While his brand of slapstick and tickle might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s hard to argue that Will Ferrell isn’t one of the most prolific comic actors around in Hollywood. So as he hits the big 5-0 today, we thought we’d honour the occasion by giving a run-down of our favourite films he’s starred in. Without further ado, here’s our top 5 best Will Ferrell films.

Top 5 Best Will Ferrell Films

5) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Will Ferrell’s partnership with John C. Reilly has produced some the funniest double-act films this side of the century, and Talladega Nights is one of two to make our list. The chemistry shared between Ferrell and Reilly is always brilliant, but in Talladega Nights, it’s Ferrell’s scenes with Sacha Baron Cohen which truly sets the Ballad of Ricky Bobby apart.

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4) Step Brothers (2008)

Full disclosure here; adults playing children is something that usually puts us off a film. But Ferrell and Reilly are two of the best in the game. And with all the will in the world, Step Brothers is so much more than your typical immature adult movie, though absurdity and immaturity are obviously delivered in abundance. It’s impossible to not find Step Brothers a) charming and b) utterly hilarious.

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3) Old School (2003)

While Ferrell is more than capable of carrying a comedy on his own, we think he’s at his best when he’s bouncing off others. In Old School, he plays Frank, a newlywed who has a night at his friend’s frat party which ends in a naked streak to the gymnasium and a whole lot of divorce. The film isn’t just about Ferrell, and it’s generally full of classic lines and memorable moments from Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn, but as always Ferrell steels the show.

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2) Elf (2003)

A gift to Christmas TV programmers everywhere, Elf makes full use of Will Ferrell’s man-child charm as he plays Buddy, an innocent elf who’s thrown into a cynical modern-day New York City. While Elf is of course a comedy, it doesn’t rely on crude or sweary jokes to be successful. It’s quite simply just a lovely film about the unadulterated joy of Christmas. You’d have to have a heart of Scrooge not to love it.

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1) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

There was never really going to be anything else at the top of our list was there? Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is everything great about Will Ferrell, and is without doubt one of the funniest films ever to have made. Not only is Ferrell at his ridiculous and over-the-top best, the script is belly-achingly funny, and the rest of the cast are similarly in superb form with the like of Paul Rudd and Steve Carell producing the comic performances of their lives. From jazz flutes to news station backstreet brawls, Anchorman really is an ‘Afternoon Delight’.

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