Ever since Seth Rogen started showing up in movies and television in the late 90s, he has consistently been delivering entertaining movies to the masses. Despite appearing in many movies himself, he has also been writing since he was a child, alongside his project partner Evan Goldberg.
On top of all of that, he has even ventured into directing to bring his visions to life with even more control over the creative process. Despite largely starring in comedies, Seth has also starred in a number of more serious movies that have become critically acclaimed. With so many movies to choose from, it can be difficult to pick out which of the actor’s flicks to watch next. To help ease your indecision, here we have assembled our picks for the 10 best Seth Rogen movies.
10. This Is the End
This is the End is a comedy in which a group of Hollywood celebrities become stuck in James Franco’s house during the apocalypse. Seth Rogen works alongside James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride as they face the end of the world together. As they struggle to survive, they encounter terrifying events, which force them to look inwards at their morality and evaluate their friendships. As a satire of the apocalypse genre, this movie will feel both absurd and hilarious.
To watch This is the End, you can do so on Netflix.
Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller and stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The film follows a couple with a newborn baby who unfortunately move in next door to a fraternity house. The movie hilariously contrasts new parents trying to manage their lives with college kids who have no responsibilities and focus on partying. You won’t be able to look away while they try to share a community.
To watch Neighbors, you can do so on HBO.
8. Knocked Up
Knocked Up is a 2007 romantic comedy film directed by Judd Apatow. Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) and Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) hookup one night and she accidentally becomes pregnant. The two move forward together as they will soon be parents and try to see if they can make their new relationship work. The film is funny while also touching upon adult realities and parenthood.
To watch Knocked Up, you can do so on Hulu
7. The Disaster Artist
Chances are, you have seen or heard of a movie so bad that it has amassed a cult following of dedicated fans. The Room, written and directed by a mysterious man called Tommy Wiseau, is a baffling film that is as bizarre as it is bad. Since its release, this cult following of fans attend yearly screenings of the film where they dress up as the characters, recite the lines and laugh or holler through the entire thing. Tommy Wiseau himself even attends these screenings sometimes to address his fanbase and watch along with them. In 2017, Seth Rogen starred in The Disaster Artist, a movie about the making of The Room. Despite having potentially the worst movie ever made as its subject material, The Disaster Artist is actually incredibly entertaining.
To watch The Disaster Artist, you can do so on Hulu.
We already mentioned that Seth Rogen mostly stars in comedies and while this next entry is funny in places, it is an emotional rollercoaster. 50/50 tells the tale of a 27-year-old journalist (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is suddenly diagnosed with spinal cancer. Seth Rogen portrays his best friend Kyle as the pair navigate his battle with the rare disease, in an incredibly powerful and emotional movie. Exploring the power of friendship, love, and hope, it is difficult to get through this one with dry eyes.
You can view 50/50 on the Roku Channel or Hulu.
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5. Steve Jobs
While 50/50 definitely has some elements of comedy, Steve Jobs is a Seth Rogen performance that is entirely serious. Famed for the success of Apple, this film tells the personal story of the company’s inception alongside his business partner Steve Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen). Showcasing both the genius of Jobs as well as his darker side, this is an excellent biopic that will leave you reconsidering everything you thought you knew about the tech giant.
Steve Jobs is available to rent on Prime Video.
4. Kung Fu Panda
While the previous movies on this list were geared toward an adult audience, here we have a children’s movie that has become extremely beloved. Kung Fu Panda is an excellent animated comedy movie from DreamWorks that follows a clumsy panda named Po who is a super fan of Kung Fu and the legendary warriors who are trained in it. Against all of the odds, he is selected as the fabled Dragon Warrior who is supposed to save the world from an evil force threatening the balance of peace. Alongside a reluctant cast of warriors, Po is trained in the martial arts to prepare for a battle of incredible importance. Among these warriors is a small praying mantis hilariously voiced by Rogen, who lends his distinctive sound to the character perfectly.
Kung Fu Panda is available on Hulu.
When Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were 13 years old, they penned the hilarious and outrageous script for the classic comedy movie Superbad. Based on some of their own high school experiences, the movie follows a pair of unextraordinary friends who are attempting to live it up before moving on to different colleges. Both lusting over their individual crushes and hoping to impress them, they employ the help of the eccentric Fogell aka “McLovin” to buy them alcohol for an upcoming party. Things obviously go awry and a pair of cops are drawn into the action, with one of them being portrayed by Seth Rogen himself. Kickstarting the careers of both Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, Superbad remains one of the funniest comedy movies and one of the best Seth Rogen movies ever made.
You can stream Superbad on HBO Max.
2. Donnie Darko
We have already mentioned some cult classics on this list and Donnie Darko certainly fits into this category. In this mind bending movie, a teenager named Donnie (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to see visions of a strange figure in a bunny costume that is telling him that the world will end in 28 days. When he returns home after a night of sleepwalking, he discovers that a jet engine has fallen out of the sky and crashed into his bedroom. A young Seth Rogen has a minor role here as a school delinquent named Ricky, who delivers some hilarious lines despite the short appearance. Unraveling this mysterious movie is not for everyone, but there is some genuine reward in pondering the possibilities of parallel universes, mental illness, and time itself.
If you want to watch Donnie Darko, you can do so on Hulu and HBO Max.
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1. The Fabelmans
From humble beginnings, it was a triumphant moment for Seth Rogen when he was cast in legendary director Steven Spielberg’s latest (and most personal) movie. Based on the acclaimed director’s life, it follows a young boy named Sammy Fabelman who falls in love with movies after an early cinema experience. As he attempts to get into filmmaking as a young person, he must contend with the dissolving relationship of his parents, with Seth Rogen playing the pivotal role of his father’s best friend. Emotional, inspiring and insightful, The Fabelmans may just be the best Seth Rogen movie we’ve seen yet.
You can rent The Fabelmans on Amazon Prime. Since it just came out last year, the rental price is $5.99.
If you started this article thinking that Seth Rogen was only a comedian, you can see that is not the case. He’s actually done more serious acting than people give him credit for. He’s also managed to stick around in the film industry and stay relevant, which can be hard to do. These 10 flicks are the best Seth Rogen movies we could find, but we assure you there are even more out there. Start streaming this actor’s repertoire, especially if you already subscribe to Hulu (which most of his films happen to be on) and you’ll enjoy the range it provides.
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