The 10 Best Bill Hader Movies Ranked, According To Letterboxd

With HBO Season 3 barry being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (via Deadline), fans of the series have had plenty of time to catch up on the rest of Bill Hader’s filmography. Letterboxd users have rated all of his movies, and some have been rated higher than others.

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Whether it’s a voice role in a blockbuster like Star Wars: The Force Awakensa performance in an independent style like The Skeleton Twins, or a supporting role in a well-known comedy like super badBill Hader’s filmography is vast and full of fantastic performances and cameos.

ten Tropic Thunder – 3.47


An image of Bill Hader and Tom Cruise together in Tropic Thunder

Thunder in the tropics is a 2008 action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller, who also starred in the film with Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr, and follows a group of actors making a Vietnam War film. The film parodies war movies of the past but Thunder in the tropics also contains other movie references and acts as a meta commentary on Hollywood.

Bill Hader plays studio head Rob Slolom, who acts as an assistant to Tom Cruise’s producer character, Les Grossman. Although there aren’t many scenes, Tom Cruise’s performance is one of the most memorable parts of the movie, and playing his right-hand man ensures that Hader stays in viewers’ minds as well.

9 Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 3.48


BB-8 in Star Wars The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 science fiction film directed by JJ Abrams and starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as well as newcomers Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Being the 7th film in the Skywalker saga, the film follows the fight between the Resistance and the First Order and their pursuit of Luke Skywalker.

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Bill Hader, along with Ben Schwartz, provides the voice of the droid BB-8. BB-8’s cute and playful nature is a big part of the film’s emotional core and overall fun factor, and a lot of that has to do with Hader’s voice work. He’s not well known for the role, but his work has undoubtedly left an impact given the popularity of BB-8 and its associated toys.


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8 The Skeleton Twins – 3.49


An image of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig sharing a car in Skeleton Twin

The Skeleton Twins is a 2014 drama film directed by Craig Johnson and starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. The two SNL alumni play estranged twins in the film, who try to mend their relationship after a near-tragedy.

Hader’s acting is a little more serious, in part due to his character Milo being diagnosed with depression in the film. However, he and Wiig show their range with fantastic performances. While completely different in tone, the role almost certainly set Hader up for the dramatic and comedic mix of his depressed hitman-turned-actor role on HBO. barry.


7 Hot Rod – 3.55


An image of Bill Hader walking down the street in Hot Rod

hot rod is a 2007 comedy film directed by Akiva Schaffer and starring Isla Fisher and Andy Samberg, who plays the titular stuntman, Rod (who tries to raise money for his stepfather’s surgery). This was the first feature film The Lonely Island trio made as a creative unit.

Hader plays Dave, a lightly dense childhood friend of Samberg’s Rod, who helps him perform the stunt. This is one of his first film roles, but he remained a reference in his filmography. It’s considered a cult classic and one of the great comedies of the 2000s featuring SNL cast members, despite early critical and box office bombardments.


6 Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stop – 3.56


An image of Zippy speaking to the camera in Popstar Never Stop Never Stopping

Popstar: never stop, never stop is a 2016 mockumentary directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and starring Andy Samberg. It follows Samberg’s Conner, which is filmed, like a documentary, about the failure of his solo album and the disbanding of The Style Boyz.

Hader plays a guitar tech on the road named Zippy, who for some reason is really intrigued by flatlining (like in the 1990 Joel Schumacher movie Flatliners). Although his role is mostly a cameo, he is certainly memorable among the film’s many celebrity cameos, and Pop star remains one of the most watchable comedies of all time.


5 Toy Story 4 – 3.60


A shared image of Axel in Toy Story 4 and Bill Hader in It

toy story 4 is a 2019 animated film directed by Josh Cooley, starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Annie Potts. The film follows the characters on a road trip after meeting a new toy named Forky, and they also end up at a carnival along the way.

Bill Hader plays a lazy carnival worker named Axel, who finds Buzz Lightyear on the floor, assumes he’s a lost toy, and places it as a prize on his game stand. Although this is only a small part of the plot, Axel gave Hader another chance to use his acting skills in an animated film after recent movies like Ralph breaks the internet and Finding Dory.


4 Super bad – 3.85


Bill Hader in Superbad

super bad is a 2007 comedy film directed by Greg Mottola, and stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as three high school friends, who attempt to attend a pre-graduation party and leave. in search of alcohol to win favor with popular teenagers.

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Hader plays a cop named Officer Slater with Seth Rogen’s Officer Michaels and they befriend Mintz-Plasse’s McLovin in the film. Slater and Michael’s relationship with McLovin is a big part of the film’s emotional and entertainment core and their antics are one of the most memorable parts of the movie.




3 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – 3.87


Scott Pilgrim vs the world is a 2010 comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, and stars Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Scott and Ramona and follows Scott’s attempt to fend off Ramona’s 7 evil exes in order to date her.

Hader only has a voice cameo in the film, but it’s arguably one of the most prominent roles, and it’s aptly called The Voice. It comments on certain scenes from the film and adds a lot of comedic value, while accentuating some of the film’s more video game-inspired elements.


2 Upside down – 3.88


An image of fear looking scared in Inside, Out

Upside down is a 2015 animated film directed by Pete Docter and starring Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith, and follows the emotions of a girl named Riley and her move from Minnesota to San Francisco.

While Poehler and Smith play Joy and Sadness respectively, Hader plays Fear and they make up 3 of the 5 emotions present in Riley’s mind. Fear weighs in on all the good and bad outcomes of Riley’s decisions, and Hader puts it very well (perhaps because audiences can tell he was pretty passionate about the character and wanted to do the right thing with it). him).


1 Her – 4.05


His is a 2013 science fiction romance film directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Phoenix plays Theodore, a man who buys an operating system, voiced by Johansson, and develops a romantic relationship with it.

Bill Hader has a very small voice appearance in the film where he plays a man impersonating a woman in a voice chat with Theodore, but it’s easy to miss because it’s only about 2 seconds long. Although it was probably one of his briefest roles in a film, it added nicely to the comedy of the scene and ended up being part of one of Letterboxd’s most popular and beloved films.

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