Skip to main content

Ranked: The 12 best Seth Rogen movies to watch now

From Long Shot to Pineapple Express, these are the best Seth Rogen films to stream

Seth Rogen
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

While you probably know him best for being one of the most popular stoners in pop culture, Seth Rogen has become one of the biggest actors/producers in Hollywood. Not surprisingly, a lot of the movies he’s helped get made, whether he starred in them or not, are chock-full of humor that is perfect for both stoners and anyone who just likes to laugh. Rogen’s cultural impact has been huge, and it comes from relatively humble Canadian beginnings.

Movies with Seth Rogen have tended to do well, even if there are a few more forgettable titles mixed in as well. And whenever he’s done something a bit more dramatic, he’s pulled that off as well. Wherever you try to slot Rogen, he usually fits, which is why this list of the best Seth Rogen movies is pretty diverse. Don’t get us wrong, there is plenty of comedy here, too. Rogen’s made plenty of great ones, and some of them made the cut for this list.

12. Funny People (2009)

12. Funny People
146m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Stars
Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann
Directed by
Judd Apatow
Watch on Amazon
This comedic drama film follows a washed-up comedian named George Simmons (played by Adam Sandler). George is a famous comedian who has lost his comedic touch and is dealing with a fading career. His personal life isn’t much better, filled with shallow relationships. However, things take a turn when George receives a shocking health diagnosis. This prompts him to re-evaluate his life and career, and he takes a chance on Ira, a struggling young comedian (played by Seth Rogen), and becomes his reluctant mentor. Their personalities clash, but an unlikely friendship develops. Through their interactions, George rediscovers his passion for comedy while also confronting his mortality. Funny People explores themes of friendship, legacy, and finding humor even in difficult situations.

11. Knocked Up (2007)

11. Knocked Up
85%
6.9/10
r
129m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Stars
Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd
Directed by
Judd Apatow
Watch on Amazon
In classic Judd Apatow fashion, Knocked Up is a mix of outrageous comedy and more conventional family values. Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is a Canadian illegal immigrant man-child living with his best friends who are trying to start a porn site that they think is more innovative than it really is. Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is a type-A Hollywood reporter who is on the rise in her career but still likes to have fun. When the two of them meet at a club and have an alcohol-fueled one-night stand, they rediscover each other a few weeks later only to realize that she is pregnant, and they set about preparing to raise a baby. The movie maintains a fairly tricky tonal balance, and it can be a bit paternalistic, but there’s a reason Knocked Up was such a sensation when it was first released, and huge chunks of it still hold up.
Knocked Up Official Trailer #1 - Paul Rudd Movie (2007) HD

10. Neighbors (2014)

10. Neighbors
68%
6.3/10
97m
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
Directed by
Nicholas Stoller
Watch on Amazon
Neighbors is loud, obnoxious, and pretty dang funny if you can get on its broad wavelength. The movie tells the story of two new parents who get some new neighbors (a wild and rowdy fraternity), and do everything they can to either stave off or destroy them. Co-starring Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, the comedy performances in Neighbors are quite strong, but there is a fair amount of low-brow humor on display that may or may not be to your liking.

9. The Interview (2014)

9. The Interview
52%
6.5/10
113m
Genre
Action, Comedy
Stars
James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan
Directed by
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Watch on Amazon
Riddled with controversy and global tension at the time of its release, The Interview was controversial even before it debuted. The film follows two American pop culture journalists (Seth Rogen and James Franco) who travel to North Korea, where they have been openly invited to interview Kim Jong Un but have been recruited by the CIA to assassinate him. There are certainly a few laughs to be had here, but this film was one that Rogen once said in an interview he wished people had scrutinized “a little more” before it was released into a political climate that wasn’t really ready for it.

8. Paul (2011)

8. Paul
57%
6.9/10
r
104m
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
Stars
Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
Directed by
Greg Mottola
Watch on Amazon
One that you won’t find on most “Best Seth Rogen Movies” lists, Paul is an all-out nerdfest of endless sci-fi movie references and cameos. The film follows two British super nerds who go on a road trip tour of the most famous American UFO hotspots to experience a possible “close encounter,” which is exactly what they get. Rogen plays Paul, a stranded alien who has been subject to tests and interrogations and is the basis for much of our popular understanding of what aliens would be like. Despite the fact that this is simply a voiceover performance for Rogen, the foul-mouthed, party boy alien is a perfect role for him, and Paul deserves a lot more credit than most people are willing to give it.
NEW Official PAUL Trailer

7. Take This Waltz (2011)

7. Take This Waltz
68%
6.5/10
116m
Genre
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Stars
Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby
Directed by
Sarah Polley
Watch on Hulu
In one of his more dramatic roles, Take This Waltz follows Margot (Michelle Williams), a woman in her 30s who is happily married to a goofball named Lou (Seth Rogen) but starts to envision a new life when she falls in love with their passionate and artistic neighbor. Take This Waltz goes into some very real territory about relationships and their stagnant periods, detailing what it means to feel an urge to escape, but ultimately warns against it. Rogen’s character is, at first, just the silly guy you might expect him to play, but he proves to be a more weighty, dramatic actor than you might expect by the movie’s end.

6. The Night Before (2015)

6. The Night Before
58%
6.3/10
r
101m
Genre
Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie
Directed by
Jonathan Levine
Watch on Amazon
A worthy addition to the list of raunchy, ridiculous Christmas comedies, The Night Before has everything you might want from this kind of movie. The film follows three lifelong friends who have a long-running Christmas tradition of debauchery and bingeing; unfortunately, they realize they’ll have to grow up now that Isaac (Seth Rogen) has a baby on the way. Since it’s their last year of the tradition, they go in search of the most epic Christmas party they can find in NYC. The movie is every bit as raunchy as you might expect, but it’s also unique in the way it celebrates friendship and family in the Christmas spirit by saturating it with drugs, alcohol, and non-stop stimulation.
THE NIGHT BEFORE - Official Trailer (HD)

5. Pineapple Express (2008)

5. Pineapple Express
64%
6.9/10
111m
Genre
Action, Comedy, Crime
Stars
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole
Directed by
David Gordon Green
Watch on Amazon

In his second big writing and starring hit after Superbad, Pineapple Express established a new era of stoner comedies. Following a process server named Dale Denton (Seth Rogen), who witnesses his next “client” brutally murder somebody in his home. When it turns out that “client” (Gary Cole) is actually the top dog of the local underground marijuana industry, Dale and his regular dealer (James Franco) have to get lost for fear of retribution. Full of quotable one-liners and unforgettable comedy moments, this legendary stoner flick might be the closest thing to Up in Smoke for a younger generation.

4. This Is the End (2013)

4. This Is the End
67%
6.6/10
r
107m
Genre
Action, Comedy
Stars
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen
Directed by
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Watch on Amazon
If you thought some of the other movies on this list were both raunchy and absurd, just wait until you see This Is the End. This movie turns the apocalypse into a satirical work of comedy brilliance that also makes use of some impressive visual effects. Following a group of Hollywood stars who are all trapped inside James Franco’s house when the biblical apocalypse strikes, the movie is really about the massive egos and baggage they have as a group. The movie’s exaggerated characterization of each of its central actors is part of the appeal, and the final product is genuinely hilarious. The absolute highlight of this movie is its opening, though, when we get to see hilarious cameos from Michael Cera, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Jason Segel, and many more.
THIS IS THE END - Official Redband Trailer - In Theaters 6/12

3. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

3. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
93m
Genre
Animation, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars
Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day
Directed by
Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath
Watch on Amazon

The most recent movie on this list ends up being one of the very best of Seth Rogen’s career, and his most successful voice acting performance ever. Nintendo’s characters are some of the most treasured in video game history; therefore, there is a lot of opportunity to mess them up. The fact that Rogen lends his voice to Donkey Kong and has us leave the theater with a positive memory of his turn as the tie-wearing ape is a wonderful compliment.

2. Superbad (2007)

2. Superbad
76%
7.6/10
r
113m
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Directed by
Greg Mottola
Watch on Amazon
A crude comedy that’s undeniably a classic, Superbad is probably the most popular work of comedy produced by writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their prime. Superbad follows two sexually obsessed high school students, Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera), and their strange friend Fogel (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). These three are far from the top of the high school pecking order, but when they get a chance to supply a party with alcohol, they set off on a wild, often vulgar night. Written at a very young age (and refined at a later date) about their own personal high school experience, Superbad also functions as an origin story for Rogen’s particular brand of humor. What’s even funnier is that Rogen plays one of two not-so-great cops who end up trying to bust the party.
Superbad (2007) Official Trailer 1 - Jonah Hill Movie

1. Long Shot (2019)

1. Long Shot
67%
6.8/10
r
125m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Directed by
Jonathan Levine
Watch on Amazon
Long Shot pairs two unlikely actors and manages to create genuine chemistry between them. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a journalist who ends up at a party where his former babysitter — now Secretary of State — Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) happens to be. Driven to run for president, she hires him as her speechwriter, and unexpectedly, sparks fly. The usual comedy we see from the films these guys brought us — Neighbors and Knocked Up — is still present here, but in a much lower key. The movie also comes with the added bonus of seeing Charlize Theron let loose a bit alongside Rogen. This movie is a pleasant surprise, and while it may have bombed at the box office, it’s definitely worth a watch.
Long Shot Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers

Editors' Recommendations

Movie images and data from:
Shawn Laib
Shawn Laib is a freelance writer with publications such as Den of Geek, Quote.com, Edge Media Network, diaTribe, SUPERJUMP…
The best George Clooney movies of all time
He started with a No. 1 TV show and is now one of America's best movie stars — these top films are must-sees
George Clooney in Michael Clayton

George Clooney was born with a leg up. There's no point in denying his good looks and charisma, which were more than enough to make him a TV star. What made him a matinee idol of the kind we rarely see anymore, though, was his ability to break out of the shell that his good looks could have boxed him into. George Clooney can be whatever he needs to be. He can be a sexy, sly criminal, a lawyer who's dead inside, or a bumbling oaf trying to find his way home.

All of these roles work on Clooney, because he fits well in comedies and dramas. The peak of Clooney's powers is likely behind us at this point, but as he proved in his more recent movies, he remains one of the most charismatic leading men that Hollywood has. These are the best George Clooney movies that showcase what he can do, and they're just as varied as his whole career has been.

Read more
The best shows to binge on Peacock in June
Lots of NBC hits are on Peacock now — here are the best shows to watch
Gabriel Macht wearing a light gray suit

There are definitely too many streaming services. Thanks to Netflix's revolution, every broadcast network and parent company decided that they had to get in on the streaming wars. Peacock TV is NBC Universal's streaming service, and although it may not seem like the most attractive option, there are actually a number of great Peacock movies and shows available on the service that are hard to find anywhere else.
Some of those popular shows are Peacock streaming originals, although there are plenty that initially aired on NBC or elsewhere, and have wound their way to Peacock thanks in part to the complicated nature of TV rights. Regardless of where the best Peacock shows came from originally, though, all the ones on this list are well worth checking out. Looking for more streaming options? We also have your guide to the best shows on Netflix, the best shows on Hulu, and the best shows on Paramount Plus.

Suits (2011)

Read more
The 10 Robert Redford movies every fan should watch
Is your favorite Redford film on the list?
Robert Redford in All the President's Men answering the telephone

Robert Redford is one of those classic movie stars who disarmed you with his incredible looks, and then mesmerized you with his on-screen talent. He's not an actor's actor like Robert De Niro, but he's shown for decades what type of performer he is. Redford's charm and natural charisma have made him compelling in a wide variety of roles, and they've also occasionally been weaponized against his audience.
Not every role in Redford's decades-long career has been a roaring success. For every All the President's Men there's a stinker like Havana. In general, though, Redford has built a remarkable body of work, and if he never acts in front of a camera again, he can be proud of what he's accomplished. Here at the best Robert Redford movies you need to watch.

The Sting (1973)

Read more