If you ask any fan of Saturday Night Live, they can more than likely recall their favorite Will Ferrell sketch. Whether it was his impersonations of James Lipton, Alex Trebek, or George W. Bush, or his skit as Craig, the eccentric Spartan cheerleader at the chess tournament, it become abundantly clear that Saturday Night Live birthed a comedy star. Since his rise from Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell has etched his name in the pantheon of comedic performers, consistently delivering laughs into the 21st century.
However, Will Ferrell may have never catapulted to the household name he is now if it were not for Adam McKay, a writer for SNL during Ferrell’s tenure, who was the architect for some of Farrell’s most famous sketches. Since their days together at Saturday Night Live, the dynamic duo of Farrell and McKay have religiously worked together, providing classic comedy films, such as Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights, founded the Gary Sanchez Production company, and launched the internet sensation Funny or Die.
While Farrell has become universally adored for his humorous roles, it has been Adam McKay who directed and wrote some Farrell’s most revered films. McKay has also left his mark on films outside of those he has directed, landing production credits on films like The Campaign and The Dictator, and screenwriting credits on the Marvel film Ant-Man. Behind the scenes, McKay blossomed into one of the funniest men in Hollywood, assuring each film he directs, produces, or writes, will embark his viewers on a laugh-out-loud voyage to escape the hardships of everyday life.
Following his most recent film The Big Short, McKay entered the comedy-drama style of films, and will hopefully deliver another hit with The Backseat, a biographical depiction of disgraced former Vice President Dick Cheney, following the policies he set forth that changed landscape of American politics. The film is set to release some time in 2018 with Christian Bale portraying Dick Cheney, and has been generating some serious Oscar buzz among film buffs. Although fans will have to be patient upon its release, we can still relive some our favorite Adam McKay films of the past decade. With that said, here is a list ranking Adam McKay’s films from average to best.
6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2014)