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The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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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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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Robin Williams

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    the people's #1
    Jim Carrey

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    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Jim Carrey

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

    most listed
    Robin Williams

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    Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Steve Carrell

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    Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Bill Murray

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    Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Will Ferrell

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    Man on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Jim Carrey

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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Jamie Foxx

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    The Fisher King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Robin Williams

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    Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Adam Sandler

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    Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Bill Murray

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    Being There is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Peter Sellers

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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Will Smith

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    Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Robin Williams

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    Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Robin Williams

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    The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Jerry Lewis

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    One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Robin Williams

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


    Robin Williams

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Will Smith

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    Broken Flowers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Bill Murray

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    Seven Pounds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Will Smith

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    Michael Keaton

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    Reign Over Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Adam Sandler

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    The Number 23 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Jim Carrey

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    Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy

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    Jack Black

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    Funny People is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen

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    Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians
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    The Spanish Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Steve Martin

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    The Majestic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Jim Carrey, Matt Damon, Rob Reiner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Patton Oswalt

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    Collateral is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Jamie Foxx

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    Six Degrees of Separation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Will Smith

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe

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    Everything Must Go is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Will Ferrell

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    Permanent Midnight is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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    Crimes and Misdemeanors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah, Mia Farrow

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    Mrs Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Billy Connolly

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    Grand Canyon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Mary-Louise Parker

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    Leap of Faith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Steve Martin

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    Clean and Sober is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Michael Keaton

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    Birdman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis

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    Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Roberto Benigni

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    A Face in the Crowd is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

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    Shopgirl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Claire Danes, Steve Martin, Rachel Nichols

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    Spanglish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland, Téa Leoni

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    The Razor's Edge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Bill Murray

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    Jakob the Liar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, Alan Arkin

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