama that will make you laugh and cry.
If you decided to skip seeing this because it was not an enormously hyped comedy, you need to watch it and realize your mistake.
His acting and the movie’s story won’t disappoint you like you often hear fans so disappointed about a comedian’s transition to drama. (Of course, Ferrell’s ability to pull off this type of role didn’t last forever either.)
5. Elf (2003)
Will Ferrell as a real elf from the North Pole looking for his real father in real New York City never gets old.
I have noticed many people I know who have seen Elf and love this movie, even if part of it is from the warm and fuzzy feelings some naturally get during the holiday season. Some even say it has become a newer generation’s funny Christmas movie classic like National Lampoons: Christmas Vacation before it and The Christmas Story before that.
4. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Will Ferrell and John C. Rielly have another gem together. Maybe this deserves a shot at a sequel like Anchorman? I would say so.
I think these two are at their best at the dinner table for some reason. There are classic scenes that take place while eating in Step Brothers and Talladega Nights.
This scene Ricky Bobby is thanking Baby Jesus for money, women, NASCAR victories, and food before the family gets their grub on:
3. Zoolander (2001)
This was the first movie I saw in the theater after 9/11, and it certainly came at a great time when a lot of people needed a laugh or to take their mind off of the disaster.
No matter the timing of its release, this is easily one of my favorite movies of all-time; and it would not have been so great without Will Ferrell as the Magatu character. His crazy fashion designer role is the main antagonist, but he’s still memorably funny.
As Jerod Morris said online, “Mugatu steals the show. I laugh hysterically every time he prances over to the model of the School For Kids Who Can’t Read Good.” See what he means in the video below:
2. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2005)
This could easily be number one. If you have a problem with it not being number one, I will fight you.
I hope Ron still has a fierce mustache and a jazz flute solo in the sequel. And I hope there is another music video for a song from the Burgundy era with Ron’s whole crew.
1. Old School (2003)
There was no turning back for comedy fans, SNL fans, and new Will Ferrell fans after the Todd Phillips movie Old School.
The movie wasn’t all Will Ferrell, the movie has great casting overall, but Frank The Tank had some of the most memorable moments and lines, including the tranquilizer dart scene below.
Other memorable Ferrell scenes include the streaking scene, working on his car scene, debating, singing ‘Dust In The Wind’ by Kansas at Blue’s funeral, freaking out in the locker room, and every time he bumbles an attempt at trying to be a married man (below).
What do you think?
Do you feel one of his movies was left out of this list or was one ranked too high or too low?
Do you think Will Farrell can make Anchorman 2 a surefire top 10 even though it’s a sequel?
Any early reviews on Casa De Mi Padre?