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The Best Paul Rudd Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 3.9k votes 684 voters 40.9k views61 items

List RulesVote for your favorite movies starring Paul Rudd.

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.
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    Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Ant-Man

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    Clueless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy

    Released1995

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It... more on Wikipedia

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    I Love You, Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    I Love You, Man

    Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hamburg

    I Love You, Man is a 2009 American bromantic comedy film originally titled Let's Be Friends... more on Wikipedia
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    The 40-Year-Old Virgin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    The 40-Year-Old Virgin

    Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings

    Released2005

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell

    Released2004

    Directed byAdam McKay

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Knocked Up

    Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes

    Released2007

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd... more on Wikipedia
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    Role Models is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Role Models

    Elizabeth Banks, Louis C.K.

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Wain

    Role Models is a 2008 American comedy film directed by David Wain about two energy drink... more on Wikipedia
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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell

    Released2008

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

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    This Is 40 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    This Is 40

    Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2012

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd... more on Wikipedia
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    Ant-Man and the Wasp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflowe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

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    Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    This Is the End

    James Franco, Jonah Hill

    Released2013

    Directed byEvan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

    This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan... more on Wikipedia
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    Wet Hot American Summer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Wet Hot American Summer

    Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Wain

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    Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Romeo + Juliet

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd

    Released1996

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    Our Idiot Brother is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Our Idiot Brother

    Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2011

    Directed byJesse Peretz

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    The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine

    Released1999

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

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    Wanderlust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Wanderlust

    Jennifer Aniston, Malin Åkerman

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Wain

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    The Object of My Affection is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    The Object of My Affection

    Jennifer Aniston, Hayden Panettiere

    Released1998

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

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    Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Monsters vs. Aliens

    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler

    Released2009

    Directed byConrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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    The Oh in Ohio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    The Oh in Ohio

    Heather Graham, Liza Minnelli

    Released2006

    Directed byBilly Kent

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    I Could Never Be Your Woman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    I Could Never Be Your Woman

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd

    Released2007

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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    Anchorman 2: The Legend Contin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    Kanye West, Will Smith

    Released2013

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Los is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Paul Rudd Movies
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    Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie

    Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler

    Released2004

    Directed byAdam McKay

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