Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedic force in entertainment, constantly reinventing his style of real/fantasy comedy with zany characters to make real statements. Ali G is where he started, but he quickly proved he could create memorable characters on a whim, spreading them across the globe on every media channel he can. From vulgar to thought-provoking, here are the highlights of Sacha Baron Cohen’s filmography.
Brüno existed long before Baron Cohen hit America by storm, but we generally associate him with this 2009 comedy movie.
9. The Brothers Grimsby
This 2016 action comedy film pairs Baron Cohen with Rebel Wilson, wife Isla Fisher, Mark Strong, and more.
8. Alice Through the Looking Glass
Baron Cohen proves his characters are translatable to major franchise with his turn as Time, a powerful presence in this 2016 incarnation of Oz.
7. Madagascar Franchise
Baron Cohen is the king of the adorable tribe of singing lemurs in this Dreamworks animated franchise started in 2005.
6. Who Is America?
Character: Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr. PhD, Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello, Rick Sherman, Erran Morad, Gio Monaldo, OMGWhizzBoyOMG!
Baron Cohen aims his characters on politicians, journalists, and other politicians in this inventive 2018 Showtime series.
5. The Dictator
Character: Admiral General Aladeen/Efawadh
Baron Cohen plays a brutal dictator who goes on an unintentional spiritual journey after being ousted by an internal coup. Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and Jason Mantzoukas help serve up the laughs in this 2012 political satire.
4. Les Misérables
This 2012 remake of a classic story casts Baron Cohen alongside Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers, Masters of the inn in Montfermeil. Baron Cohen is excellent as a villain.
3. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Character: Jean Girard
This 2006 Will Ferrell sports comedy enlists Baron Cohen as cocky French Formula One champion Jean Girard, the main antagonist to Ricky Bobby.
2. Da Ali G Show/The 11 O’Clock Show/Various
Character: Ali G/Borat/Brüno
Baron Cohen rose to infamy in the 90s with these characters in sketch shows across Britain that soon became a worldwide sensation.
1. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Although Ali G built the house of Baron Cohen, it was Borat who forever cemented him as a household name around the world in 2006. People are still fined for wearing mankinis and visiting Kazakhstan and other countries acting like Borat.