films The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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List Rules 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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Good Will Hunting Robin Williams

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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Dead Poets Society Robin Williams

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The Truman Show Jim Carrey

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Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carrell

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Lost in Translation Bill Murray

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Ray Jamie Foxx

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Stranger than Fiction Will Ferrell

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The Fisher King Robin Williams

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Man on the Moon Jim Carrey

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Being There Peter Sellers

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Rushmore Bill Murray

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Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler

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Awakenings Robin Williams

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Patch Adams Robin Williams

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One Hour Photo Robin Williams

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The King of Comedy Jerry Lewis

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians
Batman Michael Keaton

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Enemy of the State Will Smith

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Insomnia Robin Williams

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Reign Over Me Adam Sandler

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Seven Pounds Will Smith

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Broken Flowers Bill Murray

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Dreamgirls Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy

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The Number 23 Jim Carrey

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The Majestic Jim Carrey, Matt Damon, Rob Reiner

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Birdman Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians
King Kong Jack Black

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Funny People Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen

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Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah, Mia Farrow

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The Spanish Prisoner Steve Martin

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Grand Canyon Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Mary-Louise Parker

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Collateral Jamie Foxx

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Big Fan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians
Big Fan Patton Oswalt

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A Face in the Crowd Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe

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Everything Must Go Will Ferrell

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Permanent Midnight Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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Mrs Brown Billy Connolly

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Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni

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Clean and Sober Michael Keaton

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Leap of Faith Steve Martin

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Spanglish Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland, Téa Leoni

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The Big Short Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock - Steve Carell

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MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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Arthur Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, John Gielgud

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Foul Play Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore