Aziz Ansari is a household name in the American entertainment industry, where he plies his trade as a comedian, director, actor, producer, and writer. He started selling his craft in mid-2000 while he was a student at New York University. He started out as stand-up comedian while his first credited acting role is as MC Bricklayer in the episode “Didja Listen to My Demo?” of the 2004 TV series, Uncle Morty’s Dub Shack. Today, he has grown to become a multi-talented individual and a force to reckon with. There are so many Aziz Ansari movies in the competitive market right now and the majority of them are really fantastic and superb. This comes as no surprise, anyway, because Ansari is a born performer. Over the years, he has won the hearts of filmmakers with his on-set talents and positive energy for excellence.
Through the course of his mixed career, Aziz has executed more roles in television than in films. Some of his film projects include School for Scoundrels, The Rocker, Funny People, Observe and Report, I Love You, Man, Get Him to the Greek Matty Briggs, 30 Minutes or Less, and What’s Your Number? while Kroll Show, Major Lazer, Live at Madison Square Garden, Saturday Night Live, and Ugly Delicious are some of his professional acting credits in the television industry.
The actor also has a background in theatre as well. In his budding years, he was a regular face at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and often featured in weekly shows like the stand-up comedy show Invite Them Up and others. Born and raised in a Muslim family with Indian origin, Aziz is easily recognized for portraying the fictional character Tom Haverford on the TV program Parks and Recreation which ran from the year 2009 to 2015. Of the six enviable awards he has won so far, he received five of them for creating and performing brilliantly in the Netflix series Master of None, which aired from 2015 to 2017.
Aziz Ansari holds the record as the first actor of Asian ancestry to bag a Golden Globe Award for acting in television, having snagged a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy and two Emmys for Master of None. As a writer, Ansari has excelled as well; he is the writer of the book ‘Modern Romance: An Investigation’, which he co-authored with Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist. It was released in 2015, precisely on June 16th. Apart from his comedy and voice work stints, Aziz has equally played at a slew of notable events, including the 2010 MTV Movie Awards (On June 6, 2010) and the January 21, 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live. Below is a compilation of his best and worst movies.
List of Aziz Ansari Movies: Best To Worst Filmography
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013)
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive is a spectacularly entertaining stand-up comedy film written by Aziz and shot as part of his 75-city “Buried Alive” world tour at the Philadelphia-based Merriam Theater in the month of April 2013. The 79 minutes long project was subsequently released to Netflix after it was completed and was the most successful exclusive comedy special on the streaming service’s platform.
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive is regarded as the best of Ansaris movies. The film, which is undeniably entertaining, was a massive success critically and revolves around the actor and his thoughts on adulthood, tying the knot, love, and having babies. The film was given a 100% rating score on Rotten Tomatoes, 9/10 on the monthly Canadian magazine Exclaim!, and 7.3 on IMDb. Although the exact amount that was used to make it is still under the radar, it earned Aziz a nomination for American Comedy Award Best for Comedy Special of the Year in 2014 but he lost it to Louis C.K.’s 2013 film, Oh My God.
Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden (2015)
Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden is yet another amazing stand-up comedy masterpiece on the list of Aziz Ansari movies. Its distributor is Netflix while Aziz is its director, producer, and writer. This 2015 film was shot on October 2014, at the New York City-based Madison Square Garden and covers subject matters like Internet cruelty, the impact of modern technology, factory farming, and misogyny. The film, which was shot in front of a sold-out audience, is critically acclaimed and holds the record as one of Ansari’s best films.
I Love You, Man (2009)
Starring Aziz Ansari as Eugene, Paul Rudd as Peter Klaven, Andy Samberg as Robbie Klaven, Sarah Burns as Hailey, and Jaime Pressly as Denise McLean, this interesting film tells the story of Peter Klaven as he sets out for numerous man-dates after realizing that he has only female friends.
I Love You, Man was well received and highly rated by critics. It convincingly turned up a whopping $91.6 million at the box office from a decent budget of $40 million. The film also got a nomination for Denver Film Critics Society Award in the Best Acting Ensemble category in 2009.
A 17-year-old girl called Mary Katherine has an eccentric scientist father called Professor Bomba. She would move in with him as he intensifies his search for Leafmen, tiny humanoid soldiers. Epic is a 2013 3D computer-animated action-adventure movie produced by Lori Forte and Jerry Davis. The project was loosely inspired by the children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, which was written in 1996 by William Joyce. Aziz voiced the character Mub, a gig that earned him a nomination for BTVA Voice Acting Award for Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics and the audience, the film performed very well at the box office, making $268 million on a budget of $93 million.
This Is the End (2013)
Touted as one of the most amazing black horror films of this generation, This Is the End is a comedy horror project that was produced, written, and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Despite the fact that the project is Rogen and Goldberg’s directorial debut, This is the End, in many ways surpassed the expectations of many people – many thanks to its A-list ensemble cast Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd, Emma Watson, Kevin Hart, Danny McBride, Martin Starr, James Franco, and more. In a nutshell, This is the End did not disappoint at all – both critically and commercially. It earned a whopping $126.5 million on a $32 million budget.
The Problem with Apu (2017)
This film Was written by Hari Kondabolu and directed by Michael Melamedoff. It is widely adjudged as one of the best works on the list of Aziz Ansari movies. The 2017 documentary stars Ansari alongside Hari Kondabolu, Whoopi Goldberg, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Samrat Chakrabarti, Shilpa Dave, and Noureen DeWulf. Even though some folks among the audience claim The Problem with Apu promotes racism, the film was welcomed with positive reviews from most critics and on film review sites like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes for being entertaining, worth-watching, thought-provoking, and having the needed elements.
What’s Your Number? (2011)
Inspired by the book ’20 Times a Lady’ (written by Karyn Bosnak), What’s Your Number is poorly rated by film critics. In addition to this, the film’s performance at the box office was not-so-good. The movie follows the life of a Boston-based woman Ally Darling who keeps trying her best to make better decisions with her life. Aziz played the character Jay in the film alongside Anna Faris, Ari Graynor, Chris Evans, Blythe Danner, and other actors.
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Despite high-profile entertainers like Peter Dinklage, Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, Jennifer Lopez, and Drake lending their voices in this project, this film received mostly mixed reviews and subpar ratings by film critics and audience for several loopholes and shortcomings, including the nature of its characters. Ice Age: Continental Drift bagged an approval rating of 37% on Rotten Tomatoes but turned up an impressive $877.2 million on a $95 million budget.
School for Scoundrels (2006)
This 2006 film was created based on a 1960 British film of the same name. Although it has a different tone and plot from the original work, it shares the same theme with the original movie. The American feature/comedy film is heavily criticized for its lack of humor and romantic touch. School for Scoundrels earned mostly negative reviews from critics after its release. In addition to Aziz, it featured other stars like respected actress Sarah Silverman, Luis Guzmán, Jon Heder, Jon Glaser, and DeRay Davis.
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
The making of 30 Minutes or Less was sponsored by Media Rights Capital. Featuring notable actors Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Peña, Nick Swardson, Danny McBride, and Fred Ward, the movie is widely adjudged as one of the worst projects on the list of Aziz Ansari movies. The film was a major commercial success but the same cannot be said critically because it failed to meet the expectations of critics. The project was awarded an approval rating of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 49 out of 100 on Metacritic.
The 83 minutes long movie was directed by Ruben Fleischer and produced by Stuart Cornfeld, Jeremy Kramer, and Ben Stiller.