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The Best Paul Rudd Movies 

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What’s better than a marathon session of the best Paul Rudd movies? Nothing—except for maybe a marathon of the Mac and Me. Okay, maybe not so much of the latter if you want comedy. But which Paul Rudd movies should you put in your marathon? To help you choose, fans have ranked the best movies he’s starred in.

For this list, Paul Rudd doesn’t necessarily have to be the main protagonist, just have starred in the movie with more than a cameo appearance. For example, even though he’s not the hero of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, that’s one of his best movies. After all, who can forget the scene with his odorous scent, Sex Panther. We’ve heard that it smells like Bigfoot’s taint.

Since then, he’s gone to be a leading man with roles in I Love You Man and Ant-Man. The latter movie brought a ton of brevity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. In fact, his cameo in Captain America: Civil War was one of the funniest scenes ever. But are those two high-grossing movies really his best work?

So help choose the best Paul Rudd movies by voting for the ones you like the most below. If you don’t see a particular movie starring him listed, be sure to add it so that others can vote on it. And be sure to check out these interesting Paul Rudd facts if you want to find out why he’s associated with that bad ‘80s movie Mac and Me.

Judd Apatow and Baz Luhrmann are among those who have directed Paul Rudd at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If Paul Rudd movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ryan Gosling too.

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Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd, Jaime Pressly

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Hamburg

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Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings, Steve Carell

Released: 2005

Directed by: Judd Apatow

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Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Released: 1995

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

Released: 2015

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Adam McKay

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Elizabeth Banks, Louis C.K., Paul Rudd

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Wain

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Released: 2008

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

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Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl

Released: 2007

Directed by: Judd Apatow

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Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Judd Apatow

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Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

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James Franco, Jonah Hill, Rogen

Released: 2013

Directed by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1996

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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Released: 2011

Directed by: Jesse Peretz

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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Released: 2001

Directed by: David Wain

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Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd

Released: 1999

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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Jennifer Aniston, Malin Åkerman, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

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Released: 2010

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Released: 1998

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

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Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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Released: 2000

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