Best & Worst Will Ferrell Movies

It’s been ages since I did a list like this but I haven’t watched any movies whilst I’ve been feeling ill – and I find myself in a writing kind of mood so with no reviews to write it seemed like a good time to make a list. IMDB tells me that today is Will Ferrell’s birthday, so what better time to look back at my 5 favourite movies of his, and point out his worst!

Has Will Ferrell played a serious role yet? I’ve seen quite a few of his movies but they’ve all been comedies. As we all know, comedy is hugely subjective, so some of you might disagree with my list entirely, but where would the fun be if we all had the same opinion? I don’t know what my first Will Ferrell movie was, but generally, I think he’s a really funny guy. He was great in The Office in the small role he played, and he’s one of those actors who will always draw me to a movie if he’s in it.

In the last few years, it seems he’s turned his hand towards producing, with a number of projects in the works, but I hope he has an acting role in those projects too! Here are my favourite movies that he’s starred in:


#5 Daddy’s Home (2015)

This stupid movie grew on me for sure. When I first watched it I wasn’t impressed, and apart from the last scene at the school dance I didn’t find it that funny, but then on one of the flights during my honeymoon we were on one of the older planes with the TV screens in the aisles, and I found myself forced to watch it for a second time. Maybe I was just in a better mood, or maybe it was the free food, but I really enjoyed it upon a rewatch! The sequel was trash though, sadly.


#4 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

I might be wrong, but I’ve always thought that Ron Burgundy is the role that Will Ferrell is most famous for. I have to admit, I haven’t watched Anchorman for years but I watched it a lot when I was in college and still remember a lot of the lines. It feels like one of those rare comedies that seems to have wide appeal, I’m yet to find someone who didn’t like it…until now maybe?


#3 The Lego Movie (2014)

I’m still mad that the Academy snubbed this movie! Anyway, I’ve always loved animated movies and I have huge respect for the actors and actresses who can do voice work so well. It’s something I think a lot of people assume is an easy thing to do, but I’ve watched a lot of interviews and read a lot about the work that goes into it, and it sounds tough. Will Ferrell provides the voice of the evil Lord Business here, as well as an in-person role at the end of the movie.


#2 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Thank you, Dad, for introducing me to Austin Powers when I was a kid. I love those movies so much! They are a must watch if you’ve never seen them before. Will Ferrell only plays a very small role as an Egyptian henchman of Dr. Evil, but his role is one of the most memorable, especially when he is sentenced to death after causing Mr. Bigglesworth the cat to lose all his fur. “I’m still alive! But very badly burned…”


#1 Elf (2003)

How could my #1 choice be any other movie? I’ll never forget watching this movie for the first time…at the cinema…for my brother’s birthday…in an empty screen…because it was the middle of January! Why was the cinema still playing Elf?! Who knows, but I think I’ve watched it every Christmas since. Buddy the Elf is my spirit animal.

I guess the general rule is that when it’s your birthday, everyone has to be nice to you, but then there are birthday beatings! So, with that in mind, let me share Will Ferrell’s worst movie…


Holmes & Watson (2018)

Even the poster for this movie annoys me. So much about this movie annoyed me! It actually started on a visual joke that really tickled me, and I had hope that I would be one of the few who would enjoy the rest. Then it gradually got worse and worse until I was actually groaning at some of the jokes. Believe the reviews guys, it really is that bad. I expected so much better!

Over to you guys though…what’s your favourite and least favourite Will Ferrell movie?

22 thoughts on “Best & Worst Will Ferrell Movies

  1. Elf is obviously and forever number one. It’s a classic and it’s good comedy, where I think a lot of his stuff gets really dumb. I also liked Kicking And Screaming and I think that’d be in my top 5 for sure.


  2. Great list! I’m a fan of Will Ferrell despite some of his recent choices. My favorites are definitely Step Brothers, Anchorman, Taladega Nights, Winter Passing and Stranger Than Fiction (I definitely recommend the latter two if you want to see his more serious stuff!)

    The worst: Melinda and Melinda, Bewitched, Kicking and Screaming, The Campaign and Semi Pro for me. I skipped Holmes and Watson after reading reviews.


  3. That’s a solid top 5. I’d probably have The Lego Movie as my #1, but I’m certainly not against having Elf in that spot. Some others I’d consider: Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, Old School,Megamind, Superstar. Yes, I said Superstar. Love that movie.

    His worst? Possibly Land of the Lost, Get Hard, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Bewitched.

    The only semi-serious role I’ve seen him play is in Stranger Than Fiction which is pretty good.


    1. I’m sure I watched Old School years ago because the plot sounds so familiar.
      I’m going to need a Ferrell-Fest one weekend so I can watch Superstar, Talladega Nights, and Stranger Than Fiction, they’re all new movies to me!


  4. Nice Picks, I still remember watching the Lego Movie after an early work start, fell a sleep and wondered what the hell was going on when the lego turned into real people.

    My number one will always be Strange than Fiction, it shows he can do serious acting, its like Truman show was for Jim Carrey.


  5. He’s been hit/miss lately. I love the work he’s done with Adam McKay such as the Anchorman movies, Talladega Nights, The Other Guys, and their crowning achievement that is Step Brothers. I also liked Daddy’s Home, Old School, his appearances in Austin Powers, Semi Pro, Elf, The Lego Movie, and a very underrated dramatic performance of sorts in Stranger Than Fiction. He needs to do better projects or else he’ll end up being… Adam Sandler.


    1. I agree, his latest movies have been mostly mehh for me. I haven’t seen The Other Guys yet and my husband nearly grabbed divorce papers on the spot when he realised. You’re the second person to mention Stranger Than Fiction too so I’m gonna have to check that one out!


  6. Awesome list! Can’t believe I’ve never watched Elf before. We recently rewatched Austin Powers, and I couldn’t believe that my parents took me to see it when I was a kid and that I actually used to quote so much of it. But it’s hilarious. Will was great in his cameos.


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