Paul Rudd has established himself as one of the mainstream actors in Hollywood with his natural comic talents and effortless charm. He is the leading star with whom every character need to be with him in the film. The adorable actor has been a mainstay in the genre since almost two decades now and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Rudd started his career with a Joe Dante made-for-TV movie. Rudd has become a full-fledged comedy film icon with roles in Anchorman (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Admission (2013). He has also entered the world of super-hero stardom with the 2015 release, Ant-Man. He was seen in the film, ‘Clueless’, which was rated by ‘Entertainment Weekly to be the ’19th best comedy of the past 25 years’. The film was also a major commercial success. Not taking your too much time, here we have compiled the list of top 10 best movies starring Paul Rudd.
1. Role Models (2008)
In Role Models, Rudd is in the role of Danny who is stuck-up energy drink salesman. He works with Wheeler played by Seann William Scott. They are ordered to perform 150 hours of community service as punishment for various offenses. Between the two, we could find out Rudd in the center of the screen. He left himself to the bare essentials and changed the course of a mediocre film to a high-handed one, where it shined like a violet star.
2. I Love You, Man (2009)
I Love You, Man is an American romantic comedy film where Paul Rudd as a friendless man looking for a best man for his upcoming wedding. In the movie, Rudd first plays the role of a character who didn’t have any male friend but his instant-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée. This movie marks the third collaboration between Jason Segel and Paul Rudd, who had worked together on Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall previously. Frequent collaborators, their strong friendship and a sense of comfort reflected in the performances of their films, which are surreally natural.
3. 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
40 Year Old Virgin American sex comedy about a nerdy guy who’s never “done the deed” only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother. Andy is, literally, a 40-year-old virgin, who works at a video store as a salesman. His posse, which is richly ethnic and surprisingly diverse, encourages him to try harder and vow to help. David also makes one of the film’s most infamous scenes when Rudd and Seth Rogen battle over why they know each other are gay.
4. Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man is one of the best films of Paul Rudd as superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name. Rudd is in the role of Ant-man who is a former systems engineer at VistaCorp and petty criminal. Rudd proved him capable of handling a mega-movie franchise with a perfect turn as Ant-Man in ‘Ant-Man’. He as a con-artist falls upon superhuman capabilities to shrink himself in size and now is burdened with protecting the secrets of his magical suit.
5. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is romantic flick where we could find out Rudd in the role of a surf instructor to the love-lorn Segel named Kunu. The film is a story about a Peter who went on a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. But he also found her with her ex there. Kunu is like Chuck in Hawaiian apparently, dispenses help to Segel and gets him on the road to a much-needed recovery from his love/hate relationship with Sarah Marshall.
6. Clueless (1995)
Clueless is comedy film about a rich high school student who has tried to boost a new pupil’s popularity. The movie is based on the classic novel ‘Emma’. Rudd was in the role of Josh who is stepbrother to Alicia Silverstone named as Cher. Cher is a rich and sexy high-school girl, coming to terms with the hormonal changes in her body, as she embarks on the journey called adolescence. Josh accompanies her everywhere starts from grooming and shopping. He is based on the Emma character George Knightley.
7. Knocked Up (2007)
Knocked Up is hilarious, poignant and refreshing comedy film starring Rudd as a Pete. He is a music critic who has to sneak out on his wife, played by Apatow’s wife Leslie Mann, so he can play fantasy baseball. Rudd embodies with perfection their anguish and yearning for freedom who is tired of his everyday married life. It follows the repercussions of a drunken one-night stand between a slacker and a just-promoted media personality that results in an unintended pregnancy.
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the only film where we could find out Rudd effective still a restricted role. The film deals with the complicated life of teenagers, and also sets aside themes of traumatic memories and stress. Rudd proved his role as a sensitive and receptive high-school teacher which liberated him from his stereotypical image. The film captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up.
9. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is an American comedy film starring Will Ferrell, and written by McKay and Ferrell. The film is set in the 1970s. The film is about San Diego’s top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that’s all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. Rudd is in the role of lead field reporter named as Brian Fantana.
10. Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Our Idiot Brother, the title itself reveals the leading character of Rudd as Nedrick “Ned” Rochlin. He has lacked in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. He reminds me a little of Harold Skimpole, the Dickens character who never grasped how money worked. The film tells the story of a dimwitted but idealistic and well-meaning man who intrudes and wreaks havoc in his three sisters’ lives.