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The 20 best Jonah Hill movies

The best Jonah Hill movies include belly laugh–inducing comedies and Oscar-nominated masterpieces

By Alyssa Ammirato

You’re forgiven for immediately thinking of Jonah Hill movies as strictly comedies, as his hilarious roles in summer movies like Knocked Up and Superbad spring to mind. But don’t let his spot-on comedic delivery and timing fool you: This Academy Award–nominated actor has some serious dramatic chops and has earned his salt among the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Sure, as you get toward the end of the list the movie quality drops, but they’re still good for a laugh (or eye roll).

Best Jonah Hill movies

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1. Superbad (2007)

Movies Comedy

It’s the classic tale of two BFFs determined to get rid of their V-cards before they go off to college. Hill and Michael Cera make an adorable pair of dweeby teens who just want to have one epic night before summer ends, and this movie is epic in its own right.

The Wolf of Wall Street
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2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Movies Drama

Hill plays the right-hand man to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort, the real-life stockbroker turned felon who set 1990s Wall Street buzzing. Hill’s slightly timid, slightly sleazy Donnie Azoff steals a surprising number of scenes with this Oscar-nominated role.

Photograph: Courtesy Melinda Sue Gordon

3. Moneyball (2011)

Movies Comedy

Sports movies aren’t just about the big game anymore. They’ve become narratives of real human challenges and triumphs, and this true story featuring Brad Pitt, baseball’s Oakland Athletics and Hill in his first Oscar-nominated spot is no exception.

4. True Story (2015)

Movies Thriller

Hill proves to be surprisingly adept at dramatic portrayals, rolling with his stint as shamed and defamed journalist Michael Finkel, who takes it upon himself to peel back the dark and disturbing layers in a close-to-home case of stolen identity.

21 Jump Street
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5. 21 Jump Street (2012)

Movies Action and adventure

Paired with Channing Tatum’s equally unmotivated cop character, Hill plays a police officer with a knack for slacking in this reboot of the original 1987 TV series that sends the pair back to high school in an attempt to nab a surprisingly stealthy drug dealer.

Funny People
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6. Funny People (2009)


Only Judd Apatow’s supervision could take this would-be tragic tale about mega-star Adam Sandler’s terminal illness to a place of poignancy and humor. Costars Leslie Mann and Seth Rogen join Hill in bringing about the bright spots.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Movies Comedy

As a resort worker in this comedy led by Jason Segel and Kristen Bell, Hill steals scenes as Matthew, the small-town waiter—and the No. 1 fan of Aldous Snow (Russell Brand)—with big showbiz goals and a demo to peddle.

Photograph: Courtesy Suzanne Hanover/Universal Pictures

8. Accepted (2006)


Rejected from any and every opportunity for a traditional college education, a band of slackers (including Hill as Sherman Schrader III) finally pursue a goal in this easy comedy. They open up South Harmon Institute of Technology, a bastion for high school losers who might have something going for them yet.

This Is the End
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9. This Is The End (2013)


A conceivable reality meets utter ridiculousness when actors step into caricaturistic roles of themselves, with the impending apocalypse thrown in for good measure. Watch this generation’s comedic band of brothers (including Hill, Rogen, James Franco and Jay Baruchel) survive the rapture in slapstick fashion.

22 Jump Street
Photograph: Courtesy Glen Wilson

10. 22 Jump Street (2014)

Movies Comedy

In the 2014 sequel to 21 Jump Street, Hill and Tatum return—just like their characters are instructed—for the meta task of doing the same thing all over again, but on a college campus. One takes the hippy route while the other goes jock (surprise—it’s Hill!).

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