Steve Carell’s 10 Best Movies According To IMDb

Who doesn’t know Steve Carell? The man single-handedly built his career out of scratch and rose to fame and prominence.

Steve Carell, officially known as Steven John Carell is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. Steve will always be best known for his stint on the NBC sitcom The Office, which ran from 2005–2013. He played boss Michael Scott and he also worked as an occasional producer, writer, and director on the show.

You would be surprised to know that from 1999 to 2005 Carell was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Some of his best movies include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, its sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Evan AlmightyGet SmartCrazy, Stupid, LoveThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Way, Way Back.

Since Carell has such a strong voice, it is no surprise that he has voiced in Over the HedgeHorton Hears a Who! and the Despicable Me franchise. In 2016, Carell co-created the TBS comedy series Angie Tribeca with his wife, Nancy Carell. Nancy also starred in The Office as Carell’s love interest for a couple of episodes.

Steve’s latest stint was on Space Force on Netflix, which bombed badly in terms of reviews. But it did get a decent

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (7.1)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin: a comedy of errors.

The 40YearOld Virgin is a 2005 American sex comedy film.

This movie is directed by Judd Apatow and it is his directorial debut. The 40YearOld Virgin stars Steve Carell. The man also co-wrote the film’s screenplay with Apatow.

Steve plays the titular 40-year-old virgin Andy. He is a clerk at an electronic goods store, and his colleagues are in the middle of helping him lose his virginity. The rest of the cast includes Catherine Keener and Paul Rudd.

Fun fact: The screenplay of The 40YearOld Virgin features a lot of improvised dialogue.

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (7.2)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: the first installment of the series.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a 2004 American comedy film.

This movie stars Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy stars Will Ferrell. It is a comedy film directed by Adam McKay. Much like previous films, this one is produced by Judd Apatow too.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is written by McKay and co-written by Ferrell. This one is the first of the Anchorman series.

Most critics describe the film as a tongue-in-cheek take on the culture of the 1970s, particularly the new Action News format. The story deals with a San Diego TV station where the lead character, played by Ferrell clashes with his new female colleague.

Steve Carell plays a hilarious character named Brick Tamland.

Vice (7.2)

Vice: Vice President Dick Cheney’s account.

Vice is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama film.

The movie is directed by Adam McKay. The leading star of the movie is Christian Bale. He plays a former U.S. Vice President named Dick Cheney, who served in George Bush’s time. The supporting roles include Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Justin Kirk, Tyler Perry, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, and Jesse Plemons.

Vice’s story is that of Cheney who wants to become the most powerful Vice President in American history. It is not the first of its kind, Vice is the second film to depict the presidency of George W. Bush.

Beautiful Boy (7.3)

Beautiful Boy: A tale of addiction.

Beautiful Boy is a 2018 American biographical drama film.

This one is a tragic tale of drug addiction. The movie is directed by Felix van Groeningen, and it becomes his English-language feature debut. Beautiful Boy is based on a screenplay by Luke Davies and Van Groeningen, which in turn is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff.

In the lead role, besides Steve as the father, Beautiful Boy stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan.

Despicable Me 2 (7.4)

Despicable Me II: An equally hit sequel to the original.

Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 American computer-animated comedy film.

The movie is a sequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me. It is animated by Illumination Mac Guff.

Despicable Me 2 is directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. It is written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.

The lead cast is lead by Steve Carell as Gru. Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, and Dana Gaier all reprise their roles as Dr. Nefario, Margo, Agnes, and Edith respectively.  The plot centers around a mysterious ship that has used a giant magnet to steal a highly potent mutagen.

The Way Way Back (7.4)

The Way Way Back: Steve’s most hated roles to this day.

The WayWay Back is a 2013 American independent coming-of-age comedy-drama film.

Ask anyone what Steve Carell’s worst role is and they say this movie.

The WayWay Back is written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. It makes for their directorial debuts.

The movie stars Liam James as Duncan, an awkward 14-year-old boy who goes on summer vacation to Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his mother. Steve plays his mother’s abusive boyfriend.

The WayWay Back stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, and Maya Rudolph in the supporting roles. Amanda Peet also stars in the movie as a very negative character.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (7.4)

Crazy, Stupid, Love.: rests on Carell and Gosling’s chemistry.

CrazyStupidLove. is a 2011 American romantic comedy film.

One of the best Steve Carell movies, known for the bromance between Carell and Ryan Gosling more than the rest of the cast. CrazyStupidLove. is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It is written by Dan Fogelman. Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, star in the lead roles.

The supporting cast includes Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon. Steve plays a freshly divorced man who is taught how to pick up random women at bars by Ryan Gosling’s character. Emma Stone plays Steve’s daughter and Ryan’s love interest in the movie.

Despicable Me (7.6)

Despicable Me: 3D computer-animated comedy.

Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film.

The first of the Despicable Me series.

The movie is produced by Illumination Entertainment, it is important to mention that since this one is its debut film. One of the best things about the movie is that it features Happy by Pharrell.

Despicable Me is directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. it also makes for their directorial debuts. The story is provided by Sergio Pablos and it is based on a screenplay by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.

Despicable Me features around an eponymous with the main character and its theme song, composed by Pharrell Williams.

Steve Carell is the voice of Gru in Despicable Me. He is a supervillain who adopts three girls (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher) from an orphanage. Jason Segel (HIMYM fame) is the voice of Vector, arch-rival of Gru that steals the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Despicable Me was met with positive reviews and it grossed over $546 million worldwide against a mere budget of $69 million. This movie is Steve Carell’s biggest animation hit so far! Let’s keep hoping for the best.

Little Miss Sunshine (7.8)

Little Miss Sunshine: 2006’s best movie.

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film.

One of the most heartwarming movies is this one! Little Miss Sunshine is the directorial debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Its screenplay was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt.

Little Miss Sunshine stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin as voice actors. It was produced by Big Beach Films on a mere budget of US $8 million. But it turned out to be the best of 2006, both critically and commercially.

Little Miss Sunshine was a mega box office success, gaining $100.5 million, and receiving critical acclaim. The cast and the slapstick humor was too good to be true.

Little Miss Sunshine was nominated for four Academy Awards, which also included the Best Picture, and it won two: Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt and Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin.

Steve Carell plays Frank Ginsberg, the head of a deranged family with a daughter who wants to enter a beauty pageant.

The Big Short (7.8)

The Big Short: centered around the sub-prime crisis.

The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film.

This is more of a hard-hitting movie. The Big Short is directed by Adam McKay.  It is written by McKay and Charles Randolph.

The move is based on the 2010 book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. It is the tale of the financial crisis of 2007–2008 in the United States. That was basically centered around the housing bubble.

Steve Carell plays Mark Baum: the leader of FrontPoint Partners. This was a real small independent trading firm. Baum and the American banks are always fighting amongst themselves in the movie.

The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt as leads. The supporting cast is played by Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, and Marisa Tomei.

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