4. 'The Other Guys'
An absurdly funny buddy comedy, this. Wahlberg is a small tornado of fury, playing a disgraced, loose-cannon cop who's forced to partner up with nerdy paper-pusher Will Ferrell on a case after two superstar fellow officers (played by The Rock and Samuel L. Jackson) buy it on the job. In their first pairing, the two actors balance out each other very well, in part because each takes his shtick to extremes. Ferrell is surreally geeky to the max; Wahlberg goes to 11 with the pent-up rage and earnest ambition. The actor always had a talent for comedy, but watching him go broad and big with such abandon here is a real joy.