The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians Films
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The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

List Criteria: Dramatic or serious films with a traditionally comic actor in a lead role

Dramatic movies starring comedians, ranked by comedy and film fans. Often, after making a name for themselves appearing in wacky or silly movies, comics will purposefully take on a more serious role, often in an attempt to show off their range. Comics like Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler and Robin Williams are all noted for their tendency to alternate between funny and more serious roles (with Williams at some points in his career altogether abandoning comedies in favor of dramas.)

Often, fans are initially resistant to attempts by comedians to change around their style or appeal to new audiences. Sometimes, the experiments blatantly don't work out, with viewers unable to see their favorite funny performers in a new light. But other times, the decision to switch gears in favor of working in a drama pays off for a comedian, sometimes even resulting in award nominations or greater appreciation from acting peers. (As when Eddie Murphy was nominated for an Oscar - and won a Golden Globe - for his role in the musical "Dreamgirls" after years of being written off as the star of goofy features like "Nutty Professor" and "Norbit.")

What are the best serious movies starring comedians? Vote for your favorite serious dramatic films starring comedians. And if your favorite comic-starring drama isn't featured, make your own list and add it as a suggestion!
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    most listed Jim Carrey

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  2. 2
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    Robin Williams

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    the people's #1 Jim Carrey

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    Robin Williams

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    Will Ferrell

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    Steve Carrell

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    Jim Carrey

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    Peter Sellers

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    Robin Williams

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Adam Sandler

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    Jamie Foxx

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    Bill Murray

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    Bill Murray

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    Will Smith

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    often listed Jerry Lewis

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bill Murray

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    added by Ralphie Robin Williams

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    added by wiabux Will Smith

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Ralphie Robin Williams

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Martin

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    added by wiabux Will Smith

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    added by RichieRich123 Adam Sandler

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    Robin Williams

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    added by wiabux Jack Black

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    Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy

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    Patton Oswalt

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    Mo'Nique

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    added by stokified Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Robin Williams

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    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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    Will Smith

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    Billy Connolly

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    added by wiabux Jim Carrey

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    new! & added by MattSchwarck Jakob the Liar

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