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List of Adam McKay Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Landlord (2007)
13
5
The Landlord
13
5
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Friend
Director:
Adam McKay, Drew Antzis
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Will Ferrell, Pearl McKay
2. The Big Short (2015)
14
3
The Big Short
R
14
3

Realizing the fragile United States housing bubble, eccentric hedge fund manager Michael Burry makes a huge bet against the housing market that attracts the attention of several opportunists like banker Jared Vennett and hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum. They make a fortune as the American economy collapse in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007–2008.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama, Comedy
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
4. Ant-Man (2015)
12
2
Ant-Man
PG-13
12
2

Released from prison, Scott Lang finds it difficult to get a job and is prohibited from seeing his daughter by his ex-wife. Scientist Hank Pym lures him with a heist tip-off, and encourages him to don a special suit to become Ant-Man, gaining superhuman strength and shrinking ability. However, he must undertake a daunting heist to save the world.

As:
Writer
Director:
Peyton Reed
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
5. Don't Look Up (2021)
11
2
Don't Look Up
18
11
2

Don’t Look Up is a science fiction comedy drama film which tells the story of Dr Randall Mindy, and his student Kate Diblasky, two low-level astronomers, who discover that a comet is going to collide with Earth, which can cause a huge catastrophe, leading to extinction of all living creatures. They approach the US President about the matter, who doesn’t pay much heed to it. Therefore, the two scientists decide to leak the news to the media, in order to warn mankind about the upcoming threat.

As:
Director, Writer
Genres:
Comedy,Drama,Sci-Fi
6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
12
3
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
PG-13
12
3

In 1970s San Diego, Ron Burgundy is a highly successful news anchorman in male-dominated Channel 4. However, the arrival of Veronica Corningstone, an ambitious woman aspiring to be a newswoman, changes the entire scenario. Ron becomes increasingly resentful of Veronica’s success beginning a fierce rivalry between the two.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Comedy
8. Step Brothers (2008)
11
2
Step Brothers
R
11
2

Brennan Huff and Dale Doback, two middle-aged slackers living with their parents, are forced to share a room after Brennan's mother and Dale's father get married. Irritated by their rivalry, their parents give them one month ultimatum to find jobs, following which their love for music and shared hatred for Brennen's successful brother Derek bring them together.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mary Steenburgen, Ken Jeong, Will Ferrell, Richard Jenkins, John C. Reilly, Adam Scott
9. The Other Guys (2010)
11
2
The Other Guys
TV-MA
11
2

While Danson and Highsmith are NYPD’s most popular detectives, Allen and Terry are The Other Guys. When the heroes die while on duty, everyone wonders who will take their place. Meanwhile, Allen and Terry unravel a big conspiracy while investigating a scaffolding permit violation by the rich David Ershon. Will the unlikely pair – one pacifist, another hot headed – become the new heroes?

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Crime
10. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
11
2
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
PG-13
11
2

NASCAR driver and superstar Ricky Bobby loses it all at the height of his glory when he crashes his car after being outperformed by new French driver Jean Girard. He must stage a comeback with the help of his absentee father Reese who adopts ruthless techniques to give Ricky his mojo back. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Sport
11. Sleeping with Other People (2015)
11
2
Sleeping with Other People
R
11
2

Lainey and Jake happen to meet twelve years after their one-night stand in college. They realize that both had failed to maintain a relationship. Though attracted towards each other, they agree to keep their relationship platonic and be just friends. Everyone around assumes that they are a couple, but it takes some twists and turns for the two to reach that conclusion. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Leslye Headland
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
12. The Dictator (2012)
11
2
The Dictator
R
11
2

Admiral-General Haffaz Aladeen, the universally-hated despotic ruler of the fictional oil-rich nation Wadiya, goes to New York to address concerns about the country's nuclear program at UN Security Council. The dictator flees from an assassination attempt, but with his iconic beard shaved, he struggles to survive in a community built by people he had ordered to be executed.

As:
Producer
Director:
Larry Charles
Genres:
Comedy
13. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
10
2
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
PG-13
10
2

As a sequel to a 2004 film, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a 1980s-themed comedy that revolves around a San Diego news anchor, Ron Burgundy, who moves to New York to join a 24-hour news channel along with his former colleagues. Starring Will Ferrell as Burgundy, and other major stars, this film features family drama and hilarious professional rivalry too.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Comedy
14. Grimsby (2016)
10
2
Grimsby
R
10
2

Alcoholic, dim-witted Nobby Butcher lives in Grimsby. When he reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian, who is a top MI6 agent, he accidentally foils Sebastian’s attempts to stop a sinister plot. On the run from both the MI6 and criminals, Sebastian must take Nobby’s help to prove his innocence and save his life.  

As:
Producer
Director:
Louis Leterrier
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Comedy
15. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
10
2
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
R
10
2

The movie follows Hansel and Gretel who have grown up to become skilled witch hunters after surviving the wicked witch. Now they face the evil witch Muriel and her army of witches who plan to sacrifice twelve children and use Gretel’s heart during the Blood Moon, to gain immunity to fire. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Tommy Wirkola
Genres:
Horror, Fantasy, Action
Star Cast:
Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Gemma Arterton, Robin Atkin Downes, Jeremy Renner, Derek Mears
16. The Campaign (2012)
10
2
The Campaign
R
10
2

When Democratic Congressman,Cam Brady,accidentally reveals his affair to the public, two corrupt businessmen, Glenn and Wade Motch,pounce upon the opportunity to make tourism director, Marty Huggins, run against Cam. As the political campaigns heat up, both parties stoop to new lows to slander each other and gain victory.

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Jay Roach
Genres:
Comedy
17. Daddy's Home (2015)
10
2
Daddy's Home
PG-13
10
2

The mild-mannered, Brad Whitaker, is a loving stepfather to his wife Sara’s two children, Megan and Dylan. When the children’s more handsome and muscular biological father, Dusty, suddenly comes back into their lives and intends on throwing Brad out of their lives, Brad must do everything to save his marriage and family.

As:
Producer
Director:
Sean Anders
Genres:
Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
John Cena, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Bobby Cannavale, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Estevez
18. Get Hard (2015)
10
2
Get Hard
R
10
2

When hedge fund manager James King is convicted for fraud and embezzlement, he hires an African-American businessman, Darnell Lewis, to train him for prison. Unfortunately, Darnell is lying as he has no criminal experience and the two friends must figure out quickly how to make King tougher.  

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Etan Cohen
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
19. Daddy's Home 2 (2017)
10
2
Daddy's Home 2
PG-13
10
2

Daddy’s Home 2 is a Christmas comedy film, which tells the story of Dusty and Brad, who are planning on celebrating a perfect Christmas, along with their children. However, things take a turn, and their plans get ruined, when their fathers visit them unexpectedly. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Sean Anders
Genres:
Comedy
20. Welcome to Me (2014)
10
2
Welcome to Me
R
10
2

Welcome to Me is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Alice Kleig, who is mentally unbalanced, and lives on disability benefits. Her life takes a turn when she wins a lottery of $ 86 million. She quits her medication and buys a talk show to broadcast her bizarre opinions on various subjects.    

As:
Producer
Director:
Shira Piven
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
21. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
10
2
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
R
10
2

The film revolves around the life of Don Ready, who is a used-car salesman. He is hired by an auto dealership having poor sales, as they think he might be the right person who can turn their Fourth of July sale into a hugely profitable event.

As:
Producer
Director:
Neal Brennan
Genres:
Comedy
22. The House (2017)
9
2
The House
R
9
2

The House is a comedy film which tells the story of Scott and Kate, a couple, whose daughter’s university cancels the scholarship program. Therefore, in order to make enough money to pay for her tuition fee, they decide to open an illegal casino.

As:
Producer
Director:
Andrew Jay Cohen
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alexandra Daddario, Nick Kroll, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins
23. Casa de mi Padre (2012)
9
2
Casa de mi Padre
R
9
2

Armando’s younger brother, Raul, returns to his family, along with his fiancée Sonia, in order to help his family fix the financial problems of the ranch. However, things get complicated when Armando finds himself attracted to Sonia, and things get even worse when a drug lord declares war on Raul and his family.   

As:
Producer
Director:
Matt Piedmont
Genres:
Comedy, Western
Star Cast:
Nick Offerman, Diego Luna, Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Efren Ramirez, Genesis Rodriguez
24. Land of the Lost (2009)
9
2
Land of the Lost
PG-13
9
2

Paleontologist Rick Marshall's career was ruined when his views on tachyon energy as a means of solving the world's energy problems became known. Inspired by a doctoral candidate called Holly Cantrell, he later completes his work and goes on a routine exploration to a cave. Accompanying him are Holly and a cave gift shop owner called Will Stanton.

As:
Producer
Director:
Brad Silberling
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dylan Sprayberry, Leonard Nimoy, Will Ferrell, Jorma Taccone, Danny McBride, Anna Friel
25. The Boss (2016)
9
2
The Boss
R
9
2

Michelle Darnell, a wealthy CEO, gets busted for insider trading and lands in federal prison. After being released, she finds herself not only broke and homeless, but also hated. She tracks down a former assistant named Claire, the only person who is willing to help her. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Ben Falcone
Genres:
Comedy
26. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)
9
2
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
R
9
2

Tim and Eric are two filmmakers who are given a sum of a $ 1 billion, to make a movie. However, within some time, they end up wasting all of the money, after which they fear that they might be sent to prison or get hunted by the ones who loaned them the money. In order to get the money back, they attempt to revitalize a failing shopping mall.

As:
Producer
Director:
Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Bob Odenkirk, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, Will Ferrell, Bill A. Jones, Frank Slaten
27. Bachelorette (2012)
9
2
Bachelorette
R
9
2

Bachelorette is a 2012 American comedy film, revolving around three friends who are asked to be bridesmaids at the wedding ceremony of a woman whom they used to ridicule back during their high school days. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Leslye Headland
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
28. Ibiza (2018)
9
2
Ibiza
TV-MA
9
2

Harper, a New Yorker in her 30s goes to Barcelona for a business trip. She is joined by her two best friends. Harper comes across a hot, famous DJ, Leo. Is love on cards? 

As:
Producer
Director:
Alex Richanbach
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Gillian Jacobs, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Jordi Mollà, Michaela Watkins, Richard Madden, Vanessa Bayer
30. The Virginity Hit (2010)
8
2
The Virginity Hit
R
8
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Zack Pearlman, Matt Bennett, Jacob Davich, Justin Kline, Krysta Rodriguez
31. Brick Novax's Diary (2011)
13
3
Brick Novax's Diary
13
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Matt Piedmont
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Peter Jason, Marc Evan Jackson, Patty Guggenheim
32. Kenny Powers: The K-Swiss MFCEO (2011)
12
2
Kenny Powers: The K-Swiss MFCEO
12
2
As:
Director
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Bay, Danny McBride, Matt Cassel, Josh Cox, Kendrick Cross
34. Oh Lucy! (2017)
11
2
Oh Lucy!
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Atsuko Hirayanagi
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Megan Mullally, Josh Hartnett, Kôji Yakusho, Shinobu Terajima, Kaho Minami
35. We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss (2014)
11
2
We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Adam McKay, Adrian Grenier, Bob Balaban, Mary Harron, Ramin Bahrani
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Will Janowitz, Billy Eichner, Robert Clotworthy, Chadd Smith, Philip Labes
36. The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014)
11
2
The Yes Men Are Revolting
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Laura Nix
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Benadette Chandia Kodili, Albert Mwesigwa, Gitz Crazyboy
37. The Procedure (2007)
10
2
The Procedure
10
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Willem Dafoe, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Spencer Kayden, Patrick McCartney
38. Pushing Tom (2003)
9
2
Pushing Tom
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
The Boss
Director:
Jonathan Appel
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alison Becker, Dave Blumenfeld, Brett Burton, Jackie Clarke
39. Fully Loaded (2011)
9
2
Fully Loaded
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Shira Piven
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Danny Pudi, David Koechner, Dweezil Zappa, John Farley, Paula Killen
40. Saturday Night Live: Best of This Season (2014)
7
1
Saturday Night Live: Best of This Season
7
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Don Roy King
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alec Baldwin, Don Pardo, Beck Bennett, Vanessa Bayer, David Boston
41. How to be Suave: Dating Edition (2011)
6
1
How to be Suave: Dating Edition
6
1
As:
Writer
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Linda Carter, Jim Kilby, Annie Mebane, Josh Rachford
42. A Public Statement from Anthony Weiner's Penis (2011)
6
1
A Public Statement from Anthony Weiner's Penis
6
1
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Paul Rust
43. Mexican Donald Trump (2015)
5
1
Mexican Donald Trump
5
1
As:
Writer
Director:
Andrew Bush
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
George Lopez, Tony Rodriguez

TV Movie(s)

1. Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009)
12
2
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush
12
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Marty Callner
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Will Ferrell, Michael Delaney, Pia Glenn, Adam Mucci, Patrick Ferrell
3. SNL Shorts (2014)
13
3
SNL Shorts
13
3
As:
Director
Director:
Adam McKay, Laurie Frank, Andy Breckman, Andy Aaron, Jorma Taccone
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Charles Barkley, Beck Bennett, Vanessa Bayer
4. Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation (2007)
11
2
Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Kenneth Bowser, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Dave Wilson, James Signorelli
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Dana Carvey, Christina Aguilera, Alec Baldwin, Sheryl Crow, Michael Blakey
5. Mission Control (2014)
11
2
Mission Control
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Don Scardino
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Krysten Ritter, Tommy Dewey, Eric Nenninger, Malcolm Barrett, Leah Renee
6. AC Green: Iron Virgin (2016)
10
2
AC Green: Iron Virgin
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Isaac Feder
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Louis Gossett Jr., A.C. Green, James Worthy
8. Assistance (2013)
8
2
Assistance
8
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Adam Bernstein
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alfred Molina, Krysten Ritter, Zach Cregger, Vinette Robinson, Peter Cambor

Animation(s)

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse (2006)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse
TV-14
As:
Writer
Director:
Beth McCarthy-Miller, Robert Smigel, James Signorelli, David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti
Genres:
Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
God Hates Cartoons (2002)
God Hates Cartoons
As:
Cast
Director:
Sam Henderson, Ivan Brunetti, Walt Holcombe
Genres:
Animation
Star Cast:
Tom Kenny, Andy Richter, Paul Ahern, Douglas Blush

TV Shows and Videos

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2008)
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
TV-14
As:
Producer
Director:
Ruben Fleischer, Daniel Strange, Andy Samberg, Scott Aukerman, BJ Porter
Genres:
Talk-Show, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, Sofia Coppola, Zach Galifianakis
Succession (2018)
Succession
TV-MA
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Adam McKay, Adam Arkin, Mark Mylod, Miguel Arteta
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Ruck, Kieran Culkin, Brian Cox, Peter Friedman, Nicholas Braun
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Good Cop, Baby Cop (2007)
Good Cop, Baby Cop
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Policeman
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Pearl McKay
I'm Sorry (2017)
I'm Sorry
As:
Producer
Director:
Rachel Goldenberg, Dale Stern, Amy York Rubin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Judy Greer, Nick Kroll, Lizzy Caplan, Gary Anthony Williams, Kathy Baker, Tom Everett Scott, Jason Mantzoukas
Green Team (2008)
Green Team
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Erin Gossamer
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly
LA to Vegas (2018)
LA to Vegas
TV-14
As:
Producer
Director:
Eva Longoria, Fred Savage
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Nathan Kress, Peter Stormare, Josh Duhamel, Don Johnson, Dermot Mulroney, Julie Bowen
The Chris Gethard Show (2015)
The Chris Gethard Show
TV-MA
As:
Producer
Director:
J.D. Amato, Joe Perota, Adam Franklin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
David Bluvband, Hallie Bulleit, Alex Clute, Bill Florio, Chris Gethard
Carpet Bros (2008)
Carpet Bros
As:
Producer
Director:
Matt Piedmont
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
David Spade, Will Ferrell, Tim Meadows, Joe Buck, Marc Evan Jackson
Alyssa Milano's Evolution: Jersey Shore (2010)
Alyssa Milano's Evolution: Jersey Shore
As:
Producer
Director:
Dustin Bowser
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
I Love You, America (2017)
I Love You, America
TV-MA
As:
Producer
Genres:
Talk-Show, Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred Armisen, Sarah Silverman, Mather Zickel, Scott Backman, Megan Phelps-Roper
A Gaythering Storm (2009)
A Gaythering Storm
As:
Producer
Director:
Mike Rose, Lauren Palmigiano, Liz Feldman
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Sophia Bush, Lance Bass, Sarah Chalke, Drew Droege, Liz Feldman
Bad Judge (2014)
Bad Judge
As:
Producer
Director:
Linda Mendoza, Andrew Fleming, Reginald Hudlin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Christina Moore, Chris Parnell, Ryan Hansen, Miguel Sandoval, Kate Walsh, Tone Bell
The Other Guys NYPD Recruitment Video (2010)
The Other Guys NYPD Recruitment Video
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Eric Appel
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Will Ferrell, Josh Covitt
The Smallest Co%k in Porn (2009)
The Smallest Co%k in Porn
As:
Cast
Director:
John Knecht
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Mary Lynn Rajskub, Rob Corddry, Jamie Denbo, Brian Huskey
Ron Howard's Call to Action (2008)
Ron Howard's Call to Action
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Jake Szymanski
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Henry Winkler
Pimps Don't Cry (2010)
Pimps Don't Cry
As:
Writer
Director:
Osmany Rodriguez, Matt Villines, Joshua Martin
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Eva Mendes, CeeLo Green
Big Lake (2010)
Big Lake
As:
Producer
Director:
Don Scardino
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Chris Parnell, James Rebhorn, Horatio Sanz, Deborah Rush, Dylan Blue
Girl Missing (2007)
Girl Missing
As:
Cast
Director:
J.P. Walsh
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Amy Andrews, Bunny August, Steve Axelrod
Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad (2008)
Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Jake Szymanski
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Undroppable (2013)
Undroppable
As:
Producer
Director:
Jason Pollock
Genres:
Documentary

Adam McKay Awards

Academy Awards
The Big Short Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay 2016
Primetime Emmy Awards
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' Outstanding Variety Special (Live) 2019
Succession Outstanding Drama Series 2020
BAFTA Awards
The Big Short Best Adapted Screenplay 2016