Top 5 Paul Rudd Movies: Clueless

The only good thing about Tim and the girls being gone for a few days last week (aside from two glorious nights of uninterrupted sleep) was the fact that I had free range on the TV for the first time in a long time. I was flipping through movies on Netflix when Clueless popped up. I immediately knew what I was watching.

And let me tell you: it’s still as good as it was in the 90s–which can’t be said for a lot of the movies I loved back then (I’m talking to you, Empire Records). I love this movie and Paul Rudd, who I totally forgot was in it. The more I watched it, the more I loved on Paul Rudd and started thinking about all of the other movies he’s in.

That’s when I decided I had to put together a list of my favorite Paul Rudd movies. Because I love lists. And I love Paul Rudd. And I love movies. And combining all of them sounded like a pretty freakin fantastic idea at the time. But it was no easy task. Here goes…

Top 5 Paul Rudd Movies: Clueless

Clueless. I mean, come on. If you’re not amused by this movie, I don’t think we can be friends. A parody of Emma, this movie stars Alicia Silverstone as Cher, a seemingly vapid Valley girl who is makeover and matchmaking obsessed. Paul Rudd stars as her (hot) stepbrother turned love interest. Filled with quotable one liners and lots of wit hidden in the midst of all that fluff, it’s a total winner.

Top 5 Paul Rudd Movies: Object of My Affection

The Object of My Affection. Another oldie but a goodie–and it stars Jennifer Aniston too which is an added bonus in my book. In this one Paul (let’s call him that like we’re buddies because why not?) plays Jennifer’s gay best friend. When she gets pregnant she decides she would rather have Paul help raise her baby than her baby daddy. Things get complicated when she falls in love with him.

Top 5 Paul Rudd Movies: Wanderlust

Wanderlust. Another Rudd/Aniston one-two punch, this newer movie is one of my favorites. When married Manhattanites are suddenly faced with unemployment and an inability to pay for their beloved micro-loft, they’re forced to move to the country where they wind up living on a commune overflowing with free love and drugs. Funny in so many ways, this one also features a lot of the guys from The State.

Top 5 Paul Rudd Movies: Knocked Up

Knocked Up. Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen have an unlikely one night stand. Heigl gets pregnant, decides to keep the baby and work it out with Rogen and hilarity ensues. There is so much seriously funny truth in this movie (a lot of which comes from Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, who play Heigl’s sister and brother-in-law). I’m a big fan.

Top 5 Paul Rudd Movies: Anchorman

Anchorman. This one falls under the category of movies that I have quoted way too often. In case you live under a rock, Will Ferrell plays a big shot newsman in 1970s San Diego who has his world turned upside down when Christina Applegate joins the male-dominated news team. Paul plays an unknowingly hilarious ladies man slash field reporter.

Alright. Now it’s your turn. I know my BFF is going to be pissed that I didn’t include Role Models (which I still haven’t seen… along with This is 40.) and there will be plenty of you who will think of other awesome ones I left out. But this was hard!

Also, do you like lists as much as I do? Because I’m considering making Tuesday list day–at least for the summer. Are you feeling it? Groaning at being tortured through another one? What kind would you like to see? I know my pal Rena would love a Top 5 Assholes in History list. I’ll totally take recommendations/requests if you guys have any fun ideas.

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.