All Ben Stiller movies ranked from worst to best

It’s insane to think about what a wild and varied career a longtime, popular talent has had in Hollywood.

Ben Stiller is definitely one, and while he may have gotten his start through nepotism, there’s no question that he also has talent and a unique vision.

Whether in front of or behind the camera, comedy, drama or a combination thereof, Stiller has put in some great performances.

You won’t get anywhere near 60 movie credits to your name without exploring the range. This is how I arranged his films one below the other.


That’s appropriate (1989)

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Seeing Ben and Jerry Stiller work together is something special, as seen in this goofy mockumentary flick.


I am still here (2010)

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Ben Stiller appears as himself at a tense moment in a strange movie that ended up being a huge prank.


Starsky & Hutch (2004)


heavyweights (1995)

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The premise isn’t, but considering how other things would have handled/did the weight issue, it could be a lot worse.


highway to Hell (1991)

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This movie not only stars Ben and Jerry Stiller, but also Anne Meara (Jerry’s wife, Ben’s mother) and Amy Stiller (Jerry’s daughter, Ben’s sister). I gotta love a good family wide effort.


Envy (2004)

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This movie is an underrated Ben Stiller banger with a solid cast surrounding it giving it a well deserved boost.


Empire of the Sun (1987)

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Stiller’s first appearance in a Spielberg film is definitely something special, and while he was still in the early stages of his career, he made his mark in this film, based on the JG Ballard novel.


The Marc Pease Experience (2009)

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This isn’t one of Stiller’s best-known films, but he did his best in the limited film.


The heartbreaking child (2007)

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Ben Stiller once again takes on the man who desperately searches for a happy ending, only to risk his chances with the choices he makes. Not his best, not his worst.


your friends and neighbors (1998)


Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

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Again, this applies differently to history buffs, young and old. I really enjoyed it, but it definitely didn’t have the same draw as the first, despite having more engaging action.


Constant midnight (1998)


The suburbs (1999)

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Ben Stiller’s performance in this film isn’t huge, but it’s full of hilarious digs at the record industry as it was.


Nobody knows anything! (2003)

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A short cameo about peaches that’s hilarious if you like the movie but forget if you don’t.


Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

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With the second film, not only did the comedy find its groove, but the franchise really exploded.


Hubie Halloween (2020)

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Hubie Halloween is a cute Halloween movie suitable for older kids, in which Stiller plays a grumpy orderly… centered around Adam Sandler. Sound familiar?


And then came Polly (2004)


hot pursuit (1987)

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Ben Stiller’s film debut was here hot chase, In it he played Chris Honeywell, the guy who ended up winning over Dan’s (John Cusack) girlfriend after missing the chance to have the summer of his life with her.


school for villains (2006)

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Nothing about this film really hit me. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t too memorable either, which can be said for many romantic comedies from the mid ’00s.


The cable guy (1996)

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Another Gen X hit, the raw and dark film from actors known for their comedy has definitely struck a chord and is only growing in popularity as time goes by.


keep the faith (2000)


Tenacious D in Fate’s Choice (2006)

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Ben Stiller may just be the guitar center guy in this movie, but who doesn’t love the epic adventure that this movie is?!


Meet the Fockers (2004)


Night at the Museum: Mystery of the Tomb (2014)


Don’t think twice (2016)


The clock (2012)

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A neighborhood watch that comes together to avenge the death of a fallen colleague is surprisingly touching and a solid moment from Stiller.


while we were young (2014)


night at the museum (2006)


Moderator: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)


Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)


The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)


The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)


reality bites (1994)

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reality bites is not only a good Ben Stiller film, but also his directorial debut. He plays a good, snappy, uptight manager.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)


tropical thunder (2008)

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Another acting/directing effort that pushes boundaries, Stiller shines as a thrashing action star desperately trying to get through his 15 minutes.


There’s something about Mary (1998)


Meet the parents (2000)

I am, but now it’s time to hear from you! What’s your ranking (or at least your top 5)? Dish in the comments!

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