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What are the best Will Ferrell movies on Netflix?

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The former Saturday Night Live star Will Ferrell who was doubted the most when he started in the show, proved himself to be the best. Additionally, he was the only actor nominated for an Emmy for his performance. In 2002, Ferrell bid farewell from the show and pursued a career in movies. 

Ferrell has been the star of high-profile studio comedies for more than a decade now. Well, it means we have so much to dig through! With his long career, there will be a trove of the best Will Ferrell movies on Netflix we can watch right now. But don’t worry. We’ve already made a list of films for you so let’s dive in!

Stranger Than Fiction

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Stranger than Fiction 

Director: Marc Forster

Writer: Zach Helm

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

IMDB rating: 7.6

Runtime: 1 hr.53 mins

It is an American motion picture launched on November 10, 2006. The movie earned favorable feedback upon its initial launch, owing primarily to its themes, humor, and performances. Additionally, the film won an N.B.R. Award for Best Original Screenplay. 

Harold Crick(Ferrell), an I.R.S. auditor, discovers that his dull Chicago life has become the topic of a story that he could hear: a story that starts to influence his whole being, from his job to his romantic life to his death.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga 

Director: David Dobkin

Writer: Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele

Genre: Comedy, Musical

IMDB rating: 6.5

Runtime: 2 hrs.3 mins

It is an American musical comedy film made available on Netflix on June 26, 2020. Critics gave The Story of Fire Saga mixed reactions, praising the original music and performance but criticizing the two-hour runtime. Still, it garnered a favorable response from many Eurovision audiences.

When wannabe musicians Lars(Ferrell) and Sigrit are offered the chance to reflect on their state at the world’s largest song contest – they ultimately get the chance to show that any desire worth having is a desire worth fighting for.

The Other Guys (2010)

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The Other Guys 

Director:  Adam McKay

Writer: Adam McKay, Chris Henchy

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

IMDB rating: 6.6

Runtime: 1 hr.47 ins

It is an American comedy classic film that premiered on August 6, 2010. It was positively appreciated by critics, who praised the cast’s performance and wigged $170 million in revenue. In addition, the movie won an ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films. 

Two incompatible New York City investigators(Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) grasp a chance to prove themselves to the nation’s best officers – whom they idolize, but things wouldn’t go as expected.

Step Brothers

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Step Brothers 

Director: Adam McKay

Writer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, John C. Reilly

Genre: Comedy

IMDB rating: 6.8

Runtime: 1 hr.38 mins

It is an American movie released on July 25, 2008, by Sony Pictures Releasing, after 2 years of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Both films star the same lead actors and are produced and written by the same group. It made $128.1 million and was met with mediocre reactions. Nevertheless, it received the ASCAP Award for the Top Box Office Film.

When their parents tie the knot, two directionless middle-aged idiots(Ferrell, John C. Reilly) still living with their parents – are compelled to become roomies despite their wishes.

The Campaign

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The Campaign 

Director:  Jay Roach

Writer: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell, Adam McKay

Genre: Comedy

IMDB rating: 6.1

Runtime: 1 hr.25 mins

It is an American political comedy, launched by Warner Bros Pictures on August 10, 2012, to blend responses from critics. The audience was happy about the cast’s performance but divided on the storyline. Nevertheless, the movie was nominated for the Golden Trailer Award for Best Comedy. 

When elected official Congressman Cam(Ferrell) makes a significant blunder, two rich C.E.O.s use an opposing applicant to obtain power in their district. Unfortunately, Marty Huggins, a foolish tourism head, is their unusual preference.


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Director: Jon Favreau

Writer: David Berenbaum

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

IMDB rating: 7.0

Runtime: 1 hr.37 mins

It is an American Christmas movie, launched on November 7, 2003, in the U.S. It became a significant commercial success, earning $220 million globally on a budget of $33 million. In addition, several fans and critics lauded Ferrell’s performance as Elf, with many declaring it among his finest performances.

Buddy, an overly large elf, goes from the North Pole to New York to confront his real dad, Walter – who is unaware of his existence and urgently needs some Xmas cheer.

Daddy's Home

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Daddy’s Home 

Director: Sean Anders

Writer: Brian Burns, Sean Anders, John Morris

Genre: Comedy, Family

IMDB rating: 6.1

Runtime: 1 hr.36 mins

It is a 2015 American motion picture launched on December 25, 2015. It became Ferrell’s highest-earning live-action movie, raking in over $242 million globally. Ferrell even received the Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor. 

Brad Whitaker(Ferrell), a radio broadcaster, is trying to win his stepkids over and have them call him Dad. But everything changes when their real dad, Dusty Mayron, returns.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 

Director: Adam McKay

Writer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Genre: Comedy, Sports

IMDB rating:  6.6

Runtime: 1 hr.48 mins

It is a 2006 American film, launched in theatres on August 4, 2006. On a $72 million spending plan, the movie garnered $163.4 million at the box office, becoming a blockbuster hit.

Ricky Bobby remains the number one NASCAR driver thanks to an agreement with his best buddy and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. When a French Formula One user rises through the ranks, Ricky Bobby’s skill and dedication are pushed to their limits.

Casa de Mi Padre

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Casa de mi Padre 

Director: Matt Piedmont

Writer: Andrew Steele, Eva Maria Peters

Genre: Comedy, Western

IMDB rating: 5.5

Runtime: 1 hr 24 mins

It’s a Spanish-language American movie that received mixed ratings from critics. The audience praised Ferrell’s performance but criticized its storyline. 

To protect their father’s land, the Alvarez brothers(Ferrell, Diego) become embroiled in a battle with Mexico’s most dreaded crime boss.

Wasteland of the Lost

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Land of the Lost

Director: Brad Silberling

Writer: Chris Henchy, Dennis McNicholas, Sid Krofft

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

IMDB rating: 5.3

Runtime: 1 hr.42 mins

It is a 2009 American comedy partially premised on the 1974 television show with the same title by Sid and Marty Krofft. The movie failed to perform at the box office, but the cast’s performance was praised. 

A space-time swirl transports scientist Rick Marshall(Ferrell), his associate and survival expert, to dinosaurs and a dreadfully slow Sleestaks universe.



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