It's crazy to think about what a wild and varied career some longtime, beloved talent in Hollywood have had.
Ben Stiller is definitely one, and though he may have gotten his start through nepotism, there's no questioning he's also got talent and a unique vision.
Whether it's in front of the camera or behind it, comedy, drama, or any combination thereof, Stiller has delivered some major performances.
You don't get nearly 60 film credits to your name without exploring range. Here's how I ranked his films among each other.
59.The Nutt House (1992)
58.Black & White (1999)
57.That's Adequate (1989)
56.Next of Kin (1989)
55.The Independent (2000)
54.I'm Still Here (2010)
53.Locked Down (2021)
52.Starsky & Hutch (2004)
50.Zero Effect (1998)
49.Highway to Hell (1991)
48.If Lucy Fell (1996)
47.Fresh Horses (1988)
45.Zoolander 2 (2016)
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Zoolander 2 coming out was a little surprising and the comedy wasn't always spot-on, but there was some nostalgia value.
44.Little Fockers (2010)
43.Empire of the Sun (1987)
42.The Marc Pease Experience (2009)
41.The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
39.Your Friends and Neighbors (1998)
38.Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
37.Permanent Midnight (1998)
36.The Suburbans (1999)
35.Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
33.Nobody Knows Anything! (2003)
32.Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
31.Hubie Halloween (2020)
30.Along Came Polly (2004)
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Some of the humor in Along Came Polly is a little much for me, but the Ben Stiller/Jennifer Aniston bond makes up for it, though you can debate how believable a pairing they are.
29.Hot Pursuit (1987)
28.School for Scoundrels (2006)
27.The Cable Guy (1996)
26.Keeping the Faith (2000)
25.Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006)
24.Meet the Fockers (2004)
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We probably didn't need a part three necessarily, but the Meet the Parents universe is too good to pass up.
23.Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
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Prior to this list, I didn't know there was a third NATM movie, so I can't praise or fault it.
20.Tower Heist (2011)
18.Don't Think Twice (2016)
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Ben Stiller makes a brief appearance as himself in a film about an improv troupe that tries to move on after one of its members hits it big.
17.The Watch (2012)
16.Flirting with Disaster (1996)
15.Happy Gilmore (1996)
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You may be surprised to learn Stiller's uncredited in this one (I was) because it's pretty memorable for a small role.
14.While We're Young (2014)
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Ben Stiller is funny opposite Naomi Watts as a couple realizing they aren't as hip as they used to be and looking to catch up with a new, younger pair of friends.
13.Mystery Men (1999)
12.Night at the Museum (2006)
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Something about this movie was great, especially if you were a low-key history geek like myself. It really felt vibrant and different from what was out there at the time.
11.Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
10.Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
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Okay, I may be a bit biased because this is probably one of my favorite comedies ever. That said, bad guy Ben Stiller is kind of amazing, and this is one of the best examples of that.
9.The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
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This one pairs Stiller up with Adam Sandler again, this time as somewhat estranged siblings of an eccentric dad played by Dustin Hoffman.
8.The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
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Chas Tenenbaum's over-the-top protective nature after the death of his wife, especially as it applies to his kids, is endearing, as is the rest of the zany Tenenbaum family.
7.Reality Bites (1994)
6.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
4.Tropic Thunder (2008)
3.There's Something About Mary (1998)
2.Brad's Status (2017)
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Stiller has really come into playing a dad, and those heartfelt moments mean something, especially to viewers who are in that same stage of life.