Though Steve Carell is best known for portraying Michael Scott, the regional manager at The Office's Dunder Mifflin, the actor has an impresses feature film portfolio that is also worth talking about. Carell kicked off his acting career in the '90s, however, it wasn't until 2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy that he really began to gain speed. It was from then that Carell has taken on many leading roles in films of all genres. From animated classics to serious dramas, he is a man of many talents. Because of this, we thought we'd look at his greatest movies. To do this, we'll be using the rating system at IMDb.
The popular movie and TV website has assigned every Steve Carell film a star rating based on the votes of registered users on a scale of 1 to 10. We'll be counting down to his fan-favorite films using these stats. With that said, here are Steve Carell's best movies according to IMDb.
10 The 40-Year-Old Virgin (7.1)
Steve Carell plays the titular character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and yes, the movie is exactly what it sounds like. The film follows Steve's Andy on a quest to lose his virginity. This venture comes after Andy's friends discover his involuntary celibacy and decide to fix it.
The comedy received many positive reviews. Although it was quite raunchy, it also managed to connect with audiences on a deeper emotional level. This had it scoring some big numbers at the box office despite having a relatively modest budget in Hollywood terms.
9 Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (7.2)
Anchorman uncovers what happens after an attractive female anchor (Christina Applegate) gets hired at a sexist and sloppy San Diego TV station in the '70s. As the woman continues to clash heads with anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), a hilarious series of events unfold.
In this film, Carell plays a simple-minded meteorologist known as Brick Tamland. It is revealed by the end of the film that he has gotten married, had 11 kids, and had become a political adviser for George W. Bush.
Though the film received mostly positive reviews at the time of its release, its clever tongue-in-cheek humor now has it regarded as one of the greatest 2000s comedy films.
8 Vice (7.2)
Vice is an American biographical comedy-drama about Vice President Dick Cheney's rise to political power. While Christian Bale took on the titular role, Steve Carell played Nixon's economic adviser, Donald Rumsfeld, who supervised Cheney during his internship at the White House in the late '60s.
The film's reviews leaned positive, with critics praising Christian Bale's shocking transformation into the president. Of course, Carell's believable performance couldn't have hurt, either.
7 Beauty Boy (7.3)
Steve Carell, in collaboration with Timothée Chalamet, brought a story about a father and his son's addiction to the big screen.
Slow but poignant, the film received mixed reviews that leaned toward the positive side of things. Nevertheless, fans on IMDb appreciated the biographical drama. Though the movie's box office performance was low, it's narrative knew how to leave an emotional impact.
6 Despicable Me 2 (7.4)
Steve Carell took on the leading role of a former criminal mastermind in Despicable Me's 2013 sequel. Despicable Me 2 continues Gru's story after he adopts Margo, Agnes, and Edith. While trying to balance fatherhood, he is recruited to combat a legendary villain. Along the way, he meets a woman who might turn out to be just as good of a mother to his girls as she is a secret agent.
The charming film created some laugh-worthy moments and introduced tons of new, entertaining characters. Of course, it was also helped that Carell knew how to play up the starring character.
5 The Way Way Back (7.4)
This indie coming-of-age film tells the story of a 14-year-old kid who goes on a trip to Cape Cod with his mother and the abusive man she is in a relationship with. While Liam James plays the teen and Toni Collette plays the mother, Steve Carell plays her boyfriend.
This role was different for Carell, who more commonly played loveable and comical characters. Despite this, he succeeded in his part.
The talented cast and interesting story had the film receiving positive reviews and multiple award nominations.
4 Crazy, Stupid, Love. (7.4)
This 2011 rom-com has Steve Carell's Cal Weaver taking dating advice from a playboy after his wife of 25 years cheats on him. The problem? The guy he's taking pointers from is after his daughter, Hannah.
This funny film succeeded with a strong cast containing Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone. The witty writing also helped its cause, and the plot alone was the perfect set up for all sorts of hilarious events to ensue.
3 Despicable Me (7.6)
The Despicable Me and Minions franchises couldn't have launched without a little help from the original movie. Steve Carell's animated supervillain, Gru, sets out to complete his biggest heist to date: stealing the moon. This proves to be a challenge, however, after he accidentally adopts three orphan girls.
Despicable Me was hilarious and heartwarming, raking in all the cash at the box office and gaining a whole lot of love.
2 Little Miss Sunshine (7.8)
In Little Miss Sunshine, a dysfunctional family travels together on a bus in order to support their daughter’s attempt to take the crowning title at the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Though Abigail Breslin plays the kid queen, Toni Collette plays her mother, Greg Kinnear plays her father, and Steve Carell plays her uncle.
The film was a huge success for featuring a hilarious script and strong performances. Shout-out to Carell for making the latter of these compliments a reality.
1 The Big Short (7.8)
This biographical comedy-drama tells of the way in which the 2007-2008 financial crisis affected the U.S. housing bubble. Starring big names including Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, the film had a lot going for it. Thankfully, this casting paid off.
The movie received lots of praise for tackling a serious subject with both detail and humor.
In it, Carell plays Mark Baum, who is the leader of an independent trading firm. He is constantly frustrated with the condition of American banks.